On the night that Peter Capaldi premiered as the new Doctor Who, we took a trip back in time care of The Chemic’s “Turn O’ the Wheel” night. Lee, Mitsu, Ana Luisa, Sledge and I joined host Rory Scammell for some 12th and 13th century Hurdy Gurdy tunes accompanied by a history of and guide to this amazing instrument.
Rory taught us how to dance to one tune before putting the instrument through loops to create a dance monster of a tune. Just fantastic!
Our journey continued with 24 string Lute playing from Robert Langley who admitted to fooling a crowd at Glastonbury into thinking he was singing in Arabic when the Arabian lead singer of his combo didn’t turn up. He was reading music from scans of old manuscripts – can’t remember from which century but they were very, very old.
We were brought right up to date with new songs from George Cheetham – some so new that they were as yet title-less but I loved the line “You’ll always judge me by where I’m from”.
And that’s when we had to leave missing out on the rest of the acts…….can’t wait for the next one!
Bob the Chiropodist