From the Library… Bæbes in the mix

Today’s pro­gramme con­tin­ues the hol­i­day theme of a selec­tion of tra­di­tion­al sea­son­al and Celtic music (we turn out to be inter­pret­ing “Celtic” fair­ly lib­er­al­ly this week, be warned) but in addi­tion fea­tures the work of not­ed British artists the Mediæ­val Bæbes.

The Bæbes was found­ed by Katharine Blake a dozen years ago, and she is today the group’s main com­pos­er and musi­cal direc­tor. She was pre­vi­ous­ly known for her work with Miran­da Sex Gar­den, a madri­gal trio found­ed in 1990 but grow­ing over a peri­od of years into a remark­able avant-garde goth­ic rock out­fit bound up with cer­tain Lon­don clubs.

Today the Bæbes are a delight­ful, wit­ty and provoca­tive group of sev­en beau­ti­ful maid­ens from across the world with a some­what wan­ton rep­u­ta­tion, spe­cial­is­ing in set­tings of mediæ­val texts and songs and pre­sent­ing ear­ly music in a both excit­ing and haunt­ing con­tem­po­rary con­text. Their first album, Sal­va Nos, was released in 1987 and went sil­ver in weeks; Worldes Blysse fol­lowed a year lat­er and reached Num­ber One in the clas­si­cal charts. Their lat­est stu­dio record­ing is the album Mirabilis (2005) which is per­haps their finest work to date. A new stu­dio album is expect­ed in the New Year and Kather­ine Blake has recent­ly released a solo project, Mid­night Flower.

We will be fea­tur­ing tracks from all the Bæbes’s cur­rent­ly-avail­able albums.

From The Library is pre­sent­ed by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library in Sec­ond Life, and today’s pro­gramme was pro­duced by Elrik Mer­lin. For more infor­ma­tion on the Cale­don Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Sec­ond Life ref­er­ence libraries in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Cale­don Library Web site, or one of their loca­tions in-world.

• You can lis­ten to the pro­gram now at http://music.radioriel.org, or sim­ply vis­it any Cale­don Library branch in-world and press Play on your embed­ded music play­er.

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