From the Library… Bæbes in the mix

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by Elrik Merlin on Friday, 14 December, 2007

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, or simply visit any Caledon Library branch in-world and press Play on your embedded music player.


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