Main: The Early Music Show featuring the Mediaeval Baebes “Pocketful Of Posies”

Today on Radio Riel’s Main Stream we’re pre­sent­ing a pro­gramme of Ear­ly Music from the Medi­ae­val and Renais­sance peri­ods, and in addi­tion we’re fea­tur­ing through­out the day tracks from the new Medi­ae­val Baebes album A Pock­et­ful of Posies.

This dou­ble con­cept album fea­tures 29 arrange­ments and orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions with accom­pa­ny­ing illus­tra­tions by Columbian artist Ale­fes Sil­va, as well as a book of Kather­ine Blake’s com­men­tary on the his­to­ry of the rhymes. It’s intend­ed to appeal to lis­ten­ers of all ages. You can find out more about and pur­chase the album here.

Says Kather­ine Blake, “The cre­ation of the Baebes’ most ambi­tious album to date has been an epic musi­cal jour­ney – and for me a very chal­leng­ing and per­son­al one. I com­menced work on the project with the father of my chil­dren, Nick Marsh, just before his can­cer diag­no­sis, and the album is ded­i­cat­ed to his mem­o­ry. I am so excit­ed and proud to have final­ly fin­ished this project that we start­ed togeth­er, unit­ed in a vision to cre­ate a nurs­ery rhyme album that would fuel the imag­i­na­tions of chil­dren and adults alike.”

A Pock­et­ful of Posies draws on the psy­che­del­ic folk of Incred­i­ble String Band and Syd Bar­rett, and the folk hor­ror of the Wick­er Man, to take the lis­ten­er on a jour­ney wor­thy of the sur­re­al, some­times ter­ri­fy­ing, some­times sooth­ing incan­ta­tion-like world of Eng­lish nurs­ery rhymes. Evok­ing both child-like inno­cence and adult hor­ror, A Pock­et­ful of Posies is the next link in a chain of folk­lore that has been passed down through the cen­turies.”

Pur­chase this album now on Band­Camp.

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