Wilde Roses – led by singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and passionate researcher Anna Tam and featuring singer and medieval wind performer Emily Baines, and medieval plucked string and percussion performer Arngeir Hauksson – are musically and visually inspired by the medieval and renaissance world. Our repertoire is drawn from illuminated manuscripts, courtly song books, Elizabethan broadside ballads and the folk tradition. Fascinated by the stories in these songs – medieval religious imagery so beautifully infused with nature; renaissance tales of piracy, jilted lovers and general folly alongside some of the most sincere and tender love songs that reach to the heart of life and human relationships – we are moved by a desire to explore and recreate the sound world of this historical repertoire and to share these exquisite songs with present day audiences.
‘Woven’ twines together a collection of anonymous music of the British medieval and renaissance eras, with early works pulled from the folk tradition – the fabric of society.
Music created from handed down strands, woven into early counterpoint as a medieval weaver pulls threads across the warp. From the 1100s to the end of the 1600s, Woven is a wonderful musical time machine travelling through the reigns of King Henry I to Charles II.