The purpose of the blog is:
- as a starting point for those new to the subject, with entries, for example, on historical periods of music and their associated instruments;
- to present new research and analysis, with entries, for example, on the stunningly crafted and never before analysed Boissart mandore in the V&A, a detailed picking-through of the many myths surrounding Greensleeves; and returning to manuscript sources to present what they tell us about early music.
- to link early and traditional music to its cultural and historical context through an examination of individual songs and tunes, to ask what this tells us about their times and our own.
This site is written by Ian Pittaway, a singer and player of mediaeval, renaissance and early baroque music on period instruments – lute, bray harp, cittern, gittern, etc. – and traditional/folk music on modern guitars in various tunings.