The Mediaeval Baebes exquisite storybook opened its pages in 1996 when a group of friends broke into a North London cemetery and sang together, clad in flowing white gowns and crowns of Ivy. Conceptualised by Katharine Blake, formally of Miranda Sex Garden, the initial idea of getting a few friends together to sing for fun quickly escalated into the many headed beast and epic adventure that is this most unique of musical ensembles. Sourcing lyrics from mediaeval and romantic texts and setting them to original scores using mediaeval and folk instruments, whilst singing in an impressive array of obscure and ancient languages, the Baebes offered a beguiling musical beauty and outstanding talent. Their choice of mediaeval texts were mythological, philosophical and dark in topic meditating upon the inevitability of death, the pointlessness of material possessions, the agony of unrequited love or the dangers of imbibing too much alcohol! Some themes are timeless!
- September 20, 2018