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Review: Blast from the Past present A Brief History of Music @ Lichfield Guildhall

Music fans had more than their money’s worth when the duo Blast from the past returned to play at Lichfield’s Guildhall.

The show, part concert, part music lecture, part music history and stand up show, contained music from 1260 until 1913, in a packed, educational 90 minutes.

Presented by Lichfield Arts in association with Staffordshire’s Archaeological and Historical society, Blast from the Past attracted a large audience. Chris Green and Sophie Matthews played music from 1260, Mediaeval times, Victorian times, the Renaissance and even music hall on a number of instruments.

The presentation started with Summer’s Coming In, the oldest recorded song in the English folk tradition, before a shawm was added to the mix for the Medieval love song Merry It Is.

Instrumental music was also featured, with a Scottish Dance known as a Brawle played on crumhorn and a virginal, a type of keyboard instrument. Mandocello and recorder were featured on a number of maggots – a catch all term for a popular tune. An early type of guitar called a vihuelle was matched with Sophie Matthews’ pure soprano voice for a reading of John Dowland’s Come Again Sweet Love.

The eerie Bedlam Boys was a feature for European bagpipes, while the lighter drinking song Who’s The Fool Now? featured a Rauschfeife.

The second half featured more well-known tunes, with the narrative folk song – which became a staple for many writers – shown in the Broadside Ballad Billy Don’t You Weep For Me. The well known standard Keep the Home Fires Burning allowed for audience participation, before the encores of Daisy,Daisy/Pack up your troubles/It’s a Long Way to Tipperary allowed for more of the crowd to join in.

This was a show that has toured throughout the country, and the preparation and research that goes into a performance like this was well rewarded by the audience.

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