The Carnival Band are 5 Musical Explorers, 5 voices, 25 instruments, 5 dozen styles
of music and 5 hundred fresh ideas for music-
Our cornucopia of instruments includes the historical (shawm, flemish bagpipes) the
exotic ('ud, djembe) and the familiar (electric guitar, double-
Why Carnival? " For us Carnival is the universal spirit of celebration which overthrows
convention. It has its roots in the pre-
We began life 25 years ago as an offshoot of The Medieval Players theatre company, but while we have been called 'Henry VIII's Rock 'n Roll Band' our horizons have widened to include music from practically every continent (we're working on Antarctica) and every century since about 1200AD. We sometimes write our own songs too."
The Carnival Band and Maddy Prior.
Thrown together in 1984 on a ‘let’s see what we come up with’ basis for a Yuletide
Radio 2 broadcast. What began as a one-
The Carnival band are: