Saturday Samples – Owain Phyfe

By • Aug 12th, 2006 • Category: Acoustic, Folk, Indie, Music, Renaissance, Saturday Samples, World

Artist: Owain Phyfe
Track Name: A La Una
Playback: mp3
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Owain Phyfe

Renaissance Faire troubadour Owain Phyfe plays a Chitarra Battente (a wire strung, Italian Baroque guitar). He woos his audience with a fine tenor voice that is pure and full of passion. Once heard he is not easily forgotten.

In 1990, he teamed up with the Renaissance Faire jam band Cantiga to form The New World Renaissance Band. With these early music musicians he performs songs from the medieval and renaissance periods in English, French, Latin, Italian, Irish, Welsh and an assortment of other languages.

It is from the performance of Cantiga (and from Cantigas website) that the track A La Una is lifted. The Cantiga music page is worth exploring.

Sadly much of the music that was formerly available on the web featuring Owain Phyfe is no longer available. The New World Renaissance Band album – Live the Legend available on cdbaby does have 2 minutes samples of the tracks. Let me recommend Il Prigioniero and the song written by Henry VIII called Pastime With Good Company as an introduction.

There is nothing of the pedant in these performances – the music is meant to be enjoyed by the player and the listener.

is a graphic designer who used to front a band on vocals and bass. All evidence of which have mercifully been obliterated or otherwise lost.
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