Medieval Music and Dance at Dart Music Festival

This year we are delighted to welcome for the first time Daughters of Elvin – acclaimed Medieval Music and Dance Theatre.


Katy Marchant – bagpipes, recorders, shawm, pipe and salterio, gemshorn

Steve Tyler – hurdy gurdy, gothic harp, percussion, cittern

Alison Burnett – voice

Ricardo Barros – dance

Steve Tyler and Katy Marchant have for some years been the core of medieval/theatrical ensemble Daughters of Elvin, working at times with instrumentalists, singers, storytellers or masked dancers. They have performed throughout the UK and Europe playing for concerts, dances or historical events, with the band ranging from a duo to a group of nine with masked acrobatic performers, stilt walkers and pyrotechnics.

Katy Marchant founded Daughters of Elvin and, inspired by medieval iconography, made the fantastical masks and costumes used in the performances. She comes from an early music background and has played recorder from a young age.

Steve Tyler is a well respected hurdy gurdy player, equally at home with early music, folk music or modern compositions. He has performed with such diverse artists as English folk singer Jackie Oates, German industrial/electronic musician F.M.Einheit, and South African puppeteer John Roberts.

Alison Burnett graduated with distinction from Birmingham Conservatoire, where she studied with Margaret Thomas and Pamela Cook. Whilst there, she joined the Birmingham based Chamber Choir ‘Ex Cathedra’, and became their regular soprano soloist for several years. She regularly performs across the South and South West of England.

Ricardo Barros is one of the few specialists to conciliate an exuberant and passionate performance with an in-depth understanding of the Music & Dance panorama in the Baroque period. Ricardo has been recently awarded with the prestigious ARAM (Associate Royal Academy of Music) title for his ‘significant contribution to the music profession’. With Daughters of Elvin he performs early dance and mask work.

The programme includes instrumental music from the 13th century Spainish Cantigas de Santa Maria, 14th century Italian love songs and some recently composed tunes for bagpipes and hurdy gurdy.

Early Music is an exciting new venture for Dart Music Festival Classical – something we hope to feature regularly in future years.

Come, listen and find out about these fascinating instruments, and enjoy the spectacle!



12th, 13th & 14th May 2017