The Wandering Bard

Tales From the British Isles
The Wandering Bard is an ensemble that merges qualities of early music with delights of immortal folk music.

Inspired by the traditions of bards, the ensemble tells stories during the performances. Ricardo Alves Pereira’s concept of musical narratives has found a natural home in these concerts. Written by Ricardo, the narratives told in between the pieces bind individual works together, which builds an arch over the whole performance. This unique performance technique captures the audience to be part of the tales from the British Isles. 

The Wandering Bard’s members are all classically trained musicians, as well as specializing in early music and folk music. Their repertory includes pieces from well known early music composers and anonymous contributors of 17th and 18th century who created the basis of traditional folk and early music.

They are an international group who have been invited to perform in various venues and festivals in the UK, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands. They recently participated in Brighton Fringe 2019 in the UK and Pianton Festival 2019 in Spain. With all musical arrangements created by the ensemble, the group also gives workshops for arrangement making and forming musical narratives.

After their successful album carrying the name of the band, their second album is also available on all major music stream platforms, and the physical copies are exclusively available during their concerts. Third album is on the way!

Members

Esin

Esin Yardimli Alves Pereira is a violinist with experience in a variety of different musical styles and genres.

Kat

Kat Carson is a British soprano and Early Music specialist living and working in the Netherlands.

Ricardo

Ricardo Alves Pereira is a classical guitarist who leads his audience to imagine stories through his musical narratives for classical guitar.

Adam

Adam Passingham is a multi-instrumentalist and he comes from a diverse musical background. He is currently performing with various ensembles mainly with his bodhran, ukulele and bass guitar.

Albums

“The Lady in Green” is the second album of the early music/folk ensemble and it is now available to the audience via all major music streaming platforms. This narrative tells the challenges of a romantic affair between a prince and a singer whom were not meant to be. The repertory includes works of Henry Purcell and John Dowland as well as traditional rheels and an unforgettable song we all know called Greensleeves. 

Soprano: Kat Carson
Violin: Esin Yardimli Alves Pereria
Classical guitar: Ricardo Alves Pereira
Bodhran: Adam Passingham
Narrative written by: Ricardo Alves Pereira

Cover art: Kat Carson
Cover design: Esin Yardimli Alves Pereira

Recorded live @ CordaSonora studios, February 2018
Mix: Esin Yardimli Alves Pereira
Mastering: Metehan Köktürk

Physical format of the album is exclusively available during concerts.

“The Wandering Bard, a musical narrative” is the first album of the early music/folk ensemble and it is now available to the audience via all major music streaming platforms. This narrative is a fantastical adventure born from timeless folk songs from the British Isles and tells the story of a wanderer in search of a cure for a beautiful dying girl. Join the wandering bard in this album, and follow him throughout his quest to find the healing lavender flower!

Soprano: Kat Carson
Violin: Esin Yardimli Alves Pereria
Classical guitar: Ricardo Alves Pereira
Bodhran: Adam Passingham
Narrative written by: Ricardo Alves Pereira

Cover art: Kat Carson
Cover design: Esin Yardimli Alves Pereira

Recorded live @ CordaSonora studios, February 2018
Mix: Metehan Köktürk
Mastering: Metehan Köktürk&Adham Farid
Guest&Assistant: Esin Yardimli Alves Pereira

Physical format of the album is exclusively available during concerts.

Music Videos

Scarborough Fair
Music video by Kat Carson

Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme…
The Wandering Bard arrangement of this unforgettable music piece now has a lovely video made by the band’s soprano Kat Carson. Join the journey of Ricardo.

Saucy Sailor
Music video by Esin Yardimli Alves Pereira

“And I don’t give a single pin my boys, What the world thinks of me!” Second music video from The Wandering Bard’s first album. Enjoy the tale of the Saucy Sailor told in a modern sea port!

The Raggle Taggle Gypsies
Music video by Tariq Khawaja

“I’m away with the raggle taggle gypsy-o!”
Raggle Taggle Gypsies is a traditional folk song that originated as a Scottish border ballad. The core of the song’s story is that a lady forsakes a life of luxury to run off with a band of gypsies.

Live from Concerts

You can find recording date and more information about each video by opening them on YouTube

Sound the Trumpet – H. Purcell (1659-1695)
Live at St. Nicholas Church in Bramber, U.K.

“Once upon a time there was a beautiful young prince. Everyone in the kingdom admired his beauty and his kind heart. He liked to spend a lot of time discovering the far places of his father’s realms. Upon his return he would always be welcomed with the greatest festivity. Exquisite foods and drinks, exotic animals, and the mighty sound of the trumpet!”

-Part from the Musical Narrative “The Lady in Green” written by Ricardo Alves Pereira for The Wandering Bard

If Music Be the Food of Love – H. Purcell (1659-1695)
Live at St. Laurence’s Church in Falmer, U.K.

“Even though the royal party would fascinate any human being, it was not pleasing the young prince. He had fallen in love, so he had to search for his lady in green. He quickly left his friends and went in search of her through the whole palace.”

-Part from the Musical Narrative “The Lady in Green” written by Ricardo Alves Pereira for The Wandering Bard

Ten Penny Bit & Morrison’s Jig
Dance at the palace

Second encore from our concert in Bramber, our dear audience just wanted some more music and Adam on the stage, we couldn’t help but dive into some reels!

Helas Madame – King Henry VIII
Live at Fruittuin van West, The Netherlands

“…Henry then found the love in the arms of the young Catherine Howard, and took her to be his wife. The juvenile queen had the flourishing beauty of youth. The king soon learned that Catherine had secretly kept a relationship with a more appropriately aged boy (the king at this point was in his 50s while the young Catherine was only 17 years old). Burning with jealousy, the king went on a rampage and declared the immediate execution of the young queen and her lover. And so, without giving a son to the king, the naive life of Catherine was ended, with the call of the drum and the sharp edge of the headsman’s axe.”
-Part from the Musical Narrative “In Good Company with King Henry VIII” written by Ricardo Alves Pereira for The Wandering Bard.

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Workshops

The Wandering Bard’s repertory is build upon musical narratives that shape and give direction to the already existing music. This method is useful for individuals to understand and perform music better, and for audience to follow and enjoy the music even more.

The workshops given by The Wandering Bard consists of three major parts. The workshop is to build confidence in one’s creativity and teamwork skills. During the workshop the training group
-Learns how to arrange music,
Devises a musical narrative based on any musical material they have at hand,
Discovers the repertory the ensemble is currently working on.

The workshops are suitable for choirs, ensembles, instrumental groups and individuals of all age. There is no particular level of musical training required. The ensemble works with the training group depending on their level.

The repertory at hand is used to build the musical narrative, so learning a new piece or new pieces during the workshop is possible as well but is not necessary. At the end of the workshop the ensemble and the training group performs the newly created musical narrative with new arrangements done during the preparation.

Their last Musical Narratives Workshop and the concert from the results of the workshop was done and performed on Septemper 2019 with the BREMF Community Choir and Andrew Robinson, focusing on repertories of King Henry VIII, Thomas Thallis and William Byrd.

The Wandering Bard is Internationally Available For;

Festivals,
Story telling events,
Large and small halls,
Concert venues,
Private gatherings.

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