Formed in 2005, Harlequin is a four-piece band from Tasmania who play medieval music taken from medieval manuscripts. As well as vocal and percussion a number of medieval instruments are played, including hammered dulcimer, hurdy gurdy, moraharpa, shawm, vielle, and whistle. Many of the instruments are made by band member Harry Wass. Much of the band’s repertoire is drawn from the 13th century manuscript Cantigas de Santa Maria which contains 400 songs. The manuscript came from the court of Alfonso 10th of Spain and the songs are sung in the medieval language Galician Portuguese.
More about the band, including upcoming performances and cds, can be found at: https://sites.google.com/site/harlequintas/home