The Doncaster Waites


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We are a group of local musicians who have a passionate interest in music and history. Our interests have led us to perform early music on copies of original instruments and to wear clothes appropriate to the time of the music. Ours is not the music of the courts and the aristocracy but the music of the streets and the waites. The waites were the original town bands and played in the streets, for feasts, for weddings and for civic events. Doncaster had a band of waites from 1457 to 1832 and it is the spirit of these musicians that we try to re-create.

The Doncaster Waites are:-
Andrea Offord – bagpipes, recorders, pipe & tabor, rauschpfeife
Lynn Harvey – shawm, bagpipes, pipe & tabor, recorders
Norma Sharp -- shawm, recorders, tabor pipe
Ray Harvey – sackbut, recorders
Roger Offord – shawm, hurdy-gurdy, curtal, recorders

The present group has been playing together now for over 10 years, but most of us have been playing together for a lot longer than that!

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Doncaster Waites