The Music
 
Pastance came together in 1993 to perform Mediaeval and Renaissance music. Pastance has performed for the early music fraternity but also for a wide range of audiences, from folk festivals and formal concerts to schools, corporate feasts and open air markets.

Their repertoire and performance style has therefore been shaped not only by their diverse musical interests but also by their desire to appeal to this broader audience.

The Sydney based ensemble brings together an amazing diversity of musical ingredients. Harp, lutes, fiddles,  recorders, guitars, chittarone, gittern, bagpipes, percussion and vocals are used in arrangements of Anglo/celtic folk, early European and original music to create a remarkable sound.

As well as their unique arrangements of folk songs they explore a vast range of other music ranging from the medieval period, through the Renaissance and Baroque to compositions by Alex Cronin.

Pastance has played at some of Australia’s largest folk festivals, including The National (1994-2000), Port Fairy (1996), Woodford (1996), Jamberoo (2003) and Cobargo (2004). Over the past 25 years Pastance has performed for over 200,000 school children in over 1000 schools all over Australia and New Zealand.

 
The Recordings
Performing  on the Recordings

Alexander Cronin

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harp, lute fiddle,

gittern, bagpipes, voice

Myfanwy Dibben

voice, recorder, percussion

voice, recorder,

percussion

 

 

 

Megan Cronin

voice, recorder,

shawm, percussion

James Gastineau-Hills:


fiddle, viola

 

Chris Wheeler:


voice, baroque guitar,

acoustic guitar

 

Jenni Cargill:
voice, percussion

Carrl Myriad:
Guitars

Matthew Ridley:
recorders, Renaissance flute, voice

Sit Down Beside Me

Cover Artwork: Hilary Rhodes

In its inimitable style, Pastance again brings together music from the folk traditions and the early music world. Played with flair and grace, there are well known songs to sing along with, new compositions for harp by Alex Cronin, hauntingly beautiful Sephardic songs and a couple of up-beat Renaissance dance tunes to get your toes tapping.

The title refers to the chorus from the song “The Next Market Day”. It’s also an invitation to set aside the pressures and stresses of modern life and be transported by the music.

Alex Cronin – lute, medieval fiddle, gittern, harp, voice

Megan Cronin – voice, recorders, percussion

Myfanwy Dibben – voice, recorders

Matthew Ridley – recorders, Renaissance flute

Carrl Myriad – guitars

 
 
Track List

Total Playing Time 60’19”

This Recording was made at Cerrutti Chapel, St Patrick’s Manly in Sydney during February and March of 2003.

Engineer: Greg Simmons.

Mastered at Sonamax, Sydney

Copyright 2003 All Rights Reserved

A Valley Fair

A delightful collection of traditional, original, and early music for Celtic harp, recorders and voices. The compositions by Alex Cronin were inspired by memorable places visited while touring with Pastance. The album also includes two medieval dance tunes, a haunting arrangement of Josquin’s In te Domine and traditional Irish, Scottish and Welsh music.

Alex Cronin – harp, lute, voice

Megan Cronin – voice, recorders, shawm, percussion

Myfanwy Dibben – voice, recorders

Chris Wheeler – voice, baroque guitar, acoustic guitar

Matthew Ridley – bass flute

Cover Artwork: Hilary Rhodes

 
 
Track List

Total Playing Time 60’47”

This Recording was made at Cerrutti Chapel, St Patrick’s Manly in Sydney during February and March of 2003.

Engineer: Greg Simmons.

Mastered at Sonamax, Sydney

Copyright 2003 All Rights Reserved

 
 

Joy

Cover Artwork: Judith Clingan

‘Joy’ refers to the intent and inspiration that underlies so much of the music on this disc. From the piety and reverence of the carols, the longing and even bitterness of Landini and Machaut, to the soaring, joyous beauty of Hildegarde von Bingen, the effect and intent of this music is ultimately to uplift the soul.

This collection of devotional music gives us an appreciation of how music formed the backdrop to people’s lives in the Middle Ages.

Alex Cronin – lute, medieval fiddle, gittern, harp, voice

Megan Cronin – voice, recorders, percussion

Jenny Cargill – voice, percussion, oud drone

Matthew Ridley – recorders, rebec drone, voice

 
Track List

Total Playing Time  60’21”

This Recording was made in the John Lindgard Hall at Canberra Boys Grammar School in April 1998.

Recording Engineer: David Starr

Mastering: David Neil

Copyright 1999 All Rights Reserved

falling through time

All the colour and mystique of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance come alive with a presentation that is rich in music and drama.

Alex Cronin – lute, medieval fiddle, gittern, bagpipes, harp, voice

Megan Cronin – voice, recorder, percussion

Jenny Cargill – voice, percussion, oud drone

Matthew Ridley – recorders, gittern, voice

Cover Artwork: Hilary Rhodes

 
 
Track List

Total Playing Time  55’45”

This Recording was made in the All Saints Anglican School on the Gold Coast and The Old Darlington School in July and August of 1995.

Recording Engineer: David Starr

Mastering: David Neil

Copyright 1996 All Rights Reserved