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The City Waites


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The City Waites is an English early-music ensemble, playing popular music and ballads from the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. They have been working since the early 70s, with a changing line-up built around founding members Lucie Skeaping, Roddy Skeaping and Doug Wootton. Their style is exuberant, and they frequently showcase the bawdier end of the ballad spectrum in their programmes.

The members are technically very accomplished instrumentalists, and the sound is authentic. Doug Wootton plays lute, Lucie Skeaping is the main vocalist and also plays fiddle and rebec, and Roddy Skeaping plays rebec, viol and fiddle. In 2009 the line-up included Nicholas Perry on various wind instruments.
They perform frequently, both individually and collectively. Lucie Skeaping is a regular presenter of BBC Radio 3’s The Early Music Show. She also plays with Roddy Skeaping as part of the group Burning Bush, which focuses on Jewish music from across Europe and beyond.

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