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These are two if the reasons why Queensryche were/are one of my favourite metal bands. Used to love them back in the days that time have now forgotten.

Queensryche - Silent Lucidity


I've always loved Scarborough Fair as a song and find it quite haunting. Queensryche's acoustic version is, in my opion, a brilliant rendition of the song.

Queensryche - Scarborough Fair (Acoustic Version)

I also love the Medieval Babes version of the song and managed to find it on You Tube to share as well. I wish more old medieval traditional songs were brought to the mainstream by popular bands of today.

Medieval Babes - Scarborough Fayre


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Jan. 2nd, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
Nice! I still dig Queensryche too. Saw them at a small local venue when they were promoting the second mindcrime release. Fun stuff.
Jan. 2nd, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
I wish more old medieval traditional songs were brought to the mainstream by popular bands of today.
You have to go to Germany, mate. While medieval/medieval metal/medieval-industrial crossover used to be just in the alternative/goth scene, it's now swapped over to the mainstream. In Extremo's Sängerkrieg album made it to Number 1 (of the pop charts, not the DAC) last year (08).

During the company Xmas dinner the "company choir" sang a few medieval songs and I knew all of them because I have modern versions/remixes of them.

The Medieval Babes are great, saw them at Ely Cathedral last year.
Jan. 2nd, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
I loved Queensryche years ago. Great band.
Jan. 3rd, 2009 05:24 am (UTC)
Loved Operation Mindcrime. My first exposure to the band. I think I'll cue that up.
Jan. 3rd, 2009 10:48 am (UTC)
Martin Carthy's Scarborough Faire version wins it hands down for me
Jan. 3rd, 2009 10:56 am (UTC)
I second Karomehd's comment - Qntal, Corvus Corax, Schandmaul, etc. are making it pretty big now - Cantus Buranus 1 & 2 are squarely aimed at breaking through in the classical mainstream - though some of the compositions do sound a bit Carl Jenkins at times. Schelmisch is worth checking out, particularly as they are trying hard to break into the UK market with frequent tours of both their rock and medieval band line-ups.

The thing with medieval music is that it resides split mainly between the folk tradition (Medieval baebes, Kate Rusby, etc) and classical music (The Sixteen, the Naxos label, etc.) there are a few secualr medieval performers out and about - I'd reccomend Gaita who are Edinburgh-based and regularly play at Thamesreach SCA events - including the forthcoming St Ethelbergas Feast in Bishopsgate.
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