Those Witchy Baebes

One of my favorite Pagan-influenced bands The Mediaeval Baebes gets a write-up from Straight magazine in Vancouver.


The Mediaeval Baebes

“What sets this octet, which plays at the Commodore on Friday (October 7), apart from all other major-label girl bands?besides a collective penchant for paganism, really big wigs, and Dawn of the Dead makeup?is its exclusive use of bygone or fading languages, including Middle English, Manx, Cornish, Latin, medieval Italian, and 18th-century Swedish. According to Blake, the music of the Mediaeval Baebes is meant to evoke a feeling of fairy-tale whimsy, otherworldly enchantment, and supernatural seduction. With several of the members dabbling in witchcraft and the occult, there is an odd sense of authenticity to the Baebes? allegiance to the spirit of the Middle Ages. Just don?t ask them to speak in the obsolete tongues in which they sing. Apparently, that?s what nerdy academic Mediaeval Baebes groupies are for.”

They are currently touring in support of their latest CD “Mirabilis”. But I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for their cover of “Summerisle (The Maypole Song)” from the movie “The Wicker Man”.