MUSIC lovers are in for a surprising treat when the ensemble Kantu play Olton Friary on Saturday, April 13.
The seven-strong group, all made up of graduates from the Birmingham Conservatoire, play music from the 15th and 16th centuries gleaned from scouring manuscripts locked away in places like the British Library.
Part-folk, part-classical, part-world, their sound, played on period instruments, has won admirers right across the musical spectrum.
Our music is quite quirky and difficult to pigeon hole, its historical with a modern twist, said singer and violinist Ruth Hopkins.
Their tunes cover everything from Renaissance Italian and Spanish music, to French and English folk songs.
Well be playing popular secular music from that period, songs and dances that people from that time loved and enjoyed, said Ruth.
The ensemble, named after an ancient Bolivian and Peruvian style of music and dance, features Renaissance specialists, a jazz percussionist and members who hail from all over Europe.
Whats quite unusual about us is that we are all multi-instrumentalists and we all sing and swap instruments during the concert, said Ruth
During the Renaissance this was very popular at court because it was used to demonstrate the musical prowess of the ensemble.
Kantu are currently recording a CD but concertgoers can get an early preview at the friary. Tickets are £10 (£5 concs) on 0121 247 6317.