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On this page you can find a few archived news items which cannot be easily absorbed into other sections of this website.
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6 May 2014:
Ely [Street] Musitioners Muster took place last Saturday (3rd May 2014), amid the general festivities associated with Ely's Eel Day. Tony Pearson and his wife Jean had invited Waits groups and other similar groups to join them in performing at venues in Ely and in two processions. Tony and Jean, de Mowbray's Musicke, Lincoln Waits, Ely Waits, Gloucester Waits and Minstrels Three accompanied the 'Eel' as it made its way from Cathedral to waterside, but kept quiet that time because of the Samba band up front! Later we processed ourselves, playing Sumer is icumen in so many times that I could almost have wished it to be agoin' out! We played for almost nobody at the Museum, for quite a few passers-by at the Cathedral, and for a much larger, and fairly static, crowd who were at the market-place.

Lunch was provided for those of us who had booked it – and very nice it was too. Then there was time for a little local sight-seeing; the stained-glass museum is well worth a visit, and I shall try to spend longer there when I get the chance. Later we rehearsed our 'ensemble pieces' and processed to the river and the stalls and exhibitions going on down there – arriving for the almost inevitable 'dressing the Knight' demonstration. The Eel was seen off with a Conga (work out the pun!) and the percussionists were told to give it "a lot of welly", which, I ventured to suggest, would make it a 'Wellied Eel' – evincing the inevitable withering looks from those who heard.

The weather was a little cloudy and cold to begin with, but warmed up, and it's good to see that Tony had managed to organise that as well as everything else. It has to be said that the day was very well-organised - not for nothing has Tony 'sussed out' what has happened at previous such events and made sure he had all bases covered! Because there were not enough people able to attend a planned feast, those of us able to stay on were invited to Jean and Tony's home, where we had a feast anyway, with excellent fare provided courtesy of Jean herself.

I gather Tony has plans to do something similar, perhaps expanded with a concert, next year. Because it's a Bank Holiday a number of those who might have attended found that they were occupied elsewhere, but if you are able to contribute to a future event I can recommend it. If Hollywood hasn't snapped us up I'm sure we will try to go again.

Simon Pickard – Waites of Gloucester

Ely Street Musitioners Muster, Eel Day 2014
Photograph: Mike Rouse.


10 Mar 2013:
Secular Musicians in Late Medieval England Thesis by Prof. Richard Rastall.


23 Jan 2011:
For all shawm and curtal players and aspiring reed-makers - are two videos of reed-making by Jeremie Papasergio.
Part 1 (YouTube).
Part 2 (YouTube).


07 Aug 2010:
See York Waits on YouTube: YouTube


25 Aug 2009:
As the website has now officially switched to the new version and curator, this is the appropriate time to put on record the gratitude of IGTP Directors and all waits for Chris Gutteridge's years of service to the cause, in building and maintaining the Waits Website over a significant number of years. Your dedication and hard work has played a major role in publicity, giving us a web presence and for encouraging several recent group revivals. As you head into "semi-retirement" with only Notes and Queries to maintain, our thanks go with you.
[Alan Radford, Director IGTP, 23 Aug 2009.]

I echo all of Alan’s words.
[Al Garrod, Webmaster IGTP, 23 Aug 2009.]

Suddenly the new website is in place, even if there are still parts of it to sort out. I echo Alan's comment that he is happy to let Al make his informed choices (I can't do anything else, being blissfully ignorant in this area!). All power to Al's elbow, and thank you, Al, for your stupendous work in sorting through everything and developing a website that I think we shall all be very proud of and find very useful. In addition to this, I'd also echo Alan's comments about Chris. The earlier website was a great resource that has served us magnificently over the years, and much of Chris's work carries over into the new website. I don't doubt that the IGTP would have struggled to do the useful things that it has achieved in that period were it not for that website, and that the website has been a major factor in bringing waits and other interested parties together and disseminating information, knowledge and understanding. So I raise my glass to Chris's achievement and to the future of the IGTP website under Al's stewardship. Thank you, Chris; and thank you, Al.
[Professor Richard Rastall MA MusB PhD FSA, Patron, 24 Aug 2009.]

I thoroughly endorse all that has been said. In fact as a Trustee of the Guild I would like to formally propose that messr's Merryweather and Gutteridge be formally accepted as life members of the guild and to receive a free badge as token of our esteem. (Chris you are barred from the vote!)
[Roger Offord, Director IGTP, 25 Aug 2009.]


22 Aug 2009:
A lot has been happening in The International Guild of Town Pipers!

Firstly, Al Garrod of The Lincoln Waites and Actuality Solutions has taken over as webmaster and completely re-designed and updated the Waits Website, making it easier to use, more logical, and more browser-friendly. In due course, new sections, accessible only to members of the Guild (for Guild membership, see below), will be added.

I am continuing (when I can find the time) to look after Notes and Queries. For the moment, until I get it sorted out, please be sure to manouver out of the Notes and Queries section by using the back button on your browser, so that you don't get trapped in the old site!

Secondly, the Guild is holding a Tudor Waits Music workshop on Sunday, 25th October at Coddington Village Hall, Newark, with renowned early musicians Keith McGowan (reeds) and Jamie Savan (brass). Both these tutors have a lot to offer, and the day should prove very rewarding for all Waits.

Lastly, the Guild has instituted a proper system of membership. The membership fee is £10 per person, or a maximum of £50 per band. There will be various benefits for members, and a members' badge has been designed from our new logo, and is available at £4 each. Please join the guild, and help to maintain its work, both in education through the website, and in supporting performances, workshops and festivals. A membership application form is attached.

Best wishes,

Chris Gutteridge, director and trustee, The International Guild of Town Pipers.


01 Jan 2008:
The untimely death of Ian Richardson, York Wait, has cast a long shadow over 2007. He will continue to be greatly missed. His obituary page, with all your messages and pictures, has been moved to our Miscellanea section, where it will remain. From Roger Offord of the Doncaster Waites comes a timely reminder on the new 2008 Notes & Queries page of how much we all owe to The York Waits. Looking to the future, plans are afoot for the 3rd International Festival of Town Pipers to take place in Lincoln on Friday 27th to Sunday 29th June 2008. A draft programme has been drawn up, and applications for funding have been made. Members of the Waits Website email list will be informed when news becomes available. With Ian's death, the position of Company Secretary of the International Guild of Town Pipers Ltd., which he set up, became vacant. Roger Offord has been appointed Company Secretary, with Al Radford as Chairman and Al Garrod and myself as directors. Have a look on the Photos page for pictures of the York Waits' traditional Sheriff's Riding and the feast that followed it, and of the Lincoln Waits' newly revived ceremony of "Crying Christmas". Very best wishes for 2008, and I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in Lincoln at the end of June.


James Merryweather, Richard Rastall and Chris Gutteridge
James Merryweather, Richard Rastall and Chris Gutteridge.