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Paul Baker

Regional Fora

Midlands Early Music Forum
North East Early Music Forum
North West Early Music Forum
Border Marches Early Music Forum
Eastern Early Music Forum
Thames Valley Early Music Forum
Southern Early Music Forum
South West Early Music Forum
Early Music Forum of Scotland


National Early Music Association
Early Music Network
The Lute Society
The Viola da Gamba Society
Hurdy Gurdy Directory
The Bagpipe Society

Wedding Venues

Old Colehurst Manor - Over 3,000 places to get married

Really Useful People

Companies and individuals who have provided indispensible services, efficiently and with a smile.

Gourley's Welding Services - The front axle of the Amazing Street Organ relies on their excellent welding. Highly recommended.


"I'll link to you if you link to me" - you know how it goes. It all increases traffic, and it gives me the chance to display an eclectic selection of links to all sorts of random stuff. Enjoy!

Upscale Teak Furniture - in case you're in America and have a sudden desire for a bit of teak.

Windfall Music
Early Scottish fiddle music - sheet music and recorded versions.

Bay Area Kicks - a site about trainers. Sneakers. Pretty pumps. I'm not sure which bay they're in the area of, but if you're into trainer envy, this is the site.

Eniko Magyar "... increasingly recognized as the most promising young violist to have emerged from Hungary in recent years."

Learn Drums - "Great drumming resource for players of all levels to improve their skills".

Friends and Acquaintances

David Jarratt-Knock
An authoritative source for information on the renaissance cornett, produced by me mate Dave.

Heather Wastie
Composer, poet, and Soundbeam specialist

My old mate Mark Wheeler the Goth lutenist has gathered together a dodgy band of costumed lunatics to perform depressing but enjoyable 16th century music. Very much like Diabolus really, but with more attitude and in German. Well worth a visit.
Everything you always wanted to know about Kingswinford. If you ever did, that is.

Cantiones Renovate
An amiable bunch of erudite and talented bods, incuding our old mate Stewart McCoy.

Annie's Attic
A new venture by our mate Annika Burt. All sorts of historical and historically inspired clothing, from medieval to 1950s.

The Night Watch
A pair of folkies turned early. Ecelctic and highly entertaining. I've spent many happy hours recording them.

Ian Pittaway
Half of The Night Watch. Plays cool folky stuff on all sorts of stringy things, including a Paul Baker gittern.

Musical Information Sites

Early Music FAQs
The big one, edited by Todd Michel McComb. No fancy graphics, just pure info and links to all sorts of early music reference material.
Very erudite site on Baroque Music. Portraits and bios of composers and performers, music samples, and bits on performance practice, 18th century organ-builders, all sorts of juicy stuff.

Acadia University, Nova Scotia
Big list of early music resources

British Library Digitised Manuscripts
A huge source of manuscripts, from pre-medieval to 20th century, available online. Includes the Rutland Psalter.

UK Hurdy-gurdy newsgroup
Meet gurdy obsessives from all over the UK!

Musiques Profanes du Moyen Age
French site with lots of useful stuff. Good gallery of medieval instrument paintings.

Classical Music UK
"Classical Music UK is a high-quality directory for classical music organizations, performers, professionals, ensembles, and enthusiasts in the UK"
"The world's favourite online classical music subscription offering listening, downloads, custom CDs, and a huge resource of entertaining information to expand your classical music knowledge."

A Musical Playground
Music theory lessons for kids.

Guide to Remote/Distance Learning Music
from Octane Seating (they make theatre seats). Sound advice on distance learning, and a huge list of useful links.

Musical Glossary for kids.
with links to more glossaries. Look up that weird Italian term.

Music Resource Guide for Students
All sorts of useful stuff.

Music Techno Sites

Midipedia - Download lots of free MIDI files. Turn your computer into a mecahnical musical marvel.

Best Ringtones - annoy everyone in your vicinity with something tasteless when your mobile phone rings.


WARNING - some of these sites are creepy and disturbing.

UK Museum of Ordure

Corpses for sale

Toad Suck, Arkansas

Salad Fingers