Ricardo de Noronha plays Middle-Eastern percussion and makes his own ethnic flutes based on the Slovakian shepherd’s pipe, the fujara. As well as playing with Nuno in Aldebaran Ricardo was also a founder member of one of Portugal’s best-known folk acts Mandragora. Now resident in the UK, he met Steve Tyler & Katy Marchant through his connection with the world of Mediaeval music. His latest album Veer (a collaboration with Griselda Sanderson) was selected by Transglobal World Music charts as one of 2017’s top world music albums.
Nuno Silva is one of Portugal’s most highly acclaimed artists specialising in Middle Eastern & Mediaeval music, playing oud and Persian santur. He formed the group Aldebaran with percussionist Ricardo de Noronha as a vehicle for their own
compositions. In 2017 he toured with Spain’s acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Efren Lopez, and his latest album Espiral was listed as one of the best world music albums
Griselda Sanderson is a composer and player of bowed, stringed instruments (nyckelharpa, hardanger, viola and fiddle). She is best known for her collaborations
with North and West African artists such as Amadou Diagne, Simo Lagnawi and Juldeh Camara with whom she recorded and toured. She has also toured with the Royal Shakespeare Company and in 2015 performed in a season at Shakespeare’s Globe.
She has released two solo albums ‘Harpaphonics’ and ‘Radial’ that feature the Swedish nyckelharpa.
TAMBURA, CITTERN, BASS GUITAR
Soufian Saihi is a Moroccan oud player who studied with Master Hafid Boudribila.
While in France he played Arabic-Andalusian music with Algerian and French jazz musicians. He now lives in the UK where he established his multi-ethnic group Karama. Soufian has collaborated many times with Ricardo de Noronha and joins this project to add an Arabic element with his fine musicianship and originality of style.
Louis Bingham studied traditional music on Newcastle’s folk degree course. He specialises in cittern, bouzouki, tambura and other plucked strings. He has made contributions on many recordings with his versatile and imaginative style. In 2015 he released Curlicue, an album of traditional Irish and Breton music with flute player Freya Rae and has performed alongside Griselda Sanderson and Ricardo de Noronha in the
group Radial. Louis has a wide repertoire ranging from Irish to Italian, Eastern Mediterranean, Balkan and Galician traditional music.
Steve Tyler is one of the UK’s best-known hurdy-gurdy players, renowned for his rhythmic and inventive playing. He has performed with many diverse artists including English folksinger Jackie Oates & German industrial/electronic musician F.M.Einheit. Theatrical work includes playing at Shakespeare’s Globe, tours with Daughters of Elvin Medieval theatre company and South African puppeteer John Roberts. He has recorded and performed extensively throughout UK, Europe and Scandinavia.
BAGPIPES, FLUTES, SHAWM
Katy Marchant plays bagpipes, shawms & recorders. She is the founder & director of Mediaeval masked dance theatre company Daughters of Elvin, which has toured throughout the UK, Ireland and Cyprus. For the past fourteen years she has performed as part of a duo with Steve Tyler, they have toured extensively throughout UK, Europe and Scandinavia. Steve and Katy are also founder members of Bal Folk ensemble Woodwose.