“We’re here to make you happy,
We’re here to make you jive,
We’re here to make you party like it’s 1555!”
It is with the greatest pleasure that we present to you the tunes we have collected herein.
After many years of study and practice, here is the first recording of some of our favourite pieces – the way we see them – the way we feel them.
21 ditties to warm your tootsies. Come cavort with us a while, in forgotten gardens and half-remembered loves, that await your dalliance.
The sundials are dumb with moonlight - now's our chance!
Who are The Princes?
Michael Tyack – vocals, lute, cittern, saz, female impersonations & bells
William Summers – vocals, flutes, recorders, crumhorns, shawm & rauschpfeife
Antony Elvin – vocals, big drum, little drum, bells, wooden frog, tambourine & mouth cymbal
All three Princes played in the band Circulus.
The Times review - Port Eliot Festival by Will Hodgkinson
‘Perhaps best-suited to performing in the gardens of a 700- year-old castle was Princes in the Tower. This is a flamboyant three-piece, that plays early music on crumhorn, cittern (early guitar) and drum but in a slightly unhinged fashion. The Princes kicked up a Tudor storm and their mixture of virtuosity, authenticity and anarchy was inspiring.’
And in those moonlit nooks of gardens, you might be drawn to soft lute or pipe, in a spinney in the privet - for we really do roam the moony English land.
Soonly, we shall fetch another collection of songs, from the hold of our mind galleon.
Until then, look out for us!
released June 21, 2021
Michael Tyack plays Cittern, Lute, Saz, Renaissance Guitar and Vocals,
William Summers plays many Crumhorns, Rauschpfeife, Shawm, Recorders, Wooden Flute and poesy,
Antony Elvin plays Drums, Percussion, Mouth Cymbal, and Vocals,
(Lady vocals on ‘Sweet Lady Genevieve’ by Cat Begley)
Cover art - Antony Elvin, with thanks to Nicholas Elvin and Penelope
Photographs - Grace Gelder, Tim Matthews, Antony Elvin
Dancers - Alex Merry & Michelle Wooley, of Boss Morris & The Belles Of London City, respectively.
Music arranged by Princes In the Tower
Produced by Princes In The Tower, at Viking Court, near Hampton Court, in the Springtime
We’re here to make you happy, we’re here to make you jive,
We’re here to make you party like its
Early Music Power Trio, at your disposal.
Princes in the Tower comprises
Michael Tyack - cittern, lute, saz, Renaissance guitar and vocals,
William Summers - crumhorns, recorders, rauschpfeife, ﬂute and
Antony Elvin - drums, percussion and vocals....more
Live in London - Cornishness at its finest. Hewn from the living rock, and local tomatoes, t'will cause you to swim, where the cave beckons. Tyack and his group plough the foam - home - to Tintagel. Princes In The Tower
The Venn overlap of the two bands won't be obvious, at first.
Catchy, beaty ditties.
Bell-like voice. Oodles of sterling musicians, like William & Antony, of Princes In The Tower. Boom-the crossover! Princes In The Tower
Katherine Blake has wefted our weave for decades, from soon after soft callow mallow baby brain tries to make sense in Phenergan telly leak sweatnurse flannel suckle. Our William Summers plays herein. Princes In The Tower