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About Concentio Agnorum

Who are we?

We are Foolscap and Lady Ampersand, two people with a love of early music. (All right... Scurvy, too.)

What can we do for you?

We add atmosphere to Renaissance fairs by playing early music. In the Middle Ages, musical instruments were divided into two kinds: haut (loud) and bas (quiet). We (currently!) play quiet instruments, so if you are coming to one of our stage performances, get there early so you can sit close. Our favorite way to play is to set ourselves under a tree and play, and play and play. Think of us as period background music. If you find us under a tree and have a question, or are curious after seeing us on stage, feel free to ask! We love to talk about our instruments and about early music.

If this interests you, please contact us.

Why do we do it?

We do it for the enjoyment of fair patrons, and to introduce early music to people who haven't heard it in hopes that they will enjoy it as well. (See our manifesto for further discussion.) Many fine musicians perform at Renaissance fairs, but not much music heard at Renaissance fairs is actually from the Renaissance or Middle Ages.

Why did we get the name wrong?

Um, because neither of us took Latin in school, and we didn’t know agnus is irregular? Sorry about that, but it’s too late to change now. We like to look at it as being in the great tradition of mistakes in Classical Latin that gave us the Romance languages. (One of the ways we know about that is a list of mistakes that we’d like to think drove its maker up the wall. "Dang it, it’s equus, not caballus!")

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