Hear one of Shakespeare’s favorite songs

James Kline and Kornel Mariusz Radwanski formed their neo-Celtic group, Bardou, in France in 2001. A friend of VSL’s was lucky enough to see them performing on the streets of Aix-en-Provence. We’re happy to see them on YouTube.

Radwanski plays a centuries-old Swedish instrument called the nyckelharpa. Kline plays a harp guitar with 19 strings. Here, they’re playing an especially intricate arrangement of “Greensleeves”—a song so old that Shakespeare referenced it in The Merry Wives of Windsor. (“Let the sky rain potatoes,” Falstaff said as that play drew to its close. “Let it thunder to the tune of Greensleeves.”) Watching this clip today made us wonder about what the song might have sounded like six centuries ago. But, of course, it probably sounded the same.

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