International Waits' Festival 2014 - update
Simon Pickard of the Gloucester Waites and the IGTP, in association with Gloucester Civic Trust, Folk Museum and Cathedral, are planning the Sixth Festival of the International Guild of Town Pipers in Gloucester over the "Heritage Days" weekend, 12-14 September 2014. The detailed planning is coming along well, and nine bands to date have indicated attendance. They are the Waits of Charlotte USA), Colchester, Doncaster, Gloucester, King's Lynn, Leeds and York, the Stadspijpers of Den Bosch (The Netherlands), and Waytes & Measures. Scheduled performance venues include Blackfriars, the churches of St Nicholas, St Mary de Lode and St Mary de Crypt, the Cathedral precinct and the Folk Museum.

York Mystery Plays 2014
The Guilds of York will again bring forth the traditional wagon-based performance of the Mystery Plays in 2014, and waits are invited once again to participate. The dates are now confirmed as July 13th and 20th. Waits from Baggeshotte, Colchester, Doncaster, Gloucester, Leeds and York, and De Mowbray's Musicke, have accepted the invitation and will be processing pageant wagons around the circuit of performance stations. It's hard work but great fun, and at the end of the day it's what we waits do!

Summer Schools
It's time to start thinking about finding a 2014 summer school. Here are a few relevant ones:
Chalemie Summer School directed by Tim Bayley, 12-17 August, Oxford.
Cambridge Early Music Summer School led by Philip Thorby, 10-16 August.
Dartington International Summer School Early Music Week with William Lyons, 26 July-1 August, Dartington College, Devon.
DHDS Summer School, Renaissance Music Course with Keith McGowan, 27 July-3 August, Chichester.
Are there any other ones that we should list?

Eel Day 2014
Tony Pearson the Ely Piper is organising a major early music presence for Eel Day this year, on Saturday May 3rd, in the historic city of Ely. It starts with a procession, continues with the opportunity to play in the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral, and ends with a feast. Among bands participating will be familiar groups Lincoln Waites, Ely Waits and de Mowbray's Musick. The registration deadline for performers has now passed, but for details of the event see Tony's linked item on the IGTP Facebook page or contact

York Waits' new CD
Following on the heels of their recent CD of realisations of the dance music of the Gresley manuscript of late 15th century English dances, the York Waits' new CD "The White Rose and the Red" contains a selection of the popular tunes from the same period, played on shawms, sackbut, trumpet, bagpipes, recorders, lute, gittern, bray harp and fiddles, and with songs from Deborah Catterall. No doubt a review will appear shortly elsewhere on this website.

Merryweather on Waits
Our old friend James Merryweather recently had a short article on waits, "Keepinge the Night Watches", published in "Tradition Today", the e-journal of the Centre for English Traditional Heritage. According to James it was submitted a few years back but it has finally seen the light of day.

Bath City Jubilee Waits
Also in print, in "The Living Tradition" issue 100 page 33, is an article by Ian Gilchrist on the historic Bath Waits and their recent reincarnation as the Bath City Jubilee Waits. Let's hope Ian achieves his ambition of restoring them to their eighteenth century prime.

Performance listings and news items
The Events page is now available for listing public events by member bands up to the end of September 2014. Email details to to make sure they are publicised by the IGTP. It is after all one of the benefits of membership. The Latest News section is also available if your member band has anything particularly newsworthy, so send such items to the same address.