International Waits' Festival 2014 - This is it!
The Sixth Festival of the International Guild of Town Pipers will take place in Gloucester over the "Heritage Days" weekend, 12-14 September 2014. Nine bands are participating - the Waits of Colchester, Doncaster, Gloucester, King's Lynn, Leeds, Lincoln and York, Waytes and Measures, and the Stadspijpers van 's-Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands). 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. On the Saturday the 13th bands will be playing at the above venues from 10.30 to 4.00. A special feature on Sunday the 14th will be the "Great Noyse" of massed bands in the cathedral close at 12.00 noon. Then individual bands will perform again at the same venues as Saturday between 2.00-4.00. The social programme includes a welcoming reception/buffet on the Friday evening in the Parliament Rooms of the cathedral and Saturday dinner at Blackfriars. Music for the "Great Noyse" is available for download via for the link to the zip file at the bottom of the 2014 Festival page.

Waits at the York Mystery Plays
The wagon-based performance of the York Mystery Plays were performed again on the city streets on July 13th and 20th with Waits from Baggeshotte, Colchester, Doncaster, Gloucester, Leeds, Lincoln and York plus De Mowbray's Musicke processing pageant wagons around the circuit of performance stations. That's it for another four years, when the pageant wagons will roll again.

Other Recent Multi-Waits Gatherings
On April 27th, the Doncaster Waites, De Mowbray's Musicke and the Leeds Waits all performed at Temple Newsam in Leeds at the annual day of early music organised by the North-East Early Music Forum. Then on May 3rd in Ely at the annual "Eel Day" festivities, the Ely Piper, Lincoln Waites, Gloucester Waites, De Mowbray's Musicke and the Ely Waits took to the streets with shawms et al. to serenade the good citizens, followed by a celebratory banquet. The third such occasion was Epworth Music Day on June 21st when Doncaster Waites, Lincoln Waites and de Mowbray's Musicke got together.

French civic musicians
The latest update on the Historical Records section of the site is the adition of records of "waits" in the southern French cities of Montpellier, Toulouse and Avignon.Thanks to the research of Fiona Kisby, we now know that although infrequent, we did have our civic equivalents in France. If anyone has additional French data, please let us know.

Lincoln Waites is recruiting
Lincoln Waites would like to hear from players of recorders, crumhorns, shawms, sackbut, bagpipe or any other renaissance or medieval musical instruments. City of Lincoln Waites already play a core repertoire of both "Loud" (shawm) and "Quiet" (recorder) music and we are very interested in collaborating with other musicians. If this works well, the invitiation to perform with us may be repeated. We may be able to accommodate people who can only perform occasionally, as well as those who would like to perform with us more regularly. We usually perform in period costume, but this is not essential for musicians who perform with us occasionally. Contact Al Garrod - 07986 005598

Performance listings and news items
The Events page is now available for listing public events by member bands up to the end of December 2014. Make sure your band's Christmas performances are publicised here! Email details to 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.