The lute: myths, musicians and instruments


'I’ve been a lute player for nearly three decades. When I first encountered the instrument I thought it was 'the' lute, and had no idea that there would be so many shapes, sizes and tunings to get to grips with. But now I love that each one has its place in history and a different sound to match the many types of music that lute players played then, and still do now. This gallery represents a few of my favourite finds.' Elizabeth Kenny.

To launch the gallery, click the first image above 

Elizabeth Kenny begins a solo UK tour tomorrow, June 15, at Orford Church. For further dates click here. Her new recording, ‘Ars longa: Old and new music for theorbo’, released by Linn, is available from June 21.

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