A couple of weeks ago I gave a performance of Tudor news ballads for the local history society where I live. It was great fun, as it was their after dinner entertainment rather than a straight public history talk.

I took my other half along to provide the accompaniment, and we performed a selection of songs from the sixteenth century, including hits by William Elderton and Thomas Deloney. The idea was to sing extracts from the songs and to set them in a bit of context by explaining some of the important themes. I’m hoping that we’ll get chance to perform them again somewhere.