Conceptualised by Katharine Blake, formerly of Miranda Sex Garden, the group was formed in 1996. Sourcing lyrics from mediaeval and romantic texts and setting them to original scores using mediaeval and folk instruments, whilst singing in an array of obscure and ancient languages, the Baebes offer a beguiling musical beauty and ethereal talent. The choice of mediaeval texts are mythological, philosophical and dark in topic, meditating upon the inevitability of death, the pointlessness of material possessions, the agony of unrequited love or the dangers of vinous hallucinations.
Most recently Medieval Baebes were nominated for two Emmy's & won the Royal Television Society award for Best Titles alongside composer Martin Phipps for the soundtrack for ITV's (& PBS's) Victoria series (2017). The group has had three albums top the classical charts and contributed to the soundtrack of the BBC's of The Virgin Queen production, which resulted in an Ivor Novello Award 2007.
The Mediaeval Baebes haunting classical vocals have led them to tour the world, including UK, United States, Canada, Asia and Europe, in venues ranging from castles and caves to cathedrals & Glastonbury. They have toured with Jools Holland and played at the Royal Albert Hall, Carnglaze Caverns in Cornwall, Jersey Opera House, Tewkesbury Abbey, supported Michael Flatley in Hyde Park, and performed at the legendary Lilith Fayre.
- An anthology of nursery rhymes celebrating the duality of the childlike & fantastical and the dark & twisted - to be released mid-2018