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Yesterday we referenced an ancient instrument, the bandora, because of its unusual fretting and thought we’d make it the subject of today’s #ThrowbackThursday post.

The Bandora, sometimes known as the Bandore, is a large long-necked plucked string-instrument. It can be regarded as a bass cittern; though it does not have the re-entrant tuning typical of one.

The bandora was probably first built by John Rose in England around 1560 together with a smaller version called an orpharion. You may not have heard of this but it remained popular for over a century. In fact the he bandora was frequently one of the two bass instruments in a broken consort as associated with the works of Thomas Morley. Additionally, Anthony Holborne wrote many pieces for solo bandora.

26 - bandora

With apologies for the poor picture you should, however, be able to make out the sloping frets.

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As promised The Old Dairy is open by appointment between Christmas and the New Year (Tues 27th – Thurs 29th).

Given the timing of the appointments we’ve decided to keep The Old Dairy open in between so why not take the opportunity to pop in and see us?