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Medieval Music Covers - Hildegard von Blingin'

This week, for fun, we're going to look at the wonderful Hildegard von Blingin' on Youtube, and her covers of modern pop music in a Medieval musical style. Medieval Music made modern!

We know remarkably little about medieval music and instruments, especially within an early medieval context. However, there seems to be a solution. Ever wanted to hear what Lady Gaga, Bonnie Tyler or Dolly Parton sounded like if they'd been Medieval musicians? That's what the Youtube channel Hildegard von Blingin' (great name by the way) sets out to do, in a genre that is apparently called 'Bandcore'. Expect lutes, oldie-worldy lyrics and general good vibes!

Here's the full list of songs so far - make sure to drop her a subscription so you can keep an eye out for new songs!

Holding Out For a Hero - Bonnie Tyler

Bad Romance - Lady Gaga

Jolene - Dolly Parton

Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People

Somebody That I Used To Know - Goyte

Creep - Radiohead

Summertime Sadness

Orinoco Flow - Enya

Save Your Tears - The Weeknd

Willow - Taylor Swift

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