The Medieval Fehr

“Our food is scanty, our garments rough; our drink is from the stream” – Abbot Aelred, 1147
Rievaulx Abbey, Yorkshire, 12th century

Minstrels and merry makers descended on Bogner’s of Penticton at the restaurant’s first annual Mid-Winter Medieval Feast!

The Medieval Fehr… Hair!



It was a delight to introduce Beatriz de Dia’s A Chantar, one of the only remaining works by a trobairitz, female equivalent of a troubadour, from the 12th century.

Thérèse de Fehr, Trobairitz and other merry minstrels!



As well, the audience was treated to O Eterne Deus, Hildegarde von Bingen, 12th century abbess and composer… and works by Monteverdi, Thomas Morley and more! 

Thérèse de Fehr, Trobairitz… ready for the concert!!!




‘A Chantar’ – Tracy Fehr with Saif Eddine Srairi, Oud Palais Ennejma Ezzahra, Tunisia

Shawl woven in North Africa with the ‘paisley’ motif that originated in and was popular in Persia and the east in the Middle Ages




‘A Chantar’ sound clip – Tracy Fehr and Bob Park, Lute – 12th century – Beatriz de Dia, trobairitz

My grandmother’s family was from Paisley, Scotland, which became famous for this pattern first imported from the east with the luxurious Kashmir shawls in the 18th and 19th centuries… Pieces of this shawl still remain in the family and I find such similarities to the shawl I found in Tunisia!


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