Jake Barnes' translation of a passage from Beowulf is like nothing you have ever heard before. Jake, a Western Medieval Studies and Music student, chose to breathe some new life into the epic poem by interpreting it through the music of the popular band, The Lumineers. Based on the band's recent award-winning hit "Ho Hey", Jake's recording is a wonderfully creative interpretation of both the medieval text, and the course assignment from Prof. Toswell's Medieval Studies 1020 course.
CLICK HERE to listen to Jake's Beowulf recording.
The private collections room at Western’s Weldon Library was abuzz Tuesday, and even the librarians were in on the noise.
What was the fuss all about?
An extensive 15th-century religious manuscript from the pre-French Revolution city of Lille that belonged to a man by the name of Canon Grandel, who very likely used the book for his private devotions, Western University music history professor Jim Grier said. Read More
At the launch event, Medieval Studies student Amanda Zafar spoke about the new program from a student's perspective. Amanda gave great insight as to why the program is so unique and exciting. A copy of her speech can be found here.