As a band Earthly Delights might be anything from a wandering trio to a full-on five-piece, and might be caught doing anything from garden weddings to grand concerts, playing anything from pavans to tangos and leading anything from a simple 17th century country dance to a snazzy 19th century couples dance.
All four happen to be instruments on which a drone or chord can be sustained at the same time as playing a melody. This capacity and the extra volume it afforded was once greatly favoured by musicians in the time before electronic amplifiers. Indeed, in medieval Europe most music (secular or religious) was drone based - and loud drone based instruments were particularly favoured for popular dancing - most of which took place outdoors. As music moved inside and into different modes, their popularity faded. 'Bourdon musique', as the French call it (drone being 'bourdon' in French, 'Bordun' in German or 'Bordone' in Italian) has, however, survived in many Europe folk traditions (not least the Bordonian)- and has recently been enjoying a revival.
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