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What if your favorite rock n’ roll bands were active during the Middle Ages?

Substitute electric guitars for lutes and you might get something like this.

What if your favorite rock n’ roll bands were active during the Middle Ages?

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Chances are you’ve been in a pub where there’s this cover band playing all those radio hits from the classic rock playbook and, of course, they end up playing Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” and maybe one or two Beatles’ tunes. Hey, chances are you were even in a band, and struggled to learn those chords rehearsal after rehearsal. But most likely, you’ve never tried playing those songs on a lute. Or you’ve never heard any of those being covered in troubadour style, including lutes, dulcimers, tambourines and harps, have you?

Well, that is precisely what Stary Olsa, a Russian Renaissance music band, does, so we wanted to share some of the videos they in turn shared on YouTube, in which several of the best-known pop-rock music hits of the 20th century become troubadour-like songs that might well have suited the ears of a 13th-century audience.