Alex Cronin

Multi-instrumentalist Alex Cronin trained as a lutenist in Australia and Holland. As a lutenist and guitarist he has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Brandenburg orchestra, Opera Australia and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, among others.

He also enjoys playing the Irish fiddle, working the pubs and clubs with bands such as The Ragged Band, Skewiff, Stringybark, The Furry Animals and Clean Phil and the Bush Rocks. In 1990 he formed Pastance, an ensemble dedicated to performing medieval, Renaissance and folk music.

When Alex took up the harp he began writing his own music. the original pieces on A Valley Fair were inspired by landscapes and memorable pieces along the eastern seaboard of Australia visited while touring with Pastance.

Compositions by Alex Cronin appear on

A Valley Fair

Pastance's most recent offering is a delightful collection of traditional, original, and early music for Celtic harp, recorders and voices.


Alex Cronin also appears on

Lady Sings the Viol

The concept behind "Lady Sings the Viol" was to create a CD of "covers" of popular tunes. Five very different singers individually and collectively perform songs from 1300 to the present day including music by Piaf, John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin's bassist), Schubert and Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin.

Performer: Double Harp

Alex Cronin is a member of


Pastance came together in 1993 to perform Mediaeval and Renaissance music. Pastance has performed for the early music fraternity but also for a wide range of audiences, from folk festivals and formal concerts to schools, corporate feasts and open air markets.