The lute has been getting a lot of attention lately, thanks to Sting's new cd, "Songs from the Labyrinth", a collection of lute songs by John Dowland. See Sting Plays the Lute. It's nice to see the lute regain a small portion of its former glory.
If you have heard Sting's lute music, you may find that you want to hear more. I hope you will enjoy these videos.
Toccata No. 7 by Kapsberger, Played by He Chin
A Port, Played by Jacopo Gianninoto
Here's Jan Akkerman discussing the lute as the video plays.
Galliard by Janna, Played by Jan Akkerman
Courante by Janna, Played by Jan Akkerman
See also Guitars Playing Lute Music.
The Lute Society
A Brief History of the Lute
Silvius Leopold Weiss