The Minstrel - Medieval Minstrel

He is a unique performer and entertainer - an Elizabethan minstrel who travels extensively throughout the UK performing for weddings, corporate events and festivals, dressed in stunning costumes, typical of a court musician of the 1580s.

A professional since 1984, he is now established in countless historical venues as a unique soloist, offering a prestigious package to make your event truly memorable. His fee is for up to 5 hours (with breaks) during which time he will perform on multiple instruments.


  • For his selection of instruments: there is no other in the UK who uses this combination, all faithful copies of originals.
  • For the quality of his costumes: all exquisitely hand-made in various colours.
  • In his presentation: strolling, mingling and entertaining guests with wit and banter in a number of languages.
  • For his one-man package of entertainment including:
  • Processional music
  • Gentle background music
  • Romantic and risqué ballads
  • Lively dance tunes


  • In his ability to choose and suggest the correct music to suit each occasion
  • Experienced in planning events and consulting with clients, liaising with venues, agents and organizers
  • In his approach to a whole event, either as a soloist or with a group of entertainers

He has recorded many albums and has appeared in stage productions and on TV and radio. His current CD, a solo recording entitled 'Bassadanza' features his Italian repertoire including many items never previously recorded.

"Full marks for enterprise and imagination! This extraordinary disc is the calling card of a real Renaissance man, who appears looking roguish in suitably flamboyant Italian attire on the sleeve insert. The repertory is a wide-ranging collection of Italian songs and dances from 1517 to 1617, plus a couple of his own compositions. This disc has more variety than one has a right to expect, a good helping of seriously unusual repertory and plenty of gioia. Highlights include some very successful playing on orpharion and cittern and vigorously uninhibited strumming on the colascione." Early Music Review

"Bloody 'ell, you really can play that thing!"... Bill Wyman
"Brilliant!"... TVAM
"Exciting"... HRH The Prince Andrew"
I really like your music"... Meatloaf
"Could you sing another [bawdy ballad]" The Duchess of York
"So, how does the hurdy-gurdy actually work?" thousands of happy and intrigued listeners
"Good afternoon"... HRH The Prince Edward

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Musical suggestions for a wedding ceremony

As guests assemble for the ceremony:

  • A selection of gentle lute music

Arrival of Bride:

  • A processional tune with English bagpipes

Signing of the Register:

  • John Johnson’s ‘Delight Pavan & Galliard’ on the lute

Exit of Bride and Groom:

  • A recessional tune with English bagpipes

Whilst photographs are taken:

  • Lively strolling music with the hurdy-gurdy

Musical suggestions for a wedding reception

As guests arrive at the reception venue:

  • Lively strolling music with the hurdy-gurdy

Bride and Groom’s entry for the wedding breakfast:

  • A processional tune with English bagpipes

For the duration of the wedding breakfast:

  • Strolling background music on the lute, cittern and colascione

When speeches begin:

  • End of music

These suggestions are based on previous ceremonies and receptions for which he has performed and he is happy to discuss any individual requirements

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