Book Medieval Wedding Entertainment Now!

If you are planning a medieval celebration, themed party, wedding, handfasting, or blessing ceremony, The Grinnigogs are a perfect way to set the scene and create the right ambience. Music is a lovely way to enhance the atmosphere and emotion at your special event.

The Grinnigogs specialise in performing medieval style music on Hammer Dulcimer, Hurdy Gurdy, bag-pipes and cittern.

The Grinnigogs can tailor the entertaiment to suit all budgets, from an intimate ceremony to a huge gathering for family and friends.

The Grinnigogs are professional musicians so you can book them to play at any time on any day of the week to book them contact:  grinnigogs@btinternet.com or call 07877434739

Book Medieval Entertainment Now!

If you are planning a medieval celebration, themed party, wedding, handfasting, or blessing ceremony, The Grinnigogs are a perfect way to set the scene and create the right ambience. Music is a lovely way to enhance the atmosphere and emotion at your special event.

The Grinnigogs specialise in performing medieval style music on Hammer Dulcimer, Hurdy Gurdy, bag-pipes and cittern.

The Grinnigogs can tailor the entertaiment to suit all budgets, from an intimate ceremony to a huge gathering for family and friends.

The Grinnigogs are professional musicians so you can book them to play at any time on any day of the week to book them contact:  grinnigogs@btinternet.com or call 07877434739

Medieval Music For The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

We are looking for an opportunity to play some medieval music to celebrate The Queens Diamond Jubile. If you are interested in having us perform on the 3rd of June please email grinnigogs@btinternet.com or call 07877434739.

Medieval Minstrels at Jury’s Inn Sheffield

Planning a medieval event at Jury’s Inn Sheffield and need to book medieval entertainment? The Grinnigogs are medieval minstrels experienced in providing music and entertainment at medieval banquets, weddings, handfastings, parties, themed evenings  and corporate events.

The Grinnigogs specialise in the performance of Medieval and Tudor and music.The Grinnigogs Minstrels have surprised, delighted and entertained audiences all over the world. Playing exciting, uplifting and sensual music on a diverse range of instruments using a variety of medieval instruments like Hammer Dulcimer, Hurdy-Gurdy, Bagpipes, Shawms, Percussion, Violin and Cittern – they can perform as soloists, as a duo or as a band with up to seven virtuoso musicians.

The Grinnigogs also offer medieval story-tellers, jesters, jugglers, magicians, stilt-walkers and fortune tellers to add theatricality and spectacle to any event.

The Grinnigogs work from a fixed spot or as strolling players and can perform acoustically or with amplification.

The Grinnigogs have achieved National and International acclaim having appeared at many prestigious British Arts festivals. They have toured Japan, Eastern Europe, Belgium, Holland and Germany. They offer  music for all kinds of events, and are hugely popular for weddings, street performances, historical sites, corporate themed parties and complete banquet entertainment.

To contact The Grinnigogs call now 07877434739 or 07737494255 or email grinnigogs@btinternet.com

Medieval Minstrels at The Kyte Hotel

Planning a medieval event at The Kyte Hotel and need to book medieval entertainment? The Grinnigogs are medieval minstrels experienced in providing music and entertainment at medieval banquets, weddings, handfastings, parties, themed evenings  and corporate events.

The Grinnigogs specialise in the performance of Medieval and Tudor and music.The Grinnigogs Minstrels have surprised, delighted and entertained audiences all over the world. Playing exciting, uplifting and sensual music on a diverse range of instruments using a variety of medieval instruments like Hammer Dulcimer, Hurdy-Gurdy, Bagpipes, Shawms, Percussion, Violin and Cittern – they can perform as soloists, as a duo or as a band with up to seven virtuoso musicians.

The Grinnigogs also offer medieval story-tellers, jesters, jugglers, magicians, stilt-walkers and fortune tellers to add theatricality and spectacle to any event.

The Grinnigogs work from a fixed spot or as strolling players and can perform acoustically or with amplification.

The Grinnigogs have achieved National and International acclaim having appeared at many prestigious British Arts festivals. They have toured Japan, Eastern Europe, Belgium, Holland and Germany. They offer  music for all kinds of events, and are hugely popular for weddings, street performances, historical sites, corporate themed parties and complete banquet entertainment.

To contact The Grinnigogs call now 07877434739 or 07737494255 or email grinnigogs@btinternet.com

Medieval Minstrels at Broughton Hall

Planning a medieval event at Broughton Hall and need to book medieval entertainment? The Grinnigogs are medieval minstrels experienced in providing music and entertainment at medieval banquets, weddings, handfastings, parties, themed evenings  and corporate events.

The Grinnigogs specialise in the performance of Medieval and Tudor and music.The Grinnigogs Minstrels have surprised, delighted and entertained audiences all over the world. Playing exciting, uplifting and sensual music on a diverse range of instruments using a variety of medieval instruments like Hammer Dulcimer, Hurdy-Gurdy, Bagpipes, Shawms, Percussion, Violin and Cittern – they can perform as soloists, as a duo or as a band with up to seven virtuoso musicians.

The Grinnigogs also offer medieval story-tellers, jesters, jugglers, magicians, stilt-walkers and fortune tellers to add theatricality and spectacle to any event.

The Grinnigogs work from a fixed spot or as strolling players and can perform acoustically or with amplification.

The Grinnigogs have achieved National and International acclaim having appeared at many prestigious British Arts festivals. They have toured Japan, Eastern Europe, Belgium, Holland and Germany. They offer  music for all kinds of events, and are hugely popular for weddings, street performances, historical sites, corporate themed parties and complete banquet entertainment.

To contact The Grinnigogs call now 07877434739 or 07737494255 or email grinnigogs@btinternet.com

Medieval Minstrels at Bolton Castle

Planning a medieval event at Bolton Castle and need to book medieval entertainment? We’ve played there many times and really enjoyed the incredible atmosphere that live medieval music brings  to the venue – let me explain – the castle rooms lit by torchlight and the stone flags create a real air of magic that is hard to beat when combined with the sounds of medieval minstrel instruments the hurdy gurdy hammer dulcimer, bagpipes and drums it really takes you back to another time.

The Grinnigogs are medieval minstrels experienced in providing music and entertainment at medieval banquets, weddings, handfastings, parties, themed evenings  and corporate events.

The Grinnigogs specialise in the performance of Medieval and Tudor and music.The Grinnigogs Minstrels have surprised, delighted and entertained audiences all over the world. Playing exciting, uplifting and sensual music on a diverse range of instruments using a variety of medieval instruments like Hammer Dulcimer, Hurdy-Gurdy, Bagpipes, Shawms, Percussion, Violin and Cittern – they can perform as soloists, as a duo or as a band with up to seven virtuoso musicians.

The Grinnigogs also offer medieval story-tellers, jesters, jugglers, magicians, stilt-walkers and fortune tellers to add theatricality and spectacle to any event.

The Grinnigogs work from a fixed spot or as strolling players and can perform acoustically or with amplification.

To contact The Grinnigogs call now 07877434739 or 07737494255 or email grinnigogs@btinternet.com

Here is what one of our customers said about our performance at Bolton Castle.

WOW…On behalf of The Savile Household, and our guests The Beaufort Companye and Knights in Battle, may I just just say what an absolutely brilliant time we all had at Bolton Castle last night.

Bolton itself is an excellent setting for a medieval banquet – what with the authentic rooms, candlelight, roaring fire (and roaring draughts!), plenty of drink and many many friends – it was all turned into a magical experience by the music and dancing of The Grinnigogs – you really turned the evening into something to remember. I cannot tell you how many compliments I have received about you and your music, and the atmosphere you created….. and why we have not come across you before!

Marie Kearney
Savile Household

Medieval Minstrels at Ripley Castle

 

Planning a medieval event at Ripley Castle and need to book medieval entertainment? The Grinnigogs are medieval minstrels experienced in providing music and entertainment at medieval banquets, weddings, handfastings, parties, themed evenings  and corporate events.

The Grinnigogs specialise in the performance of Medieval and Tudor and music.The Grinnigogs Minstrels have surprised, delighted and entertained audiences all over the world. Playing exciting, uplifting and sensual music on a diverse range of instruments using a variety of medieval instruments like Hammer Dulcimer, Hurdy-Gurdy, Bagpipes, Shawms, Percussion, Violin and Cittern – they can perform as soloists, as a duo or as a band with up to seven virtuoso musicians.

The Grinnigogs also offer medieval story-tellers, jesters, jugglers, magicians, stilt-walkers and fortune tellers to add theatricality and spectacle to any event.

The Grinnigogs work from a fixed spot or as strolling players and can perform acoustically or with amplification.

The Grinnigogs have achieved National and International acclaim having appeared at many prestigious British Arts festivals. They have toured Japan, Eastern Europe, Belgium, Holland and Germany. They offer  music for all kinds of events, and are hugely popular for weddings, street performances, historical sites, corporate themed parties and complete banquet entertainment.

To contact The Grinnigogs call now 07877434739 or 07737494255 or email grinnigogs@btinternet.com

Medieval Banquet Entertainment

Medieval minstrels are one of the main ingredients for any medieval banquet. The Grinnigogs can play music for your guests as they arrive, create a musical ambience during the drinks reception and provide musical accompaniment to your meal. The Grinnigogs can perform from a fixed spot or stroll amongst your guests.
To add extra excitement to proceedings The Grinnigogs can supply fortune tellers and storytellers to entertain your guests. Our Jesters and Magicians will keep adults and children entertained, we can provide jugglers, fire-eaters, magicians and stiltwalkers to entertain and astound your guests, as well as a medieval Master of Ceremonies to introduce the food courses and the speeches and amuse all with humorous asides and medieval games, challenges and riddles.
To discuss your Banquetting entertainment call Quentin or Amanda on 07737494255 or 07877434739 or email grinnigogs@btinternet.com

Medieval Wedding Celebrations In Yorkshire

If you are planning a medieval wedding, handfasting, or blessing ceremony, The Grinnigogs are a perfect way to set the scene and create the right ambience. Music is a lovely way to enhance the atmosphere and emotion at your special event. The Grinnigogs specialise in performing medieval style music on Hammer Dulcimer, Hurdy Gurdy, Bag-pipes and Cittern.

The Grinnigogs can tailor the entertaiment to suit all budgets, from an intimate ceremony to a huge gathering for family and friends. Contact 07877434739 or email: grinnigogs@btinternet.com to discuss your event.

Book Medieval Music Now

If you are planning a medieval celebration, themed party, wedding, handfasting, or blessing ceremony, The Grinnigogs are a perfect way to set the scene and create the right ambience. Music is a lovely way to enhance the atmosphere and emotion at your special event.

The Grinnigogs specialise in performing medieval style music on Hammer Dulcimer, Hurdy Gurdy, bag-pipes and cittern.

The Grinnigogs can tailor the entertaiment to suit all budgets, from an intimate ceremony to a huge gathering for family and friends.

The Grinnigogs are professional musicians so you can book them to play at any time on any day of the week to book them contact grinnigogs@btinternet.com or call 07877434739

Do You Work for Free?

Elizabeth Hobbs published this little gem on her blog – couldn’t agree with her more.

Musicians become musicians because they have a passion and a talent. They also have high levels of self-discipline and perseverance. To become a professional musician takes a lifetime of work. Most will have started playing by the age of ten: at that age, you might practice half an hour a day, but as you improve that soon becomes an hour, then three, then five hours (that’s per day, not week, on top of your schoolwork). By the time you’re at music college – if you’re one of the very tiny minority who make it through the highly competitive audition process – you are likely to be practising six or seven hours a day, in addition to a daily schedule of rehearsals and classes.

The pressure is relentless and doesn’t end with your graduation recital. Except for the most utterly exceptional, the life of a musician is a perilous journey, through small gigs and bigger gigs, auditions, competitions, rehearsals, more practice, and the gradual acquisition of teaching experience. In due course, the most persistent piece together a career, which is likely to combine, in various degrees, performing, teaching, composing or arranging, and accompanying. Almost everyone I know couples this portfolio approach with ancillary activities such as writing and reviewing (as I do), bodywork (such as Feldenkrais or Alexander Technique) or, indeed, pretty much anything ranging from software design to child-minding.

Like everyone else, along the way musicians acquire families and mortgages. We need to eat, run a car, and educate our children. For musicians, music is not a hobby – it is a job. When I was at the Academy, the most useful piece of career advice that I ever received came from the eminent clarinettist Georgina Dobrée, who told me: “never work for free. Not even in a church concert or community event (unless it is for charity). Do not do it even if you think it will promote you or give you good exposure. By working for free you are undercutting your own future as a fee-earning musician, and doing down your colleagues in the process.”

So why do so many event promoters expect musicians to live on nothing but the joy of music?

This week the musical world is united in fury over the blatant and widespread escalation of expectation that musicians will work for free at this big summer’s big events, the Olympics and the Jubilee celebrations. The Evening Standard started the debate with a leader item suggesting we should be proud to showcase our talents on the world stage. Social media is alight with anger. Perhaps, as one colleague said, we could suggest that the plumbers who will keep the stadium systems operational might be pleased to showcase their own sanitation expertise to the world? Or even better,as Andrea Vacari, Professor of Jazz Piano at Trinity, suggests, that the politicians (who really ARE showcasing themselves) should forgo their salaries for the month while they revel in bigging up Britain.

LOCOG entered into an agreement that professionals who provided services to the Olympics would be paid as professionals and explicitly differentiated from event volunteers. So why is there a perception that musicians are exempt from this contract? I believe it is because music, which everybody loves and most have dabbled in in some way during their life, is perceived as a leisure pursuit, an enjoyable sideline to the real business of life. The warm memory of the camaraderie at school band practice or those three-chord strummings in a teenage bedroom give music the glow of a happy hobby. At the same time, the get-famous-quick culture promoted by shows like the X-Factor encourage audiences to believe that musicians get in front of their audience by not much more than luck and the ability to look good holding a microphone. And if it’s so easy and so much fun, why should we be paid?

We should be paid because we have practised and studied for decades. We have served gruelling apprenticeships under rigorous task-masters. We produce music that people want to hear because we’re good and we can, not because Simon Cowell happened to walk past our house one day and hear us playing. We should be paid, and paid properly, because music is our job. But let us leave the last word with this classic from Craig’s List, currently doing the rounds, and ask yourself: do you work for free?

To read the full article click on this link  Do You Work for Free?.

London Olympics Organisation Refuse to Pay Musicians

Here is an excerpt from an on line posting by an organisation  called corporate watch

The organisers of the London Olympics have been happy to hand huge amounts of public money to multinational companies but are refusing to pay the musicians they are employing to perform at the Games, Corporate Watch can reveal.

Professional musicians approached by the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) to play at sporting events during the Games have been told its policy is not to pay artists and that they should do it “for the exposure”. In addition to the opening and closing ceremonies, LOCOG is contracting professional musicians to provide entertainment and atmosphere throughout the Olympic fortnight.

One musician in a band asked by LOCOG to perform at various Olympic venues told Corporate Watch:

“they said they were really keen for us to play on major stages at different events. We replied quoting our normal fees. After months of meetings they offered us a raft of gigs but said it was LOCOG’s policy not to pay any musicians for performing. They should stop trying to capitalise on the image of the Olympics and pay a fair rate for our services.”

Another, who also wishes to remain anonymous, said LOCOG had asked them to sign contracts agreeing to be volunteers so they would be under no obligation to pay them.

 A LOCOG email seen by Corporate Watch says the policy not to pay musicians is being implemented “across the board”.

 

A LOCOG spokesperson said he did not think there was a set policy, but that as far as he knew artists would not be paid and would be doing it for the publicity.

The Musicians’ Union said they would investigate and talk to LOCOG. A spokesperson said: “if it turns out to be true then it flies in the face of assurances that we have been given regarding the engaging of professional musicians during games time. Furthermore, it would appear to be a breach of the Principles of Cooperation that LOCOG agreed with the TUC.”

 

LOCOG chair Sebastian Coe has promised to “place a high priority on environmental, social and ethical issues when securing goods and services,” but with the cost of the Games spiralling, in part due to the huge contracts being given to the Games’ corporate suppliers, the organisers appear to have targeted the musicians’ payments as a way to make savings.

 

To read the full article click here http://www.corporatewatch.org/?lid=4290

Story-telling for schools

 

Mandi Budworth Story teller

Story-telling improves children’s listening skills, their concentration and their imagination.

Invite a storyteller into your school and see the difference they can make.

Mandi Budworth brings stories to life in her unique theatrical way, myths & legends, heroes and villains, old and new, stories to suit every setting, age group and curriculum.

Mandi can hold audiences spell-bound with stories that are funny, thought-provoking, participatory, can be scary, and all are entertaining.

Special one-day themes include:
• Stories from the heart – stories around the theme of the heart
• Costumed-character storytelling tales from: Victorian/Elizabethan England, Greek myths and legends, WW2 stories and songs.
• Stories from around the world
• Traditional stories and songs for KS1 and reception
• Starting a new project? Start it off with some inspiring stories.

Story workshops for KS2:
How to write stories – How to bring a story to life – What makes a good story?
For further information and bookings:

Phone 07737494255  or Email: mandibudworth@btinternet.com

I have full public liability insurance and CRB check.
P.S. I have recently toured Hull primary schools with a British Heart Foundation funded project about stories from the heart. The sessions included staff training, and family sessions and were very popular; to find out how the schools enjoyed the project, contact the literacy co-ordinators at Ainthorpe, Pearson, Paisley, or Craven Primary Schools.

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Big excitement locally Rise Hall Opens For Wedding Business

Big excitement locally Rise Hall opens for Weddings the doors are open …………Brides to be will be given the chance to see inside Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall at a wedding fair this weekend.

The former convent, which has been granted a full wedding licence after a series of planning issues with East Riding Council, will play host to an event showcasing an array of wedding and bridal services on Sunday.

Running from 12noon to 4pm, the event features more than 30 exhibitors and will include a number of giveaways and discounts.

Rise Hall has been the subject of the TV show Beeny’s Restoration Nightmare, and after being granted it’s wedding license only a few months ago, the venue – managed by the fabulous Dine – is now open for business. If you would like to come along to see what all the fuss has been about – and scope out Rise Hall then pop into this free event next Sunday 22nd April 2012 from 12pm until 4pm.

We will be popping in to have a look around but won’t be exhibiting – however if you are after some amazing entertainment for a wedding you are planning at Rise Hall – give me a call on 07877434739 we can provide medieval minstrels a ceilidh band and even jugglers, jesters and fortune tellers check out grinnigogs.co.uk for more information or email me at grinnigogs@btinternet.com

Folk dance and song for schools

The Grinnigogs champion active participation in all kinds of traditional folk music, song and dance activities in primary schools. We offer Morris Dancing, Barn dancing, Dance and Action Songs and Maypole Dancing. All Grinnigogs Folk Dance activities come with a free music CD and teacher’s notes so you can carry on dancing after the event.
MORRIS DANCING
Your pupils can learn and experience the thrill of Morris Dancing: the steps, figures and stick clashing, all accompanied by live music. Morris Dancing is great for all pupils, but particularly getting older boys into dance activities. We think it’s all about the sticks, bells and leaping about. KS2.

BARN DANCING
Your children will learn and experience the basics of country dancing. This workshop focuses on active participation and helps to develop team working, co-ordination and teaches the children to enjoy social dance activities – Barn Dances and Ceilidhs. Once the pupils get over the horror of girls holding hands with boys, they love it! KS2

DANCE & ACTION SONGS
Developed for young children or older children with English as a second language, this workshop features simple dances and songs with actions. This workshop is designed to develop concentration, co-ordination and oracy.

MAYPOLE DANCING
This workshop focuses on teaching some traditional weaving figures. We use our own portable maypole or can work with school or community maypoles to create eye-catching performances. We can work with KS2 children or work with teachers to support regular dancing within the school timetable.

To book The Grinnigogs for your school, or to find out more about us, contact us
Tel: 07877434739 or email: grinnigogs@btinternet.com The Grinnigogs have enhanced CRB certificates and hold relevant public liability insurance.

PS. We also have a great barn dance band for school parties and PTFA events.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

It’s not too late to book some cracking medieval music to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – we are in the process of writing a suite of tunes in medievl style to celebrate The Queens Diamond Jubilee – If you are interested in booking us to perform some very special music get in touch asap email grinnigogs@btinternet.com for further information.

Planning a street party or community celebration or Great British Banquet?

Planning a street party or community celebration or Great British Banquet?  – Why not round of the celebration with some great music and dancing with The Grinnigogs – we love playing for community celebrations of all kinds and can really make your community celebration one to remember – with lots of lively medieval music, dancing and laugher. So remember if your planning a community celebration in the near future please get in touch. 

Medieval Weddings In York

One of our favourite types of performance is playing for weddings – we have played for a number of medieval weddings in York to great effect – the combination of a fantastic historical venue and period music creates a great sense of atmosphere and magic. The best venues for a Medieval wedding in and around York are:

Merchant Adventurers Hall
Allerton Castle
Sandburn Hall
Merchant Taylor’s Hall
Beningnrough Hall
Duncombe Park
Aldwark Manor
St William’s College

There are also a number of great medieval venues that are suitable for wedding breakfasts and receptions – remember the centre of York is quite small so a horse drawn carriage to get you about is a real option – if you really want to make your arrival at the wedding or reception venue memorable.

Did you know?

…that  York was voted the best place to visit including best family day out and best historical place to visit in a new survey by East Coast rail (Sep 2011) so you can guarantee that your wedding guests will have plenty to see and do when in York.

Hog Roasts

A lot of people are thinking about organising celebrations and events with the main food being a hog roast as medieval musicians we love playing at Hog Roasts and can even provide a medieval music for dancing if required. Although we are based in East Yorkshire near Beverley we are more than happy to travel all over the UK to play for Hog Roasts , Medieval Events, Festivals  and parties.

Rise Hall our nearest wedding venue

Our nearest wedding venue is Rise Hall is a fine Regency mansion standing in beautiful parkland designed by “Capability Brown”. Lovingly renovated by Sarah Beeny and her husband Graham Swift, Rise Hall is now open for business, and with the granting of a wedding licence in December 2011, is able to host bespoke weddings as well as special events, conferences, meetings and celebrations.

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So needless to say if you want fantastic entertainment at  Rise Park for your wedding give us a call on 07877434739 and we’ll stroll up to the venue and play our extraordinary music for your delectation and delight!

We’re back

Gearing up for the summers antics – we still have plenty of availability for Medieval, Tudor and Victorian music bookings for more information call us on 07877434739 or email: grinnigogs@btinternet.com.