Medieval Jesters at Beverley Minster Agincourt 600 Feast

Many thanks to Richard and Mickey our Jesters for their japes and diversions throughout the evening, Amanda Lowe for her tall stories and dance calling, the men at Arms for the medieval sword play, the Atom Brewery for the wonderful ale and of course the inimitable Grinnigogs Band for their music.

Here’s what Helen Watson the event organiser had to say about the event:

‘The Grinnigogs are unbelievable!  It is one of the best nights entertainment I have experienced for such a long time.  The story telling lady was amazing, the musicians were fantastic within the beautiful setting of the Minster, the jesters and stilt walkers were spellbinding.  It was a wonderful; evening that I will never forget.  Thank you to all the Grinnigogs, jesters and stilt-walkers that made it happen.

The rest of the weekend worked well too and I  think a lot of people learnt more about Agincourt and mediaeval times in Beverley.

Please keep me posted of any other events you are at locally as my friends and I would come along, we loved it all , especially the dancing!’

Kind regards


Helen Watson, FILCM

Town Clerk

Beverley Town Council

Grinnigogs make the Daily Mail

Lee and Jim who were playing fiddles and singing at Beamish Museum in fine Edwardian fashion are featured in the Daily Mail.

To see the full article click the link :

Please note Lee Merrill Smith no longer works or is in any way associated with The Grinnigogs.

Occam’s Razor At Harewood House Medieval Faire

Amanda Lowe and Jill Fisher are ‘Occam’s Razor’ they play a a mixture of Medieval, Renaissance !8th and 19th Century tunes that they  have finely crafted into a unique and beguiling sound – the combination of violin and hammer dulcimer being unusual and delicate with a delightful underlying bit of welly and the potential to really fly.

What is Occam’s Razor?

Occam’s (or Ockham’s) razor is a principle attributed to the 14th century logician and Franciscan friar William of Ockham. Ockham was the village in the English county of Surrey where he was born.

The principle states that “Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily.” Sometimes it is quoted in one of its original Latin forms to give it an air of authenticity:

“Pluralitas non est ponenda sine neccesitate”
“Frustra fit per plura quod potest fieri per pauciora”
“Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem”

In fact, only the first two of these forms appear in his surviving works and the third was written by a later scholar. William used the principle to justify many conclusions, including the statement that “God’s existence cannot be deduced by reason alone.” That one didn’t make him very popular with the Pope.

Many scientists have adopted or reinvented Occam’s Razor, as in Leibniz’s “identity of observables” and Isaac Newton stated the rule: “We are to admit no more causes of natural things than such as are both true and sufficient to explain their appearances.”

The most useful statement of the principle for scientists is
“when you have two competing theories that make exactly the same predictions, the simpler one is the better.”

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: or call 07877434739

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.