Medieval Christmas Music

The Grinnigogs bring a wonderful Medieval  flavour to any Christmas event – not only are they amazing musicians, but they are marvelous entertainers, with their love of tall tales, amusing anecdotes and comic verse.

Dressed in full medieval costume and playing Hurdy-Gurdy and Hammer Dulcimer (and on occasions, Medieval bagpipes and shawms!), The Grinnigogs play a cornucopia of popular Christmas tunes from the Middle Ages to add a touch of seasonal sparkle.

The Grinnigogs can perform indoors or outdoors, solo or together, from a fixed spot, or wandering, and if you would like to add more performers, storytellers, fortune tellers, or any other street entertainment to your event, all you have to do is ask, we have been entertaining for over 20 years and have many unusual contacts!

The Grinnigogs repertoire includes many medieval christmas favourites including:

Gaudete (Sweden, 16th century)
Green growth the holly (King Henry VIII, c. 1520)
Mors vitae propitia (France c. 1200)
Christchurch bells (England, 14th century)
Jesuza Judasz przedal (Poland, 14th century)
Good King Wenceslas (England, 14th century)
Journey of the magi (improvisation) listen to a sample
In dulci jubilo (Germany, 14th century) listen to a sample
Personent hodie (Germany 1360, lyrics Sweden 1582)
Nous voici dans la ville (France, 15th century)
Noel nouvelet (France, traditional)
Coventry carol (England, 16th century)
The holly and the ivy (England, traditional)
Hail, Mary, full of grace (England, 15th century)
The Boars head Carol
And many more…..
To book The Grinnigogs for your event, call:
Quentin Budworth: 07877434739
Or Amanda Lowe: 07737494255
or email:

The Grinnigogs at Harewood House Medieval Faire

We played at the Harewood House Medieval Faire as a four piece band – with our Medieval Dancing Master  – and a fine time was had by all – Steve Haswell called the medieval dances and the combination of Hudy-Gurdy, Bagpipes (Quentin Budworth) , Hammer Dulcimer (Amanda Lowe) , Violin (Jill Fisher) and Percussion (Zebedee Budworth) prooved irresistible to the dancers – calling medieval and renaissance dances from all over Europe the band played tunes like the Horses Branle, The Bear Dance, Branle de Bourgogne and La ride and the dancers participated in some lively exciting period dances to authentic medieval music – a great Yorkshire knees up!

It was a lovely evening with a superb PA and lights provide by Chris Broadwell and Tim Wall of CATV who did a fantastic job for the band.


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