Banquet at Barley Hall

We had the pleasure of playing for a banquet at the amazing Barley Hall in York here are some images the venue is delightful and the food is spectacular.

The oldest parts of Barley Hall date from about 1360, when the Hall was built as the York townhouse of Nostell Priory, the monastery near Wakefield in West Yorkshire. A new wing was added in about 1430. Soon after, the Hall became the home of a leading York citizen, William Snawsell goldsmith, Alderman and Lord Mayor of York. It is a great place to have a medieval celebration of any kind!

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:

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

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: to discuss your event.