Minstrels and Musicians

Artists will be performing across both the Lyric Green Stage and Market Stage.


With magical vocal harmonies and instrumental wizardry, Pastance span the centuries, bringing together a passion for the music of medieval and Renaissance Europe and a love of traditional folk music. Harp, lute, recorders, shawm, percussion, vocals and more combine to create an entrancing, ethereal and timeless musical experience.


Professional harpist and lyre Torin – known as the ‘King of the Celtic Harp’, is a modern day minstrel, singing sacred and sublime songs in in English, Old Norse and other ancient languages, accompanying himself on the harp and lyre.


Wayward was founded in 1999 by Nick Potts and Ricarda Reeck, whose love of medieval and Renaissance music and involvement in various re-enactment groups became the basis of their travel and exploration of traditional ballads and historic music.
The name of the band relates to their portrayal of the wandering musicians of the Middle Ages, the “Jongleurs”, who would travel the country playing for nobility and common folk alike.

Like their medieval counterparts Wayward have travelled far and wide, being invited to play at festivals, museums and historic events in Australia, France, Belgium, Germany and Scandinavia.

Wayward’s repertoire spans more than 800 years with the main focus on the songs of the French Trouvères and Troubadours and German Minnesingers, who while singing songs of unrequited love, also sang of crusades and the basic pleasures in life – eating, drinking and the prospect of warm bed.
Whether your taste be dulcet laments set to flute & Wanderlaute, haunting Scandinavian ballads about trolls & werewolves or raucous drinking songs accompanied by hurdy gurdy, shawm, pipes & percussion – Wayward is certain to give you a taste of times of yore and leave you wanting for more.

To find out more please visit www.waywardminstrels.com or http://www.facebook.com/waywardminstrels

Plus! Morris Dancers, wandering minstrels, madrigal singers, jugglers, jesters and more.