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



‘Praxis’ is a word of action. Praxis treat their performances as such, striving for an immersive experience. They perform music from all corners of the medieval world, from Nordic songs forged in the Dark Ages, dances airs & ballads spanning Medieval Europe, to the Eastern intonations of the Balkan Tradition. Their hand-made costumes are as authentic as their expansive repertoire – from Viking, Saxon, Early & High Medieval, to the Renaissance and beyond. They deliver their raw & direct live performances on a wide range of historical instruments: hurdy-gurdy, rebec, bone flute, gemshorn, jews harp, chalumeau, long drum, doumbek, citole, shawm, medieval & renaissance blockflutes, voice, and more.

MapMoyle the Mynstrel

MapMoyle the Mynstrel will regale you with Medieval, Renaissance and ancient Celtic melodies played on pastoral pipes, tabor pipe and drum, shawm and the double recorder. Hear a range of lively tunes from gavottes and voltas to furries and jigs. Plus he will also be dong a daily tin whistle workshop.

Not only but also…

A capella choirs Sydney University Madrigal Society and Challis Choir, St Ives North Public School Flute Ensemble and roaming jester, Feldergast will provide entertainment around the Medieval Markets.


Daily 10.15am, 11.45am, 12.45pm, and 2.15pm

Students from Norton Street Players will present The Nuns Priests Tale and The Knights Tale and The Pardoners and Wife of Baths Tale from Chaucers’s Canterbury Tales on the Market Stage. As part of their training, the students study clowning, commedia del arte, dance, physical theatre, stage combat, mask and poetry.



New this year is Living History Group Historia’s Pop-up Museum which will focus on the early medieval period from the fall of the Roman Empire in the West through to the start of the Viking age, approximately 350 to 800 CE. This is a period often referred to in the past as the Dark Ages, though more often now called the Migration Era, a time which saw the foundations laid for much of modern Europe. Amongst the exhibits will be jewellery and dress accessories of the Germanic peoples coming into Europe and North Africa; Goths, Vandals, Slavs, Allamani, Franks, Anglo Saxons and others featuring a reconstructed female dress or coat illustrating how these brooches, buckles and accessories were worn.