The Castle Minstrels
The Castle Minstrels form the spirit and atmosphere of the medieval age to any space.
The group comprises of accomplished multi-instrumentalists with period medieval instruments including lutes, harps, vielles (fiddles), shawms, bagpipes and percussion, so they can provide gentle music for a wedding ceremony, or the sound of the loud medieval dance band.
A sumptuous feast for the ears and the eyes.
The Castle Minstrels
The Castle Minstrels, based in Edinburgh, have been performing for events, weddings and corporate functions since 2001.
They have extensive experience in all types of events and are very flexible in their approach, allowing them to fit into any situation. Being able to play both ‘soft’ medieval music on lutes, harps and fiddles, and also ‘loud’ on shawms and bagpipes (all performers are multi-instrumentalists) gives a great range of options to suit the place, time and occasion.
The Castle Minstrels can supply a troupe of up to six performers all of whom play instruments and perform period dances and can also run a 'medieval ceilidh' (when there are four or more performers), teaching some simple dances to all.
This variety makes The Castle Minstrels a great option for wedding ceremonies, dinner music, drinks receptions and outdoor events.
- DUO - A mix of medieval lutes, harp and medieval fiddle.
- TRIO - A Mix of medieval lutes, harp, fiddle and also shawm, bagpipes and percussion.
- QUARTET - A Mix of lutes, harp, fiddle & percussion, and medieval ‘loud’ band of multiple shawms, bagpipes & percussion.
An extensive list of medieval music from 13th, 14th and 15th C from France, Italy, Spain, and Scotland and England including:
- Cantigas de Santa Maria from Spain
- Instrumental dances from France and Italy
- Toubadour and Trouvere
- Italian Trecento including Landini and anonymous pieces from the Rossi Codex
They were simply outstanding!! They made contact a few weeks before hand and were transferred the fee. On the day they were faultless and exceptional. Despite hosting many weddings, both castles staff said that they had never experienced anything quite the same and they really brought the castles and the wedding to life. They were very accommodating with the two venues and the delays due to the weather and general excitement and stayed on half an hour longer to perform the caelhi. ALL of my guests spoke highly of The Castle Minstrels and the dancing got most of them on their feet. We could have listened and danced for so much longer and we will be definitely finding an excuse to book them again!!
We asked The Castle Minstrels to provide music at our wedding. We wanted something in keeping with the age of the castle and The Castle Minstrels were perfect. The music was wonderful and fitted in perfectly, it was just the right level, loud enough so it could be heard throughout the castle, but not so loud that people couldn't talk. The feedback received from our guests was over whelmingly positive, everybody enjoyed it and agreed it fitted the ambience. Our 13 month old boy was even dancing to it. We were very happy. They even posed for photos with us, which was nice.
Thank you so much for playing at our medieval themed wedding. To us, the band was always going to be the most important part to bring the atmosphere together and we could not have hoped for more. You were professional, courteous, flawless and so helpful especially prior e.g. to choose the music to walk down the isle. You knew exactly how to pace the music, how to be in the foreground but also background at the best times and seemed to require absolutely no direction, even though you had never been at the venue before. It was like you had always been there! The dancing you taught us all was such a laugh that everyone was talking about it for weeks and you can tell by all the smiles in the pictures that the guests just got so into it. You really made our day perfect and we could not recommend you enough.
- Historic Scotland
- Edinburgh University
- St Andrews University
- Rosslyn Chapel Trust
- Edinburgh Fringe Festival
- Dance Base, Edinburgh
- Bannockburn Trust
- Aberdeen City Council
- William Wallace 800 Association
- Perth City Council
- Traquair House
- Spello Splendens Festival (Italy)
- Edinburgh Castle
- Stirling Castle
- The Royal Armouries
- National Museum of Scotland
- York Merchant Adventurer's Hall
- Traquair House
- Rosslyn Chapel
- Paisley Abbey
- Dunblane Cathedral
- Bolton Castle
- Glamis Castle
- Neidpath Castle
- Lee Castle
- Comlongon Castle
- Huntingtower Castle
- Perth Museum
- Alloa Tower
- Clitheroe Castle Museum
- Miltenberg Tanzhaus (Germany)
- Pfaelzer Schloss, Gross Ulmstadt (Germany)
How many performers are standard?
The Castle Minstrels will quote for a trio but more musicians are available. They can also perform as a duo if that suits. If you require a different line-up than the trio, please enquire for a quote with your Warble agent.
- 30 minutes before the service;
- Playing specified piece for entrance of the bride, signing of the register, and exit.
- 60 minutes during drinks/photos.
- Playing 2 hours for wedding meal.
- Playing 2 hours over up to 4 hour period, as required for the schedule.
Please Note: The fees indicated below are approximate and based on a central location for each county. They are intended to provide a rough guide only and exact quotes can only be given once the date and exact location of your event have been provided.