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Last updayed: April 2013
"When it comes to entertainers of people, wynndebagge is the best I've seen. The atmosphere he creates is demotic ... entertainment of the people by the people"
"His playing captures the deep earthy essence of the hurdy gurdy. Brilliant."
Chris Leslie, Fairport Convention
wynndebagge has been at the forefront of bringing medieval, Renaissance and European dance music to a wider audience whilst making them laugh for almost 20 years. With ancestral roots amongst the Russian steppes and French Huguenots and links to branches in British television comedy, film, the RSC and Music Hall, his influences are culturally diverse yet his style very English.
Striding fearlessly with his bagpipes, gurdy, gittern and yak horn into the minefield of audience participation, wynndebagge offers a unique mix of physical and verbal comedy, fabulously unusual instruments, colourful costume
with music that has been described as “antedeluvian”, “spellbinding”, “right on the money” and a show as “side-splitting”, “pure genius”, “joyous”, “musical slapstick”, “a master-class in ad-lib, comic timing and crowd control”.
Renowned for his ability to entertain both adults and children alike, wynndebagge likes nothing better than a lively audience who are prepared to be as much a part of the show as he is. So it's no surprise that he has appeared on such diverse shows as Blue Peter, CBeebies, Radio 4's Let Me Entertain You ,BBC 1's Garden SOS, The History Channel, European Klassik Rock and has recorded with a rich variety of artists from Early Music through to folk-rock.
As a musician, stand-up comedian, raconteur, dancing master, Master of Ceremonies & all-round entertainer, wynndebagge performs in almost any situation ~ medieval to modern, from stages to streets and schools, forests to festivals, parks to palaces, comedy clubs to concert halls. All styles of celebrations are catered for; family, community, seasonal and social; themed musical stand-up comedy, dance and diverse delights; medieval, Elizabethan & period weddings, banquets, fayres, corporate events and after-dinner entertainment; with music on hurdy-gurdy, English bagpipes, gittern (medieval lute), hammer dulcimer, crumhorn & more. As well as his one-man show, wynndebagge also leads Revellion
and The New St George Waits, two great dance bands that are perfect for getting an audience on its feet.
We have been invited to Cashel, Co. Tipperary on several occasions.
Here's a clip from our second trip playing in the grounds of the Bishop's Palace
under the shade of the Mulberry tree, a common feature of bishops' palaces.
Excerpts fron The Baggettes - Uncut
"His gurdy really rocks" Dave Pegg, Fairport Convention
Radio 4 produced a series with John Sessions called Let Me Entertain You,
telling the history of popular entertainment.
I was asked to provide a medieval, 16th century and Victorian version of Robbie Williams' hit.
Here is the Victorian version. Apologies to Robbie's fans!
Paul Kobrak, Radio 4, BBC Documentaries, Audio & Music
As well as my live shows, I am currently working on a new album at Blue Moon Studios - here are a couple of tracks from the "rough mix". Mariano, a great song written by Robert Earl Keen, has been getting some airplay on European Klassik Rock Radio.
Winter Sostice was written by Dave Faulkner, English piper with The Eel Grinders.
Paul Saunders ~ vocals, gittern and hurdy gurdy; Chris Neen ~ mandola; Dave Pegg ~ bass; PJ Wright ~ electric guitar.
" A people's entertainer... the best I've seen."
" His hurdy gurdy rocks"
BBC Radio 4
" Thanks for being there - your music added so much to the day at Mottey Meadows"
"Wonderful music, spell-binding humour... the most talented medieval perfomer in the country"
Don Holton, Heuristics
"What a great night ... we were still aching from laughing the following day."
AONB National Conference