Tel: +44 01743 246577
Last updayed: May 2013
with a contemporary twist
Paul Saunders ~ hurdy gurdies, bagpipes, gittern, hammer dulcimer & vocals
"The best people's entertainer I have seen" John Sessions, BBC Radio 4
Known by most people as wynndebagge, Paul is a witty, exuberant entertainer who over the last 17 years has appeared extensively at a wide variety of festivals and venues both at home and abroad, performed for television, radio and film. He combines physical and verbal comedy with ancient dance music to create a show that is truly unique.
Audience participation is his speciality, with a rare talent to engage an audience in the magic and mystery of Early Music whilst being devastatingly funny at the same time. Throughout his musical career he has been at the forefront of making medieval, Elizabethan and European dance music accessible to a wider audience not only through his own performances but also through his role as the Stage Director at English Heritage's Festival of History and as Artistic Director at of one of the winter season's premier events, Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre.
The love of theatre and performance is in his blood(John Laurie, Private Fraser in Dad's Army was his great-uncle). As well as his regular appearances during the festival season, he is a popular MC and after-dinner speaker, has recorded a variety of music with other artists ranging from Early Music to folk-rock. He has also narrated a series of guided walk CDs for The Dog Rose Trust. Amongst many enjoyabl shows, his highlight so far was to be asked by Fairport's Dave Pegg to MC Dave's 60th Birthday Bash at Birmingham Town Hall and playing the opening number with Dave as a hurdy gurdy and bass duet.
Joolz Webb ~ medieval clarinet, recorder
whistles, shawm, trumpet, percussion & vocals
Chris Neen ~ mandola, guitar, rope-tensioned drums, & vocals
Chris is a rhythmic powerhouse in any band that he plays for although he has a gentle touch too when needed. Playing guitar since his early teens and a veteran of many festivals of all types, he was one of the founding members of the well-known ceilidh band This Way Up, in which he played electric guitar. Joining forces with Paul Saunders in the 1990's, he took up Medieval and Renaissance drumming for which he has a natural affinity. His background in traditional dance music has been a significant part in developing his driving rhythmic approach to both the medieval drum and the mandola, both of which he uses to great effect in The New St George Waits band and in the duo wynndebagge and skynntite.
Chris has a natural stage presence. In 2007 he was a musician for the Peter Cann production Play The Man in Shrewsbury Castle and was spotted by the writer and director, who asked him to play an acting part as well. He also dances with Shropshire Bedlams, a wild Border Morris team based in Bishop's Castle...and he rides a Harley Davidson.
Eric Hej ~ medieval drums, darabuka, djembe,
percussion, medieval trumpet (!) vocals
" 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