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Last updayed: March 2014
"Paul Saunders' playing captures the deep earthy essence of the hurdy gurdy. Brilliant."
Chris Leslie, Fairport Convention
with a contemporary twist
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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 19 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.
Chris Neen ~ mandola, guitar, rope-tensioned drums,
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.
" 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