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Dante Ferrara provides high quality music and entertainment NATIONWIDE on the lute, hurdy gurdy, cittern, English bagpipes and colascione.
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Dante Ferrara provides high quality music and entertainment on the lute, hurdy gurdy, cittern, English bagpipes and colascione. In Tudor costume he creates an wonderful atmosphere for any setting, either strolling or static, subtly mixing and mingling with guests to give them a memorable experience. He is recommended at numerous venues nationwide for dinners, weddings and special events. Professional since 1984, Dante has performed and recorded worldwide with seven albums to his name and numerous television appearances. Dante will be delighted to discuss your requirements and send his information pack and sample CD on request. If you like your musicians to have humour, charm, elegance and above all quality and professionalism, then look no further.

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6th Anniversary
This act has been working with Encore for over 6 years
Early music, Musical theatre, Film / TV music, Renaissance, Medieval music, Baroque, Traditional English folk
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Event types:
Corporate event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Musical comedy
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Song list

Almaine - Richard Allison (c.1590)
Almaine; Lady Mildemay’s Delight - Robert Johnson (c.1608)
Mistris Nicholls Almand; Sir John Smith’s Almain; Round Battle Galliard - John Dowland (c.1610)
Johnson’s Jewell - John Johnson (c.1590)
Jigg - Richard Askew (c.1600)
Greensleeves; Squirrill’s Toye - anon. (c.1590)
Gagliarda La Mutia - Santino Garsi da Parma (c.1585)
La lavandaia - Hans Newsidler (c.1570)
Galliard - Anthony Holborne (1597)
Argeers; Nonesuch; Kemp’s Jig; Trip to Paris; Half Hannikin; Miller of Dee; Lillibulero, The London Gentlewoman; Rufty
Tufty; St. Martin’s Lane; Ham House; Siege of Buda - John Playford (1651)
Non podriò anar plus mau; Lou pouvre Satan - anon. Provençal (c.1560)
Bourrée; Two Ballets - Michael Praetorius (1610)
Ballo francese; Ballo inglese - Giorgio Mainerio (1578)
Two Rigaudons; March; Hornpipe - Henry Purcell (c.1680)
A jig - Francis Cutting (c. 1590)
Bransle - Claude Gervaise (1555)
Bransle des Sabots; Bransle de l’Official; Bransle des Chevaux; Bransle de Poitou; Bransle de la Haye - Thoinot Arbeau
Bransle de Bourgogne - Adrien leRoy (1554)
Deux Rigaudons - Boismortier (c.1720)
Bourrée de Jenzat; La Jambeur - anon. French
Deux Tambourins - Jean Mouret (c.1730)
La Moretta; Marchese de Gasto - Sebastian Vreedman (1574)
Gloria d’Amore - Cesare Negri (1602)
Deux Bransles de Bourgogne - Adrien leRoy (1554)
Belle qui tiens ma vie - Thoinot Arbeau (1589)
La Folia - anon. Italian (c.1590)
Queen’s Delight; Lady Neville’s Delight; King’s Bourrée; New Figgary; Gavotte; Sarabande; Jigg - John
Playford (1666)
Almaine; Quadro Pavan - Anthony Holborne (c.1601)
Sigh no more ladies; Tomorrow is St. ValenDne’s Day - Shakespeare (c.1595)
Put in all; Walking in a meadow green; Lavenders green; The cruel shrew - anon. English (c.1630)
The wager - William Ellis (1651)
Take a pound of butter - Edmund Nelham (1651)
Julia; Sir Walter; Once in our lives; The miller’s daughter - Henry Purcell (c.1680)
The saint turned sinner - Martin Parker (1645)
Chi passa; Non ti partir - Filippo Azzaiolo (c.1580)
Sellenger’s Round - anon.(c.1590)
Basela un tratto; Canario; La Volta - anon.(c.1580)
Ronde - Tielman Susato (1551)
Quand li bergiè - anon. Provençal (c.1560)
Menuet - Borjon de Scellery (c.1670)
Bransle de Poitou - Thoinot Arbeau (1589)
Ungaresca; Schiarazula Marazula - Giorgio Mainerio (1578)
Colascione - Girolamo Kapsaberger (1604)
Li Saracini adorane lu sole - anon. Neapolitan (c.1560)


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£200
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£200


From customers:

S.B. Y
5 years ago

Completely and utterly brilliant! Dante set the scene and added to the atmosphere of this old, quirky and historical setting we had for our son and daughter-in-law's wedding in June 2017. From the minute we booked him, Dante was reassuringly professional and did everything he could to make the day the success it was. His performance goes beyond his clear talent – his charm and wit merely added to the overall enjoyment felt by all our guests. They truly did not stop talking about how fabulous he was. Different costumes, different instruments all kept the interest from beginning to end. Truly Dante we can not thank you enough....

T.S. E
2021 years ago

I hired Dante to perform at my wedding and I can not speak highly enough of his work. He really helped make the day one to remember! Everybody spoke highly of him and he did a fantastic job of entertaining the guests throughout the day and also during dinner. I would recommend Dante as an extremely charismatic and fun addition to any event.

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