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Peter Bull

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Peter Bull is a solo historical musician who sings and plays a wide range of period instruments
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Hurdy-gurdy
Leeds
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Peter Bull is a solo historical musician. He plays a wide variety of period instruments, many of which date back to the Middle Ages. These include the hurdy gurdy (a kind of mechanical violin), the dulcimer (an instrument with metal strings which the performer strikes with little wooden sticks or hammers), and the lute (a plucked string instrument with a round back), as well as the recorder and flute. He also sings, to the accompaniment of the lute. His repertoire ranges from the 13th to the 19th centuries (Medieval, Tudor, Stuart, Georgian, and Victorian). He uses appropriate music, instruments and costumes for each period of history. He also has a programme of traditional English music, which is not tied to any particular context. Peter Bull performs regularly at the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace with the historical interpreters Past Pleasures. He has appeared at many properties in the care of English Heritage and the National Trust, and at many museums and art galleries in Britain. He also performs at weddings and banquets. He has given solo concert recitals at the Leicester Early Music Festival, the Spanish Institutes in London and Manchester, the Leeds International Medieval Congress, and the Leeds City Art Gallery. In the Middle Ages, musicians were commonly referred to as “minstrels”. Since Peter Bull’s music is all performed from memory, it is easy for him to take on the role of a travelling minstrel, to mingle with the crowds at a Medieval fair, or to play the lute at a Elizabethan country house - just as might have occurred so many centuries ago.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform while walking around a venue
Musicianship
Genres:
Medieval music, Early music
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event
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Song list

Bagpipes
1. Ave maris stella (medieval song)
2. Gypsies Round (popular Elizabethan melody)
3. Grimstock (popular Elizabethan melody)
4. Fortune my Foe (slow Elizabethan march)
5. My Friend (German tune)
Hurdy gurdy
6. Sellinger’s Round (popular Elizabethan dance tune)
7. English jig (popular Elizabethan dance tune)
8. Brawls of Burgundy (16th century French dances)
9. Petite Rinense (15th century Italian dance)
10. Blaydon races (Folk dance)
Recorder
11. Kemp’s jig (popular Elizabeth dance tune)
12. Watkin’s Ale (popular Elizabethan tune)
13. Brighton Camp (“The girl I left behind me”) (folk tune)
14. Medieval French dances
15. Hunt’s up (popular Elizabethan dance tune)
Lute songs
16, Greensleeves (popular Elizabethan song, not by Henry VIII)
17. Tobacco is like love (satirical 17th century song)
18. Love will find out the way (folk ballad)
19. Green groweth the holly (Henry VIII)
20. Pastime with good company (Henry VIII)
Hammered dulcimer
21. All in a garden (popular Elizabeth dance tune)
22. Quodling’s Delight (popular Elizabeth dance tune)
23. Personent hodie (medieval carol)
24. Dance of Cleves (late medieval dance tune)
25. Tristan’s Lament (medieval melody)
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I always try my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

N/A, I am an acoustic musician

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually like to give myself 90 minutes to set up

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Please let me know if there are particular pieces you would like me to play

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely! I bring my own instrument to play acoustically.”

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance I already know it. If there is a special song you'd like me to learn I will see if I can do this for you. However, there is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times and preparation.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Spontaneity, informality, especially the fact that I am a multi-instrumentalist, and play a whole range of different instruments (hurdy gurdy, bagpipes, recorders, flute, hammered dulcimer, lute; I also sing. I can appear in period costume, if considered appropriate

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace (London), many venues in the care of the National Trust and English Heritage, art galleries, museums, living history events

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

David Munrow (multi-instrumentalist), Jake Heringman (lutenist), Jim Griffitt (singer)

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace (London)

Prices

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£250
Up to 3 hours£300

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Sandy W, 1 year ago

Spalding Gentlemen's Society We recently engaged Peter Bull to present a lecture to our society on Elizabethan Music & Instruments. It turned out to be a night at the Elizabethan Proms with a Hurdy Gurdy, Lute & Pipes and many accompanying ballads. One of our most enjoyable evenings for a long time and we will look forward to him returning in the near future.

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Louise M, 1 year ago

Fantastic! Peter was absolutely brilliant and made our wedding day even more perfect! What a talented musician he is - I would not hesitate to recommend Peter. 10 out of 10... Thank you very much indeed!

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