Maranella Medieval Band Members

Who we are and what we play!

Lute - Troubadors and Minstrels

Marilyn Farrington

Voice, lute, hammered dulcimer, Swedish bagpipes, psaltery, harp, shepherd pipes, recorders

Marilyn is a retired music teacher who has played and sung in many bands and choirs over the years

An early music enthusiast all her life, Marilyn has recently taken up playing bagpipes and her first set of pipes were medieval Swedish sackpipa made by Alban Faust. She also has dudey and shepherd pipes by Sean Jones

Marilyn also sings in folk duo Liadan with Julie Wright

Liadan Folk Duo

She is a member of GEM folk band along with husband Peter, daughter Elizabeth and son-in-law Ged

and plays in Eric and Jane Moulder's renaissance recorder consort Doucette

Shepherd Pipes (Medieval Minstrels and Troubadors)

Elizabeth Armstrong

Voice, recorders, border and shepherd pipes, dudey pipes

Elizabeth is a very fine recorder player who plays all sizes of recorder from her tiny ebony sopranino to the huge Moeck bass

Her favourite is the tenor and she has two very beautiful tenor recorders: a Mollenhauer Kynseker in plumwood and a Moeck Rottenburgh in palisander (rosewood)

Elizabeth plays shepherd pipes in G, English border pipes in D and the small Dudey (bumblebee) pipes in D made by Sean Jones

Peter Farrington

Peter Farrington

Voice, percussion, lute

Peter has a very fine baritone singing voice

He likes singing songs from Tudor times particularly those from the time of Henry VIII and is rapidly building up a huge repertoire of medieval and renaissance songs.

In Maranella, Peter sings both solos and the bass line in our part songs

Elizabeth T recorders

Elizabeth Taylor


Elizabeth is a superb recorder player whose sight reading skills are awesome; whenever we're not sure of a tricky bit of rhythm or a point of interpretation we say 'ask Elizabeth' :-)

She has played in many recorder consorts over the years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience of playing early music - an absolute treasure and a real asset to the group!

Medieval Timbrels - Lucille Brain

Lucille Brain

Vielle, gemshorn, harp, voice, shawm, symphony, medieval recorder, percussion

Lucille is our chief bowed strings player

She has recently bought a vielle (medieval fiddle) and we are enjoying including that in our arrangements

Lucille also sings, plays the harp, shawm and the recorder

Her sense of rhythm is superb - if we need someone to keep a steady beat and keep the percussion section on their toes - Lucille is it!

Tom Goodale

Storyteller, harp, recorders, voice, rebec, percussion

Tom is a professional story teller whose enormous talents we are very lucky to have available to us in Maranella

As well as story telling (as if that isn't enough!) Tom plays harp, recorders, hurdy-gurdy, pipe and tabor and he sings too :)

Quote from Tom's website www.tomgoodale.com

"I have had a lifelong interest in stories ever since reading the tales of the Trojan war when I was very young. As a child I lived all over Britain and have a particular interest in tales from these islands along with myths and legends from the Greeks, Romans and the Vikings.  During a varied career in which I have gazed deeply into the mysteries of the universe and cyberspace I have travelled all over the world and have an eclectic collection of stories from the places I've visited"

Associate Members

To our usual line-up of musicians we can add a juggler, fire-eater, dancers, a jester and King Hal himself!

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