Links to other websites which may be interesting or useful. We will add more as they crop up

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Medieval Musicians

Two former Maranella members, Lucille and Elizabeth formed the excellent MONDRUM Medieval Musicians

Cheshire based acoustic musical duo focusing on Medieval Music and song, named after the Medieval forests of Mara and Mondrem

Talonted Feathers

Birds of Prey

Rob Davis and friends

Facebook: Talonted Feathers

Jones Instruments

Modern and Historical Bagpipes

Sean is an experienced and very well-regarded bagpipe maker who has a workshop in Biddulph Moor in Staffordshire

From his website:

"The inspiration for my pipes comes from historical sources and an understanding of acoustics. I have developed a range of bagpipes that can be confidently used for modern music, session playing as well as early music and historical re-enactment. All the woods used are from sustainable sources with an emphasis on traditional north European hardwoods. All the reeds are plastics making the chanter and drones stable and reliable, requiring minimal maintenance.
I make a range of bagpipes that are suitable for the experienced player and the beginner. They are available as either bellows or mouth blown sets and can be fitted to your existing bellows if required"


Tom Goodale - Storyteller

Tales of Wonder for young and old

From Tom's website:

"I am a storyteller. I have a large repertoire of stories, including ancient Greek myths, Celtic legends, Medieval romances and Grimms fairy tales. My stories run the gamut from fables to epics. As well as traditional tales I often create stories on the fly using suggestions from the audience. Each session is unique and adapted to the needs and requirements of my audience, and may reflect the season, upcoming festivals or topical themes. Audience size can be anything from a few people to a few hundred. I tell anywhere where people want to be entertained or informed, e.g. schools, village halls, clubs, weddings, dinners...

Along with sessions where I tell stories for entertainment I run workshops for children and adults in storytelling, creativity and public speaking skills. Workshops can be single hour, whole days, or multiple days depending upon the aims of the participants. I am a keen walker and lover of the outdoors, and regularly run story walks where I tell stories in the woods or hills and we create stories based upon the landscape around us.

Based in Bromborough on the Wirral, mid-way between Chester and Liverpool, I am ideally located for events in North Wales, Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and Shropshire, but have travelled and told throughout the country and abroad."

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Rondez Vous?

Rondez Vous

Rondez Vous is a group of musicians and dancers who enjoy learning, playing and dancing to French and European music. We meet on the first Monday of the month from 20:00 to 22:30 in Chester

All are welcome - you don't even need to bring a partner! There is a small charge of £2 per session to cover the cost of hiring the hall. Bring instruments, dancing shoes and refreshments!

For more information, email Helen  Click to email rondezvous(at)

Time Bandits

Time Bandits

Anglo-European folk and renaissance dance music.  For concerts and ceilidhs.

Our favourite band - we go to see them, and to dance to them, whenever we can.  Nice people too!

Mo Barn Dance Parties

Mo Barn Dance Parties

Barn Dance Caller and Dance Instructor

A very experienced dance caller, Mo calls with several local bands including Black Cat Band, calls at festival ceilidhs and runs callers workshops.

Picture shows Mo demonstrating a move in the dance with Toby at his 7th birthday party - microphone in hand

Historic UK

The History and Accommodation Guide

Your guide to the history and heritage of Britain

Early Music Shop

Many of our instruments were bought from the Early Music Shop and trips to Saltaire have become a regular outing for us


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