Gaïta Medieval Music Performance

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Forthcoming dates:

Sat 26 Apr St Andrews Beltaine Fair
The Lawn of Madras College, South St, St Andrews
10:00 - 16:00. Entrance: Free
Sat 10 May Wallace Day - Lanark
Delves Park, Lanark
10:00 - 16:00. Entrance Free
Fri 16 May Medieval Banquet - Music, Food and Dancing at Clitheroe Castle
17:30 - 19:30. Adults £10, child £7.50
see website
24-25 May Traquair Medieval Fair
Traquair House, nr Innerleithen, Peebles
11:00 - 17:00 Saturday and Sunday
28-29 June Bannockburn Live
National Trust of Scotland's Battle of Bannockburn heritage site 10:00 - 19:00 Saturday and Sunday
12-13 July The Bruce Festival
Free Entry, Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline
11.00 - 17:00  Saturday and Sunday 
9-10 Aug Spittal Seaside Festival  (sadly unconfirmed)

Thur 21 Aug

House Concert - A Multitude of Minstrels (Menestrellorum multitudo)
A relaxed meander through the music and life of a medieval court minstrel. Based on records of the feast celebrating the knighting of Edward II in 1306.

1F1, 25 Haddington Place, Edinburgh, EH7 4AF
7:00 - 8:30pm

Suggested donation £5 - £10
23-24 Aug Aberdeen Medieval Fair
Town Centre, Aberdeen

Past events

Wed 20 Nov  Concert - 'Le Roman de Fauvel'


                            CONCERT SOLD OUT

 Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin, Edinburgh, EH25 9PU
 £10 (£7 concessions) - tickets

Gaita will be performing in the world famous Rosslyn Chapel, presenting one of the most original tales of the Middle Ages in a delightful mix of story, music and song.

‘Le Roman de Fauvel’ is the satirical romance of the horse Fauvel who gets above his station and moves from the stable to the Great Hall, there to be fawned upon by princes and bishops. The vile Fauvel aspires to marry Dame Fortune but is palmed-off with Vain Glory, leading to a wild wedding night and the subsequent jousting of Vice and Virtue for the future of the country.
The manuscript of Le Roman de Fauvel preserves an astonishingly diverse musical mix with material ranging from tender love songs and elegant motets to drinking songs and street cries.
Sun 12 May 500 Years of Dance
Five periods of dance including 15th C Gresley and 16th C Italian.
10:00 - 20:00.  £5 per session or £20 for the day
Edinburgh, Haddington Place & Royal Terrace

25-26 May Traquair Medieval Fair
Traquair House, nr Innerleithen, Peebles
11:00 - 17:00 Saturday and Sunday

17-18 Aug Scotland's Festival of History
Chatelherault, Hamilton
10:00 - 16:30 Saturday and Sunday

25-25 Aug The Bruce Festival
Free Entry, Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline
11.00am to 6.00pm on Saturday; 11.00am to 4.00pm on Sunday 
Sun 13 May Workshop: Dance in the Time of the Borgias
15th century Italian dance
DanceBase, Edinburgh - Sunday 13th May, 11:00-13:00

How did people dance in 15th-century Italy? Amazingly, several dance manuals from the period survive that describe in detail the steps, the style, the music and the choreography, as danced in the noble court. This class will introduce you to this elegant and sophisticated repertoire. We will work with live music to appreciate the subtle rhythmic variety, which encompasses both stately bassadanza and the energetic piva and saltarello, often in the same dance. No experience necessary.

More details at:

Sat 14th Jan Concert: Arthur's Court - Songs of Romance and Chivalry

See Sat 26th November
7:30pm. £10 (£8 concessions) - Tickets on the door or contact
St Bride's Episcopal Church
69 Hyndland Road
Glasgow, G12 9UX
Sat 26 Nov Concert: Arthur's Court - Songs of Romance and Chivalry

Music from France in the High Middle Ages, interwoven with stories from the Arthurian romances, some familiar, some less so.

Medieval romances describe a world of chivalrous knights, great deeds and great loves. The most famous tales – such as that of Lancelot & Guinevere, or  Tristan & Iseult – are associated with the legendary court of King Arthur. The same names and themes recur in the songs of the trouveres and troubadours.


7:30pm. Entry by Donation
St James Episcopal Church
57b Inverleith Row
Edinburgh, EH3 5PX

Sat 15 Jan Concert: Days of the Decameron - Music and Tales from Medieval Italy

Inspired by Boccaccio’s Decameron in which ten young nobles escape plague-ridden Florence for a villa in the hills, and spend ten days in singing, dancing and telling tales.

Link to Event Poster

7:30pm. Entry by Donation
All Saints' Church
North Castle Street, St Andrews, KY16 9BG

12-13 Feb
15th Century Dance and Music Workshop
Colchester, Organised by Colchester Waits and Colchester Historical Dance
A weekend workshop for dancers and  instrumentalists.

Fingringhoe Primary School ,
Church Road, Fingringhoe,
Colchester, Essex, CO5 7BN

27 Aug Dunblane Cathedral
A Series of Unfortunate Events - A Musical History of the Kings of Scotland

A not terribly serious telling of the history of Scottish Kings, few of whom met a happy end.

11:00 - first half.
14:00 - second half


Contact: Chris Elmes 

(Edinburgh, Scotland)
(+44) 0131 557 2397
info (at)

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Last updated 10th August 2014