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Something that makes Minstrels Gallery unique is the number of instruments we play, at the last count it was around forty but we are always adding to our collection. Even if you book Minstrels Gallery as a duo we still come with the full compliment of instruments. The picture here shows some of the main ones.

Click on an instrument in the photo below for more information.

Pipe & Tabor Nakers Lute Racket Lute Vihuela Tabor Timbre Medieval Harp Bowed Psaltery Crotales & Bells Renaissance Flute Bass Recorder Plucked Psaltery Mandora Tabor Shawms Rauschpfeife Crumhorns Mandolin & Cittern Medieval Fiddle Medieval Fiddle Tabor Long Drum Long Drum Long Drum Lincolnshire Pipes Lincolnshire Pipes Tabor Recorders Fife Recorders
Pipe & Tabor
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The tabor is a double headed drum with a gut snare tensioned across the playing head, it is hung from the players wrist which also holds a pipe. The drum is beaten with a single stick held in the players other hand. As the pipe has only two finger holes and a thumb vent it can be played with one hand. Wil Kemp was accompanied by his pipe and tabor player Thomas Slye when he danced from London to Norwich in nine days.
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