MOCK HOBBY HORSE
Medieval & Tudor Music, Dance & Song
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MOCK HOBBY HORSE
Medieval & Tudor Music, Dance & Song
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MOCK HOBBY HORSE perform as Medieval Minstrels and Tudor Musicians. They are well known as wandering minstrels or strolling players, providing entertainment and atmosphere at historical events, and entertaining with music, dance & song at banquets and celebrations.

Established in 1995 and based in South Devon, MOCK HOBBY HORSE have performed all over the South West of England, and their Medieval and Tudor Music has taken them as far North as Trondheim in Norway and as far East as Krakow in Poland.

They play regularly for private functions, weddings, banquets & dances, providing a festive mix of medieval, Tudor & folk music for atmosphere or dancing.
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Howard (percussion) & Julia (bagpipes).
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Riqq / tambourine.
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Julia, & Nicholas - Mock Hobby Horse
Who Are We?
MOCK HOBBY HORSE is always -
Howard Frey -
Mandolin, percussion, guitar, voice &
Julia Thomas -
Bagpipes, whistle, recorder, concertina, voice

& sometimes also -

Nicholas Millington -
Bouzouki, baglama, guitar, voice &/or Russell Harris - Oud, Middle Eastern percussion
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Collaborations
MHH arrange, compose & perform music for theatre. They also work with medieval and renaissance dance groups and jesters.
Education
They provide music and history educational programmes for schools, run workshops and compose & arrange music for special occasions.

At heritage and special events MOCK HOBBY HORSE involve young children and families in learning about the history of the music and encouraging them to participate with percussion, dance and singing.
Heritage Performances
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MOCK HOBBY HORSE have often played for the
National Trust & English Heritage.
MOCK HOBBY HORSE - More Fun Than A Rabbit On A Pogo Stick . . .
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Russell Harris’s Oud
CONTACT
01803 864674
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Ensemble Baklava
Flaxey Green - Folk Music in South Devon
Elfic - Juggler and Jester
Julian Goodacre - Bagpipe Maker
The Bagpipe Society
Russell Harris - Middle Eastern Music and Dance
MOCK HOBBY HORSE
Medieval & Tudor Music, Dance & Song
MOCK HOBBY HORSE
perform as Medieval Minstrels and Tudor Musicians. They are well known as wandering minstrels or strolling players, providing entertainment and atmosphere at historical events, and entertaining with music, dance & song at banquets and celebrations.

Established in 1995 and based in South Devon, MOCK HOBBY HORSE have performed all over the South West of England, and their Medieval and Tudor Music has taken them as far North as Trondheim in Norway and as far East as Krakow in Poland.

They play regularly for private functions, weddings, banquets and dances, providing a festive mix of medieval, Tudor and folk music for atmosphere or dancing.
Julia, Howard & Nicholas - Mock Hobby Horse
WHO ARE WE?
MOCK HOBBY HORSE is always -

Howard Frey -
Mandolin, percussion, guitar, voice &
Julia Thomas -
Bagpipes, whistle, recorder, concertina, voice

& sometimes also -

Nicholas Millington -
Bouzouki, baglama, guitar, voice &/or
Russell Harris -
Oud, Middle Eastern percussion

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Collaborations
MHH arrange, compose & perform music for theatre. They also work with medieval and renaissance dance groups and jesters.
Education
They provide music and history educational programmes for schools, run workshops and compose & arrange music for special occasions.

At heritage and special events MOCK HOBBY HORSE involve young children and families in learning about the history of the music and encouraging them to participate with percussion, dance and singing.
Heritage Performances
MOCK HOBBY HORSE have often played for the National Trust & English Heritage.
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Howard Frey dancing a farandole whilst playing the mandolin. Howard also plays percussion and guitar.
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Julia Thomas, voice, bagpipes, concertina, whistle & recorder.
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Julia’s bagpipes are made by Julian Goodacre who specialises in historical reproductions of bagpipes. Her “red” set are in A and are slightly louder and more strident than those in the next picture, due to the conical bore on the chanter.
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Julia’s ‘green’ bagpipes in yew and cherry are Leicestershire smallpipes and are in D or C. These simple bagpipes with nine notes and one drone would have been heard all over medieval and renaissance Europe.
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English Concertina. Although actually our oldest instrument dating from the early 20th Century the medieval equivalent would have been a portative organ or regal. Julia tends to play medieval tunes on the concertina with plenty of drones to attempt to evoke a more ancient feel to the music
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Howard Frey, Mock Hobby Horse, playing a fish-skin tambourine.
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Close-up of the fish-skin.
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Julia, Howard and Russell play a lively medieval dance, Branle d'Escosse
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Howard made his mandolin back in 1986. It has a sitka spruce top and flame maple back, neck and sides. He is now preparing to make some more mandolins with a slightly longer scale length. The equivalent instrument in Tudor times would be a cittern with its four courses of wire strings. Citterns famously could be found hanging in barbershops for the use of customers while they waited. But Howard doesn’t do haircuts.
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Howard accompanies the 13th Century English song "Bird an a Briar".
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Nick and Julia singing the chorus of "Cuncti simus concanentes”, a 14th century Spanish pilgrim song.
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Russell adds the haunting sound of his kemencheh to the song.
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Nick started playing the bouzouki after immersing himself in Greek culture whilst working in Thessaly in 1989. He has been adding its distinctive voice and his singing voice to Mock Hobby Horse for 10 years.
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The Oud which literally means 'the wood' in Arabic is of ancient provinence and is widely considered to be amongst the most important and influential musical instruments to have come from the Middle East. It is the predecessor of the European Renaissance lute and ultimately the Guitar. The Oud has a full, rich sound assisted by its deep, round hardwood back and wide spruce top. The Oud's 11 strings are tuned in various ways, but usually in 4th's, a typical tuning from low to high being D G A D G C. The Oud, like the Kemencheh, was introduced into Europe in the Middle ages through cultural contact with the wider Mediterranean region.
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Russell has studied and performed Middle Eastern music since the mid 1980's, studying oud and saz with Ustat Ozdemir in Turkey and then broadening his study to include Arabic instrumental styles, specialising in Oud and Percussion.
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Russell also teaches Oud and Percussion
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Taking a break.
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Most of the hand held percussion we play would have arrived in Europe from the middle east from the time of the crusades or into Spain with the Moors.
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The goblet shaped darbuka, dumbec or tabla is found all over Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe. There are many examples in medieval icongraphy.
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Riqq or tambourine.
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CONTACT MHH
01803 864674
or email us -
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© Mock Hobby Horse 2015
Website designed and built by
CLICK Websites
Photography
© Howard Harrison 2015
Calligraphy: Howard Frey
Links

Ensemble Baklava
Flaxey Green - South Devon Folk
Elfic - Juggler
Julian Goodacre - Bagpipes
Russell Harris - Musician
The Bagpipe Society
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