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Dante Ferrara - No Ordinary Elizabethan Minstrel - is perfect for any historic location nationwide. I play the lute, hurdy gurdy, cittern, English bagpipes and colascione.


I provide a unique package of music and entertainment on a dazzling array of beautiful Elizabethan instruments for your wedding ceremony and reception in a choice of stunning 16th century costumes. Your wedding may be themed (Medieval, Tudor, Renaissance) or simply be taking place in a romantic old setting - either way you'll need live music to capture the spirit of the day.

As a solo musician I can provide gentle background music as guests are assembling, lead you down the aisle with a processional tune, play whilst you sign the register then lead you both out. I then continue with lively music for the drinks reception followed by strolling background music whilst you all dine. Yes, just one musician does all this and I am cheaper than a chocolate fountain and a lot more fun!

I am recommended by numerous venues and approved by registrars nationwide but better still, please read the testimonials. A sample CD is available on request but for immediate information please click the link to my website.

Special Offer

January to March special offer: 12 tunes for the price of 10!!!

Testimonials for Dante Ferrara - Lute and more Testimonials for Dante Ferrara - Lute and more
Tim Sheed

"“I hired Dante to perform at my wedding and I can not speak highly enough of his work. He really helped make the day one to remember! Everybody spoke highly of him and he did a fantastic job of entertaining the guests throughout the day and also during dinner. I would recommend Dante as an extremely charismatic and fun addition to any event.”"

Tim Sheed

Lucy McCormick

"“We hired Dante to perform at our wedding. He certainly performed expertly, blending the beautiful with the bawdy. He was particularly well attuned to context, intuiting who would most appreciate a ribald verse and who a simple ditty - important at a wedding with guests ranging from college friends to elderly relatives. He was reliable and punctual.”"

Lucy McCormick

Robin Marks

"“Hired Dante for our wedding at Yaxley Hall, Suffolk. He is unique; and a charismatic and talented musician. Providing both formal accompaniment to the ceremony and informal entertainment for our guests afterwards and always attentive to the requirements and sensitivities of his audience. If you're looking for something different, to keep your guests talking long after the event, Dante's the man.""

Robin Marks

Sue & Paul Berwick

"Completely and utterly brilliant! From the minute we booked him, Dante was reassuringly professional and did everything he could to make the day the success it was. His performance goes beyond his clear talent – his charm and wit merely added to the overall enjoyment felt by all our guests. They truly did not stop talking about how fabulous he was. Dante we can not thank you enough...."

Sue & Paul Berwick, Married in June 2017

Rowanne & William

"Thank you for making our wedding day so special - you really added a unique magic. Everyone felt it brought the whole day alive and as my bridesmaid Jo said, the building appreciated you too. Extra thanks for such a sparkling performance after so few hours sleep! [I had flown back from Portugal in the night]"

Rowanne & William, Married in March 2016