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Lute Player | Ian the Luthier is a Lute Player | Atrium Entertainment Agency
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  • Lute Player Ian the Luthier performs on Medieval and Renaissance instruments
  • Based in West Midlands, Ian the Lute Player travels UK Wide
  • Ideal for Church/Civil Ceremony Weddings, Wedding Drinks Reception/Wedding Breakfasts
  • Ian performs Solo on Lute, Renaissance Guitar and Cittern, and also performs in a duo and trio!
  • You can choose a Renaissance costume or a smart suit to be worn for your special performance.

    Let the unique, melodic tones of Medieval and Renaissance instruments lift the room and provide a wonderfully ambient backdrop for your guests.Travelling across the UK, Ian the Luthier performs at a wide range of engagements.


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A Lute Player with a Unique Talent

Want to hear the wonderful sounds of Lute & Renaissance Guitar at your Wedding or event? Ian is a seasoned Lute Player with plenty of experience: performing publicly on a variety of instruments for 40 years in large and small venues alike; from the Royal Albert Hall to village halls; solo, in duos and in bands; on TV and radio; for concerts, weddings and dances, he knows how to create that special atmosphere for a day to remember!

A Renaissance and Medieval Specialist

Ian specialises in the fascinating music of the Renaissance and Medieval periods on replicas of original Lutes, Renaissance Guitars, Citterns and a range of other historical instruments, playing at Church and Civil Wedding Ceremonies, Wedding Venues, Arts Centres, Festivals, Clubs, and school workshops.

Ian performs solo Traditional, Medieval and Renaissance music with voice, guitars and early instruments (Lute, Gittern, etc.) and is also part of an Early music Duo.

Ian also travels the UK delivering school workshops in historical music, history, drama and dance and tutoring students in Guitar and Lute.

Church Medieval Wedding Music

Ian’s performance is so suited to Churches, Chapels & Cathedrals you can wow your guests with a truly memorable performance! Dressed in traditional Renaissance costume this is a performance that will provide a real talking point on your big day. To discuss how Ian can perform Medieval wedding music at your Wedding, click the ‘Make an Enquiry’ button above.

Line-up & Performance Information | Lute Player
Line-up: Ian is a solo performer that performs on Lute, Renaissance Guitar and Cittern.
Performance Timings: Every event has different requirements with regards to timing and Ian will create a performance specifically tailored for your event.
Arrival/Setup: Allow 60 minutes for setup
PA/Lighting: Neither PA or lighting is required for this artist.
Requirements: 6 x 6ft space / rider / parking / secure changing room
Sound Limiters? Not applicable as acoustic performance.
Additional Booking Options | Lute Player
Earlier Arrival/Setup?: Setup is usually 1 hour before performance but if you require a much earlier setup (ie due to room ‘turnaround’ for example, please ask for a quote.
Larger Band?: Yes, Ian can supply a larger band:

DUO: As an early music duo, playing Medieval and Renaissance music on the following instruments:
Voices, Recorders, Shawm, Oud, Cornamuse, Gittern, Rebec, Lute, Pipe and Tabor, Cittern, Gemshorn, Renaissance Guitar, Bagpipes, Psaltery, Simfony, Crumhorn, Bandora, Bray Harp.

TRIO: As an early music trio: add extra Crumhorn, extra Recorder and Hurdy Gurdy.

Clothing/Costumes?: Ian dresses in either Renaissance costume or smart suit as required.
Daytime Performances?: Ian provides Medieval music for all different types of events including Church/Civil Ceremony Weddings, Drinks Receptions, Wedding Breakfasts, Dinners, Charity/Gala events and can be booked both in the daytime and evening.


Lute Player Ian the Luthier can perform on many different Medieval instruments including the Renaissance Guitar. Ian will help you arrange the perfect setlist for your Wedding or Event.

Songs Played on the Lute:

  • Thomas Morley, 1599 – ‘O Mistress Mine’
  • John Dowland, c. 1620 – ‘Mr. Dowland’s Midnight’
  • John Dowland, c. 1615 – ‘Fortune’
  • John Dowland, c. 1590 – ‘Tarlton’s Resurrection’
  • John Dowland, c. 1590 – ‘Mrs. Winter’s Jump’
  • John Dowland, c. 1590 – ‘Robin is to the Green Wood Gone’
  • Robert Johnson, 1610 – ‘Where the Bee Sucks’
  • Cesare Negri, 1602 – ‘Il Bianco Fiore’
  • Francis Cutting, c. 1595 – ‘Francis Cutting’s Toy’
  • Francis Cutting, c. 1595 – ‘The Squirrel’s Toy’
  • Francesco Canova da Milano, 1536 – ‘Fantasia 7’
  • Christopher Marlowe, c. 1590 – ‘Come Live With Me and Be My Love’
  • John Sturt, 1620 – ‘The Lady Banning, Her Almand’
  • Thomas Robinson, c.1600 – ‘Robinsons May’
  • The Lute Player | Ian Luthist (Original), 2001 – ‘Lady Poplar’s Gift’
  • The Lute Player | Ian Luthist (Original), 2004 – ‘The Twin Binding Fancy’
  • The Lute Player | Ian Luthist (Original), 2006 – ‘Fantasia Margherita Maria’
  • Anon., England, 1610 – ‘Gray’s Inn Mask’
  • Anon., England, 1600 – ‘Prince’s Mask’
  • Anon., England, 1616 – ‘Draw Near Me and Love Me’
  • Anon., England, 1590 – ‘Folger Dowland f.87r’
  • Trad. England, c. 1601 – ‘When That I Was’
  • Trad., England, c. 1620 – ‘Home Again, Market is Done’
  • Trad., England, c. 1560 – ‘Heart’s Ease’
  • Trad., England, 1584 – ‘Calen O Custure Me’
  • Trad., England, 1580 – ‘Greensleeves’
  • Trad., England, c. 1600 – ‘How Should I Your True Love Know’
  • Trad., England, 1583 – ‘Rogero’
  • Trad., England, 1590 – ‘Kemps Jigge’
  • Anon., Scotland, c. 1605-20 – ‘Rowallan Untitled’
  • Anon., Scotland, c. 1605-20 – ‘Gypsies Lilt’
  • Anon., Scotland, c. 1627 – ‘The Canaries’
  • Anon., Scotland, 1620 – ‘Mure of Rowallan, f.5’
  • Trad., France, 1589 – ‘Belle Qui Tiens Ma Vie’
  • Trad., France, 1603 – ‘Branle et Branle Gay’
  • Anon. Italy, c. 1502-1512 – ‘Calata’

Songs Played on Renaissance Guitar:

  • Anthony Holborne, 1599 – ‘The Night Watch’
  • Trad., England, 1620 and Germany, 1612 – ‘La Volta’
  • Trad., England, 1651 – Broom : ‘The Bonny Bonny Broom’
  • Trad., England, 1651 – ‘Chestnut (or Dove’s Figary)’
  • Trad., England, 1651 – ‘Jenny Pluck Pears’
  • Trad., France, 1589 – ‘Pinagay’
  • Trad., France, 1589 – ‘Branle des Lavandieres’
  • Trad., France, 1589 – ‘Branle d’Escosse’

Songs Played on Cittern:

  • Trad., England, 1590 – ‘Sellenger’s Round’
  • Trad., England, 1651 – ‘Millison’s Jig’
  • Trad., England, 1590 – ‘All in a Garden Green’
  • Trad., England, 1590 – ‘Gathering Peascods’
  • Trad., England, 1587 – ‘Go From My Window’
  • Trad., England, 1618 – ‘The little Barly-Corne’
  • Trad., England, 1637 – ‘Cuckolds All A Row’
  • Trad., England, c. 1610 – ‘Goddesses’
  • Trad., France, 1589 – ‘Branle Cassandre’
  • Trad., France, 1589 – ‘Branle des Hermites’
  • Trad., France, 1589 – ‘Branle des Chevaulx’
  • Trad., France, 1589 – ‘Branle de L’Official’
  • Trad., Scotland, c. 1650 – ‘Sweet Smiling Katie Loves Me’
  • Thomas D’Urfey, 1706 – ‘In the Fields in Frost and Snow’


““…..Beautiful set … a brilliant performance enthusiastically presented by a master musician to an appreciative and attentive audience that, quite simply, loved it. Wonderful”
Folk at the Fold

“…Superb … breathtaking … and a very fine singing voice … Ian’s performances are both compelling and informing. A virtuoso!”
Alcester Folk Festival

“Ian, thank you for your beautiful music, which made our wedding day even more special. Of all the items in the ceremony, your music stood out as our favourite part.”
Rebecca and Tom, (Huddersfield Wedding)

“Treasures of interpretation … a treat for the ears … moments of genuine tenderness … melodic, reflective and unforced. Ian’s instrumental virtuosity can’t be faulted, masterful on anything he turns his frets to.”
English Dance & Song Magazine

“A fine voice, accompanied by some of the best guitar playing to be heard anywhere.”
Folk On The Farm

“One of England’s finest guitarists and a great voice to boot.”
The Circle Folk Club

“A singer whose voice you couldn’t mistake”
The Folk Mag

“His live performances are flawless.”
Common Folk Club

“A splendid performance … a joy and delight … he had us all spellbound”
Food & Folk

“His easy-going manner engages the audience; and the night was an object lesson in talking about the songs in an entertaining way – as well as some fine singing and playing.”
Warwick Folk Club

“… Absolutely fantastic … spectacular …”
The Mudcat Café

“… Exactly what I always hope I’m going to get … we sometimes forget what a fine guitarist he is, partly because his gentle but solid vocals and purity of tone are what tend to stick in the memory.”
Shreds and Patches

“When you’re as talented an instrumentalist as Ian, you have to be careful not to let the accompaniment dominate the song. Ian gets it absolutely right … a mature talent well in command of the material.”
Folk Monthly

“Dear Paula, thank you. We are extremely happy with Ian and Andy, and all the guests were too. They were the soul of the party. My only regret is that I should have gone for an even longer afternoon session! Kind regards, Davide”

Davide C.

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