The unique, signature sound of Portcullis can be heard with their track, The King's Return, in our Competition & Feedback Show, Episode SP20 as well as the amazing Beltane in our Spring Equinox Holiday Special for 2011, Episode SP23. The amazing sound of Pretty Lady from their album, The King's Return can be heard in Episode 32, Faerie Days and Faerie Knights. They have also been featured in our 2012 Yuletide Party Show, Episode SP32 with their track Lullaby from The King's Return. Pretty Lady can be heard again in our Episode 35, Of Kings, Friends and Magic Pigs. The beautiful piece, Tradesh can be heard at the Court of Arberth in our Episode 36, To Ride A White Horse.
You can hear a superb track Welcome to Camelot from their album, The Messenger, in our Episode 38, Apple Orchards and Wedding Feasts. We feature two tracks from their latest, superb album Forever... And A Day in our Episode 39, Prophecy of the Druid - they are The Lovers and Hare in the Barley.
We first performed at Herstmonceux Medieval Festival UK in 2001 with some other local musicians. We met lots of interesting people, and quickly developed a passion for re-enacting as Medieval Minstrels/Troubadours. In 2003 we formed Portcullis, and Jason began to put our CD together, which was released in 2004.
We have performed at England's Medieval Festival at Herstomonceux castle for nine years, and have entertained at weddings, banquets and garden parties.
Some of the instruments Jason plays include:
Mandola, mandolin, Bazouki (mando/cello) and drums.
Susie sings and plays recorders.
Haydon is our full time drummer, and at 16 years old does a fantastic job.
We are sometimes joined by the high-energy drumming of David Steele.
Our music and costume has an Arthurian feel to it, and relates to 13th/14th century England. The music conjures magical imagery of banqueting and celebration. It has colorful eastern tones, yet portrays medieval England at its finest. It also contains a contemporary twist using rock based tribal rhythms. Enter the realm and become enchanted with the visions bestowed upon thee!
Portcullis have 3 albums available.