Music at the Major Oak Woodland Festival
This delightful pair describe themselves as itinerant historical musicians. They play historical music on replica instruments that they research and make themselves.
Behind them is their home - a 'Vardo'. It started life as an old Alpine Sprite which they bought from a fellow at the other end of their village for £20. They stripped it down to the chassis, keeping the aluminium, which they sold for £40.
They started to rebuild from the bottom upwards, working mainly in their kitchen! The roof is based on a 2 metre circle, and there is a hole cut for the chimney. The bed has a split mattress and pulls out along the runners on the top of the seats. The table pulls out too and a leg folds down, bolting into the floor.
After they had finished they were given a book about Shepherds' Huts and Living Vans and saw an illustration, dated 1480, of a wheeled shepherds hut. Not only that, but there is the shepherd himself sitting in the foreground, playing a set of bagpipes, the instrument that Myal (their name) plays!