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The New Wave of Norwegian Medieval Music


Canardus Horribilis is a Norwegian ensemble playing medieval and early renaissance music.


We mix traditional  music with curiosity and playfulness, and are not afraid of blending in influences from other time-periods and musical traditions.


We promise to play concerts you’ll never forget! We perform with high energy and great love for our audience and repertoir.

We are very experienced in adapting to different venues and situations.


The band’s members comes from different musical, ranging from historical music to jazz, rock, pop, punk, metal, progressive rock, Norwegian folk music, classical, theatre, electronic music, circus, free improvisation, lullabyes and folk music.

Members of Canardus also have extensive experience from theatre / physical theatre, dance, historical dance and circus. Some of the instruments we use are built by our own luthier.


The band was formed in 2012, and played its debut concert at the Medieval festival in Tønsberg in 2013.

Canardus Horribilis have since then performed at :


Medeltidsveckan på Gotland, Visby, Sweden.

(Visby, Sweden) 2014 - 2019

Official opening with De Munnfulle, 2016

Bagad Wisby 2014 - 2019 

Medeltida Jul, Visby, Gotland.



Kaunas, Litauen – Fabula Silvestri

2019 (Silainiai Project/Vestfold Fylkeskommune)


Vilnius, Litauen – Uzupio Kavine


Hamar Middelalderfestival, Norway.

2013 -2019


Oslo Middelalderfestival



St. Halvardsdagene, Oslo, Norway.



Tønsberg Middelalderfestival, Norway.

2013 - 2018


Bergenhusdagene, (Bergen) Norway.

2014 - 2016

Skeidet, Fyresdal, Norway.

2016, 2017


Re Middelalderdager, Norway.

2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019


Canardus Horribilis was the opening act on Medeltidsveckan på Gotland (Visby, Sweden) in 2016 in collaboration with the theatre group De Munnfulle.


Canardus Horribilis and De Munnfulle created and played the theatre performance "Bacchus' Bankett" on Medeltidsveckan på Gotland (Visby, Sweden) in 2015 and 2016. "Fabula Silvestri" 2017 and 2018.

Performed in Kaunas, Lithuania in 2019 in collaboration with Vestfold fylkeskommune.

Absence Crew (breakdance) commitioned music from Canardus Horribilis for their performance, “NORR—da gudene breaket”. See our short film: "If Vikings Could Breakdance", filmed at Midgard Vikingsenter.


In 2014, Extend—Art of Dance in Tønsberg used Canardus Horribilis and Plastic Paddies as musicians in their ballet performance “Tristan og Isolde”, with over 400  dancers.


The upcoming Norwegian documentary film “CHRONONAUT” features music from, videos of and interviews with Canardus Horribilis.

Canardus Horribilis have been performing with Bagad Wisby - a "medieval big band" at Medeltidsveckan for the last three years. The lineup changes constantly, but normally includes bands like Kalabalik, Vagando, Skrål, Faunus, Krabat and Själ.

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