A Minstrel was a professional entertainer of any kind, from the 12th century to the 17th. A juggler, acrobat, story-teller, etc. Or more specifically, a professional secular musician, usually an instrumentalist. The heyday of minstrelsy was chiefly within the period c1250-c1500. But now MINSTREL is back, with a band and brand new ideas. MINSTREL 21th century.