The Festival has ended for 2018. Thank you to all our visitors for a wonderful season and we look forward to seeing you August 24, 2019.
Musicians & Dancers (2019 updates added soon.)
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Ballet Theatre of MarylandBTM celebrates Shakespeare’s genius with the poignant, archetypal love story Romeo & Juliet. This tragic tale is told poetically and passionately through the fusion of dance, literature and Prokofiev’s magnificent musical masterpiece! Special performance Labor Day weekend only! 9/1,2,3 at 10:30am on the Globe Theatre! www.balletmaryland.org
Camerata Musica, singers of madrigalsDebby Bors, Sarah Brackbill, Dan Brandt, Sherri Calvo, Christine Carey, April Curnow, Laura Denz, Bruce Hampton, Stan Hopkins, Beth Hopper - director, Buckley Hopper,Brooke Hsu, Katherine Lee, Katherine Marek, Nick Mecholsky, Harry Olson, Doreen Oster, Lynn Reggia, John Scheeler, Priscilla Wainwright
Camerata Musica is an energetic a capella madrigals troupe, performing in myriad languages and styles from sacred to silly and from medieval chants to love ballads. http://www.camerata-musica.net/ Performing 9/8, 9, 29, 30.
Consort Anon.Mary Anne Espenshade, Rachel Isaacson, Eric Schwartz, Cynthia Sutton
Don Sutton, Helen-Jean Talbott
For over 30 seasons Consort Anon. has recreated the music of the Medieval and Renaissance periods to help Festival-goers better understand the music that might have surrounded Henry VIII's royal court as well as the peasants. The Consort, named after that most prolific early music composer Anonymous, was formed in 1979 and played their first Renaissance Festival in the autumn of 1980. When not in Revel Grove, the Consort performs at schools and church services. http://home.earthlink.net/~consort_anon/index.htm
Performing 8/25, 26; 9/15, 16, 22, 23.
The Crimson PiratesAnne Alford, Dan O'Driscoll, Robin Flanagan, Don Kilcoyne, Kelly Kilcoyne.
Prepare to be boarded! Revel Grove's favorite out-of-town singing pirates sail in from New York. They bring songs of lost love, spilt beer and cabin boys!
Performing 9/29,30; 10/13,14,20,21.
Cu DubhCu Dubh consists of musicians who have dedicated their lives to the study and performance of ancient music. David Macejka (2012 Grammy nominee), Mike McNutt and a variety of select performers have brought together their personal influences to create dark, original compositions played on the Great Highland Bagpipes and a barrage of drums from around the world. With influences from Scotland, Gaul, Galicia, Norway, Brittney, Ireland, Wales, German, India, Arabia, Africa and beyond, they call back to the ancient tribes in all of us. http://www.cudubhtribe.com/
Dublin 3Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, singer and guitarist Ray Murphy met fiddler Jennifer Belle in a pub one evening over a decade ago and the two have been entertaining audiences ever since. Drummer Kevin Shook adds a gentle bass feel on cajon to traditional Celtic tunes that will be sure to get you clapping along. Performing 9/15,16.
Faith Ditty, Mistress of the DanceChrista Palmer will delight the young and young at heart leading the maypole and peasant dances and she invites you to join the dance! Also a prize-winning Irish stepdancer, Christa can be seen amazing audiences dancing to jaunty jigs and fast-paced reels.
Melodious DittyMistress Ditty (Cathy Palmer) plays fiddle and has been music director for many of the period plays produced at the festival. You can catch Mistress Ditty at the maypole and in the village.
Bob and Sue Esty - Harp and VoiceBob Esty - harp, voice, pennywhistle. Sue Esty- harp, voice, bowed psaltry, drum.
Bob and Sue perform Renaissance, Celtic, and folk music on harp, bowed psaltery, drum, voice, and whatever other instrument comes close to hand!
Fol-de-Rol, folk songs and madrigalsApril Curnow, Sharon McKinley, Ellen Waff
The family-friendly vocal trio encourages audience participation, especially by children. Find them in the pathways and at Crooked Cottage stage on 8/25,26; 10/6,7.
James of Perry Hall, drummer & percussionistJames Gummer
James has been part of the “soundtrack” of the festival since 1997. Visit him online at www.jamesgummer.com
The HooligansThe band your mama warned you about is back FOR THE FULL RUN this season! Find them at the pubs, spreading joy, music, and nothing a good vaccine couldn't cure. The Hooligans specialize in Celtic music both rousing and beautiful. http://hooligansmusic.bandcamp.com/
The O'Danny House PartyThe O'Danny House Party: Join this musical comedy gumbo of the O'Danny Girls, Drum Runners, and Pyrates Royale. Guaranteed to have you laughing and cringing . . . but in a good way! PG for mature themes.
Ellie Cattle, James Gummer, Liz Demery & Steve Wannall. Photos courtesy of Kevin Hedgecock, Heather Stackhouse and Keith Hefner
Seamus Kennedy Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Seamus has been entertaining audiences all over the United States for four decades. He has won the WAMMIE (Washington Area Music Awards) for best Irish/Celtic vocalist many times, and his performances are noted for his lively sense of humor and banter with the audience.
Photo by Richard Dorbin.
Kristin RebeccaKristin's beautiful harp playing is matched by her angelic voice. You can hear her on the pathways of Revel Grove performing music that ranges from dance worthy jigs and reels to haunting ballads