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Musicians & Dancers
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AlbannachAlbannach is Scots-Gaelic for “Scottish” or “Scotsman”. Albannach is comprised of three Scotsmen and one Scottish lass, all born and bred in Scotland! Their fifth and newest member is an American born Scot, but they don't hold it against him.
Albannach is not just another Scottish ‘Pipes & Drums’ band, their primal drumming and precise piping stirs the soul of anyone who hears them – young and old! One weekend only - September 23td & 24th at the Blackfriars Theatre.
Ballet Theatre of MarylandBTM celebrates Shakespeare’s genius with the poignant, archetypal love story Romeo & Juliet. Last performed by BTM more than six years ago, 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! 9/2,3,4 at 10:30am on the Globe Theatre! www.balletmaryland.org
BrinjalWorld Music band Brinjal plays pulsating and lyrical songs from nations real and imagined, with a large dose of exotic rhythms and enchanting melodies from the Middle East. http://www.ninaamaya.com/brinjal-band.html Performing 9/2,3,4; 9/23,24; 10/14,15.
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/ . Performing9/9,10; 10/7,8.
Cat and the Fiddle MorrisJoseph Shelby and Cyd Shelby as William Larkin & Cydony Bowman
Fiddle and dancing on the pathways of Revel Grove. Performing 9 2,3,4, 9,10, 30; 10/1,21, 22.
Consort Anon.Marketa Ebert, Mary Anne Espenshade, Eric Schwartz, Helen-Jean Talbott
For 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 8/26,27; 9/16,17,23,24.
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 9/30; 10/1, 21,22.
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/
Dileab PhriseilDileab Phriseil (Gaelic for "Precious Heritage"), is an ensemble of friends that formed from a church group. Featuring traditional songs of Scotland and Ireland, in English and Gaelic, along with fiddle, whistle, bodhran, and other instruments, Dileab Phriseil endeavours to preserve the bequest for which it is named. http://www.dileabphriseil.com/ Performing 9/16,17; 10/21,22.
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 9/16,17.
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 is music director for many of the period plays produced at the festival. Cathy, her husband Bill, and talented daughters Abbie and Christa have played at Revel Grove over many years. You can catch Mistress Ditty at the maypole, in the pathways, and on the Globe providing music for Fightasia and The Courtly Interlude.
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! Performing 9/9 - 10/22.
First Light EnsembleNew this season! First Light Ensemble plays their own arrangements of Medieval, Renaissance, Traditional Celtic, and original music featuring flutes and harp. Alix Baldwin, harp, Sharyn Byer and Claire Smith, flutes.
Performing 8/26; 9/2,9,16,23,30.
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 8/26, 27; 9/30, 10/1.