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    The Maryland Renaissance Festival thanks all of our wonderful patrons, vendors, performers, and employees for a making our 40th season a memorable one. We hope everyone has a peaceful winter, and we look forward to welcoming you back to Revel Grove on August 26th, 2017.
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Fol-de-Rol, folk songs and madrigals
Fol-de-Rol, folk songs and madrigals April 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 8/27,28; 10/8,9.
Gregory of Carrolton
Gregory of Carrolton Greg Freyman Enjoy the melodious sounds and amazing talents of classical guitarist Gregory of Carrolton. He can be found throughout the village on 8/27 - 9/25.
James of Perry Hall, drummer & percussionist
James of Perry Hall, drummer & percussionist James Gummer James has been part of the “soundtrack” of the festival since 1997. Visit him online at www.jamesgummer.com
The Harper and The Minstrel
The Harper and The Minstrel New this season! Jay Michaels and Abby Michaels are talented and versatile multi-instrumentalists who play early and traditional music ranging from 13th century Spanish Cantgas de Santa Maria to Ireland's Turlough O'Carolan. They have performed at festivals and concert venues across the country, and are known for their unique arrangements of beautiful aires and ballads. Performing 8/27 - 9/11.
The Hooligans
The Hooligans The 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 Girls           HOUSE PARTY!
The O'Danny Girls HOUSE PARTY! Liz Demery Bragg, Ellie Cattle, James Gummer, Sarah Marsden, Edie McKay, Steve Wannall. It's a house party...if you live in a bar. Join The O'Danny Girls, the Drum Runners, and a rogue Pyrate as they join forces for a show filled with music and laughter. Guaranteed to get you on your feet and movin'! (But Daisy will block the exit.) At the Boars Head Tavern.
Seamus Kennedy
Seamus Kennedy New to the Festival! 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. Performing October 8th & 9th. Photo by Richard Dorbin.
Kristin Rebecca
Kristin Rebecca Kristin'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 www.kristinrebecca.com.
Larksong, a capella ensemble
Larksong, a capella ensemble Drew Carlson, tenor; Martha Connolly, alto; Andrea DeSanti, soprano; David Pumplin, baritone/bass; James Raistrick, tenor; Janet Simons, soprano; Kevin Powers, bass. Larksong is a close troupe of harmonious voices who love the sound and the performance of beautiful a capella music. www.larksongsings.com Performing 8/27,28; 9/17,18; 10/8,23.
Darcy Nair, hammered dulcimer music
Darcy Nair, hammered dulcimer music Darcy specializes in traditonal Celtic music played on the magical sounding hammered dulcimer. www.darcynair.com Performing 9/3,4,5; 10/15,16,22,23.
Natterjacks
Natterjacks Craig Williams, Darcy Nair, Claudia Harrison, Lisa Oberg. What do you call a band that has two retired Pyrates, a former gypsy, and a nice Irish girl from a nice Irish family? Why not name it after a toad with a distinctively loud and obnoxious call? This new group of folk music virtuosos from acclaimed bands The Pyrates Royale, Gypsophilia, and The O’Danny Girls strives to sound more pleasing to the ear than its namesake. Natterjacks are among the more well-traveled of the amphibians, and our repertoire reflects this with wide-ranging music from English, Celtic, maritime, and middle eastern traditions. Guitar, violin, hammered dulcimer, concertina, flute, percussion, and a chorus of lush vocal harmonies make for a rich and innovative sound. You’ll love Natterjacks, warts and all! Performing: 8/27,28; 9/3,4,5; 10/1,2,15,16,22,23.
North Sea Gas
North Sea Gas They return for our Celtic Weekend, September 10th & 11th. Ron MacDonald, Grant Simpson and Dave Gilfillan are North Sea Gas. Over thirty-five years and stronger than ever!! North Sea Gas is one of Scotland's most popular folk bands with great vocals and tremendous three part harmonies. Guitars, Mandolin, Fiddle, Bouzouki, Harmonica, Whistles, Bodhrans, Banjo and good humour are all part of the entertainment. They have received Gold and Silver Disc awards from the Scottish Music Industry Association and regularly have sold out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe!!
The O'Danny Girls
The O'Danny Girls Edie McKay, Liz Demery & Sarah Marsden. The O'Danny Girls sing sweet harmonies that are ribald for your pleasure. Join Daisy, Ginger, and Phil for laughter, music, and familial dysFUNction. This show is rated PG/R/OMG.
Painted Trillium
Painted Trillium Kristin Rebecca - voice, harp, guitar; Susan Meyer - hammered dulcimer, Irish whistle; Rob Meyer - octave mandolin, guitar, bodhran. Peforming 9/10 - 10/23. Painted Trillium performs traditional Celtic songs and tunes plus a few surprises. Find them on the pathways of Revel Grove. www.paintedtrillium.com.
Pipe Organist
Pipe Organist Gary Schwartz Renaissance organ music played at 10am & 6:15pm daily at the Lyric Stage. www.musicbythemaster.com
Piperjones
Piperjones Piperjones (EJ Jones), is an award-winning piper and teacher at piping workshops across the USA. Piperjones plays the best tunes of the past 700 years on both Highland and Renaissance bagpipes, with friends on percussion and bouzouki, creating a beautifully tuneful, danceable show. www.piperjones.com