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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Larksong, a capella ensembleDrew 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 8/25,26; 9/3. 22, 23; 10/20, 21.
MacPherson's PocketwatchNew to the Festival! MacPherson’s Pocketwatch is a fiddle-folk power duo that blends Celtic trad music with acoustic American songwriter style. Fiddler Brandon Kennedy and guitarist Sean Piland engage to create an energetic and synergistic musical experience that evokes elements of rich peeted whisky and Irish green countrysides. Performing 8/25,26; 10/13,14
NatterjacksCraig Williams, Darcy Nair, Lisa Oberg, Sarah Stepanik.
Two retired Pyrates, a fiddler, and a nice Irish girl walked into a bar... No joke, this group of folk music virtuosos from acclaimed bands The Pyrates Royale, The O’Danny Girls, and The ShamRogues strives to sound more pleasing to the ear than its namesake the rather loud and obnoxious Natterjack toad. Guitar, violin, hammered dulcimer, concertina, flute, percussion, and a chorus of lush vocal harmonies make up the band's rich and innovative sound. You’ll love Natterjacks, warts and all!
Performing: 8/25,26; 9/8,9; 10/6,7,20,21.
North Sea GasThey are back!
NORTH SEA GAS: Dave Gilfillan (left), Grant Simpson (center) and Ronnie (Mac) MacDonald (right)
Over thirty-seven 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 humor 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 and around the world! Performing on 9/15,16,
Painted TrilliumKristin Rebecca - voice, harp, guitar; Susan Meyer - hammered dulcimer, Irish whistle; Rob Meyer - octave mandolin, guitar, bodhran. Performing 9/8- 10/21.
Painted Trillium performs traditional Celtic songs and tunes plus a few surprises. Find them on the pathways of Revel Grove. www.paintedtrillium.com.
Pipe OrganistGary Schwartz
Renaissance organ music played at 10am & 6:15pm daily at the Lyric Stage. www.musicbythemaster.com
PiperjonesPiperjones (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
Poehemia New this season!
Poehemia has been shaped by the hard rocking traditions of Baltimore and the thriving music scene in Glasgow. Since 2012 Poehemia has performed hundreds of high-energy electric and acoustic shows throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. At the Festival Poehemia will perform their traditional Celtic repertoire. See them on September 15,16 & October 6,7.
Pub Sing AlongJoin some of your favorite pub bands and villagers as they lead the audience in a rousing sing-along of traditional English, Irish and Scottish drinking songs and sentimental ballads at the White Hart Tavern.
Photo of Mayor Mondes by Keith Heffner
The Pyrates RoyaleErik Booker, Jenn Bell Garman, Claudia Harrison, Damon Hersh, Brad Howard, Matt Salisbury, Tim Shaw. The original singing pirate band, the Pyrates Royale, are back home for more singing and shenanigans. Don't miss them at the pubs on Pirate Weekend - September 29th & 30th!
The Rambling Sailors Greg and Susan Csikos
Both successful soloists, Greg and Susan have joined forces to present a show full of harmonies that please the ear and lift the spirits. Greg was a founding member of the piratical sextet, The Corsairs before launching his solo career. Susan has been performing as Rosie Peaseblossom at Renaissance Faires and on Tall Ships since 1992. www.ramblingsailors.com Performing 8/25- 9/23.
Renaissance Revelers, madrigal ensembleMonica Boruch, Karen Cain, Van Corey, David Jackson, Laura Kawa, Margo Lehman, Michael Pierson, Matt Roberts, Randy Rogers, Rebecca Rogers, Meredith Stewart, Katie Wanschura, Viola Whieldon, Theresa Younger. The Renaissance Revelers is an ensemble performing Medieval and Renaissance music from several European nations. They have performed at the MD Renaissance Festival since 1987. Other venues include the National Cathedral, White House Christmas celebrations, Walter's Art Museum Brookside Gardens and First Night celebrations in addition to government, corporate and private events. http://www.last.fm/music/The+Renaissance+Revelers
Performing 9/15,16; 10/6,7.
Maggie Sansone - Hammered dulcimer extraordinaireMaggie Sansone
America’s premier hammered dulcimer player and recording artist. Maggie Sansone’s pioneering artistry has brought the ringing beauty of her music to hundreds of thousands of music lovers around the world. Maggie is the recipient of numerous WAMMIE awards from the Washington area Music Association for Irish/Celtic instrumentalist. Maggie's music will soothe thy soul, dazzle, and delight with tunes from the ancient Celtic lands. Don't miss the Maggie's Music Celtic show at Reveler's Bower with Bob and Sue Esty. And Maggie's Celtic tunes with Rover-dance, dancing puppets in the pathways is fun for the whole family! For bookings, tour schedule, and recording information, visit her website at www.maggiesmusic.com. Special guest on 9/15,16.
Scales and CrosstonesSaber Tompson, Jim Cason, Maggie Cason, Darriel Day, Molly Lindsey,Donna Smith
Scales and Crosstones is a pirate band that specializes in melodic sea shanties and Celtic music. The band believes that music of the past can be enjoyed by the present generation. While keeping with tradition, their harmonies and rhythms shed new light on old songs.
http://scalesandcrosstones.com/ Performing 8/25,26; 9/29.30; 10/6,7 at the Pubs.
Seraphim, women’s quartetMartha Lawrence, Charlotte Knapp, Phyllis Fong, Kathleen Peery
Seraphim's four graceful ladies sing of life and love in Tudor England. The specialize in dances that evoke the spirit of the times, and offer humorous observations of the Court and its customs. Their songs of merry revels, animals, gypsies and pirates delight both the young and young at heart. Seraphim also appears in other eras and seasons. Please see www.seraphimquartet.org.
performing 9/1, 9, 29; 10/13.
Sirena - The Sirens Travel back to the time of mythical gods, shipwrecked lovers, and the ethereal women whom all sailors both fear and adore--the Sirens. Straight from the depths of the sea, Aglaope, Legeia, and Raidne bring you a show filled with drumming, dancing, and all-original music. Their songs will hypnotize you and their stories will touch your hearts, but hold on to your souls, or you might find you've lost them to the hands of the Sirens!