THANKS FOR A GREAT SEASON! The Festival is closed for 2017. We will be posting updates about the 2018 season in the near future.
Musicians & Dancers
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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 8/26- 9/24.
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 9/16,17,30; 10/1.
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 on selected Saturay. 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. Performing through October 1st.
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 8/26,27; 9/9,10, 23, 24, 30; 10/1 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 9/2,3; 10/8,14.
Janet Spahr, Handpan MusicHere from Carlisle, Pennsylvannia, Janet Spahr is happy to introduce her unique instrument, called a Handpan, to new audiences. People are drawn to its distinct look and tranquil sounds. Listeners have called her performances mesmerizing, and describe the handpan tones as "tranquil, ancient, and spiritual". You can hear her CDs on iTunes and CD Baby if you search her by name. View videos of her performances on her website, www.spahrstudios.com Performing 8/26 - 9/4 in the pathways.
Stary OlsaNew! Touring the United States for the first time, Stary Olsa is a medieval Belarusian band, founded in 1999 by Zmicier Sasnoŭski. Now comprised of six members, Stary Olsa takes its name from a brook in the west part of Mahilioŭ Region (Belarus)
The band's repertoire includes Belarusian folk balladry and martial songs, Belarusian national dances, works of Belarusian Renaissance composers, compositions from Belarusian aulic music collections (e.g. Polack Notebook, Vilnia Notebook), Belarusian canticles of the 16th - early 17th centuries, as well as European popular melodies of the Middle Ages and Renascence.
Two weekends this year! 9/16,17 & 9/23,24.
photo Alieh Bielavusaŭ
Token EntertainmentRussell Brandford, Dallas Valley. Griffon DuMonde and Rhee are two normal ordinary travelers come to exotic foreign England to partake of the quaint local customs of the natives and add a little color to the Festival as Token Entertainment. Performing 10/7,8,14,15.
Wilde RosesFrom London, UK.
Wilde Roses is a musical collaboration between singers, multi-instrumentalists, composers, dancers and performers Anna Tam and Emily Alice Ovenden. Musically and visually inspired by the medieval and renaissance world, they draw their repertoire from illuminated manuscripts, courtly song books, Elizabethan broadside ballads and the folk tradition. They are moved by a desire to explore and recreate the sound world of this historical repertoire and to share these exquisite songs with present day audiences.
Emily and Anna come from different musical backgrounds and met whilst they were both part of the Mediaeval Baebes.
Performing September 30th & October 1st at the Blackfriar's Theatre at 11:30am, 1pm & 3pm.
And they will be returning for more intimate performances on October 7th and 8th at the White Hart Tavern.