2014 Musicians & Dancers List
All musicians may not be performing on all festival days. Please check with Customer Service for daily performance schedule. Schedule is subject to change.
Ballet Theatre of Maryland
Spies! Swashbucking! Stowaways!
Enjoy Pirates of the Caribbean? This is a must see! Inspired by the first documented acts of piracy on the Chesapeake Bay, Pirates brings to life an array of pirates, settlers and natives, who lived, loved, fought and died in the 17th Century Colonial America. Intrigue, swordfights, and lost treasure come together through the power of dance to tell a comedic tale the whole family will enjoy! www.balletmaryland.org
The Maryland Renaissance Festival is pleased to host The Ballet Theatre of Maryland in a special performance for Festival audiences. Don't miss this amazing dance performance on Labor Day Weekend only.
World 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. See them at the Festival from August 23rd to September 1st.
Camerata Musica, singers of madrigals
Dan Brandt, Ashley Bond, Christine Carey, April Curnow, Laura Denz, Bruce Hampton, Stan Hopkins, Beth Hopper - director, Buckley Hopper, Katherine Lee, Harry Olson, Lynn Reggia
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. Performing 8/30,31; 9/27,28.
Cat and the Fiddle Morris
Joseph Shelby and Cyd Shelby as William Larkin & Cydony Bowman
Fiddle and dancing on the pathways of Revel Grove. Performing 8/23,24; 9/20,21; 10/18,19.
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. Performing: 8/23,24; 9/13,14,27,28.
Céol Anam Cara
Bob Dougherty, Toni Dougherty, Tom Scanlan, and Dorothy Scanlan
Four musicians with a passion for traditional folk music from Ireland and the British Isles. Playing mainly dance music, Céol Anam Cara is known for their playing of jousting jigs, rousing reels, pulsating polkas, and haunting sweet airs. These "soul friends of music" will have your toes tapping with their uplifting tunes. Performing 8/23,24; 9/13,14; 10/18,19. www.ceolanamcara.com
We are pleased to welcome Crannog to the Festival. Crannog plays Irish, Scottish and English songs. Founding members Gabriele Decker (lead vocals, English concertina, bodhran) and Frank O'Gara (violin/fiddle), guitar, mandolin & vocals) performed in the group 'Double Indemnity' in the 1990's and played many Renaissance Festivals and venues around the country. They are joined by Owl Morrison (viola/vocals) and James Murphree (guitar). www.crannogmusic.com Performing 9/20 - 9/28.
The Crimson Pirates
Anne 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 10/18 - 10/19
Cu 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.
It is music for the warrior in all of us. The long boat is here. The wolves are loose. The Ould Ways are back!
Dileab 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. Performing 9/20,21; 10/4,5.
Steve Wannall, James Gummer, Abigail Palmer
Drum Runners is a dynamic percussion troupe exploring the world of rhythm. With cool beats from every corner of the globe, we dare you to sit still for this one! This year at the Fortune Stage & Dragon Inn!
Bob and Sue Esty- Harp and Voice
Bob 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: 9/6,13,20,27; 10/4,11,19.
Begorra Ditty, Celtic Harper
Abigail Palmer, an award-winning Celtic harper, can be heard performing Irish, Scottish, and English music from heart-felt airs to amazingly high speed reels. She will be performing at Musical Merrymaking, in Comedy of Errors, and she can also be seen playing djembe in the Drum Runners.
Faith Ditty, Mistress of the Dance
Christa 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.
Melodius Ditty & Harmonius Ditty
Cathy and Bill Palmer, playing fiddle, guitar, and bodhran, will make your toes tap and your heart sing playing merry tunes from Ireland, England, and Scotland.
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 on 8/23,24; 9/20,21.
Whether the song calls for energetic rhythms or chordal chords that echo the intensity of a broken heart, Abby plays her Irish Cittern and shares her rich, soaring voice to tell the tale in Irish, Scots Gaelic and English. After a hiatus, Abby is back in Revel Grove this season. Catch her from August 30th to September 21st.
Gregory of Carrolton, guitarist extraordinaire
Virtuoso solo guitarist playing a large repertoire spanning many centuries. Versatile enough to play anything from “Bach to Rock”. www.gregfreyman.com Performing August 23 to September 28th.
James of Perry Hall, drummer & percussionist
James has been part of the “soundtrack” of the festival since 1997. Visit him online at www.jamesgummer.com
The band your mama warned you about is back this season! Find them at the pubs, spreading joy, music, and nothing a good vaccine couldn't cure. John, John, Matt and Matt are The Hooligans, who specialize in Celtic music both rousing and beautiful. They will be performing from September 27th to October 19th. Don't miss them! If you are having trouble placing them from the photo above, the one below may help.
Key School Consort
Rick Layton, director.
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. Performing 9/6 - 10/19.
a capella ensemble
Drew Carlson, tenor; Martha Connolly, alto; Andrea DeSanti, soprano; David Pumplin, baritone/bass; James Raistrick, tenor, Janet Simons, soprano
Larksong is a close troupe of six harmonious voices who love the sound and the performance of beautiful a capella music. www.larksongsings.com Performing 9/1,7,13,14; 10/4,11,19.
hammered dulcimer music.
Photo by James B. Gardner
Darcy specializes in traditonal Celtic music played on the magical sounding hammered dulcimer. www.darcynair.com Performing 9/13 - 9/28.
The O'Danny Girls
Edie MacKay (Ginger O'Danny), Lisa Oberg (Trinket O'Danny), Liz Demery Bragg (Daisy O'Danny)
The O'Danny Girls are three very nice girls who sing very naughty songs. Join Ginger, Trinket, and Daisy for laughter, music, and familial dysFUNction. Rated PG/R/OMG
Kristin Rebecca - voice, harp, guitar; Susan Meyer - hammered dulcimer, Irish whistle; Rob Meyer - octave mandolin, guitar, bodhran.
Painted Trillium performs traditional Celtic songs and tunes plus a few surprises. Find them on the pathways of Revel Grove. www.paintedtrillium.com. Performing: 9/6 - 10/19.
Renaissance organ music played at 10am & 6:30pm daily at the Lyric Stage. www.musicbythemaster.com
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 Performing 9/6 - 10/19.
The Pyrates Royale
photo by John Kudlich, Pyrates at MDRF 2010
Brad Howard, Darcy Nair, Craig Williams, Damon Hersh, Ellie Cattle
Since 1987, The Pyrates Royale has set the standard for comic singing pirate acts at festivals and events around the country. They play a mix of traditional and modern acoustic maritime music that rocks without being electric, sings without a string section and humors without a laugh track. www.pyrates.com
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 Peforming 9/6 - 9/14.
Monica 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 recently celebrated their 25th anniversary with a concert at St.John's Lutheran Church in Rockville, MD. 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. Performing: 8/ 23, 24; 9/20, 21.
We are very pleased that Deborah Rose will be returning to the Renaissance Festival this autumn, after a successful US premiere last year. Deborah Rose is a Welsh singer/songwriter whose emotive, timeless voice has been described by folk legend Judy Collins as “one of the finest I’ve ever heard”. Deborah supported Judy Collins on the UK leg of her world tour in 2011. Her recent career has also seen her perform with Ralph Mctell, Julie Felix, Boo Hewerdine, Dan Cassidy, Kenny White, 10CC, Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone, Raghu Dixit and Thea Gilmore.
Deborah's debut album, "Song Be My Soul" will be released this autumn. The title track fuses self-penned words with Welsh folk song Calon Lan. Deborah’s album will also include an unrecorded poem, “Springtime” written by Deborah’s greatest inspiration, Eva Cassidy, set to original music. Deborah describes the moment she heard Eva’s voice as an “epiphany when suddenly the world made sense”. It's maybe no wonder then that the universe conspired to bring her together with Eva’s brother Dan Cassidy in 2010, who has now become a dear friend, mentor, and plays violin on the album. Special Guest for Romance Weekend - October 4th & 5th.
Maggie Sansone - Hammered dulcimer extraordinaire
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 has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, Performance Today and The Thistle & Shamrock. For bookings, tour schedule, and recording information, visit her website at www.maggiesmusic.com. Performing all dates EXCEPT: 8/23, 8/24 & 9/1, 9/6.
Scales and Crosstones
Saber 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. Performing 8/23,24; 9/6,7.
Martha 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 9/6; 10/4,12,18.
Janet Spahr, Handpan Music
Here 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: 9/13,14,27,28; 10/4,5.
The Surly Mermaids
Darcy Nair, Ellen Cattle, Edie MacKay
This talented trio brings the lady's point of view on the mythical and marvelous alike. Whether Celtic or seafaring, ancient or modern, vocal or instrumental, The Surly Mermaids will add harmony and spice to your revels. www.surlymermaidsmusic.com Performing 8/23 - 9/7; 10/18,19.
A composer of the shire and master virginalist who performs on authentic reproductions of renaissance harpsichords (virginals). www.musicbythemaster.com
The Trouveres is a high energy performance troupe which combines an audience-interactive show with song, music and plenty of audience participation! Celtic, traditional, Ren Fest, Middle Eastern and other styles are blended with innovative instrumentation and powerful vocals to create a unique performance experience. Limited Run: August 30th - September 1st. www.thetrouveres.com
Wine and Alchemy
Wine and Alchemy is a unique World Music band performing original and traditional music derived from many different cultures and times including: Greek, Celtic. Gypsy, Medieval French, Sephardic, Turkish and others. Singer, composer, director, and musician Roxanne Bruscha adds to the visual of their live show by a unique World Fusion Belly Dance performance featuring veil spinning and sword balancing. See them at Market Stage from October 11th - 19th. www.wineandalchemy.com
The Wayfaring Willows
Tori Pringle, Greta Curley, Natasha Tokar
This talented trio of young ladies are members of the former Young Musicians Ensemble. They enjoy the Renaissance time period and will entertain in the pathways with rousing music of the fiddle and dancing. Performing 8/23, 30; 9/6.
Wolgemut: Ancient Bagpipes and Bombastic Drums
Michael Gartner, director.
An ancient germanic word, "wolgemut" simply means, "to be in a good mood".
The group Wolgemut lives up to the name by fusing historic and traditional music, dance and comedy with a generous amount of “wolgemutness” turning every Wolgemut show into a high powered event; a Renaissance Rock concert! For more information please visit the official Wolgemut website at: www.wolgemut.net Performing 9/6 - 10/19.