Two People

Over a Dozen Traditional Instruments

Beautiful Music



"You can best judge a musician’s acumen by the way they interpret music, whether that music is familiar to you or obscure...Jay and Abby Michaels’ deft adaptations of songs from Sting to Robert Burns are thrilling, and they reveal the pair to be artists of some skill."  -Motif Magazine

"Gentle, lovely music...stunning voices"

-Renaissance Magazine

"Sheer uniqueness"
-Dirty Linen Magazine

The Harper and The Minstrel

are Jay and Abby Michaels

Historically Inspired performances of Medieval, Renaissance and Celtic Music sung and played on a variety of Traditional Plucked, Bowed, Hammered and Woodwind Instruments including:

Cláirseach  (Irish wire-strung Harp)  
Gothic Harp
Celtic Folk Harp
 Hammered Dulcimer
Irish Wooden Flute
The Greek Aulos (also called the Double Flute or Divergent Flute)
Alto, Soprano & Tenor Recorders
Penny Whistles
Silver Flute
Bowed Psaltery
Mountain Dulcimer
Bowed Dulcimer/Viol
Classical Guitar

The Harper and The Minstrel specialize in beautiful Ayres and Ballads, but are quite adept at Jigs, Reels & Dances. Their vast repertoire includes unique arrangements of Music ranging from Medieval Spain's 13th Century Cantgas de Santa Maria to the music of Elizabethan era English Lutenist John Dowland to 17th Century Irish Harper Turlough O'Carolan and much more;

Medieval & Renaissance Love songs sung in many languages including Ladino, Galician, French, Italian, Catalan and Gaelic.

Secular and Sacred Music.

Their own Enchanting Compositions.


"They play an astounding variety of instruments, including harps, of course, and flutes and whistles. Abby’s gentle soprano and Jay’s baritone are also used to good effect"
 -Concert  Review by Edward Hoffer in Music & Theater in Boston & New Bedford


Upcoming Concerts
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Jay and Abby Michaels are members of
Early Music America

 Jay Michaels is a member of

The Historical Harp Society


The Harper and The Minstrel are featured Entertainers at The Florida Renaissance Festival.

They have also performed at:

The Maryland Renaissance Festival

The Sterling Renaissance Festival

The Southern California Pleasure Faire

The New York Renaissance Faire

The Georgia Renaissance Festival

The Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

The Great Lakes Medieval Faire

The Connecticut Renaissance Faire

King Richard's Faire

The Phoenix Faerie Festival

The ICONS Irish Festival

The Dundee NY Scottish Festival

UMass Center for Renaissance Studies

The Boston Green Fest

   The Soule Homestead Folk Festival

The Taunton River Folk Festival

The South Shore Folk Music Club 

The Boston Spring Flower Show

The Harper and The Minstrel have brought their Music to venues in America for over a dozen years


The Harper and The Minstrel