Music from the past performed on a variety of traditional instruments


"Gentle, lovely music...stunning voices"

-Renaissance Magazine

"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

"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 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 ancient languages such as Ladino and Galician.

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 Viola da Gamba Society of America


The Historical Harp Society

The Harper and The Minstrel are featured Entertainers at Florida's Annual Fort Myers Medieval Festival, The Hoggetowne Medieval Faire and The Florida Renaissance Festival.

They have performed at The ICONS Irish Festival, The Boston Green Fest, The Dundee NY Scottish Festival, The Sterling Renaissance Festival, The Great Lakes Medieval Faire, The Soule Homestead Folk Festival, The Taunton River Folk Festival, The Connecticut Renaissance Faire, King Richard's Faire, The Beal House at The South Shore Folk Music Club, The Phoenix Faerie Festival, The Southern California Pleasure Faire, The Boston Spring Flower Show and at many other events.

For the past decade The Harper and The Minstrel have brought their music to many venues in America including Folk, Renaissance, Medieval, and Celtic Festivals, Coffee Houses, Libraries, Schools and Open Air Markets.

The Harper and The Minstrel