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"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

Passionate performances of Music from the past sung and played on a variety of Traditional Plucked, Bowed, Hammered and Woodwind Instruments including:

Cláirseach  (Irish wire-strung 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
Rebec
Baroque 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 to the Music of Sting, The Beatles and much more;

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

Traditional & Popular Music from The Celtic Lands.

Secular and Sacred Music.

Their own Enchanting Compositions.

 

The Music of The Harper and The Minstrel and Jay's Harp playing have enhanced several Television programs including ABC's Nashville & Secrets and Lies, NBC's Parenthood & Parks and Recreation, Fox's Lie To Me, & Rosewood, the HBO Series Hung and the WIGS web-series PALOMA.


Jay's Harp Music also appears in the Independent Films How To Be A Latin Lover and Baby Baby Baby

 

"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

 

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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 Viola da Gamba Society

The Harper and The Minstrel have appeared at many North American Festivals including:

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Florida Renaissance Festival.

 Sterling Renaissance Festival

 Southern California Pleasure Faire

 New York Renaissance Faire

 Georgia Renaissance Festival

 Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

 Great Lakes Medieval Faire

 Connecticut Renaissance Faire

King Richard's Faire

New Bedford Folk Festival

 Phoenix Faerie Festival

 ICONS Irish Festival

 Dundee NY Scottish Festival

UMass Center for Renaissance Studies

 Boston Green Fest

   Soule Homestead Folk Festival

 Taunton River Folk Festival

 South Shore Folk Music Club 

 Boston Spring Flower Show

and more

The Harper and The Minstrel have been performing together for over a dozen years

 

The Harper and The Minstrel