Music from the past performed on a variety of traditional & non-traditional instruments
"Gentle, lovely music...stunning voices"
"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
Their unique sound is influenced by Celtic, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Folk Music.
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 the 13th Century Spanish Cantgas de Santa Maria to the music of English Lutenist John Dowland to Ireland's Harper Turlough O'Carolan to their own enchanting compositions and much more!
"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