"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

Wire-strung Harp
Celtic Folk Harp
 Hammered Dulcimer
Irish Wooden Flute
Viola da Gamba
The Greek Aulos (also called the Double Flute )
Baroque Guitar
Penny Whistles
Mountain Dulcimer
Bowed Psaltery
Silver Flute
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 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 MARVEL/NETFLIX'S Daredevil, ABC's Nashville & Secrets and Lies, NBC's Parenthood & Parks and Recreation, Fox's Lie To Me, & Rosewood, and the HBO Series Hung.

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




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 Viola da Gamba Society

The Harper and The Minstrel

have appeared at many North American Venues including:

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Florida Renaissance Festival

Boston Early Music Festival

 Sterling Renaissance Festival

Ohio Renaissance Festival

UMASS Centre for Renaissance Studies

 Southern California Pleasure Faire

 New York Renaissance Faire

 Georgia Renaissance Festival

Kansas City Renaissance Festival

 Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

 Great Lakes Medieval Faire

 Connecticut Renaissance Faire

King Richard's Faire

New Bedford Folk Festival

First Congregational Church of Yarmouth

 Phoenix Faerie Festival

 ICONS Irish Festival

 Dundee NY Scottish Festival

UMass Center for Renaissance Studies

Cape Cod Cultural Center

 Boston Green Fest

   Soule Homestead Folk Festival

 Taunton River Folk Festival

 South Shore Folk Music Club 

 Boston Spring Flower Show

and more