Early Music for Libraries & Schools

Are you looking for a top-notch Early Music presentation for your School or Library?

Early Music Program
Featuring Music from the 13th through the 18th Centuries 

The Early Music program highlights vocal and instrumental music from the 13th through the 18th Centuries including the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods.  The Music featured in the program comes from Europe and the Celtic Lands.
The Harper and The Minstrel specialize in beautiful Aires and Ballads and unique arrangements of Traditional and Early Music from 13th Century Spanish Cantgas de Santa Maria to the music of English Lutenist John Dowland to Ireland's Turlough O'Carolan. 
The Harper and the Minstrel are the husband and wife team of Jay and Abby Michaels. They are full time professional musicians who perform all over the country at Renaissance, Celtic and Folk Music Festivals, Coffee Houses, Libraries, Schools, Senior Living Centers and other venues.


Cláirseach (Irish Wire-Strung Harp), Celtic Folk Harp, Viola da Gamba, Baroque Guitar, Spanish/Classical Guitar, Rebec, Bowed Dulcimer, Mountain Dulcimer, Vocals



Vocals, Bowed Psaltery, Alto, Soprano & Tenor Recorders, Penny Whistles,  Double Flute, Irish Wooden Flute, Hammered Dulcimer, Guitar

A Early Music program will feature:

- Traditional Celtic and Renaissance costumes that were worn by Minstrels and Bards

- Live performance of Early Music from the 13th through the 18th centuries
- Exposure to a variety of Early Musical instruments

- What life was like for an Early Musician

- A brief question and answer session


Booking inquiries should be directed to: 
Jay Michaels:  harper_minstrel@yahoo.com
Upcoming Concerts
Listen to our Music!

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 Center 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

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