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CONCERT EXCERPTS

from the Common Grounds Meeting House Concert, North Port, Florida

January 2017

This Concert featured a wide variety of Music including:

Celtic, Medieval, Renaissance, Classic Rock & Original Material


 

THE HARPER AND THE MINSTREL LIVE AT THE FIREMAN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

"An Evening of Irish Music" at The Fireman Performing Arts Center Marion Massachusetts featuring excerpts from a performance by Jay and Abby Michaels - The Harper and The Minstrel.

"Down By The Sally Gardens" (Lyrics W.B.Yeats/Music Traditional)
Jay Michaels: Cláirseach,  Vocals
Abby Michaels: Penny Whistle, Vocals


"Rosemary Faire" (Traditional)
Abby Michaels: Bowed Psaltery
Jay Michaels: Celtic Folk Harp


"The Session (Dreaming about Dublin)" (Jay M. Michaels Copyright BMI all rights reserved)
Jay Michaels: Vocals, Guitar
Abby Michaels: Vocals, Celtic Folk Harp

MR. DOWLAND'S MIDNIGHT

Mr. Dowland's Midnight from English Lutenist/Composer John Dowland (1563-1626).
Performed on the Viol by Jay Michaels. His instrument was designed and built by Nicolas Hambas  http://www.hambasdulcimers.com

THE RONDEAU

 

This Music is performed here on the Bowed Psaltery and the Cláirseach (the traditional wire-strung Gaelic Harp). The Rondeau was originally written for the court of Louis XV, King of France by Jean-Joseph Mouret (1682-1738).  It was used for many years as the theme for the PBS program Masterpiece Theater.   "Rondeau" is part of Mouret's  Symphonies and Fanfares for the King's Supper.

CANTIGA 166


The Harper and The Minstrel perform Cantiga 166 also known as "Como Poden". This tune comes from 13th Century Spain. It is played here on Recorder and an Early Renaissance style wire-strung Gothic Harp. The Cantigas de Santa Maria are a collection of over 4oo works composed during the reign of King Alfonso X (1221–1284). The Cantigas were written in honor of The Virgin Mary.

CANTIGA 100

The Harper and The Minstrel perform Cantiga 100 from 13th Century Spain, also known as Santa Maria.  This piece is played on the Recorder and Bowed Dulcimer.  

IF I WERE A BLACKBIRD

 The Harper and The Minstrel perform IF I WERE A BLACKBIRD at the 2015 Florida Renaissance Festival, Deerfield Beach

THE HOBBIT DRINKING SONG

also known as "To The Pub & Back Again" & "Pour Me Another Pint"

Of the many songs played by The Harper and The Minstrel, The Hobbit Drinking Song is the one most requested. Written by Jay M. Michaels Copyright 2007 BMI. The song is performed here at the closing Pub Sing of The 2015 Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida. Video by DarthAzzrael

 

WESTLIN WINDS

WESTLIN WINDS by Scotland's Robert Burns sung By The Harper and The Minstrel at the 2014 Florida Renaissance Festival.

 

THE HARPER AND THE MINSTREL LIVE IN CONCERT FEATURING CELTIC MUSIC

From the Wepecket Island Records Concert Series at The Wamsutta Club, New Bedford, MA January 7 2012.

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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

 

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