Talented and versatile Multi-Instrumentalists Jay and Abby Michaels make up the duo The Harper and The Minstrel. Their unique sound is influenced by Celtic, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Folk Music.
Abby's angelic alto and Jay's smokey baritone are accompanied by a variety of instruments including both the Traditional Gaelic Wire-Strung Harp (Cláirseach) and the Nylon-Strung Celtic Folk Harp, Silver Flute, Divergent Flute, Irish Wooden Flute, Alto, Soprano & Tenor Recorders, Penny Whistles, Bowed Psaltery, Bowed, Plucked & Hammered Dulcimers, Viol, and Classical Guitar.
This duo specializes in beautiful airs 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 and much more!
Every December they present an Early Music Holiday program featuring Christmas and Winter Music from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras.
For the past decade The Harper and The Minstrel have brought their music to many venues in America including Renaissance, Medieval, and Celtic Festivals and Coffee Houses. They have also provided entertainment for many New England Corporate Events, Weddings and Private Parties. They have also performed Early Music Concerts in Libraries and Schools.
"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."
"Sheer uniqueness" -Dirty Linen Magazine
"Gentle, lovely music" -Renaissance Magazine
Jay Michaels (Wire-Strung Harp (Cláirseach) and the Nylon-Strung Celtic Harp, Classical Guitar, Bowed & Plucked Dulcimer),
Abby Michaels (Flutes (Silver, Divergent and Irish Wooden), Recorders, Penny whistles, Bowed Psaltery, Hammered Dulcimer)