The Harper and The Minstrel are Jay and Abby Michaels
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:
Cláirseach (Medieval Irish wire-strung Harp)
Renaissance Gothic Harp
Celtic Folk Harp
Irish Wooden Flute
Alto, Soprano & Tenor Recorders
Bowed, Plucked & Hammered Dulcimers
The Harper and The Minstrel specialize in beautiful Aires and Ballads, but are quite adept at Jigs, Reels & Dances. Their vast repertoire includes unique arrangements of Earlly Music 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!
"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
The Harper and The Minstrel are featured Entertainers at Florida's Annual Fort Myers Medieval Festival, The Hoggetowne Medieval Faire and The Florida Renaissance Festival.
They have performed at The ICONS Irish Festival, The Boston Green Fest, The Dundee NY Scottish Festival, The Sterling Renaissance Festival, The Great Lakes Medieval Faire, The Soule Homestead Folk Festival, The Taunton River Folk Festival, The Connecticut Renaissance Faire, King Richard's Faire, The Beal House at The South Shore Folk Music Club, The Phoenix Faerie Festival, The Southern California Pleasure Faire, The Boston Spring Flower Show and at many other events.
For the past decade The Harper and The Minstrel have brought their music to many venues in America including Folk, Renaissance, Medieval, and Celtic Festivals, Coffee Houses, Libraries, Schools and Open Air Markets.
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)