Early Music for Libraries & Schools

Are you looking for a top-notch  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, Baroque Guitar, Spanish/Classical Guitar, Rebec, Bowed Dulcimer/Viol, 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 are featured Entertainers at The Florida Renaissance Festival.

They have also performed at:

The Maryland Renaissance Festival

The Sterling Renaissance Festival

The Southern California Pleasure Faire

The New York Renaissance Faire

The Georgia Renaissance Festival

The Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

The Great Lakes Medieval Faire

The Connecticut Renaissance Faire

King Richard's Faire

The Phoenix Faerie Festival

The ICONS Irish Festival

The Dundee NY Scottish Festival

UMass Center for Renaissance Studies

The Boston Green Fest

   The Soule Homestead Folk Festival

The Taunton River Folk Festival

The South Shore Folk Music Club 

The Boston Spring Flower Show

The Harper and The Minstrel have brought their Music to venues in America for over a dozen years


The Harper and The Minstrel