Over a Dozen Traditional Instruments
"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." -Motif Magazine
"Gentle, lovely music...stunning voices"
"Sheer uniqueness" -Dirty Linen Magazine
The Harper and The Minstrel
are Jay and Abby Michaels
Historically Inspired performances of Medieval, Renaissance and Celtic Music sung and played on a variety of Traditional Plucked, Bowed, Hammered and Woodwind Instruments including:
The Harper and The Minstrel specialize in beautiful Ayres and Ballads, but are quite adept at Jigs, Reels & Dances. Their vast repertoire includes unique arrangements of Music ranging from Medieval Spain's 13th Century Cantgas de Santa Maria to the music of Elizabethan era English Lutenist John Dowland to 17th Century Irish Harper Turlough O'Carolan and much more;
Medieval & Renaissance Love songs sung in many languages including Ladino, Galician, French, Italian, Catalan and Gaelic.
Secular and Sacred Music.
Their own Enchanting Compositions.
The Music of The Harper and The Minstrel and Jay's Harp playing have enhanced several Television programs including ABC's Nashville & Secrets and Lies, NBC's Parenthood & Parks and Recreation, Fox's Lie To Me, & Rosewood, the HBO Series Hung and the WIGS web-series PALOMA.
Jay's Harp Music also appears in the Independent Films How To Be A Latin Lover and Baby Baby Baby
"They play an astounding variety of instruments, including harps, of course, and flutes and whistles. Abby’s gentle soprano and Jay’s baritone are also used to good effect"
-Concert Review by Edward Hoffer in Music & Theater in Boston & New Bedford