Jay Michaels Solo Harp Performances

Jay Michaels

Jay Michaels is a talented and well-respected performer of Harp Music

He plays many instruments including:

Cláirseach (Irish Wire-Strung Harp)

Renaissance Gothic Harp 

Celtic Folk Harp

He also plays Classical Guitar, Mountain Dulcimer, Rebec and Bowed Dulcimer/Viol.

Specializing in Tunes from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras, as well as Celtic Music, Jay has also arranged modern compositions for the Harp by artists including The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Sting.

A solo Concert with Jay Michaels can include Classical, Renaissance, Baroque, Medieval & Celtic Music featuring 3 different Harps,  and can also include Classical Guitar & Dulcimers:

Celtic Folk Harp - Similar in sound to the Orchestral Concert Harp, but smaller and easier to transport. Suitable for Classical, Celtic and Early Music.

Clairseach - This is the traditional Irish Harp. It is strung with wire and produces a beautiful bell-like sound. This instrument is perfect for Celtic Music.

Gothic Harp - This instrument was built in 1976 by Ansel Westover. It is a modern interpretation of the Harps used in 15th & 16th centuries in Europe. Strung with wire, this Harp produces a rich sound suitable for Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Music.

Classical Guitar -  Jay owns 2 Classical Guitars designed and built by Master Luthier Phillip Jackson of Wareham, Massachusetts.  These instruments are strung with Nylgut, a synthetic material that simulates the sound of the gut strings that were used in Early Music.  These instruments are excellent for Classical, Baroque, Renaissance & Medieval Music.

Mountain Dulcimer -  This handmade instrument is a descendant of the French Renaissance Epinette, and Swedish instruments such as The Hummel.  It can be plucked or bowed and can be used for Celtic and Early Music.

Bowed Dulcimer/Viol -   This instrument is a hybrid. It combines features of The Medieval Fiddle, Viola da Gamba and Bowed Dulcimer. This instrument was custom made by Nicolas Hambas of Rochester, NY

 Click HERE to listen to Jay Michaels playing the traditional English tune NONESUCH on Gothic Harp & Bowed Dulcimer/Viol


To contact Jay Michaels email  harper_minstrel@yahoo.com


Jay's Harp playing has 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.
 His Music also appears in the Independent Films How To Be A Latin Lover and Baby Baby Baby.

His fluid style and passionate playing have earned him praise from both audiences and fellow musicians alike.

Jay's most recent solo CD is a collection of Instrumental Renaissance and Baroque Music pieces entitled TO THINE OWN HARP BE TRUE.

In 2011 he released the acclaimed New Age Harp album OPENING THE HARP CHAKRA. 

     Jay's has also produced a guided meditation CD featuring the Irish Harp called:             OM MANI PADME HARP

Jay Michaels is a member of:


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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 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


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