Viola da Gamba

The Viola da Gamba first appeared in Spain in the 15th Century.

They were very popular in the Renaissance and Baroque eras, and are still played today. The Viola da Gamba has 6 gut strings and gut frets that are tied on, like a Lute.

There are several members of the Viola da Gamba family including the Treble, the Tenor and the Bass.

All Viol instruments are held between the legs like a modern Cello, hence the Italian name Viola da Gamba which means 

"viol for the leg"

Jay Michaels is currently playing the Tenor  & Bass Viola da Gamba with the Harper and The Minstrel.  Coming soon Abby will be performing with the Treble and Bass Gamba.


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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

have appeared at many North American Venues including:

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Florida Renaissance Festival

Boston Early Music Festival

 Sterling Renaissance Festival

Ohio Renaissance Festival

UMass Center for Renaissance Studies

 Southern California Pleasure Faire

 New York Renaissance Faire

 Georgia Renaissance Festival

Kansas City Renaissance Festival

 Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

 Great Lakes Medieval Faire

 Connecticut Renaissance Faire

King Richard's Faire

New Bedford Folk Festival

First Congregational Church of Yarmouth

 Phoenix Faerie Festival

 ICONS Irish Festival

 Dundee NY Scottish Festival

Cape Cod Cultural Center

 Boston Green Fest

   Soule Homestead Folk Festival

 Taunton River Folk Festival

 South Shore Folk Music Club 

 Boston Spring Flower Show

and more