The Harper and The Minstrel
About The Harper and The Minstrel
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 and Woodwind Instruments including: Cláirseach (Irish wire-strung Harp) Gothic Harp Celtic Folk Harp Hammered Dulcimer Irish Wooden Flute The Greek Aulos (also called the Double Flute or Divergent Flute) Alto, Soprano & Tenor Recorders Penny Whistles Silver Flute Bowed Psaltery Mountain Dulcimer Bowed Dulcimer/Viol Classical Guitar Rebec 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 ancient languages such as Ladino and Galician. Secular and Sacred Music. Their own Enchanting Compositions. Jay Michaels has spent his entire life studying and performing Music. He started on the Trombone in 5th grade and moved to Guitar, Piano and Voice studies in his teen years. Jay earned a BA in Music from Anna Maria College where he studied Classical Guitar. He taught Music for many years while performing at various venues in Massachusetts and eventually taught himself to play the Harp. Jay Michaels plays many instruments including the Cláirseach (wire-strung Irish Harp), Renaissance Gothic Harp, Celtic Folk Harp, Classical Guitar, Mountain Dulcimer, Bowed Dulcimer/Viol, Rebec and he sings. In addition to his duties with The Harper and The Minstrel, He maintains a solo Harp career, and produces music for film and TV productions. Abby Michaels has been involved in Music since she was old enough to reach the keys on the family Piano. She began singing at an early age and became very involved in the school Music programs. Abby earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Westfield State College where she studied Opera. For several years Abby taught music in the public and private school systems, and has also taught recorder and voice privately. She was also a popular soloist for Church services. She now pursues a full time Musical Career performing hundreds of Concerts every year at a variety of venues. In addition to being an accomplished vocalist, Abby plays Silver Flute, Irish Wooden Flute, The Greek Aulos (also known as the Double Flute or Divergent Flute), Recorders, Penny Whistles, Hammered Dulcimer, Guitar, Harp and Bowed Psaltery. She recently built a beautiful Hammered Dulcimer that she currently plays in Concert.
Gentle, lovely music...stunning voices
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