ABOUT THE ARTIST & SHOW:
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.
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 Cantigas 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.
Jay Michaels has spent his entire life studying and performing Music. 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 plays many instruments including the Cláirseach (wire-strung Irish Harp), Renaissance Gothic Harp, Celtic Folk Harp, Classical Guitar, Mountain Dulcimer, Bowed Dulcimer/Viol and he sings. He has been a full-time musician for the past decade.
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. Jay's Harp playing has enhanced several Television programs including ABC's Nashville, NBC's Parenthood & Parks And Recreation, Fox's Lie To Me, & Rosewood, and the HBO Series Hung. His Music also appears in the Independent Film Baby Baby Baby
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.