Directory of Renaissance Performers
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Pirate & Sailing Music
- Pyrates Royale
The original singing pirate band, creating music and mayhem since 1987
- The Crimson Pirates
The result of merging the crews from the Crimson Tide and the Sea Dog — one big happy (if slightly dysfunctional) pirate family!
- The Corsairs
Pirate music since 1996
- The Jolly Rogers
A pirate-themed group who perform at Renaissance faires in the Midwest United States
- The Shantyman
Sea shanties, nautical tunes, and piratical ditties.
- The Bilge Pumps
A music troop for the pirate in everyone
- Bounding Main
Six sexy singers performing shanties and nautical ballads between Milwaukee and Chicago.
Pub and Bawdy
- Drunk and Disorderly
When peasants get musical… “It’s not just a band name – it’s a way of life!”
- Celtic – NOT!
Equal parts whiskey and vodka, Celtic – NOT! is sure to entertain
- The Dregs
A cappella Irish music & comedy!
- Naughty Nymphs
Rollicking, hillarious, and 100% Naughty — Katya, Delia, and Amanda provide beautiful bawdy songs in three-part harmony
- Poxy Bogards
A drinking group with a singing problem
- Vagabond Celtic
Wild Celtic music available for parties, festivals, weddings, and concerts
- Blackjacks ‘n Blarney
An Irishwoman, a Scotsman, and a Welshman walk into a pub… and musical mayhem follows
- Axel the Sot
Music and comedy
- Ten Seconds of Harmony
Come see what people have called “The Renaissance Man Show”
- Steve Newman & Friends
British pub song
- Tanya Brody, Harper
Tanya Brody is a professional Harper and Singer/Songwriter with the voice of an angel according to her fans
- The Rogues of Scotland
Over eight years of harmonic pipes and pounding drums.
- Joe Jewel and Featherstone
Traditional Celtic, Scottish, and Welsh music
- Menagerie Music
Instrumentals on the hammered dulcimer, guitar, flute & penny whistle that fill the streets with lively jigs & planxtys.
- Belles of Bedlam
A comedic romp through the Belles’ lives, with songs sprinkled in.
- Queen Anne’s Lace
A small, a cappella women’s ensemble specializing in a variety of musical genres.
Music for Children
- Mother Goose Melodies
Olde songs for young children performed by “Mother Goose” in Renaissance garb. Audience participation – colorful props!
- Gallowglass Irish Trio
No namby-pamby madrigal stuff – these guys kick butt!
- Neid Fyre
Enchanting music for the joyful heart
- Pint and Dale
Beautiful traditional music… and the best-played hurdy gurdy in the states.
A trio of troubadours providing musical mayhem with tight harmonies and instrumentation.
- Gibbon the Troubador
A 21st century caricature of a 16th century minstrel
- Moor of Dundee
Strolling troubador specializing in ballads of the British Isles
- Bruce the Bruce
Wandering Celtic minstrel
- Earthly Delights
Anglo-Celtic Central European minstrels with a wonderful array of instruments, playing music for listening and/or dancing.
Douglys and Bella breathe new life into songs from the Olde World and are known for their lush vocal arrangements
- Minstrel Woode
A 2-man act performing Celtic and “Celtic-Influenced” original and traditional folk music as well as contemporary story-songs & ballads.
- Minstrels of Mayhem
Making great music… and having fun doing it
- Craig of Farrington, Minstrel Lutenist
Songs of love, faith, and myrth — songs of heaven… and of earth
Songs of the British Isles and beyond.
- Gypsy Guerrilla Band
It’s not an invasion, it’s a celebration of international music!
- Brobdingnagian Bards
Drinking songs for breakfast; fantasy, filk, and dragon sandwiches for lunch; and an extra helping of Tolkien-esque instrumentals for dinner.
- Reve du Faun
The Irish band with a French name
- Siler & Clarc
A diversified duo that performs Folk, Celtic, Classic Rock, and other music styles.
- Fiddler’s Fancy
Celtic music & dance, including Shanachie: The Challenge of the Sidhe step dance show. Violin, mandocello, guitar, bodhran
An acoustic/vocal duo who perform “traditional music of the British Isles” – ranging from ballads to bawdy Ren Faire favorites.
- Bruce the Bruce
Wandering Scottish Minstrel, nowadays spending most of his time with Rowan Golightly and Desahra in Queen’s Gambit.
- Queen’s Gambit
Celtic band specializing in Irish and Scottish traditional music, with a side order of English Folk, dance, and Renaissance music.
- Jeff Kalmar
Traditional Celtic with rock roots
- Sweet Amaryllis
Three ladies on harp, cello and flute, playing music from the Renaissance and Early Baroque periods
Renaissance festival music loaded with harmonies, rhythm guitars and energetic percussion
“Traditional”… with a twist
- Lojo Russo
Home of Lojo Russo, musician extraordinarie. The stuff on the “Lick the Blarney” album she did with her former band Funks Grove is very much the sort of music that would happen after-hours.
- Folk Underground
Cool melodies, strange lyrics, severely damaged traditional tunes, and original songs.
- Avalon Rising
Avalon Rising blends Celtic rock & Medieval music: Vocals, Celtic harp, guitars, electric violin, recorder, flute, bass, mandocello & drums.
- Counterfeit Bards
Folk music with a ‘faire’ attitude, including Arthurian and Faire-themed parodies by “Sir Dyladan.”
- Three Guys And A Bunch Of Drums
The name says it all
- Blackmore’s Night
Cobblestone streets, firelit hillsides, and magick in the air. Let your spirit dance to the stirring melodies of Blackmore’s Night.
From traditional folk to silly filk, and whatever else pops into his mind.
- Don Juan and Miguel
- Phoenix Swords
Swordfighting, puppetry, fire, and dance not necessarily at the same time
- The Blade Brothers
Two brothers who perform feats of Gypsy swordfighting and silliness
- The Swordsmen
Bold and stupid men, at your service!
- To The Hilt
Because when you think comedy, you think swordfighting! Join Gypsy swashbucklers Leonardo and Katya for their comedy swordfighting extrrrravaganzza!
- Cut, Thrust, and Run
Swashbuckling comedy with an acrobatic twist.
- The Duelists
A dazzling display of comedy and swordfighting brilliance
- Free Lancers
Authentic jousting since 1981
- New Riders of the Golden Age
Jousting professionally since 1982 at Renaissance Festivals, state and county fairs, and other events across North America
- Hack and Slash
Hilarious two-man, Shakespearean, comic-swordfighting duo
- The Hey Nonny, Nonny Players
The landlocked bungling pirates from the cornfields of Indiana perform swordfighting and swashbuckling comedy for your pirate pleasure.
- Mephisto the Master
Home of Mephisto, professional fire-eater and all around Really Cool Guy.
- The Daring Douglasses
A Comedy Fire Eating Show that guarantees to show you something Gross & Disgusting, Incredibly Dangerous, and Really, Really Stupid.
- Johnny Phoenix
Comedy for a world on fire!
A progressive pyro entertainment and theatrical group in the Diallas, Texas Metroplex
- Circle of Fire
Texas’ Largest Community of Fire Performers
- Royal Scottish Country Dance Society-Twin Cities Branch
The colorful, energetic art of traditional Scottish country dancing. Sit back and enjoy a performance or better yet, join them on the dance floor.
- Isis and the Star Dancers
A group of Middle Eastern (bellydance) and Polynesian (Hula) dancers based in Dallas\Ft. Worth, Texas.
- Everything Celtic
Everything Celtic can furnish any event with award winning dancers and a wide repertoire of dances
- Labyrinthe Gypsy Dancers
A group of musicians and dancers whose style reflects a unique blend of Spanish, Middle-Eastern, Iron Age and Gothic influences
- The Tortuga Twins
… all three of ’em. Juggling… and so much more…
- Philip Earl Johnson
Actor, juggler, ropewalker, foolish mortal. If it’s not funny, it’s none of his business.
- The Dew Drop Jugglers
Back, to back, to back… ’cause there’s three of them. (Also broke a Guinness World Record)
- Garbanzo Entertainment
Specializing in comedy juggling for all occasions
- Zucchini Brothers
A two-man club throwing, ball spinning, ladder balancing, torch tossing, comedy extravaganza-of-fun
- Thomas Wood, the Pyrojuggler
Juggler, Fire-eater, Fire Spinner, Comedian, Actor, and Adventurer!
- The Amazing Christopher (Adventures in Magic)
A high energy stand-up show with a unique blend of comedy, magic, and fire-eating.
- Royal Magick Renaissance Faire Entertainers
Stage magic that naturally fits into the “Tudor Age”
- Isaac Fawlkes
Magician, mindreader, funny fat guy
- Zoltan the Adequate
Bizarre geek magic tempered with more traditional magic trappings
- Rascal Robert
Presenter of magical and musical entertainment at Renaissance and Medieval Faires and Pirate Festivals in the USA, Canada, and Caribbean.
- Stories by Roisin
Traditional Irish folktales and adaptations of numerous Celtic folktales.
- Terry Foy the TorySteller
A wonderfully funny fellow who tells stories in spoonerisms.
- brother william (lowercase intentional)
Wandering holy man, carver of small flowers, and storyteller
Those Who Defy Categorization
- Vilification Tennis
Those of you who are easily offended… will be. Those of you who are NOT easily offended… will be.
- The Sturdy Beggars Mud Show®
The first — and original — Mud Show® to appear at any Renaissance Festival.
- Birds of Prey
Flighted bird of prey demonstrations educating the public since 1989. Licensed Falconer since 1974.
- Ded Bob
A puppet and his dummy… it’s a beautiful thing.
- Smee and Blogg – Singing Executioners
Celebrating 25 years of cutting-edge humor.
- Washing Well Wenches
Good, clean fun from wet, dirty women
- Sound and Fury – Fakespearian Players
A nouveau-vaudeville troupe of players who present original comic works loosely in a style of that Bard fellow, Bill Shakespeare.
- Stark Ravens
A consortium of talented performers who produce hilarious and high-quality musical historical theater
- 12th Night in San Diego
Twelfth Night feast and revel. Games, music and entertainment, Father Christmas and more!
- Twig the Fairy
A whimsical fairy handing out glass stones and sweet dreams since 2003.
- The Salty Kiss
An all-women privateer crew (and their associates) — street performers.
- International Wenches Guild
- International Brotherhood of Rogues, Scoundrals, and Cads
- Bards’ Guilde
- The International Fellowship of Royal Privateers (The Guild of Saint Errol)
- The Cleaners’ Guild & Association of Certified Personal Assassins
- The Renaissance Mercenaries Guild
- The Guild of St. Cuthbert
- The Loyal Order of Himbos (a.k.a.: The Guild of Saint Obsequious)
- Renaissance Festival Veterans Administration
- The RenRat Nation