Broon (Aug 27 – Sept 5)
Crimson Pirates (July 9 & 10)
Lauryn Murray – Aerialist (July 16 – Aug 14)
Tartan Terrors (Aug 13 & 14)
2 Merry Men 7 Deadly Sins (Rated R) (all season)
Spin the “Wheel of Sin” and join Robin Hood and Little John as they sing you all the songs that you love so well. Twisted comedy and music, definitely not for the kiddies. Laugh and sing along with songs of burning pubs, dock side floozies, and yes…even a song about Moose. Just remember, what happens in the woods…STAYS in the woods! Visit 2 Merry Men’s Website
Adam Crack: Fire Whip (all season)
Holder of SEVEN Guinness Book World Records, Adam Crack’s skills are unrivaled anywhere. Adam performs sophisticated, high-energy routines, featuring his own dry humor in spoken material, anecdotes, historical or educational stories. And yes, there is always room for audience participation, so come prepared! Visit Adam’s Website
At Your Service (all season)
Bristol’s very own home grown Commedia dell’Arte troupe is back! These comedic actors perform traditional slapstick comedy in character masks as the stock archetypes that resonate to this day. They sing, they dance, they throw tantrums, they scheme… Join the Bugia family (imported all the way from Pesto, Italy) for their stage shows throughout the season, and you just might catch a different show every time!
Barely Balanced (all season)
Bristol’s favorite masters of acrobatic comedy have come home to roost, climb, balance and amaze! Performing acrobatic feats that you will see nowhere else, as well as their end of day fire show, Barely Balanced must not be missed! Visit Barely Balanced’s Website
Bawdy Beautiful (all season)
Join Craig of Farrington, and his friends the New Minstrel Revue, for a show filled with music to titillate and delight. Performing faire favorites as well as a few classic tunes, this show is a Bristol favorite and should not be missed. Come to the Pig & Whistle, hoist a drink, and sing along with the Bawdy Beautiful.
Belly Dance With The Great Antone (all season)
Performing with authentic instruments that date from before the Renaissance, the exotic sounds and hypnotic dance will sweep you away to distant lands where poets found solace and inspiration in moonlit rose gardens. Don’t be surprised, you may be inspired to join in with the dance.Dance dress sponsored by Lunss custom made.
Billy Miller & Misti Bernard (July 9 – Aug 28)
Joined by Rex Blazer (Aug 6, 7, 13 14)
With boundless joy and a sweeping timelessness that will haunt your memory, this is music in its truest form. The joy and magic of instrument and voice as they intertwine.
Bounding Main (Jul 23 & 24, Aug 13 & 14 )
Bounding Main is a costumed vocal group that sings richly harmonic versions of traditional maritime songs. Their shows are filled with spirit, humor and harmony; their arrangements of traditional nautical music bring the listener into the world of pirates, adventure and romance. Visit Bounding Main’s Website
Breakfast With Brass (all season)
Start the morning off with an infusion of music that will carry you throughout the day. Bristol’s Royal Brass is a team of master musicians who play their way through a morning set that both provokes and invigorates. Awaken the dawn and have cup of Breakfast with the Brass.
Bristol’s “Completely Legitimate” Market (all season)
Shop some of the finest “licit” wares ever to have “fallen off the back of the ship” or be “misplaced” by certain members of high society. It’s Truce Day, and all manner of strange folks and stranger goods have found their way into the city. Who better to take advantage than the buffoons of our street market?
NEW Broon (Aug 27 – Sept 5)
Broon brings a conversational style to the variety comedy world with less emphasis on corny gags and empty flash and more on audience interaction and personality. While cracking bullwhips, juggling bowling balls or eating fire Broon keeps the laughs alive with a dry wit and extemporaneous style that keeps audiences in stitches. With his variety skills and stand-up comedy style Broon presents a show filled end to end with sly humor and impressive stunts and Broon’s extensive improvisational experience guarantees no two shows will be exactly alike.
By the Sword (all season)
During Bristol’s Truce Day, a rumor arises that Sir Walter Raleigh, currently away on an adventure, had discovered and hidden a map of the “Road to El Dorado” within the town. Captain Grace O’Malley vows to find the map and present it to Queen Elizabeth during their first face to face meeting, hoping to gain her favor. Sir Richard Bingham, the English Governor of Connacht, hating his life in Ireland away from his English home, learns of the map and wants to present it to the Queen, seeing it as his path back to England. Both sides search the town frantically for the map, hoping to thwart the other in the process.
Chalk Artist (all season)
Returning for Jessie Helm’s second year, join the 17 year old, incredibly talented, and self taught chalk artist as she creates massive works of art!
Clan Tynker (August 13 – September 5)
An enchanting kaleidoscope of skills from around the world performed to live music. An impressive variety of juggling skills, stage magic, comedy, Central Asian/Middle Eastern dance, sword swallowing, fire-eating and tight-wire walking with an accompanying musical soundscape played on an eclectic variety of instruments including concertina, accordion, harmonium, dumbek, Balkan tupon, as well as various horns, bells and whistles. Fun for the whole family! Visit Clan Tynker’s Website
Craig of Farrington (all season)
A wandering minstrel, specializing in love songs and bawdy songs. Craig of Farrington has been a fixture of Bristol since our inaugural season and continues to delight lovers and sweethearts with songs to bring them closer together. This delightful balladeer can be found wandering the lanes throughout the festival. Stop, listen, and learn to love.
Costume Lecture (all season)
Saturday and Sunday from 3:30 to 4pm in the Nobles’ Glade. Have you ever wondered how many layers the nobles are really wearing? Why do certain nobles wear certain items? How long does it take to put all of that stuff on? All of these questions and more will be answered during this time period, and if you are lucky, Her Majesty the Queen may stop in to display what the current style is while on progress.
Country Dancing (all season)
Can you hear the beat of the drums? The sweet melody of the violin? Perhaps the soaring notes of a flute? It must be time for country dancing with the Dirty Duck Inn! Join us as we set aside our daily chores to celebrate the Queen’s arrival in Bristol by dancing with our family, friends, neighbors, and even travelers from distant lands. You can come to watch, or even better, grab a partner and join the dance!
Court of Common Pleas (all season)
Laugh your way to the stocks as Bristol’s Guilde Masters hear the many zany crimes committed on this festival day and hand out their special brand of justice. No crime, however small or obscure, will be ignored while the Queen is in the city.
NEW Crimson Pirates (July 9 & 10)
Queen Elizabeth knows that she can depend upon her pirate friends to lift her spirits with rousing renditions of salty sea tunes.
Cutlass Cooking (all season)
Place pirates, a chest, and cooking utensils on a stage. Mix well and let form into outrageous comedy! The Hawser family set out to make dinner in the strangest cooking show ever to sail the seven seas. Fun for the whole family!
Da Vinci Brothers Comedy Opera (Aug 20 & 21)
The Da Vinci Brothers Comedy Operas is a dynamic, total audience experience, where the audience become the stars. Together we become the orchestra, the sound effects, and act out the story together. Sensational family fun!
Dan the Bard (all season except Aug 6, 7 and Sept 4)
Teller of tales, singer of songs, master of musical humor Dan walks the land, singing songs, telling tales, and doing good deeds. Listen to the tale of the “Drunken Gnome Illusionist.” Learn why a mouse, a bird, and a sausage are doomed to death! Be sure to look for Dan near the RenQuest™ encampment and ask about this one time…at Bard camp…. Visit Dan the Bard’s Website
Danse Macabre (all season weather permitting)
The Danse Macabre at Bristol is a faithful reenactment of this tradition. As the characters in the allegory of the Danse come from all walks of life, the performers of the Danse are drawn from across all of Bristol’s participants. Weather permitting, the mysterious and elusive Danse Macabre will arise near the end of the faire day for a performance that must be seen to be believed.
Ded Bob Sho (Rated PG-13) (July 9 – 31)
“Hey Audience!” Announcing the return of the Ded Bob Sho! The hardest working cadaver in show business is back with all matters bawdy and profane. Corpse comedy and audience interaction at their finest! Visit Ded Bob’s Website
Dirk & Guido: The Swordsmen (all season)
Blades flash in the sunlight and the cry of “What ho!” echoes through the air. Dirk & Guido: The Swordsmen, return to Bristol for their twenty-second season of flashing steel, daring do and the wooing of women. Bold and Stupid Men at your Service! Visit The Swordsmen’s Website
The Dread Crew of Oddwood (Aug 27 – Sept 5)
The Dread Crew of Oddwood is a pirate themed band that blends Heavy Metal, Celtic Rock, and Folk Punk with a unique acoustic instrumentation to proclaim a new genre: Heavy Mahogany. Embarking from San Diego in 2008, this bloodthirsty horde has accumulated a commendable cult following in the musical underground of Southern California, and is rapidly gaining infamy throughout the far corners of the world.
The Mighty Drum Jam with The Great Antone (all season)
This is the roaring crescendo of a day at Bristol, where the thunder of drums fuses with the crashing waves of dance to form the sound and fury that is the Bristol Drum Jam.
Dylan Robertson (all season)
Dylan Robertson (Chicago Based Arne Parrott) began writing music when he realized he just wasn’t cool enough for sports and had nothing to write home about in the “personal appearance” department. Now, he offers sarcastic, satirical, and only slightly blasphemous original music that (up until this point in his lengthy musical career) he has had little to no success with. He spends most of his days with his hands on his hips gazing off into the distance, wondering if he’s ever made any good choices. Visit Dylan Robertson’s Facebook Page
Eddie Jeff Cahill (July 9 – 31)
Songs, stories and tall tales tumble from his lips like barrels over a waterfall, shattering rings & staves on the water. A True Wandering Minstrel!
Free Advice (all season)
Our locals love to tell people how to live their lives. This is your chance to ask any questions. Remember, you get what you pay for.
How Not to Die! (all season)
Whether its succumbing to disease or getting three feet of steel thrust at you, health and wellness in the 16th Century can be hard work! Join your Bristol Trayn’d Bande in an entertaining look at health, swordplay, and learn the most valuable lesson of How Not to Die!
How Weapons Work (all season)
The Bristol Trayn’d Bande takes you on a journey through history showcasing how weapons and armor work. On hand is our trusty Barber Surgeon to fix all of the damage we cause. Caution! Exploding produce is a daily occurrence!
Gabriel Q (all season)
Gabriel Q is a puppeteer, costume and puppet builder and a variety performer. He has performed for 25 years at major Renaissance Festivals across the country. He has also performed at the Kim Tom Clown festival in Shaghai, China in 2008. For the past 10 years Gabriel has built and performed large puppets for the krewes of Orpheus and Muses for the Marti Gras parades in New Orleans.
Iron Hill Vagabonds (all season)
Iron Hill Vagabonds is an acoustic music duo performing a mix of traditional and original instrumental pieces and songs. This material includes Celtic fiddle tunes, traditional American, English and Irish songs from many eras, Renaissance Faire, Celtic, Folk, and Bluegrass standards, as well as original songs and instrumental compositions in many styles.
Iris & Rose – (Rated R)(all season)
Iris & Rose – Wild & Thorny! is a naughty, bawdy, comedy experience. Taking top honors for several years running in the Best Bawdy Act category of the Renaissance Festival Podcast Awards, these two singing sisters share suggestive songs, tickling toasts, lusty limericks, and jaw-dropping jokes. Iris & Rose encourage mature audiences to laugh and make merry with them as they make light of life’s more serious subjects. Hoist a pint and lift up your cares!
Ivanovich! (all season)
You’ll hear the crowd chanting even before you can see what’s happening. When you move through the crowd you see it. But you won’t believe it. Ivanovich the Impossibilist, master of prestidigitation, brings his own flavor of magic, mystery, and illusion to Bristol. Visit Ivanovich’s Website
Jeremiah Wiggins, Politician for the Faeries & the Raven (July 9 – 31, Aug 13 – 21)
For over two decades Joshua Safford has been mesmerizing and tickling the imagination of Renaissance and Faerie festival patrons in the streets across the country under the guises of the Raven and Jeremiah Wiggins, politician for the faeries. Visit his website
Jock Stewart (July 9 – Aug 21)
Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak. Jock Stewart’s warm, comforting voice and tender guitar playing will take you away to a time when the troubadour’s music was truly art, and the art was truly magical. Whether performing solo or as a part of 3 Pints Gone, Jock Stewart continues to delight faire-goers season after season.
The Jousters (all season)
The Jousters have an entertainingly fresh take on a very old sport! These knights utilize full armor with a very original jousting style. Combine that with bold attitudes and true competitions; no outcome is “fixed” and no equipment is rigged to break. Experience the true sport of The Jousters.
Jynks the Jester (all season)
The original tallest man in Bristol, Jynks has become a staple of the city and something of a local dignitary. Jynks is most often spotted along Guilde Hall Row and the Queen’s Kitchens.
Kids’ Kingdom (all season)
This is the pocket of Bristol designed for children. Come and explore our pirate ships, adventure among our hobbit houses, and meet our playful group of fairy tale characters. We have stage shows, hunts, pretend picnics, stories and games. Fun for everyone!
Lady Ettie – Lady Ettie’s “Me Place” (all season)
Join Lady Ettie for her version of tea-time as she takes a well-deserved break from her self-appointed position as Bristol’s welcoming committee. Bring the whole family to what is truly a mad tea-party, filled with games, stories, and laughter. Visit Lady Ettie’s Website
NEW Lauryn Murray – Aerial Silk Fantasy (July 16 – Aug 14)
Lauryn Murray graces the floor and nimbly climbs the precarious heights of silk, appearing as though gravity were merely a suggestion, not reality. Lauryn’s beauty, grace and skill will awe the young and old alike as she floats effortlessly 30 feet above Shakespeare’s Meadow near the RenQuest™ encampment.
Manticore Consort (all season)
Share a musical moment with the Manticore Consort as they travel the lanes of Bristol presenting a magical blend of music performed on an intriguing array of ancient musical instruments including the hurdy gurdy, gemshorn, recorders and more!
MooNie the Magnif’Cent (all season)
Enchanting audiences for over 20 years without saying so much as a word, MooNie is the undisputed master of Bristol’s Globe stage. MooNie presents a show that combines classic clowning, slack rope work and enough comedy to leave you gasping for breath. Enter the mind of MooNie. Visit MooNie’s Website
Musical Blades (Aug 20 – 28)
Since the turn of the century, this fearless band of misfit rogues has been terrorizing and delighting the Midwest with a unique blend of hilarity and harmonies. The Musical Blades have spent the last 13 years bringing soaring vocals and vibrant performances to countless renaissance festivals and clubs in 11 states across the country’s midsection.
Nazario Chickpeazio (all season)
Nazario Chickpeazio, Chicken Troubadour Extraordinaire, will be visiting Bristol this season. While touring the busy lanes of Bristol, just keep a look out for his gypsy wagon and belly dance chickens, or listen for his lovely Oud and Lute music. He wishes to assure everyone that your chickens are safe, he is not a chicken thief, it is not his fault he is a chick magnet.
New Minstrel Revue (all season)
The New Minstrel Revue has traveled all across America sharing their unique mixture of original and traditional music to exited and appreciative audiences. With a focus on vocal harmonies and a high level of musicianship these seasoned performers are consistently finding new ways to make you laugh, make you cry, or make you want to get drunk and start a band. Visit the New Minstrel Revue’s Website
Ogham (all season except Aug 20 & 21)
Ogham (pronounced om) features multi-instrumentalists and vocalists T.J. Hull and Amanda Caretta-Hull. Based in Milwaukee, but performing all over the Midwest and beyond, they specialize in high-energy Irish dance music on fiddle and bodhran, and Renaissance period vocals backed by bouzouki. Their music will carry you away and fill your heart with joy. Ogham is where the heart is. photo: Carl Rollmann Visit Ogham’s Facebook Page
The Painted Lady (all season)
Angela Hunt is the Painted Lady, storytelling in the street to those who add to the paintings on her canvas dress. Stories for all ages, bring out your inner child and delight at stories to ignite the imagination and spark a smile!
Three different shows!
Children’s storytime offers tales to delight and ignite the imagination, from fairies to pirates and beyond!
Painted Lady Wild Stories! Can you catch the elusive Painted Lady?! This show is for all ages- enthusiastic volunteers join the Painted Lady on stage attempting to paint something from the witty stories she energetically tells!
Dark Fairie Tales for Mature audiences. Do you enjoy Grimm’s originals? Come appreciate stories in a darker vein!
Preshow with Odorferious Thunderbottom – Front Gate (all season)
Start your day at the fair, BEFORE the faire with the preshow provided by Bristol’s “Keeper of the Privies.” Audience participation is just the thing to set the right tone for a wonderful day at the faire, and Odorferious Thunderbottom (aka “OTB”)’s just the thing to get you started. Watch as contestants are put through their paces in a series of challenges that only the mind of a Thunderbottom could provide. Come down to the show before the show!
Privy Council (all season)
Saturdays at 4:30pm in the Nobles’ Glade. What does government look like when you are traveling across country with the queen? Is it all hunting and games, or is there actually government work getting accomplished? Privy Council will bring legal issues and concerns forward for decisions to be presented to the queen for her approval or denial. See how government works and who really has the power.
Queen’s Show (all season)
The newly elected mayor of Bristol, Arthur Brimm, and his twin sister Henrietta welcome Queen Elizabeth to their city as they celebrate Truce Day… Until they are interrupted by the beautiful Irish sea captain, Grace O’Malley, who tests the court with the meaning of the word, “truce.”
Rambling Sailors (all season)
Rambling Sailors is a new effort by performers Gregg and Susan Csikos. Both successful soloists in their own right, Gregg and Susan performed for over a decade individually. Now with a combined experience of 25 years on the circuit, a repertoire of hundreds of songs, and harmonies that please the ear and lift the spirit, Rambling Sailors is on a mission to bring traditional sea music, history and stories to the stage, delivered in the style that inspired generations of sailors to go to sea. Visit Rambling Sailors’ Website
RenQuest: Divide and Conquer (all season)
An eerie calm hangs over the city of Bristol. It is as if the city witnessed a great battle, a great loss, and is holding its breath awaiting the other boot to fall. No wind stirs the numerous cards upon the “Adventurers Wanted” boards. More flowers lie in the memorial garden. You can taste resolve in the air (mixed with the flavor of garlic mushrooms) as each side wonders who will make the next move. Will you join the intrepid Travelers of the Band of the Twisted Claw and help bring peace to their fractured family? Or will you join the villainous nobles of the Draco Disciples as they plot to choose a new Praetor to lead them to chaotic victory? Keep your wits, strength, dexterity and charisma about you! Only you can lead your faction to victory! RenQuest is designed for players age 13+. Sign up for RenQuest at the red vardo from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., across from the Friends of Faire Garden. RenQuest costs $10 per day to play and each episode lasts 2-3 hours.
Rex Blazer (Aug 6 – 14)
Rex Blazer has been energizing audiences nationwide for over 25 years. With a massive repertoire of traditional fiddle tunes, Rex is well known for his deep knowledge of traditional genres while blending them into his own uniquely improvisational style., He may be seen variously as a street performer, in bands as stage acts, and for dance troupes.
Royal Falconer – Royal Mews Joust Arena (all season)
Master Falconer, Ray Pena, returns to Bristol and shows why he is absolutely the best in the business. Thrill to the flight of the raptor while learning the history of this thousand year old sport in a show that will leave you breathless. Visit Flight of the Raptor’s Website
Sage and Basil, the trolls (all season)
Everyone deserves love on a festival day, even the trolls who live under Bristol’s bridges. England’s only complete pair of living bridge trolls can be spotted all about the city.
Sewing Circle (all season)
Sundays 4:00 to 4:30 in the Nobles’ Glade. Have you ever wondered what it took to hand sew an Elizabethan shirt or other types of clothing? Ladies from the court will be in the Nobles’ Glade working on current projects, everything from clothing, to hand black work embroidery, to weaving and more. Please look on the schedule and come to the glade to ask questions and see the ladies hard at work.
Stories with Lily and Ben Ginen (all season)
Bristol’s local toymakers know something more about the magic of this place than most other citizens. Their delightful stories tell of enchanted toys, far off lands, and heroes given their just rewards!
Sturdy Beggars Mud Show® – The Mud Pit™ (Rated PG-13) (all season)
The original Mud Show
All we know for sure is that in 1979 The Sturdy Beggars™ first “fell” into their special “field” of “entertainment” somewhere in the rich and tasty top soil of the Midwest. Since then the first, the only, the original Mud Show® (Reg No. 1,985,845 with the United States Patent & Trademark Office) has toured to over 22 Renaissance Faires across the continental United States. With their adage “the whole world’s a stage, just add water,” this “greatest show in earth” has left nothing but laughter and mayhem in its sullied wake. Visit The Mud Show’s Website
NEW Tartan Terrors (Aug 13 & 14)
North America’s Premier Celtic Event
Celtic music. Dance. Comedy. This is the high energy, fun filled, musically exciting event you can’t miss!
The Angry Mob (all season)
What upsets the denizens of Bristol? Just about anything, as it turns out. Daily demonstrations against just about everything will continue until a problem is identified.
The Bristol Buskin’ Frolic (all season)
The merry bande of the Bristol Buskin’ Frolic can be found first dancing a maypole, then performing country dances alongside the nobility at the Maypole Commons. Next you’ll find them about the streets of Bristol, Morris and Irish Step dancing, playing music, performing short plays, and singing. After they have finished performing for the Queen at the Queen’s feast and then at their stage show at Kid’s Kingdom, you can find them finishing up their day with another maypole dance. They encourage and welcome participation by adults and children at all maypole performances.
The Groom of the Stool’s Men present: Gallathea (all season)
A play full of sea monsters, gods, nymphs, cross-dressing, and cross-cross-dressing. Written by John Lyly, one day this play will be performed before the queen. For now, the Groom of The Stool’s Men are giving it their all right here in the streets of Bristol.
The Guilde of St. Lawrence, AKA The Dirty Duck Inn (all season)
Welcome to the Dirty Duck Inn, finest inn in three counties! Centrally located in the heart of Bristol, right across from the Cheshire Chase Action Stage, The Dirty Duck Inn plays host to the citizens of Bristol as they take their sup. Come on in and enjoy the shade of our dining hall, meet the town folk, sing along with us as we work, and catch up on the local gossip of the town of Bristol.
The Important People Parade (all season)
Everyone is important compared to many of Bristol’s locals. This is a parade for you, strangers and visitors from far lands. Walk alongside local dignitaries and degenerates alike as we turn the parade topsy-turvy.
The Pageant of St. George and the Dragon (all season)
England’s patron saint comes alive through the labours of our local villagers. Behold his mighty war horse, thrill to the sight of a flying dragon, and cheer as Sir George saves a princess and her people to become Saint George.
The Towne Criers (all season)
Listen to the most popular musical tradition of the renaissance, the madrigal. Her majesty has appointed them to pass along the news, they’re doing it in style.
The Shanty Shipwreck Singalong (all season)
Join the denizens of Bristol’s streets as they host a rousing singalong of sea songs and folk favourites across from the Queen’s Indulgence Pub.
The Shanty Shipwreck Show (all season)
Hear the naughtiest nautical songs in Bristol. A shipload of original music awaits you. We have enough musical booty to fill your chest with giggles, guffaws and titters aplenty.
Tinker MacLea (Aug 13 – 28)
With a festival career spanning thirty-four years, the music of the Tinker has appeared on countless albums and nationally syndicated radio shows (such as the Dr. Demento Show). Come sit for a spell and raise a pint as Tinker MacLea returns to his roots as a solo artist and song writer.
Tortuga Twins (Rated PG-13) (July 9 – Aug 14)
Playful, bawdy and unabashed, the Tortuga Twins (all three of them) return! Their special blend of stage comedy and audience participation has been labeled “Asthma-Attack Inducingly Funny.” Be warned. Visit The Tortuga Twins’ Website
Weapons of War (all season)
Your Bristol Trayn’d Bande is ready to take on any foe! We’ll show you how to do it too, if only our Captain and Lieutenant can agree on the best soldier for the job. Comedy and violence erupt as the battle between Pike, Shotte, and Cavalry takes place!