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ENTERTAINMENT 2015

 
   
 

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Chalk Artist (all season)

Da Vinci Brothers Comedy Opera (Aug 22 & 23)

Hey Nunnie Nunnie (July 11 - 26)

Iron Hill Vagabonds (July 11 - 26)

Musical Blades (Aug 1 - 9)

Painted Lady (all season)

   
       
2 Merry Men  

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   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  

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   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  

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  

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.

 
       
Billy Miller & Misti Bernard  

Billy Miller & Misti Bernard (all season)

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  

Bounding Main (August 22/23 & 29/30 ONLY)

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 the Brass  

Breakfast With the 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.

 
       
Chalk Artist  

NEW - Chalk Artist (all season)

Join 16 yr old Jessie Helminiak, the incredibly talented, self taught, two-time winner of the Bayshore Chalk Art Competition (Youth Division) as she creates freehand works of art!

 
       
Clan Tynker   Clan Tynker (August 15 - September 7)
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  

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. Visit Craig's Website

 
       

Cutlass Cooking

 

Cutlass Cooking logoCutlass Cooking: Pantry Parley

(all season except August 1 & 2)

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!

 
       
Dan the Bard  

Dan the Bard (all season except August 1 & 2)

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  

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.

 
       
Da Vinci Brothers Comedy Opera  

NEW - Da Vinci Brothers Comedy Opera (Aug 22 & 23 ONLY)

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!

 
       
Deante' Fettuccine  

Deante' Fettuccine (July 11 - August 16)

Deante` Fettuccine, (Jim Ellis) Spaghetti Juggler is back, after many years and many well traveled miles. Deante` is excited to be back at Bristol. Having grown up performing at Renaissance Festivals, he is a Ren-Clown not to be missed.

 
       
Ded Bob Sho   Ded Bob Sho (Rated PG-13) (July 11 - 26)
“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   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  

The Dread Crew of Oddwood (Aug 22/23 & 29/30 ONLY)

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.

 
       
Drum Jam - Antonio  

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  

Dylan Robertson (all season)

Meet Bristol’s homegrown sensation. Whimsical, wonderful and always witty, Dylan Robertson’s music captures the simple enchantment of the faire and encapsulates it within a myriad of musical mirth. Visit Dylan Robertson's Facebook Page

 
       
Eddie Jeff Cahill  

Eddie Jeff Cahill (July 11 - 26 ONLY)

Songs, stories and tall tales tumble from his lips like barrels over a waterfall, shattering rings & staves on the water. A True Wandering Minstrel!

 
       
Gabriel Q  

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.

 
       
Gypsy Geoff   Gypsy Geoff – Fire Circus Show (July 11 & 12 ONLY)
A showman who is devoted to expanding upon the wonderment of children, Gypsy Geoff: Juggler, physical comedian, and variety entertainer that is both mesmerizing and enchanting. Come witness and be part of the master of mayhem and manipulation the flurry of fire that is Gypsy Geoff - Fire Circus Show!  Visit Gypsy Geoff's Website
 
       
Hey Nunnie Nunnie   NEW - Hey Nunnie Nunnie (July 11 - 26 ONLY)
Peals of laughter ring like convent bells as the unconventional Mother Redempta and the mischievous ukulele reeling Sister Philomena Claire take the stage in a dazzling display of improvisational and comedic escapades.
 
       
Iris and Rose  

Iris and 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!

 
       
Iron Hill Vagabonds  

NEWLY RETURNING - Iron Hill Vagabonds (July 11 - 26 ONLY)

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.

 
       
Ivanovich   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  

The RavenJeremiah Wiggins, politician for the faeries

& the Raven (July 11 - August 2 ONLY)

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   Jock Stewart (all season except Aug 22, 23 and Sept 5, 6, 7)

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 Joust  

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.

 
       
Lady Ettie  

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

 
       
Merry Wives of Windsor  

The Merry Wives of Windsor (August 15/16 ONLY)

Bristol visit number two! These Lusty Serving Wenches will be dishing out bawdy songs and plenty of good cheer!  

 
       
MooNie   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  

NEW - Musical Blades (Aug 1 - 9 ONLY)

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  

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  

New Minstrel Revue (all season)

As The New Minstrel Revue, Jerry Barry, J. Bradley Collier and Thomas Nuendel have 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. NMR are joined on their newest CD, Big Blue Sea, by some of the finest folk musicians anywhere, performing on a set of 13 original and traditional favorites. Visit the New Minstrel Revue's Website

 
       
Ogham by Carl Rollmann  

Ogham (all season)

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  

NEW - 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!

 
       
OTB  

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!

 
       
Queen Show  

Queen’s Show: A Tudor Rose By Any Other Name (all season)

Queen Elizabeth has traveled from London to visit her favorite port city of Bristol. While here, three dashing sea captains compete for the distinction of naming a ship in her honor. Each will make their bid for the privilege with boasts and grand promises. Who will it be? Captain Martin Frobisher? Captain John Hawkins? Or the dashing Captain Walter Raleigh?

Come help Good Queen Bess decide!

 

 

 
       
Rambling Sailors  

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

 
       
Royal Falconer   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
 
       
Sirena: From Down Below We Sing  

Sirena (July 25 - August 16)

Travel back to the time of mythical gods, shipwrecked lovers, and the ethereal women whom all sailors both fear and adore--the Sirens. Straight from the depths of the sea, Aglaope, Legeia, and Raidne bring you a show filled with drumming, dancing, and all-original music. Their songs will hypnotize you and their stories will touch your hearts, but hold on to your souls, or you might find you've lost them to the hands of the Sirens!

Visit Sirena's Facebook Page

 
       
Sturdy Beggars Mud Show   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
 
       
Tinker MacLea  

Tinker MacLea (all season)

With a festival career spanning thirty-three 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   Tortuga Twins (Rated PG-13) (July 11 - August 16)
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
 
       
VaNa MaZi  

VaNa MaZi (August 8 - Sept 7)

VaNa MaZi was born through a mutual interest in culture and a love for the music of the People (Folk). With a song bank collected through Ian J. Everett and Corinne Zappler's years of travel, they fuse together the music of Greece, Italy, Central Asia, and the Balkans with Gypsy Jazz, Turkish beats, and a pinch of their own American heritage. They strive to perform, arrange, and compose music that challenges the listener to open their ears and experience something new, something ancient, something contradictory even, yet something that is most definitely moving forward through space at a speed that cannot be measured merely in 4/4 time.

 
       
Wolgemut  

Wolgemut (July 11 - 26 ONLY)

Wolgemut (vol-guh-moot): an ancient germanic word which simply means, "to be in a good mood". Wolgemut is also the name of a very unique minstrel’s troupe which believes that the goal of every performance is to leave the audience in a good mood! 

The name says it all! 

Fun, humor and endless amounts of energy are the essentials of a Wolgemut performance. Music, dance and comedy fused with a generous amount of “wolgemutness” turns every Wolgemut show into a high powered event; a Renaissance Rock concert!
For more information please visit the official website at: 
www.wolgemut.net

 
       
 
 
 
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