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Draiku –Aerial Dancers (all season)


Gabriel Q (all season)


Vixens En Garde (July 12/13 & 19/20)


Eddie Jeff Cahill (July 19/20 & 26/27)


The Merry Wives of Windsor (August 9/10 ONLY)


Bugle Biggins  (August 9/10 ONLY)


Steele Sisters  (August 9/10 ONLY)

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 (July 5 - August 17)
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.


Bluebeard’s Pressgang Pageant (all season)

Have you ever wanted to be a pirate and cruise the sea? Are you interested in sailing upon a modern, rat-free, leak-proof ship? Then step right up and be interviewed. Captain Bluebeard is hiring his new crew and now is your moment to seize the opportunity. Interested parties will be interviewed live (as opposed to the alternative) on-stage in front of the other perspective crew. Join the fun and laughter while you  earn your certificate that marks you as one of the select sailors for the Captain’s next voyage.

Bounding Main  

Bounding Main (July 12/13 and August 9/10 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.

Bugle Biggins  

NEW - Bugle Biggins  (August 9/10 ONLY)
Master Bugle Biggins is a ship's musician who's lately retired from a lifetime at sea.  So he's come to Bristol to entertain and amuse you with tales of his adventures, and to enchant you with soulful melodies on the harp and tin whistle.

Cauldron Mishap photo by Steven Bourelle  

NEW - Cauldron Mishap (all season except August 2 & 23)

Meet the Normyl Sisters. They’re better than good witches, they’re the *best* witches. And they need your help finishing their latest and greatest potion! Join Beatrix, Gertrude and Mildred on a fairy tale adventure, rife with pretty princesses, strange beasts, and lots of hocus pocus. Fun for all ages!

photo: Steven Bourelle

Chalk Artist  

Chalk Artist (all season)

Join Master Chalk Artist, Stacey Williams-NG, as she brings art to life with a mere pallet of pastels.


Christophe the Insultor  

Christophe the Insultor (August 2/3 & 9/10 ONLY) - Rated R

If you cannot say something nice about someone, give the job of being insulting to a trained professional. Christophe’s lightning fast, acerbic wit devastates his targets (your friends and companions) while still managing to bring a smile to their face. Christophe the Insultor is the alter-ego of Christopher Buehlman, a playwright, comedian, actor and poet based in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Clan Tynker   Clan Tynker (August 9 - September 1)
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
Courtley Consorte  

Courtly Consorte (all season)

Come join Courtly Consorte, a majestic recorder ensemble with festive vocals to please your ears. Their music is rounded out with guitar, mandolin, or bodhran to make a relaxing and entertaining time at the fair for the whole family. Stroll thru Shakespeare's meadow to visit Courtly Consorte and lend thine ear to the music of the Renaissance. Visit Courtly Consorte's MySpace Page


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


Cutlass Cooking: Pantry Parley (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!


Cutlass Cooking: Party Panic (all season)

Her Majesty is coming and the Hawser family are desperately trying to prepare a party fit for a Queen. Can a pair of bilge rats prepare a Royal Spectacle?  Seriously, can they? Come laugh along as they make the brave attempt.


Cutlass Cooking: Tenderized Tales (all season)

What do you get when you take Goldilocks, some pigs, a dash of Rapunzel, three magic beans, a girl in a red cape, and some really angry birds? Everyone knows how the classic stories are told. Everyone, that is, except for the Hawser family. Join the Hawsers on stage while they set out to tell a story or two, often at the same time.

Dan the Bard  

Dan the Bard (all season)

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.

Deante Fettuccine  

Deante' Fettuccine (July 5 - August 10)

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 Renascence Festivals, he is a Ren-Clown not to be missed.


DeCantus (July 26/27 ONLY)

DeCantus is a professional a cappella ensemble that interacts directly with its audiences while singing an eclectic mix of folk songs, pub songs, madrigals, and comedy numbers.

Ded Bob Sho   Ded Bob Sho (Rated PG-13) (July 5 - 27)
“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

NEW - Draiku –Aerial Dancers (all season)

The fantastic aerial duo of Draiku bring their Chinese Dragon to life!  Suspended above you will watch as these two lovely aerialists move with elegance and grace while the fierce, yet adorable, giant dragon dances in the sky of Bristol.

The Dread Crew of Oddwood  

The Dread Crew of Oddwood (Aug 23/24 & 30/31 & Sept 1 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)

The air fills with the booming rhythms of the drums. The ground shakes with the pounding of dancing feet. Bring your drum and join the jam, or clap, stomp, whistle, dance and shout along. You never know who else will join in the jam, as guest musicians from the day's stage performances often add their special flavor to the show.  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)

Meet Bristol’s newest 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  

NEW - Eddie Jeff Cahill (July 19/20 & 26/27)

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  

NEW - 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 (all season)
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
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!

Ivanovich   Ivanovich! (July 5/6, 12/13, 19/20, August 2/3 & 9/10 ONLY)
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
Jock Stewart   Jock Stewart (July 5/6, 12/13, 19/20, 26/27, August 2, 9/10, 16/17, 31 and September 1)

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)

Our long time jousters Steve Cowan (Sir Mauldron) and Matthew Mansour (Sir Maxmillian) have officially joined forces and are now collectively known as The Jousters. They will be presenting a new twist on their favorite deadly sport, with  unique custom built field equipment, and ever changing tests of skill that keep man and horse on their proverbial toes and  vying to win each event for real.  Presenting varied and stylized jousting throughout the day, it's all hard hitting and exquisitely choreographed, full and light armour.  With no two shows quite the same, this fresh take on the ancient sport of jousting is both theatrical and brutal -all wrapped up in one.

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  

NEW - The Merry Wives of Windsor (August 9/10 ONLY)

Making their Bristol debut, 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
Nazario Chickpeazio  

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 (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. Visit Ogham's Facebook Page


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 23 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 5 - August 10)

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

Steele Sisters  

NEW - Steele Sisters  (August 9/10 ONLY)

Join the Steele Sisters on their never-ending quest to find a husband.  Their father has decided the first one to be married will inherit all of his lands….and his horses…and his flowers…and his weapons!  This high energy two woman show is packed with comedy, wit, sisterly love, sisterly competition and a little sisterly swordplay.

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

Tartanic (July 5/6 & 19/20 ONLY)

The roar of bagpipes and the thunder of the drums can only mean one thing. Tartanic returns to thrill audiences with a show that truly defines “Shock and Awe!” Taking tunes out of the session and into the sensational with their own brand of humor and theatrics. This is not just music... this is an interactive spectacle brought to you by... MEN WITHOUT PANTS! Visit Tartanic'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 5 - August 10)
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 2 - Sept 1)

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.

Vixens En Garde  

NEW - Vixens En Garde (July 12/13 & 19/20)

Three smokin' hot swordswomen swashbuckle their way through Shakespeare using daring swordplay, witty repartee, and a naughty sense of humor---all in an interactive fast- paced show that will keep you on the edge of your seat!


Wolgemut (July 5/6, 12/13 & 26/27 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!
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