New Acts for 2017!
GOOD, CLEAN FUN… WET, DIRTY WOMEN. Your village laundresses, Lulu and Clover, will scrub your funny bone and knock your socks off… into the wash, that is! Nimble, naughty, and absolutely available! The Washing Well Wenches are an all-female comedy troupe that performs at various venues across the nation and beyond. Live, Love, Laugh, Launder… Repeat.
Sarah Lavender is a renaissance vocalist who plays the harp for added accompaniment and storytelling sound effects. You can find her playing silky tunes in the streets or weaving tales under a cove of trees; captivating people with cute little fox antics or bewitching the heart of the onlooker with her soaring mystical voice.
In renaissance Europe there’s always a war going on somewhere. Hawkwood’s Troope makes that war their business. Demonstrating advanced historical fighting techniques in several styles and offering the chance to learn how to swing your sword like a mercenary! An ongoing project combining resources from several Oregon and Washington schools of Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) to educate the public about the realities of warfare in the middle ages and renaissance and how much fun historical martial arts can be! But watch out, you may just be recruited into the Troope!
See Shakespeare the way it should be done, fast, furious and ridiculous!! Patrick Hercamp shall play many parts to uniquely present William Shakespeare’s very own ‘Hamlet’. Yet be forewarned, you may just learn to love the bard’s plays in a way that makes you want to read them all! Patrick has been a key member of vaudeville comedy trio ‘Sound & Fury’ for 6 years. ‘Half Hour Hamlet’ smashes right through all the traditional barriers and is presented in a hilarious, fun and enjoyable way.
Making Fun of History! A touch of history, wrapped in comedy, and presented through interactive improv, making festival guests of all ages the stars.
A Well Known Stranger consists of an acoustic duo specializing in genres of music ranging from medieval folk/soundtrack, Celtic, gypsy, classical, eastern European folk, acoustic covers and more!
His blend of comedy, magic, mayhem and sword swallowing keeps the audience in hysterics and begging for more! The Lynx Show has been featured on many stages across the country and can currently be seen at the world famous Pier 39 Stage in San Francisco, California. This is one performer you wont want to miss and will tell your friends about for years to come.
Forged in the back alleys & dive bars of the notorious South Sound Metal Scene, Siren’s Rain brings to the stage an explosive & haunting combination of Heavy Metal & traditional Folk Music. This driving & hypnotic group of performers bring to the stage the energy & power of the Heaviest Metal styles with the intricacy & complexity of a classical symphony. Evening entertainment is included in your camping pass or evening tickets can be purchased at either alehouse during the faire day!
Celtic Gypsy party rockers! The WhiskeyRicks have spent the better part of a decade carving a reputation for themselves as “One Hell of a Good Time”. Using fiery celtic-gypsy fiddle licks, cello played like a bass, bombastic trumpet, vivacious drum beats, energetic guitar strumming, and voice; they tell stories of good times past and reinterpret old favorites in unimaginable ways! Bridging the gap between traditional and modern popular music with an enthusiasm that is contagious, and an eclecticism that knows no bounds! Evening entertainment is included in your camping pass or evening tickets can be purchased at either alehouse during the faire day!
The Seattle Knights will be there every weekend to bring you the passion and excitement of sword-swinging battles and hoof-pounding jousts. They are the region’s oldest and most established joust troop; a group of actors and performers dedicated to bringing you historically accurate stage combat. Come by to watch the pulse pounding displays of skill and don’t forget to stay after the joust and pet the horses!
Returning to our Faire again this year is the Comedic Conjuring of Master Payne. This purveyor of japes, cheap tricks and minor amazements will delight one and all with his offbeat antics and curmudgeonly wit. He promises to not only to regale and possibly slightly repulse us with his trademark Ram’s Bladder Trick. But to also mystify and befuddle us with his award winning rendition of the Oldest Trick Knowne to Man — the Cups and Balls.
From the shadowy, sodden recesses of Northumbria march a hale and hearty band of heroes. Goode’s Company of Foote is a living history group dedicated to reenacting the life and times of a 16th century English trained band. We gather to embrace the camaraderie, discipline and chaos of a company of pike and musket as they variously served the will of their prince and purses during the reign of Queen Elizabeth.
Did someone call for a celebration?! Baksana is a live music and belly dance group! Inspired by folkloric styles from North Africa, Eastern Europe and more… Full of energy, mystery, and dash of sass… this group is a delight for all-ages. Swords, cymbals, songs and smiles for miles, come have some fun with these entertainers.
Music from the Heart, especially for the soul, Marty and Cheryl Johnson performed together for over 15 years, entertaining at Renaissance Faires and other historical reenactment events since 1995. The beautiful music they made together was a true reflection of their love for each other through the years. Sometimes soft and sweet, sometimes romantic and often fun and energetic their music has brought a full spectrum of feelings to crowds throughout the Northwest. Cheryl continues their tradition of bringing music and love to all who listen after losing the love of her life in 2015. Her smile reflects the joy in her heart as we cherish the memory of our dear friend Marty.
Red Hugh was born into an Irish Catholic family, rich with Irish culture and tradition. After listening to the stories of Ireland’s struggle for independence from his ma and da, it is no mistake that Rebel Tymes stresses music from the Emerald Isles. The addition of Seamus Devine, a Scotish Protestant and the feisty fiddle player, fiery red-haired, Rheva Myhre. Their music was born in the heart of the Irish rebellion, with songs like the “Rising of the Moon” and “Black & Tans.” Their individual experiences add depth and spirit to Rebel Tymes’ already unique approach to their music and will remind you of the pain and despair the Irish have gone through in their fight for freedom. Come prepared to participate in their show.
The villagers of Merriwick! Representing the common folk from renaissance period; the farmers and artisans that keep the village fed and clothed, the servants in noble households, soldiers and mercenaries that keep us safe, and players and musicians that entertain. Stop by to play a game and see how peasants live!
The Merriwick Minstrels are a jolly bunch of musicians that can be found wherever music is needed (and sometimes not wanted) in the Shire. Mostly they are near the Nobles, where they like to play for their supper. They always will have a jovial tune to dance to, and have an array of interesting instruments to amuse you!
Les Bouffons bring looney comedy to the faire with plays inspired by the masked farces of old France and Italy. Zany characters careen through two slapstick tales of life, love, and laughable lunacy: The Rapscallion’s Romance for all ages, and The Phallusoidal Philtre for adults only.
Broon is a variety comedian who has toured all over the country for more than twenty years presenting a show of side splitting laughter and amazing stunts. With a strong background in improvisational theater and street performing he has developed a spontaneous and edgy style that guarantees no two shows will be exactly alike. One part stand up comic and one part side show performer Broon amazes with magic, fire eating, juggling and bullwhips all wrapped up with a sardonic wit that will leave you breathless.
This merry troupe of actors have traveled far and wide to entertain you, but forgotten their scripts! Help them out by offering suggestions to drive or even start the scenes. Every short-form show will bring a smile to your face and be very unique. They have a general audience show as well as one for an NC-17 stage. Come one, come all!
The Seadogs are a group of performers who perform Nautical music and songs, with a healthy injection of comedy and sailor-y theatrics. Several instrumentalists, along with an entire crew of talented singers who perform a wide range of seafaring music…from old world shanties & work songs done in the traditional style, to more upbeat interpretations of classic sea-songs, to modern & original seafaring music. The Seadogs have been entertaining west coast audiences for over 25 years, and have a strong background in entertaining audiences both young and old in nearly every conceivable venue. If you’re looking for Nautical Entertainment, have we got a show for you… Come check out our all-adult “Naughty and Nautical” show! Come on out, grab a drink and try “Swearin’ With The Seadogs!”
Hawke plays aggressively loud, sweaty, foot-stomping music on guitar, mandola, bones, bodhran, strumstick, and kazoo. Catch his sit-down set for sweet, moving ballads.
Bringing to life the Golden Age of the English Renaissance! The Noble Court and Household of Queen Elizabeth I is on progress this summer through the quaint village of Merriwick to enjoy their Midsummer Faire. Join the Queen and Her Court as they take in the sights and sounds of performers, revel in the excitement and pageantry of the Joust and experience the romance, chivalry and intrigue of the Elizabethan Court. Queen Elizabeth I is portrayed by Victoria Dzenis of Seattle whose lifelong goal is to be a true Renaissance Woman! Understudy Patricia McElroy performing for 2017!
Join Robin Hood and Maid Marian for magical storytelling! Six members of the audience star in these high-energy, interactive re-tellings of “St. George & the Dragon” and “The Tales of Robin Hood”! Heroes, villains, cheering, screaming, and hilarity ensues!
Bringing an eclectic blend of celtic, middle-eastern gypsy, and renaissance dance music on the soprano lute, The Minstrel Darius inspires all ages to dance!
Traveling the known world, Tania & Michael collect music and musical instruments wherever they go. English and Celtic songs mesh with tunes from the Silk Road, Cathay and the Holy Land, on dulcimer, cittern, hurdy-gurdy, harp, recorder and other instruments of Europe and Asia. They have delighted court and village alike on their travels
Join Count Vidor’s beloved sister Indika and her companions for an evening of truly unique entertainment! A renaissance Drag Queen Show! Enjoy the talent of these high energy and fantastical ladies while enjoying an ale in The Hammered Troll pub after a great day at faire! Included in your camping pass or evening tickets can be purchased at either alehouse during the faire day! Raise your tips in the air to get an up close view of our Queens!
Kickin’ Celtic Music – For years, Seattle based BOWI has been entertaining audiences with a blend of traditional Celtic music and unique energy. The BOWI sound encompasses a wide range of music including driving Jigs and Reels, exciting vocals, and beautiful ballads. An incredibly flexible and adaptive group, BOWI has performed at everything from Pubs and local faires, to private parties and weddings. Acoustic or “Plugged in”, BOWI has never failed to get the hands clapping and feet stomping.
Plundering will be Had! Cutlasses will Clash! Jigs will be Danced and Shanties will be Sung! Enjoy lively performances and theatrical re-enactments by the notorious crew of the “Emerald Rose”. This fun- loving band of scallywags will raise your spirits in song and thrill your senses with suspense and intrigue; charmin’ their way into your good graces all the while. “So batten down yer hatches, stow yer wenches and …Prepare to be Boarded!!!”
Gypsy Realm is a family based performance group that has been ongoing since 2001. Bringing fairy tale characters to life, such as Puss’N Boots and Witchy Poonella, who can be be found out on the faire green awaiting to bring a little fun and laughter into all faire goer’s days! They can also be found performing in the Oakwood Pavilion!
Founded in 2000, the Kumpania Paramitsha is a group of talented performers portraying the Romany (or Gypsy) peoples during the 16th century. The Kumpania is made up of musicians, dancers, singers, fortune tellers, fire performers, acrobats and story tellers. The Kumpania are dedicated to recreating the gypsies of the Renaissance through culture, customs, language and of course music and dance.
The Piccolo Puppet Players presents The Punch & Judy Show! Done in the traditional British style. Prepare for lots of color, laughter and audience interaction!
Mr. Punch is a light hearted anti-hero who gets himself in and out of trouble by the use of his wits. He meets many colorful characters throughout the show: Judy, his wife; the Baby; Joey the clown; the Constable, who never fails to misapprehend Mr.Punch, the Crocodile who swallows his stick and many others! Join us for three shows a day!
An unruly crew of the most viscous Jailers tasked by the Crown to lock up the accused in the towns and villages throughout England! Just watch out, if we have a warrant for your arrest, the dice will determine your fate!
Salle Saint-George, Seattle’s traditional school for classical fencing arts and the science of self-defense, will once again be demonstrating the history of the sword (and other Renaissance weapons) with their usual level of witty banter, grace, actioned packed fencing assaults and even science! Join them to learn about the art and science of fencing, more than you thought possible. You may even get caught up in the action!
Listen as Arden plays world fiddle music of all ilks, with an emphasis on Celtic, ballads both bawdy & brave, and Gypsy & Ukrainian folk. Arden can be found about Dunrose entertaining and providing tunes to get your toes tapping!
News of jolly festivities and the visit from the Royal Queen Elizabeth have intrigued Royal of another kind. The Fae Queens Aurelia and Morgana have decided to cross the boundaries between this land and the next to visit the village of Merriwick. With the two fae courts in tow, the Seelie and Unseelie Queens have come to see what mortal delights the little village have in store for them. Come see what amusements these mortals have to offer this Midsummer Faire!