Check Out Our 2021 Entertainers/Performers Lineup!

***Jousters*** Knights of the Realm

In the World Tournament Of Champions, Knights of the Realm, an international troupe of skilled horsemen, archers, and swordsmen bring the games and jousting of 16th century Europe to life. The clash of steel rings throughout Merriwick as each Knight brings passion and prowess to defend the honor of their home country. Feel the ground tremble with pounding of hooves, lend your voice to cheer your favorite Knight to victory, as they vie for the favor and honor of Her Majesty, Queen Bess!

***NEW This Year*** Sirena

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.

***NEW This Year*** Raptor Events

Raptor Events’ master falconer showcases the captivating art of falconry, a favored sport of the nobility of medieval Europe. Majestic birds of prey soar through the sky as they beat their wings in pursuit of their quarry. Conservation and animal education are at the core of the Raptor Events mission. After-show activities include a meet-and-greet with the falconer and his feathered assistants. As part of their company of conservation ambassadors, Raptor Events also displays a variety of reptile species, offering an engaging experience for a wide range of animal enthusiasts.

The Blue Footed Booby

Welcome to Mother Rackham’s and Mr. Christian’s house of ill-repute, blue gartered working girls and very, very bad puns.
How many Private’s does it take have a good time? ‘Just One Buccaneer’s.’
Come get your fancy tickled for two pence, your secrets unlocked for a gold doubloon, your need for stale water quenched on the house and test your arm with our game of “Drench a Wench”. Remember, half priced Tuesdays include the bartender’s special, Wet Willy, and a peek at the girl of the day’s left ankle. We accept all forms of currency, including livestock, fine trinkets and treasures, and your mother’s best garter belt.

Manis O’Tool

Witness the ‘Manis O’Tool and his Imperial Tibetan yak show’! Please note that on the very rare occasion that his incredibly trained yak, Clark, goes missing right before the big show, Manus will be forced to improvise – fortunately he’s got hilarious stories, jokes, some audience participation and maybe even a dangerous stunt or two that he can pull out of his sleeve in a pinch… Enjoy the show, and if needed, please keep an eye out for Clark.

Broon

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.

Lord Mayor of Merriwick

The Mayor of Merriwick is a little unusual, as René Beaumont is a Frenchman and not English. Hailing from the Bordeaux area of France, René fled religious persecution, and traveled Europe a bit before ending up in northern England where he found a place to settle down. Performing odd jobs, René filled in many roles around Merriwick where he built a strong relationship with the townsfolk, despite being an outsider. But it was his sudden and surprising appointment to the office of Mayor by the local Lord that really stands out, causing the local rumor mill to operate overtime with stories and hushed whispers about how he acquired such an appointment. Friendly, yet secretive, René has not yet revealed the nature of his appointment.

Washing Well Wenches

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.

The Tortuga Twins

Outrageously unpredictable and audaciously hilarious, these three “twins” are improv comedy storytellers extraordinaire—which is not an easy thing to say with a mouth full of laughter! Their special blend of stage comedy and audience participation has been labeled “Funny-Bone-Breaking Humorous.” You have been warned.

Heavy Hammer (2nd Saturday Evening Opener)

Heavy Hammer is a non-traditional Celtic drumming band. Hailing from Buckley, Washington, Heavy Hammer plays traditional pipe music with their own spin. Rowdy and rocking bagpipe and drums! Opening for Vidor’s Vixxens, 2nd Saturday Evening ONLY!

Salle Saint-George

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!

Robin Hood & Maid Marian Present!

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!

Wytchwood Players

Wytchwood Players is a family based performance group that has been ongoing since 2001, bringing fairy tale characters to life from the pages of some of your favorite stories. Come join WitchyPoonella, Puss N’Boots and the Wytchwood players as they share daring stories for the young at heart and romp thru the faire green causing mischief and mayhem amongst the townsfolk in Merriwick.

Troupe Seven Stars

Troubadours, actors, poets, and bards. Troupe Seven Stars are creators, virtuosos and vagabonds; making their way across the lands to spread their passion for their craft during an era when the ideals of learning, art, and beauty have become paramount once more.  With no food left to fill their bellies or supplies to keep the carts on the move, this raggle-taggle band of folk artists and street performers has set up camp in town until their welcome has been worn out or they have scrounged up the means to move along. Catch them performing music, dancing, Commedia dell’Arte, and more in the streets!

Earl the Bard

A Professional Noise Maker specializing in song and tale told to the accompaniment of the Hurdy Gurdy in the style of the wandering minstrels of old.

Rey Sancho (Joust MC)

In a land far away… In a time long ago – Brave Knights fought for Honor, Glory, & Chivalry. Led into battle by Sir Rey Sancho, “The Giant of Aragon!” This 7 foot tall “Lord of the Ring” will command the Knights at your bidding. With a voice like thunder & a wit like lightning, he will enthrall both young & old, with a show for the ages!” Victory awaits you in the Jousting arena! Huzzah!!

Circo Valiente (2nd Saturday Evening Entertainment)

Circo Valiente gathers veteran artists from the circus renaissance for shows in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Acrobats, aerialists, hand balancers, and stiltwalkers at the top of their game join forces for unforgettable events beneath the Brave Banner!

Queen Elizabeth I & Court

Bringing to life the Golden Age of the English Renaissance! 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 Patricia McElroy of Auburn.

***NEW This Year*** Chaste Treasure

Truly a treasure, but questionably chaste, Chaste Treasure is sure to delight all of your senses. This talented trio will entertain you with their tight harmonies, sassy shenanigans, and double entendre.

The Scuppermonkeys

The Scuppermonkeys are a Seattle-based Irish pub band with a pirate habit! We perform traditional tunes and drinking songs, Irish rebel and folk music, roaring sea shanties, stirring ballads, and much, much more, all with a healthy helping of swashbuckling! Featuring strong vocals, acoustic guitar, bodhrán, fiddle, Irish whistle, and more, The Scuppermonkeys’ sound is characterized by foot-stomping rhythm and melodies you just can’t help but sing along to!

Les Bouffons des Battes

Les Bouffons bring zesty, irreverent comedy to the faire with plays inspired by the masked farces of old France and Italy. Rascal swordsmen, crooked misers, and sly maids careen through two zany tales of life, love, and lunacy: The Rapscallion’s Romance for all ages, and The Phallusoidal Philtre for adults only!

Goode's Company of Foote

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.

Baksana

Baksana music and dance ensemble performs colorful pieces inspired by eastern lands. Adventure, passion, and humor combine to tell stories through movements. “Baksana” is Turkish for “Hey! Over here!” which compliments their energetic and captivating presence. Swords, veils, assaya, cymbals, and lots of improvisation are used to create unique audience experiences.

Wotan the Fairy Smasher

Wotan the Fairy Smasher is a friendly giant from the Emerald City who performs on both coasts of United States, for the last 10 years at Midsummer Renaissance Faire -the silly barbarian loses every fight to children and faeries of all ages. As an antagonist it is his goal to let the children be the heroes of their own fairytale story and go home bragging they defeated the giant. Wotan hates all things beautiful and magical, he is allergic to fairy dust and blown kisses send him running away!

Hawkwood’s Troope

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!

Piccolo Puppet Players

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 at the Oakwood Puppet Pavillion!

Arden the Fiddler

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 Merriwick entertaining and providing tunes to get your toes tapping!

Mistress of Melody

Samantha, the Mistress of Melody is a bard in the classic sense. Telling tales in song with her Celtic harp and her voice she entertains, recalling stories both old and new. Samantha is also a member of the Irish band, Possibly Irish, whom of which she plays harp with in the summers at the Enchanted Forest in Salem, Oregon.

BOWI

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.

Brotherhood of Oceanic Mercenaries (BOOM)

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!!!”

Clergy of Errors

Monastic, uproarious, and all around charming, these three monks have traveled from afar to baptize you in their comedy of the cloth. With years of improvisational experience mixed with a devotion to delight, audiences can expect a truly unique and individual show. So hold onto your sacraments and prepare yourself to come as a sinner and leave as a winner with the Clergy of Errors.

The Minstrel Darius

After studying mandolin under the tutelage of a wise master deep in the desert, the minstrel known as Darius set forth to share the gift of music. From street corners to the queen’s court, an eclectic blend of medieval, renaissance, and celtic ballads and dance music is sure to delight Lords, Ladies, and Fairies of all ages and walks of life.

Wyldewood Fae

From the magical realms of the Wyldewood, the Faerie Queen Tanaquil Glorianna has heard that Queen Elizabeth I is to be honored with a summer faire in the town of Merriwick. Intrigued to see a mortal queen, she has gathered her court of Fae to come and partake of the festivities. Come meet the Faerie Queen, Princess Aurelia, their faeries, elves, goblins, satyrs, pixies, brownies and more! The Queen likes her entertainment, and so there will be songs, dancing, and crafting, all aimed at enchanting your wee ones!

Fire & Combat (First Saturday Evening Entertainment)

“Live Steel by Company of the Iron Phoenix & Fire by IGNITION Fire Troupe” Fire breathing, Fire Eating & Fleshing, Fire Poi, Fire Whips, Fire Fans, Fire Batons, Fire Crowns, Fire Dart, Fire Hoops, Devil Sticks on Fire, Hand Candles, Fire Wands, Fire Sword, Fire Dancers, Fire, Fire, Fire!