Musical Groups

 


Bardz at Large

Guess who’s wandered into the realm? Bards at Large have arrived bringing a blend of traditional – and some perhaps less than traditional – music to spice up the stew. With songs ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous and nice to just a little naughty, these wandering minstrels will bring a smile to your face and a song to your heart.

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Battle Eggs

With a perfected blend of comedy, energy, memorable stories, shredding accordion licks, spoon solos, and cute college boys, Battle Eggs is dressed to impress. They play a healthy mix of original and traditional Celtic tunes, as well as a few surprise covers that will leave you confused and amused.

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Briar

Rack up the body count with Briar! We laugh at death daily.

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Court Revelers

The Court Revelers endeavor to entertain, excite, and enrich audiences by presenting high quality, live a capella performances of Renaissance and Baroque period music; to create a unique musical performance experience. Some of our favorite composers are Orlando di Lasso and John Dowland among a mixture of over 120 madrigal pieces, drinking songs, and sea shanties. We attempt to achieve a balance between the beautifully lively and the simply lovely.

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DeCantus

DeCantus is a professional a capella ensemble that offers specialized performances at a variety of venues and events including private parties, public shopping centers, and corporate events. Formed in 2000, DeCantus performs as a quintet and has two seasons: renaissance festivals and holiday caroling. In the spring, summer, and fall, DeCantus interacts directly with its audiences while singing an eclectic mix of folk songs, pub songs, madrigals, and comedy numbers. During the winter months, DeCantus dons Victorian-inspired attire and performs sacred and secular carols in jazz, traditional, and novelty arrangements.

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The Dregs

The Dregs have been performing “music” and “comedy” for over ten years. After all those years of performing, they fans number in the dozens. On a good day. Their goal is to inject a little bit of comedy into all their music and a little bit of music into their comedy. It has been said that they know the first verse to every song ever written. That may not be true but the odds are good that they can make it up. They also sing more songs about zombies than any other band they know.

The band is currently comprised of Susanne Becker, Trevor Hartman, Molly Zupon,

Paul Score, Rachael Salisbury and Tim Wick. Of that number, only one is an accordion player. All attempts to reduce that number have failed but they continue to be optimistic about their chances.

If you like silly musicalness or musical silliness, The Dregs are probably the band for you. They aren’t afraid to butcher a song in the name of comedy!

 

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Elizabethan Syngers

The Elizabethan Syngers have been a fixture at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival since its founding in 1971. Our goal is not only to entertain, but to create an interest in music from The Renaissance, and to educate our Syngers and audience about its important place in music history. Our love for the Renaissance Madrigal and song is embodied in our mission statement: The Elizabethan Syngers are dedicated to preserving, promoting, and performing music of and inspired by the Renaissance Period.

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Four Pints Shy

Playing music at the Renaissance Festival in one form or another for the past 16 years, Twin Cities-based septet Four Pints Shy combines Irish, English, and Bluegrass music into a high energy performance experience. Whether it’s an uptempo jig or a raucous, sing-along pub song, Four Pints Shy will be sure to excite and entertain. Perfect music to come down to the pub and have a pint or two. Sláinte!

Trevor Holien – Fiddle

Andy Sponsler – Bodhrán & Vocals

Rick Widen – Banjo & Vocals

Renee Pilon – Guitar & Vocals

Seth Goodlaxson – Accordion, Whistles, & Vocals

Dylan Vidas – Guitar, Bass Guitar, & Vocals

Scott Lund – Mandolin, Bouzouki, & Vocals

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Jameson Twins

This twin-less lass can be found all around the festival playing and singing captivating music for children. She may be found with an array of musicians throughout the day but tends to stay in the Secret Garden of The Enchanted Forest.

Robin Conama has been bringing her mix of sweet ballads, story songs and renaissance festival favorites to kids and adults alike since her MRF debut in 2006.


Kindred

Founded at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival in 1993, Kindred band members share Celtic heritage and a love for the sounds of their common ancestry. After a decade hiatus from music and merrymaking, Kindred is returning to the Festival with harmonious original songs to whisk your mind away to the isles.

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Langers Ball

Good. Irish. Music. …and the occasional German polka.

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The Leprechaun Pirates

Being a musician on a pirate ship is an essential job, so is keeping up the morale of the crew between prizes. It can also be a bit of a chore, as any crew member can request a tune, and even roust the musician out of bed. So in some ways we are the hardest working members of a pirate ship. Still, it’s a job that needs doing, and it’s better than swabbing the deck. We can also pick up a little honest money when we go to shore at the local tavern or even street corner. Everyone loves a good tune and adventure on the high seas. We will again be going on shore leave for fun and frolic at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival so put on your favorite pirate gear and join us for a weekend of fun and feasting.

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Mistress Kathleen

Kathleen uses hammered dulcimer and voice to carry on the traditional songs of her ancestors: from the clear open prayers of medieval monasteries, to the passions and beliefs of Irish gypsy communities, to the radical reformers of Shaker villages in the New World. This music resonates with insight, wisdom, and beauty. Kathleen ties together her English / Irish / Early American song quilt with stories and poems.

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Too Broke Blokes

Too Broke Blokes plays traditional Irish music really really fast. And by fast, we mean ludicrous speed.

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Wandering Folk

Music of the Scottish-Celtic-Bluegrass-Sea Shanty-Traditional-Folky-Original variety. These Scottish troubadours can often be found wandering from pub to glen singing, drinking, toasting, storytelling, and most importantly, simply enjoying the company of good folk!

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Naughty Bawdy Brigade

We, the Mistresses of the Naughty Bawdy Brigade entertain you with songs, jokes, limericks, and a whole lot of double entendre.

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Rose and Rand 

Harpist Rose Claussen and violinist Rand Claussen have been performing Renaissance and Celtic tunes at the MN Renaissance Festival for over 15 years.  Stephanie performs harp full-time in concerts, weddings and special events throughout the Twin Cities and teaches from her studio in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has recorded multiple albums (including “Soirée à Montpellier” and “Light So Brilliant: Carols and Tunes for Christmas”) and recently released a book of harp arrangements with Mel Bay Publications. Harp/violin duo album coming soon.

 

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Photo Credit: Darin Jensen


Stary Olsa

STARY OLSA is a medieval Belarusian music band. It was founded in 1999 by its present leader Zmicier Sasnoski and now consists of six musicians. It takes its name from a brook in the west part of Mahilio Region (Belarus).

The band’s repertoire includes Belarusian folk balladry and martial songs, Belarusian national dances, works of Belarusian Renaissance composers, compositions from Belarusian aulic music collections (e.g. Polack NotebookVilnia Notebook), Belarusian canticles of the 16th – early 17th centuries, as well as European popular melodies of the Middle Ages and Renascence.

The band’s music makes it possible to restore sounds of many forgotten instruments. STARY OLSA uses for its performances maximal exact (in appearance, technology and materials) copies of old aged Belarusian instruments such as Belarusian bagpipe, lyre, gusli (Baltic psaltery) , svirel (reed pipe), jew’s-harp, ocarina, Belarusian trumpet, birch bark trumpet, hudok (Belarusian rebec), tromba marina and drums.

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