Live Music and Performances
We're still working on this year- See below for last year's lineup
Jenna Greene, “The Greene Lady”, is a weaver of musical myth and magic. With a voice that is both ethereal and soulful, she sings of ancient lore, finding wonder and following dreams. She beautifully interlaces her Celtic, World Folk and New Age influences to create a presentation of haunting ballads, drum-driven dance tunes, lilting harp and mythic story. She has released two albums of original music, Crossroads and Wild Earth Child. She is currently working on a collection of songs of hope called “Give Your Dreams Wings.”
Armed with his trademark Godin Multiac guitar, Helland has created a musical world of his own combining his love of movie soundtracks, punk rock and Celtic and Gypsy styles into a quirky melodic brew of instrumental acoustic guitar music. “Driving, propulsive and utterly enjoyable to listen to.”
An inveterate touring and recording musician with a background in punk but with the appetites of a would-be musicologist, Helland’s first band, Deep Wound, featured Dinosaur Jr.’s J. Mascis on drums, Sebadoh’s Lou Barlow on guitar, with Helland on bass. Helland still sits in with Dinosaur Jr. on occasion, reviving Deep Wound songs with his legendary band mates. Throughout the ’80s and into the ’90s, Helland also played bass with the Western Massachusetts punk/crossover institution Outpatients, splitting east coast shows with Hüsker Dü, Black Flag, Cro-Mags and many others. Currently Scott is the guitarist and co-founder of the internationally touring New York based Euro-American Alternative Folk duo, Frenchy and the Punk with singer/percussionist Samantha Stephenson.
Helland has been writing, recording and performing music since his early teens. He has released over 25 recordings including 8 solo CDs. Helland also released his art book - Feast - in 2015, a collection of more than 50 pen and ink drawings. His most recent solo record, ‘Never End the Rocket Century’ was released in 2017.
Myschyffe Managed is a New Hampshire-based a capella group specializing in medieval and renaissance madrigals. This motley crew was formed by a small herd of "Ren Rats" with a tenuous grasp on reality who also love to sing. The members feel that a bit of authentic period music adds to the overall ambiance of the various renaissance faires gracing our locale, and our audiences seem to agree. Our material is drawn primarily from the madrigal masters of old from Italy, England, Spain, and France. Our goal is to recreate a small part of the musical past for the entertainment and appreciation of the public. We can, however, easily change from the serious music to the, shall we say, traditional songs of drunkenness and debauchery as sung by lords, wenches, and pirates the world over.
Kellianna is an American pagan artist internationally performing song and chant inspired by myth, magic, sacred places and ancient times. With guitar and vocals she brings to life the stories and sagas of the Gods and Goddesses. With Native American frame drum and chant she honors the Earth and the Ancestors by way of primal drumming and powerful vocals.
Owl and Eagle
One of our favorite acts, the flute and drum duo of Michael Longrider and Lester Sevenstar use native style flute and drum to create a haunting and ethereal soundscape that invokes the American wilderness and aboriginal peoples.
Between them, Michael and Lester are 8 time winners of the Silver Arrow Award, 2016 Winners of the Native American Music Award in the Native Heart category, and 2 time Native American Music award nominees.
Rhiannon's Lark is a solo music project created by Alyssa Yeager (sensual vocals, growly guitar, candy-coated ukulele) to express the reality of life as a geek, goddess, and girl. Alyssa is known for her "magickal, mystical storytelling". She began touring the festival circuit in 2005 with the band Telling Point, and has shared bills with artists including Frenchy and the Punk, Wendy Rule, Kellianna, and Tuatha Dea. She has released 5 original albums, including a children's album designed to encourage kids and caretakers to be creative and tell their own stories in song. Alyssa's background in music therapy motivates her to create songs that connect to the daily experiences in the lives of her listeners. She brings gaming, fantasy, morality, and t-rexes together into a show that will comfort your ears, get you laughing, and possibly even make you think.
In the world of sitar, David Pontbriand is a rare exception to the rule. Almost entirely self-taught, since 1973, he has developed an intuitive and emotive approach that is deeply personal, and yet classical in style, steeped in the traditional ragas of North Indian Classical music. David is dedicated to raising awareness of the instrument, and the music for which it was created. In addition to regular public and private recitals, he teaches private lessons and presents lecture demonstrations for schools and other organizations. Recent recording projects, Om Rasa, Sitar Dreams, Sitar-Rhythmia,Inner Spaces, and Rosean feature new and original music for the instrument.
The Ladies of Integrity, Aristocracy, Repute, and Society, or L.I.A.R.S., are a troupe of women who love to raise their voices together in song. They often perform at Renaisance Faires, but also perform traditional folk songs and sea shanties for a more modern audience.
The five lovely ladies, who go by the names of Temperance, Modesty, Serenity, Grace, and Patience have stated their goal to spread lovely harmonies and a love and appreciation of traditional music and sea chanties wherever they go.
Zabel’s formal dance training is comprised of many different dance forms, but none that has been so deeply rooted in her soul as belly dance.
After falling in love with the art of Middle Eastern dance in 2001, Zabel searched for training by the best teachers and dancers in the country. She combines history, the art, and the technique of the traditional Middle Eastern dance styles with modern ideas and fusions. For the past five years, Zabel traveled throughout New England and the east coast training strong traditionally educated dancers with a powerful modern edge.
From the gently flowing “Water”, to the student inspired and partially-written “Chasm” tracing a journey of self-discovery, to the angry “Rip It”, Sharon Wells is the unlikely pairing of an emotional water sign with a devotional practice dedicated to being a warrior raven of the Morrigan.
Performing one more time was a bucket list item checked off after a 30 hiatus (raising kids as a single mom, getting a Master’s Degree, working 2 or more jobs, the usual….) during 2014’s Eastern MA Pagan Pride day doing other people’s music. After being asked if she had a CD and told she would be stupid for not pursuing it further, “Core” and “Owl Eyes” were born. Much of her music tends to have a harder edge as her playlist of choice is mostly metal and hints deeply of harnessing inner strength and free will to make and take responsibility for your choices. Of course, there are songs that are just fun too, or tell stories. Her musical journey has just begun, and she’s finally planning to record…..wonder what’s coming next?