2013 Special Event Weekend & Special Guest Performers
Of course EVERY day is special at the Maryland Renaissance Festival! However, we have added a few special themes for certain weekends to add to the fun. Also on this page we will list special entertainers who will perform for a very limited time.
PLEASE NOTE: Listed below are selected highlights. The Festival is open, running, and a jolly good time for all nine weekends between August 24th and October 20th!
August 24th and 25th: Children's Weekend. All kids 11 and under will be admitted FREE!
Special guest for Kid's weekend : Pumpkin Theatre of Baltimore will perform their show, THREE LITTLE TALES. Five performers tell the stories of The Three Little Pigs, Goldie Locks and the Three Bears, and the Three Billy Goats Gruff. This show stresses how our choices affect other people and the consequences they have. Filled with dancing, music, and audience participation this show promises a fun time for all! Performed at 11:30am on the Globe Theatre.
Monday, September 2nd: Seniors Day. On Labor Day Monday all seniors 62+ will be admitted FREE.
The Festival is pleased to welcome the Ballet Theatre of Maryland for a special performance during Labor Day Weekend.
Spies! Swash bucking! Stowaways! Enjoy Pirates of the Caribbean? This is a must see! Inspired by the first documented acts of piracy on the Chesapeake Bay, Pirates brings to life an array of pirates, settlers and natives, who lived, loved, fought and died in the 17th Century Colonial America. Intrigue, swordfights, and lost treasure come together through the power of dance to tell a comedic tale The whole family will enjoy! 11:30am at the Globe Theatre
September 7th & 8th: Pirate Weekend.
Ahoy, Matey! Tis pirate weekend. Enjoy the music of The Pyrates Royale (pictured below), The Rambling Sailors and more. We encourage all to dress in their pirate best!
Saturday, September 14th: An ASL interpretation day. Selected shows will be ASL interpeted by SHARAVA interpreting service. The listing of the shows interpreted will be available in the "entertainment schedule" of this website the week prior to the 14th.
September 21st & 22nd: Scottish Celebration
In addition to our many wonderful Festival Celtic performers, we welcome some special guest performers to help us celebrate Scottish Weekend. Pictured above is NORTH SEA GAS. Thirty years and stronger than ever!! One of Scotland's most popular folk bands with great vocals and tremendous three part harmonies. Guitars, Mandolin, Fiddle, Bouzouki, Whistles, Bodhrans, Banjo and good humour are all part of the entertainment. They have received Gold and Silver disc awards from the Scottish Music Industry Association and regularly have sell out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe!! http://nsg.gplrank.info/
And for their first appearance at the Festival from Moscow, Russia, we welcome THE WALLACE BAND.
The Wallace band was formed in Russia in 2003 by vocalist/multi-instrumentalists Maria and Maxim Nizhegorodov. The band was named after the Scottish historical hero William Wallace. In 2008 the brillian fiddler Kirill Raskolenko joined them. Their fairytale-like songs have rapidly become legendary in the Russian folk-rock scene. The sound of the band is unique for the type of music - their longing to keep distance from the standard for folk-rock rumbling electric rhythm section has brought to life a tough and fully acoustic drive which few others could replicate. The repertoire of the Wallace band comprises an explosive mix of original and traditional songs arranged in their own unique way. www.wband.ru
Don't miss an exciting weekend filled wit music, kilts - and even a caber toss or two!
The performances of North Sea Gas and the Wallace band are sponsored in part by SpringHill Suites Annapolis, the official hotel of the Maryland Renaissance Festival this season. www.marriott.com/bwisu
September 28th & 29th
Special Musical Guest performers from the UK this weekend at the Blackfriars stage!
Returning to the Blackfriar's stage, it is THE MEDIAEVAL BAEBES. This UK #1 selling vocal ensemble is sure to entrance you with their hypnotic songs. Taking mediaeval texts and poems and setting them to original music, the band has gained fans from every age demographic and different musical genres. The band will meet & greet fans after each performance and are available to autograph their newest CD, The Huntress. www.mediaevalbaebes.com
We are very pleased to welcome Welsh singer DEBORAH ROSE to the Festival - which marks her US premiere. Deborah's emotive, timeless voice has been described by folk legend Judy Collins as "one of the finest I've ever heard." Deborah's debut album entitled Song Be My Soul will be relased this year and available at the Festival. We are thrilled that Rickie Simpkins performing with Deborah. Rickie has been touring extensively with Emmylou Harris since 2007. He has also appeared on numerous recordings with artists such as Linda Williams, Nils Lofgren, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. In 2008 Rickie was inducted into the Virginia Folk Music Hall of Fame.
Don't miss an amazing weekend of music!
The performances of the Mediaeval Baebes and Deborah Rose are sponsored in part by SpringHill Suites Annapolis, the official hotel of the Maryland Renaissance Festival this season. www.marriott.com/bwisu
October 5th & 6th: Irish Celebration!
Special guest performers include BARLEYJUICE. With five studio albums and a double CD collection to date, these five kilted yanks are currently one of the most beloved celtic rock bands in the USA. Kyf Brewer's signature whiskey-soaked vocals perfectly trademark the group's quick-witted and catchy originals. Partner Keith 'Swanny" Swanson is no slouch, lithely covering additional lead vocals, guitar mandolin, whistle, bouzouki and bagpipes. While Swanson was once a member of New York's legendgary Flailin' Shilaleghs, Kyf's been a pro performer since his first band, The Rayvns, produced the hit 'Raised on the Radio' for the film Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
Backing Brewer & Swanson are: the captivating fiddler Shelley Weiss, whose training swings from classical to bluegrass within the most authentic jigs & hornpipes; drummer Gregor Schroeder a powerhouse of driving decadence; and hopping bassist Eric Worthington, musical snake-charmer of the deep and dulcet.
The ayes have it - Barleyjuice is a grand group of talented tunesmiths and prodigious performers, and the absolute est time you can have at a concert without removing your kilt. www.barleyjuice.com
BarleyJuice's appearance at the Maryland Renaissance Festival is sponsored in part by SpringHill Suites Annapolis. www.marriott.com/bwisu
We welcome THE SHAMROGUES for their first appearance at the Festival. Several terms have been used to describe The ShamRogues in recent times. 'The best Irish band this side of Galway' seems to be the one that captures the essence of this group of musicians.
Put together by banjo player Jim Phelan from Stradbally in County Laois, The ShamRogues have built up a large following throughout the Mid Atlantic region, with an ever-growing group of supporters from Baltimore to New York.
Jim is joined by Adam Wyatt on bodhran and vocals, Johnny Benson on fiddle, Chris Marsheck on guitar and vocals, Gary Peresta on bass, and the breathtaking Irish Dancer, Katie Fox who stuns the audience with her nonpareil footwork.
Not a band to stand around on stage blasting song after song, The ShamRogues like to involve their audience in a fun, lively show of songs and stories of Ireland. www.theshamrogues.net
The Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance
Performing October 5th & 6th at 11:30am at the Globe Theatre!
The Culkin Adult Irish Dancers are students of the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance, one of the largest Irish dance schools in the metropolitan Washington, DC area. Founded in 1997 the Culkin School currently enrolls nearly 400 students and is an active member of the Washington DC Irish-American community.
The Culkin Adults have performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Wolf Trap and also been seen at many area festivals including Shamrockfest and the Baltimore Irish Festival.
For more information, visit their website at www.culkinschool.com
New to the Festival! Crannog features outstanding vocals, fiddle, english concertina, viola, guitar and mandolin. Irish, Scottish and other Old World songs and tunes are their specialty. Lively and fun!
Sunday, October 13th: An ASL interpretation day. Selected shows will be ASL interpeted by SHARAVA interpreting service. The listing of the shows interpreted will be available in the "entertainment schedule" of this website the week prior to the 13th.
October 19th & 20th: Jousting Competition
While jousting takes place on every day of the Festival, on this special weekend we have knights from across the country join our Free Lancers jousting company in a special competition to determine who is the greatest knight in the land!
And don't miss THE ROGUES, who will be back at the Festival to help us celebrate the final weekend of the 2013 season. (The Rogues will also perform the weekends of August 24 & 25 and August 31, September 1 & 2.) Huzzah!
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