"A Sonnet For The Queen" (2011) is the latest album from The Harper and The Minstrel...a beautiful mix of Celtic, Renaissance, Original and Contemporary music.
The Harper and The Minstrel are the husband and wife musical duo of Jay and Abby Michaels. These talented musicians incorporate elements of Celtic, Folk, Rock and Early Music into something that is uniquely their own. Abby's angelic alto and Jay's cindery baritone are accompanied by a variety of instruments including Celtic Harp, Silver & Divergent Flute, Recorder, Penny Whistle, Bowed Psaltery and Guitar.
The duo specializes in beautiful airs and ballads, the occasional jig or reel, many of their own original compositions and their unique arrangements of Traditional Celtic tunes, Baroque and Renaissance Music and songs by artists like Sting and Fleetwood Mac.
"You can best judge a musician’s acumen by the way they interpret music, whether that music is familiar to you or obscure...Jay and Abby Michaels’ deft adaptations of songs from Sting to Robert Burns are thrilling, and they reveal the pair to be artists of some skill."
"Sheer uniqueness" -Dirty Linen Magazine
"Gentle, lovely music" -Renaissance Magazine
For more information on The Harper and The Minstrel, please visit their official website: www.theharperandtheminstrel.com