For years friends, family and fans have been asking The Harper and the Minstrel to record a CD of Instrumental Music. They are now proud to present "Evening in the Enchanted Glade" a collection of Instrumental Celtic and Renaissance Music.
The Harper and the Minstrel are Jay and Abby Michaels.
On this CD Jay plays both the Nylon and Wire-Strung Celtic Harps and Guitar. Abby plays the Flute, Recorder and Low D Pennywhistle.
"We enjoyed putting this CD together, and we hope that you will enjoy it as well. We have included a few of our favorite tunes from Irelands most famous Harper Turlough O'Carolan and some other melodies from Ireland, Scotland, The Hebrides and England along with a few original compositions. Thank you for taking the time to visit CD Baby, and thank you for supporting the Arts!"
-Jay & Abby Michaels
CD Review from the Fall 2006 Celtic Beat Magazine...
I have to admit I like this new CD by The Harper and The Minstrel among the best from local artists. The tunes here are well integrated with each other, from Jay Michaels' own compositions, to traditional Scots tunes to O'Carolan standards. Among the latter I particularly like the excellent "Fanny Power" and "Planxty John Irwin." Also an appealing "Planxty Burke." And "Irish Washerwoman," and "The Aire of Londonderry" where the duo take these time honored tunes and does something a little different here. Also in the now oldie "Scarborough Faire" where Jay has a nice harp solo. And as in the opening and title cut where he sets the tone. This release comes to a great finale with a haunting beautiful "Skye Boat Song" showcasing Abby Michael's flute.
This is an excellent CD for anyone who appreciates musical craftsmanship. The kind that gives you serenity. -AK
The Harper and the Minstrel have been performing together since 2002 at Renaissance and Celtic festivals, Coffee Houses, Irish Pubs and Restaurants, Nursing Homes and other venues. For more information about the band and current tour schedule visit the website www.theharperandtheminstrel.com