We are so excited to announce the performers for our 26th Annual May Day Fairie Festival! We can’t wait to see all of these artists in action in May. We’ve got plenty of Festival favorites, as well as lots of new faces and sounds this year. Check them out, visit their websites, and even start planning your weekend by reviewing the stage schedule.
Musicians & Bands
Aura Shards is an experimental fusion project based in Brattleboro, Vermont. The group consists of Anders Burrows, primarily on handpan, and Jed Blume, primarily on tabla. The instrumental music created by this combination of sounds is a blend and balance of Eastern and Western approaches.
Website > https://www.facebook.com/AuraShardsVT
Bright Hawk Productions
Bright Hawk is a multi-talented woman that loves to uplift the people around her. Her uplifting spirit, storytelling, and music have entertained many audiences around the world for the past 20 years.
Website > www.BrightHawkProductions.com
Christine And The Celtic Bard
Christine and The Celtic Bard will cast a timeless spell and sweep you into a world of Celtic imagination, mischief and madcap fun.
Website > www.rayowenmusic.com
Community Drum Circle! Rhythms of the FAE!! Everybody Drum!
Website > http://www.everybodydrum.com
Fabularia, Faerie Harpist
Fabularia, Faerie Harpist, aka JoAnne Diodato, draws on her Irish ancestry to provide a mix of traditional, Celtic, and Renaissance harp music, sure to please the Fae.
Website > www.joannediodato.com
Frenchy and the Punk
Frenchy and the Punk’s performance is an eclectic foot stomper of a show that will take you from Paris to CBGB’s and back again. Doused in red wine, kale, and granola, raised on punk rock and ballet, theatrical and uplifting…fun with a capital F! A “unique two-person indie folk punk powerhouse.”
Website > http://www.frenchyandthepunk.com
The music of HuDost, the Neo Folk World Rock ensemble from Kentucky and Montreal, weaves a seamless tapestry of sound that renders tears and laughter in listeners, cultivating that nameless longing that abides somewhere in all our hearts.
Website > www.hudost.com
Janet purchased her first hand pan on Dec. 1, 2006. Ever since then I have been enjoying the journey that began that day and find that people of all ages and backgrounds are drawn to its distinct look and delightful sound.
Website > http://spahrstudios.com/
Kristen Rebecca is a captivating performer, who combines her powerful, angelic voice unique guitar rhythms and rare harp ability into a show unlike any other.
Website > www.kristinrebecca.com
Maharal is a sweet steampunkery wonder experiment performance group who’s brew is called Ancient-Future Blend…a finely roasted sound that will perk your mustache.
Website > http://www.maharalrva.com/
Maugorn the Stray
Maugorn performs wide repertoire of songs from many ages, lifetimes, and genres. The “faerie” songs are his favourites, but any song that primes the Positive Energy Pump is what he intends to play.
Website > www.stevehaug.com
Rhiannon’s Lark was created by Alyssa Yeager (sensual vocals, growly guitar, candy-coated ukulele) to express the reality of life as a geek, goddess, and girl.
Website > http://rhiannonslark.com/epk.html
Blending ancient and modern instrumentation and spirit, this Baltimore-based group Telesma bridges the gap between primal and futuristic.
Website > www.telesmaband.com
The Sasanach has learned the music of the Fae and has harnessed the power of steam, wood, and brass to create a unique sound that’s like listening through a portal in time.
Website > www.sasanach.com
Tower Green was born in 2009 from a mutual love of British folk rock, renaissance festivals, and Tudor history. Tower Green plays both traditional and original songs on a variety of modern and period instruments, including recorder, harpsichord and hurdy gurdy.
Website > https://www.reverbnation.com/towergreen
The Wild Hymns
The Wild Hymns perform original modern folk music with Americana, jazz, world, and ambient/experimental rock and roll influences. Soothing to the soul, yet hypnotizing and haunting, their music explores mystical, spiritual, and personal relationships and experiences.
Website > https://www.thewildhymns.com/
Aubergine Faeries are more than a dance company, they are a dance experience. The Aubergine Faeries combine historical dance with that of magical realms, taking the audience on interactive journeys of love, monsters, shrubbery, danger, excitement, and awe.
Website > http://www.ninaamaya.com/faeries.html
Bel Air Dance Academy
Tells a story through dance and the audience will be drawn into a land of fairytales. Audience members will even be invited to participate.
Website > http://belairdance.com/
Fairie Ring Dance Collective
Fairie Ring Dance Collective, aka Transcendence Bellydance Collective, brings together dancers to create performances imbued with passion, fun, and friendship. Grounded in group improvisational tribal style bellydance, Fairie Ring Dance Collective weaves together various styles into a magical expression of the joy of dance.
Dancing, entire families joining in the fun, costumes, dress up! There is also storytelling and stand-up comedy. Merriment is had by all. Opa!
Storytellers, Magicians, & Other Magical Creatures
Gandersnitch the Goblin
Gandersnitch, a Hobgoblin, offers daily elf chess games and constant character interactions from a goblin cart.
Website > www.thegngobliuy.com
Goombah the Shapeshifter
Goombah entertains children of all ages with tricks, stories, and general shenanigans.
Joffrey the Giant
Joffrey uses stiltwalking as a stage for his theatrical comedy, music, and balloon twisting.
Website > http://BigWhimsy.com
The Raven / Jeremiah Wiggins
The Raven is a combination of magic, physical comedy and circus skills. Raven balances on top of a ball high above the crowd representing flight. He does magic with eggs, bugs, and shiny stuff. Jeremiah Wiggins is the human ambassador to the faeries. He does close up magic and storytelling based on faerie lore.
Website > http://www.ravenandwiggins.com
The Magpie Court
The Magpie Court delights children and adults alike with their ceaseless search for shiny things, magpie-themed songs, stories, and corvid family facts. This year, Queen Maggie will be joined by herald and royal jester Squelch and court champion Bone Anna. They can’t wait to see all the shiny things at Spoutwood in 2017!
The Otterside Puppets
Spoutwood’s River Tribe brings puppets and friends to entertain children at the Otterside Puppet Show stage and around the Festival.
The Pixie Puppet Tree Traveling Theater
The Pixie Puppet Tree Traveling Theater creates magic and wonder on the puppetry stage; a stage which they can bring to any venue. They bring fairytales, folktales, and their own original stories to life with music and beauty.
Poi With Jacqui
Jacqui loves performing with poi and veil poi, which can give viewers an impression of elemental forces at work. Her graceful turns and the floating fabric create unique performances that often leave audiences amazed. At Fairie Fest, she will teach, demonstrate, and help kids make their own set of poi to take home with them.
Website > http://poiwithjacqui.com
The Real Live Snake~Sword Show
Jasif the Snake~Sword master plays eukelele, bamboo flute, and drums to greet and entertain patrons. Extemporaneous songs and general goofiness shall ensue, with a little hawking and helpfulness mixed in for good measure.
Hoop fun, hoop demonstrations of tricks and interactive hoop play!
Website > soolahhoops.com
Wedji, with her best friend, Azog, and the rest of the Goblin crew entertain patrons with stories, jokes and sideshow feats
Website > http://wedjitucheeks.com