Entertainment at the Faire

Travel back to 13th Century England! Marvel at the colorful pageantry of costumed villagers, artisan and musicians, and laugh and gasp with the merry entertainers and skilled daredevils on the stages! Come share the music, and thrill at exciting presentations and events - great entertainment for all ages and enjoyment for the entire family awaits at The Great Lakes Medieval Faire!
Performers at the 2016 Faire include:

Washing Well Wenches They're wet! They're wacky! Come see medieval girls gone wild! (In a clean way.. what were you thinking? Shame!) The Washing Well Wenches bring us "good clean fun and wet, dirty women"!
Johnny Phoenix The show is called Johnny Phoenix, comedy for a world on fire! To quote Johnny, "It mixes interactive comedy, variety arts (fire eating, whip work, and fire walk) with performance arts and stand-up comedy. Its message is strong and rooted in humanity."
Danger Slash Action-Hero-Comedian Spencer "Slash" Humm presents the most dangerous act at the Faire with feats of balance, precision knife throwing, bullwhip stunts, comedy and more. It's like the Oprah Winfrey show, but without Oprah or her show.
Broon Broon brings a conversational style to the variety comedy world with less emphasis on corny gags and empty flash and more on audience interaction and personality. While cracking bullwhips, juggling bowling balls or eating fire Broon keeps the laughs alive with a dry wit and extemporaneous style that keeps audiences in stitches.
Note: Appearing the first four weekends (July 9th - 31st), only
Highland Games Join the fun! All are welcome to participate or just watch these challenging traditional Scottish Highland games. Prizes will be awarded to the winners at each show!
Fool Hearty These traveling court jesters will delight you with three separate Shows: Fool's School (Learn how to be a Fool, or how to look like one!); The Untrained Dog Show (Come see Border Collies Blockhead and Polka Dot in this comedy dogshow); and Magic Show (Audience participation - your child could be the star!). Winner, Best Children's Act or Performance from Renaissance Magazine, three years running!
Zoltan the Adequate Brilliant? Amazing? No, just adequate! Come see feats of bizarre geek magic and stunts of sheer stupidity! Watch and cringe as Zoltan plays with fire, swallows a four-foot balloon, and more. Surely, a curiosity to be reckoned with.
Note: Appearing the fifth weekend (Aug. 6th - 7th), only



Hypnotists Rick &
Jan Stratton
See the Hypnosis show. See the Hypnosis show. See the Hypnosis show. See the Hypnosis show. See the Hypnosis show. See the Hypnosis show. See the Hypnosis show.
Note: Appearing the last weekend (Aug. 13th - 14th), only
Adamo Ignis A top-notch juggling, stilt-walking, fireshow!
Joffrey Behold giant Joffrey as he plays twisted tunes upon instruments strange. Don't let his song of boogers get stuck in thy head! Jeff has performed many venues on stilts, ranging from the floor of the NY stock exchange to a "Dutch" theme park in Japan. He has performed at renaissance festivals around the country for over 15 years. Joffrey will be in the lanes to amuse and delight you with his songs and humorous wit.
Note: Appearing the first four weekends (July 9th - 31st), only
The Rogue Flames The Rogue Flames are a pirate show like none other! Fire breathing, sword fighting, and witty quick banter come together to form the slide-splitting, death-defying, flaming act you see before you!
Isaac Fawlkes My name is Isaac Fawlkes and I'm here to "magish" for you. Aren't you glad I'm not a Wizard?
Note: Appearing the first two weekends (July 9th - 17th), only
Stuart Sisk A Master of Manipulation, the King of Chrono-ocular digitation. Which is to say, he throws things. Sometimes those things are on fire.
Note: Appearing the last two weekends (August 6th - 14th), only
The Goose's Mother
and Father
As seen on The Tonight Show...
Justin Curry
Soothsayer
If there are sooths that need saying, come find our Soothsayer, and - forsooth! - he will say them. Soothingly.
Hopeless Romantics He's back! Come hear Master Story-teller Guido Libido tell the "real" version of your favorite love tragedies, like Romeo & Juliet or Adam & Eve, in a way you've never heard before...or will want to ever again. Guido's been been "Making Love Funny" for over 10 years at Festivals across the country with an interactive comedy that involves the audience and is never the same show twice. And new this year - Guido will share his personal stories of LOVE! (...and, ah, Tragedy.)
Note: Appearing all weekends except August 6th - 7th
Loose Cannons The Loose Cannons swordfight comedy show features two wacky Spanish Explorers, Don Roberto and Don Fernando, as they set sail for humor and adventure. Come hear how they found the lost treasure of... "el Camino". One is motivated by fame, the other lusts for fortune - and both are prepared to battle with spectacular fights and comedy.
Note: Appearing the fifth weekend (Aug. 6th - 7th), only



Musical offerings:

Axel the Sot Heard on DOCTOR DEMENTO!
ALL HANDS ON DECK! for your favorite Drunken Sailor AXEL THE SOT! He's just come ashore from sailing the seven seas and he's brought back a BOATLOAD of COMEDY to share. Climb aboard 4 times daily for his NAUGHTY, NAUGHTY PUB SHOW at the GLMF ADULT AREA!! Get "Ship-Faced" with Axel as he brings you Outrageous Songs, Inappropriate Jokes, and Embarrassing Limericks. This Seasoned & Salty Sailor's Off-Brand Humor will make you BLUSH (all four cheeks)!
1st Show (on the Bridge) rated G / 2nd show rated PG-13 / 3rd show rated R / 4th show rated NC-17
Silent Lion Intense instrumentals and lyrics of a Medieval mysticism reveal Silent Lion to be genuinely enchanted. Spirited and romantic or passionate and brooding, Silent Lion will bring you into their own magical world.
The Plunder Doggs Join this crew of scallywags as they perform sea shanties, pirate songs, and traditional Irish and sailing songs; combined with comedy and story-telling.
Note: Appearing all weekends except July 23rd - 24th
Captain John Stout With one foot on land and one on sea, this Ancient Bard for a Modern Age is ready to get your blood pounding, your foot tapping, your heart singing, and your imagination wandering with song and story! Come and take a trip across time and space with this minstrel of the mythical and mundane, as he weaves music both invigorating and soothing and all the while captivating with his ever-growing collection of Irish, Scottish, Welsh, English, American, and Australian Folk Music as well as his Sea Shanties to awaiting audiences!
Lady Judy &
Sir Steve Frahm
Nimble fingers and a dazzling array of melodies graciously come from Lady Judy and her violin, accompanied by Sir Steve on his guitar - sure to enchant and mesmerize one and all throughout the shire.
Jackdaws Enjoy the guitar, drums, and violin as Banish Misfortune provide all manner of shanties and Celtic tunes
Terry Griffith,
the Irish Troubadour
Terry is able to make an audience laugh with songs of Irish humor and then weep with ballads that touch the soul. His guitar melds with his voice to create one instrument that stirs the imagination and captures the heart.
Chris Puente Combining songs and sounds from the East Texas Pines to the swing of the west hill country; from the sultry French Quarter and the Mississippi delta to the pep of the Ozark Hills.

Cu Dubh Influences from the Highlands of Scotland, Gaul, Galicia, Norway, Britney, Ireland, Wales, Germany, India, Arabia, Africa, and beyond, they call back the ancient tribes in all of us. The pulse is throbbing, the blood is screaming and the battle is good...
Note: Appearing all weekends except July 23rd - 24th
Wine and Alchemy Performing original and traditional music with cultural influences from Greek, Gypsy, Celtic, Medieval European, French, Sephardic, Turkish, Classic Rock and others.
Note: Appearing the third and fourth weekend (July 23rd - 31st), only
Roxanne Bruscha Roxanne is a diverse performer bringing a variety of world and celtic music to her performances. As the lead singer of Wine and Alchemy and of Tarragar, she plays Harmonium and the Hurdy Gurdy, and performs songs in several languages as well.
Note: Appearing the final two weekends (Aug. 6th - 14th), only
Michael Manderen Be swept away by the melodious tunes of our Medieval Minstrel, played on lute and viola da gamba as he meanders through our magical lanes.
Barby Holder Barby Holder will entrance you with ballads presented in her stirring voice and unique guitar arrangements. Original songs and old tunes will keep you smiling and singing along! Her hammered dulcimer arrangements are amazing to the eye and delightful to the ear.
Note: Appearing the first four weekends (July 9th - 31st), only
Ramblin' Rovers The Ramblin' Rovers are a group of highly diverse musicians performing a wide range of folk music including ballads, sea chanteys, and sing-a-longs, from England, Scotland, and Ireland. They diligently strive to capture the essential informality of the acoustic experience thus retaining the very heart of folk music: uncomplicated, unsophisticated, and unrepentant.
Note: Appearing the fifth weekend (August 6th - 7th), only
Eternity Irish Step Dancing North Canton's own A Time to Dance studio brings their talents to the Great Lakes Medieval Faire. Delight as these performers step into your hearts and bring you the luck of the Irish.
Note: Appearing the fifth weekend (August 6th - 7th), only
Coal Black Rose Embracing the spirit of the Traveler, Coal Black Rose performs unique versions of Seafaring Ballads, Cantigas, Gypsy, and Renaissance era tunes
Matthew Abelson A hammered dulcimer player of some reknown, Matt performs in a variety of styles from classic Celtic tunes to Folk-Rock. His audiences have included President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, and author Anne Rice - he has played well over 1,000 shows throughout the continental United States and Canada.


Encampments:

The Great American
Family Circus
Circus under the big top: animal rides, donkey wagon rides, and unicorn sideshow, every weekend of faire!
Live Mermaid Encounter     Meet our live mermaids, Gem and Daisy, brought to the village by pirates
Viking Encampment Experience the Viking Life with The Practical Viking
Pirate Encampment A crew of adventurous, fun-loving souls, lookin' to raid and duel - brought to you by Harlot's Virtue.
On Pirate's Weekend (July 25-26th) they'll be joined by special guest Raiders of the North Shore


For the Wee Ones:

Butterflies Encounter Come frolic with our butterflies - learn about their habitats and feed them as they land on your hand. A must-see for every child.
Fairie Forest The Temenos Fairie Fae will enlighten you all day and present the Fairie Tales Show twice daily. Come stare into the Magic Mirror as it tests your wits - it's great fun for children of any age.
Fairie Games and Crafts Perfect for kids of all ages! Come join the faeries in Arcadia, our Fairie Forest, and create magical paper masks, wands and more.
Pirate's Cover Pirate Ship    Beware - here be real, live pirates, so enter at your own risk...
Storytelling Tree Mother Maggie tells tales of old
King's Miniature Golf Test your skills and compete for best daily score
Rides & Games Kids' Swordplay Ring, Knight Toss and many other games to enjoy
Gypsy Scavenger Hunt Seek, and ye will find!

Please note: All entertainment is subject to change without notice


Questions about Entertainment at the Faire?
Contact our Entertainment Director at entertainment@medievalfaire.com


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