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 2017 Faire include:

Stormy Knights Jousting The Joust is Back!!  A clash of steel, a glint of armor, and charging war horses take to the field as the brave knights compete for glory in Avaloch. There are three full-contact jousting matches daily; come cheer your favorite knight on to victory!
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"!
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.
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."
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 8th - 30th), only
Living Combat
Chess Match
Villagers, peasant and noble alike, take arms to stand for the Houses in a fight of the heart through skill, strategy, and wit! Sword and axes clash as the forces of White and Black fight for each precious square. Cheer your side to victory at this Battle Royale! A main event not to be missed - only one show daily.
Human Comedy Checkers Our ramlin'-rovin' Highwaymen present a comedic turn on the game - come watch, or join the fun. One show daily
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!
Hypnotists Rick &
Jan Stratton
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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!
Note: Appearing the final three weekends (July 29th - 30th; August 5th - 13th), only
The Unmudd Boys - comedy
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 8th - 30th), 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!
Whiplash O'Reilly Whips, knives, and fun - so outragious we've limited him to one show daily
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 four weekends (July 8th - 30th), only
Stuart "McFlammin"
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 final two weekends (August 5th - 13th), only
Ebeneezer Crumby The Irate Pyrate - comedy
Big Whimsy:
Balloon Magic
Interactive and stilt-walkers and balloon-twisters
Note: Appearing the first four weekends (July 8th - 30th), only
Great Lakes National
Puppet Theater
Using the philosophy of treating children and an intelligent and discerning audience, the Great Lakes National Puppet Theater encourages the audience to think,to feel, and to grow as a result of experiencing quality "Theater with Puppets."
Note: Appearing the final weekend (August 12th - 13th), 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
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!
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 the first four weekends (July 8th - 30th), only
Jackdaws Enjoy the guitar, violin, and drums as Whiplash O'Reilly leads this band of misfits - and this year, Constantly Roxing joins in on our shanties and Celtic tunes.
Constantly Roxing The bawdy & bodecious half of The Jackdaws perform their solo act
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 the first four weekends (July 8th - 30th), only
Friar Finnias Finnegan A proud member of the Bawdy Bodacious Bothersome Brown Bohemian Brethren, this fun-loving friar will delight you with songs of drinking and merriment!
Note: Appearing the final weekend (August 12th - 13th), only

Menagerie Music With a large repertoire of instrumentals on the hammered dulcimer, guitar, flute & penny whistle, Menagerie will fill the streets with lively jigs & planxtys and pull a smile from your soul.
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.
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.
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 8th - 30th), only
Lads on the Lash A high energy rock-em - sock-em celtic duo, bringing you the best drinking songs this side of the pond. Clap along with Aaron's roaring fast bodhran rifts and sing along with Byron to the auld songs of ale. Harmonies to make your heart stutter. Don't forget your drinking buddies!
Note: Appearing the fourth weekend (July 29th - 30th), only
The Donegal Doggs One of Cleveland's premier Irish / Celtic music bands, performing a mix of traditional Irish favorites with modern arrangements, as well as instrumental jigs, reels, and hornpipes.
Note: Appearing the fifth weekend (August 5th - 6th), 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 5th - 6th), only
The Craic An intense and wildly entertaining act, made up of four international travelers who were banded together on an ancient battlefield. Ever-changing and constantly blending styles, The Craic Show brings a fresh, high-energy blend of World Medieval Music.
Note: Appearing the last two weekends (August 5th - 13th), only


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     Enjoy the frantic splashing, playful frolicking, and magical mists of our Mermaid Troupe: Gem, Daisy, and Nixie.
Viking Encampment Experience the Viking Life with NEO Vikings

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.
The Muses Search our magical Village of Avaloch and be inspired by your favorite Muse: Wizard Balthazar, the Mystical Gypsy King, the Fairie Princess, or the Oracle
Fairie Forest The GLMF Fairae 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.
The Goose's Mother
and Father
As seen on The Tonight Show...!
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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