We have eight pirate acts from several states coming to town to entertain you all day! Check out the entertainment schedule here.
When professional impersonation, spot on cosplay, and ribald piratical musicianship meet in one group… you have the Band of Pirates. Hailing from the port of Cincinnati, this six-piece set of rowdy ramblers are always a crowd pleaser and never fail to entertain. For all fans of pillaging, plundering and burning things they play a set of covers and tunes of the swashbuckler’s age.
Primarily an a capella vocal group, Bell Book and Canto is a vivacious group of women with the yearning to sing. They are proud to call the majority of the music in their performances “theirs,” with shows composed of a number of originals, as well as traditional and classical covers. The girls also have a lot of fun writing and performing women’s bawdy tunes and drinking songs — because they can’t let the boys have all the fun — for renaissance faires and festivals. Sprinkled throughout their shows, you will find beautiful harmonies and complex dynamics, as well as lilting tunes, and refrains that ring of yesteryear.
Black Squall is Matt Hughes (Angus) and Kim Whallen (Rhee). They both share a love of Celtic music and have been playing the music for quite some time. Together Matt and Kim share a vision of upbeat Celtic music played with passion, precision, and a desire to share their love of the music with their audiences. They also share a love of history, especially in Pirates, and the music of Sailors, and the Sea.
Dante’s Gypsy Circus is a collaborative of dancers and artists who share a passion for fire, performing dangerous feats with beautiful flare. Taking their individual talents of improvisational dance as well as choreography, costuming, and music compilations, they offer unique performances for festivals.
Their collective resume includes several varieties of belly dancing, modern, ballet, hip hop, burlesque, and object manipulation. By combining movement arts with a variety of fire tools/props, they create an atmosphere that is magical, ephemeral, and yet not to be forgotten.
Phillip McGuinness and Captain Amos met in 2005 as cast members of the Kentucky Renaissance Faire. After a couple years of doing improv acting together, they appropriated unused stages with a guitar and a will to entertain. AmpersAndrew joined the band in 2014, bringing his mandolin and kegs full of musical talent.
Drunk & Sailor has been seen at renaissance festivals from the Gulf Coast to Lake Michigan, sci-fi/fan conventions, and more bars than they can remember. Wherever they take place, Drunk & Sailor shows feature the same high energy interactive format.
Knotty Bits is a family friendly traveling circus and sideshow stage act. They have been seen on AMC’s “Showville” and at numerous Renaissance faires and pirate festivals doing their mix of dangerous acrobatics and stupid sideshow stunts!
The enchanting Sylver Fyre dazzles with her world famous fire eating act or cracking bullwhips, while Gwyd the Unusual does everything he can to keep from being hurt by broken glass, pointy nails, and the most dangerous thing of all…Sylver. This dynamic duo, along with their band of misfits, presents a fast and funny act designed to appeal to all audiences.
Kracker Dan Minstrels are an authentic period band hailing from Mobile, AL. They play period songs and music from the French and Indian Wars through the Great Depression (1740 through 1930). They specialize in minstrel music from the years 1840 to 1870, and they will be bringing their collection of sea chanteys and drinking songs to the festival!
The Kracker Dan Minstrels have performed at authentic and mainstream Civil War events, museum openings, forts, Highland games, pirate festivals, and other historical events.
Ray “Magic” Adams is an impressive magician, ventriloquist, and hypnotist. With his spiked hair and cartoon-like personality, Magic Adams’s (pirate) Variety Show is not your parent’s magic show– it is full of comedy, ventriloquism, plate spinning, magic, juggling, whip cracking, and more!
“Magic” Adams has been awarded first and second place Close-up Magic (2009 & 2010) at the Winter Carnival of Magic, second place at Internationally Close-Up Magic Contest (2009), and first place in Stage Magic (2005) and the coveted People’s Choice Award (2004 & 2005) from the Louisville Magic Club.