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Offline Jean_Flamingo

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Re: Favorite Renaissance Festival shows
« Reply #45 on: May 24, 2009, 02:44:17 PM »
Some of my favs:

Don Juan and Miguel
Sound and Fury
Queen Anne's Lace
Iris and Rose
Arsene
Ded Bob

I try to see each group whenever I can.  Doesn't matter if it's the same show each time, I still get a kick out of them not only for the shows, but also for the way they treat their audience.
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Re: Favorite Renaissance Festival shows
« Reply #46 on: June 09, 2009, 06:06:41 PM »
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Offline NelleMoorley

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Re: Favorite Renaissance Festival shows
« Reply #47 on: June 10, 2009, 05:25:37 PM »
I want to add a new favorite I saw at Scarby:

The German Brothers!

And not just because they're hot and German.

Hey Nunny Nunny is always a favorite, as are Iris and Rose!
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Re: Favorite Renaissance Festival shows
« Reply #48 on: June 11, 2009, 12:15:56 AM »
Some of my favorites are:

Any jousting troupe!
Sound and Fury
Queen Anne's Lace
Arsene
Don Juan and Miguel
The Limeybirds

Don't forget the lane performers - they work hard too!

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Re: Favorite Renaissance Festival shows
« Reply #49 on: July 15, 2009, 07:57:16 PM »
Don't forget the lane performers - they work hard too!


Absolutely! Some of my favorite performers at CRF are lane musicians and performers.

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Re: Favorite Renaissance Festival shows
« Reply #50 on: August 13, 2009, 05:53:21 PM »
My favorite shows are

The Rogues
Ded Bod
Iris & Rose
Don Juan & Miguel
Washing Well Wenches
Arsene
My numero uno show TRF is the Fireworks.

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Re: Favorite Renaissance Festival shows
« Reply #51 on: August 13, 2009, 07:12:23 PM »
I think my top three are:

Don Juan and Miguel
The German Brothers
Zilch the Tory Stellar

Music-wise, I love Wolgemut

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Re: Favorite Renaissance Festival shows
« Reply #52 on: August 14, 2009, 02:50:51 PM »
My all-time favorites are the Jolly Rogers.  I fell in love with their music probably six or seven years ago at KCRF, and over the last few years I've become more and more of a fan.  They're extremely approachable off-stage as well as engaging the audience on-stage; I can't count the number of autographs I've gotten from them, each one with a smile every time!  They're also awesome about getting pictures taken with them, complete with wonderful "we found a wench!! :-D" posing from the guys.  They're very willing to take the time to chat with fans; Beard (Kurt Hanover) teased me when I bought my first garb (I came in mundanes to OKRF and changed into my newly-bought garb, and next time he saw me he said "You've changed!!"), and I had a thirty-minute conversation with Pete (Sean Foree) one time at KCRF about, of all things, chamber music  (I'm a violinist). I've gotten hugs from Pete and Beard as well.  I've also had a run-in with Beard at my local zoo, and I'm pretty sure he remembered me from faire. It's really cool to get to the point where the performers recognize you when they see you off-faire!

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Re: Favorite Renaissance Festival shows
« Reply #53 on: August 24, 2009, 05:42:46 PM »
I am shocked no one has ever said "knights of iron is my favorite show". I have been watching them for years and every show they do is great! i first saw them when they were doing a musketeer show at Michigan ren fest. they were gone for a few years but they are back doing a robin hood show. wow is it great!

I have seen many of the other shows mentioned in this post, they are good too, but they don't conpare to a show that is a combination of the excitement of a stage show with the intimate nature of character interaction. not only can you see a great show, but after words you can go and talk to the characters. and on top of that it is interesting to see their interpretation of well know characters and story plots.

all of the stage shows mentioned already by others are the same every year. there may be minor changes, but to the average attendee there is no difference throughout the day or between years. it seems amazing to me that every show throughout the day is different and they change their show every year. that takes skill!

Offline Captain Cornelius Howard Duckman

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Re: Favorite Renaissance Festival shows
« Reply #54 on: August 24, 2009, 10:16:18 PM »
Meh, knights of Iron are all right, but they just aren't as good as the real sword fighters.

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Re: Favorite Renaissance Festival shows
« Reply #55 on: August 25, 2009, 06:05:13 AM »
I am shocked no one has ever said "knights of iron is my favorite show".

I agree with all you said, but KOI does not get around to as many faires as the other acts mentioned do.  Also, I think when people think "show" they think "People up on a stage singing or doing comedy".
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Offline Katie Bookwench

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Re: Favorite Renaissance Festival shows
« Reply #56 on: August 25, 2009, 07:52:42 AM »
I agree with all you said, but KOI does not get around to as many faires as the other acts mentioned do.  Also, I think when people think "show" they think "People up on a stage singing or doing comedy".

That is a curious thing.... and judging from the posts above, both of your points are right on.

Don Juan and Miguel and the Swordsmen on many people's lists. These performers do their act on stage, and peform at many different fairs acros the country. Some are even franchised (as with Ded Bob and WW Wenches)to cover as many venues as possible, while KOI is based in MI, and (with certain past exceptions) perform only in this area.

I'm not as well faire-traveled as many on this forum, so I'm not aware of any other troupe in the country that performs in the same way as KOI performs -on the street, and has their cast walking all over the faire between shows as street characters.

If there are, maybe the fact that they don't perform on stage is the reason we're not seeing them on this list.

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Re: Favorite Renaissance Festival shows
« Reply #57 on: August 25, 2009, 01:34:21 PM »
Meh, knights of Iron are all right, but they just aren't as good as the real sword fighters.

And who would that be?   You can't do "real" swordfighting in a show enviroment, or people die.  REAL swordfights REALLY kill people, which is why they occurred.

Our shows are about entertainment, and they have a component of stage combat that adds to the drama.  The focus is not the swordfight, it's the characters, because 99% of the people watching don't know a pris de fer from a passata sotto, and they don't care.  They want a STORY where they cheer for the good guys, and boo the bad guys.

And that is EXACTLY what we give them.

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Re: Favorite Renaissance Festival shows
« Reply #58 on: August 25, 2009, 01:36:32 PM »
I am shocked no one has ever said "knights of iron is my favorite show". I have been watching them for years and every show they do is great! i first saw them when they were doing a musketeer show at Michigan ren fest. they were gone for a few years but they are back doing a robin hood show. wow is it great!

I have seen many of the other shows mentioned in this post, they are good too, but they don't conpare to a show that is a combination of the excitement of a stage show with the intimate nature of character interaction. not only can you see a great show, but after words you can go and talk to the characters. and on top of that it is interesting to see their interpretation of well know characters and story plots.

all of the stage shows mentioned already by others are the same every year. there may be minor changes, but to the average attendee there is no difference throughout the day or between years. it seems amazing to me that every show throughout the day is different and they change their show every year. that takes skill!

Thanks!  We appreciate the kudos, and will continue to work super hard every day to make sure the audience is enjoying our Adventures of Robin Hood!

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Offline joycemarie

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Re: Favorite Renaissance Festival shows
« Reply #59 on: August 25, 2009, 03:20:45 PM »
I completely agree with scittle, and Knights Of Iron IS/ARE my favorite show/performers.  2008 was my first year going to a Ren Fest and the one thing that stood out the most to me as most memorable was the KOI Robin Hood show.  I was able to catch the School of Villainy show this year at SLRF and I thought it was great and I am looking forward to seeing the Robin Hood show again in September at MiRF!  Their shows are very entertaining, and a lot of fun.   I also enjoy the fact of how friendly and sociable the performers are, as long as they have the time they are more than willing to stand and chat with you.  They are a great bunch of guys (and women!) and it does surprise me that they don't stand out to more people as favorites!  As for the person that said something about liking REAL sword fighter's better....I guess when they make a time machine you can travel back a few hundred years to see that.  :-)  As for me I am more than happy to see the sword fighting and performances by KOI!

 

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