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Offline A Poor Player

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Rats, rocks again
« on: April 07, 2009, 10:30:27 AM »
Maybe next year we'll be performing closer to home, but for now we'll settle for this...

Father, Son Team Up with an (executioner's) Axe to Grind

(Manheim, PA) Arethusa (Pronounced Ar-eh-thoose–a), Central New York Renaissance Group, will be new performers this season at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, named one of the Top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association. The father-and-son duo is famous for their improvisational skill as strolling players at Renaissance Fairs.

They often kick off their stage performances with their song Loxley’s Bow, in which T. Virgil Parker plays two English flutes at the same time, and T. Blake Parker plays the Irish bodhran. They then perform on many instruments ranging from the Peruvian Tarka to the guitar lute, even the African talking drum. Also known for painting ‘musical portraits’ of people, anyone will be ‘automatically rendered most fondly in song” in exchange for a wink and a curtsey, according to T. Virgil Parker.

Arethusa member T. Blake Parker, an Honor Student and official 18th Century rudimentary drummer at Fort Stanwix National Monument, often uses a medieval executioner’s axe as a percussive instrument.

Arethusa, named after a nymph in Greek mythology who turned into a fountain from which poets drank for inspiration, are recording their first album at the celebrated J.A Castle Recording Studio in Utica, NY.
Their unique blend of period music can be heard at


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