WEST NEWTON (KDKA) – The medieval town of “Morelandshire” has returned to West Newton.

The Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival, which is open weekends through Sepember, features favorite characters from years past. However, there’s also something new this year.

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The kingdom in West Newton is once more the weekend home of lords, ladies, minstrels, jesters and not to mention, jousters.

Horsemen of great renown perform, to the delight of royalty. Once more, the Great Rondini astounds the gathered throng with medieval mastery of the art of escape.

Bawdy wenches once again draw cheering crowds.

If you’re able to juggle your schedule, you might want to check out some new acts, including one that’s all it’s cracked up to be.

That would be The Craic, a Gaelic band named for stories told in pubs. Legend has it these wandering minstrels met, by chance, on an ancient battlefield.

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“We picked up barrels and pots and pans and we all started playing together and said this is a lot of good Craic. So we took it into thye market quearer and started performing out shows there, and we’ve been touring ever since,” Daniel O’Ryan said.

This fair barrel drummer claims she learned to drum on Viking ships.

“I keep the beat, and they keep the row just right. So, it served me quite well since then. So, now I’m with the Craic and I bring the big boom,” Tanya O’Ryan said.

Also new is a juggling acrobat named Flourish who draws cheers and whoops with her mastery of hoops.

“When the kids are screaming, when they come up to you after the show with huge smiling faces, or they’re shy, they’re hugging my leg or something. I love doing shows,” Flourish said.


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