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    November 16, 2021, Christ Church in downtown Cincinnati. Michael Zaret and Lawrence Brown perform music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and two 20th-century pieces on the hurdy gurdy, gittern, cornamuse, recorders, and chalumeau. This duet has been very popular at retirement homes and museums. We are currently available for performances. Contact us at: vintage_56 at fuse dot net.


    February 7, 2017, Christ Church in downtown Cincinnati. A program of early Italian songs, including little known works of Stefano Landi. Bill Willits, theorbo, Tina Gutierrez, baroque guitar, Jackie Stevens, soprano, and Matt Zory, bass. Matt's bass was built in 1725.

    2015-2016 (There have been too many performances to list them all here!)

    July 2016, Starwood

    August 2016, Southgate House

    August 2016, Iris, Dowland Songs

  • Special performance in February at The Christ Church Live Music At Noon series. The Noyse Merchants presented Music of the Renaissance and Baroque Spain. Narvaez, Encina, Mudarra, Aranez and ortiz are the composers featured in this free concert on authentic instruments. 12 Noon at Christ Church Cathedral 318 E 4th St, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-4299.
  • Many other private performances.

    2012 sephardic music
  • Sunday, February 10th, 8pm. Northside Tavern 4163 Hamilton Avenue, Northside, Cincinnati Ohio, 45223. We played in the back room on the stage with amplification and a sound man. We are presenting a program of Sephardic music with mezzo-soprano Melisa Bonetti.
  • Our first concert of the season was an informal performance at the Northside Tavern in Cincinnati's Northside district, on Sunday, September 9th, at 8:00pm, in conjunction with Classical Revolution.
  • Wednesday, September 26th, at noon: Christ Church in downtown Cincinnati. Special guest mezzo-soprano Melisa Bonetti.
    Details at the Christ Church Cincinnati website.

  • Thursday, December 15, at 7:30pm: Leapin Lizard Lounge at 726 Main Street (Mainstrasse), Covington, KY. Special guests Greg Morris (violin) Mark Stucker (flute). With Rebecca Hale and her Bellydance troupe.
  • Saturday, October 17th from Noon to 1pm: 620 Greenup Street, BAKER HUNT Building. Special Guest Amanda Schrier, singer and dancer. A program of early world music.
  • Northside Tavern's Back Room. 4163 Hamilton Avenue. Special guests Karen Wissel, singer and dancer, Liz Wu and Christian Hartman, drummers. Followed by Psychodelic World Music Group Mayan Ruins ( with bellydancer ZAHARA. Open dancing afterward!
  • Tuesday March 17th (St. Ptrick's Day): Sidewinders in Northside. 4181 Hamilton Avenue, one block north of Northside Tavern. Two performances at 6:30 and 8pm.
  • Saturday October 11th. Southgate House in Newport (across from the Aquarium) at the World Music Festival.
  • Thursday February 14, at 7pm. Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Avenue, Northside, Cincinnati Ohio, 45223.
  • Saturday March 22, at 8:00pm. The Center for World Rhythms & Movement, 4719 Vine St. (St. Bernard) Cincinnati, Ohio, 45217
  • Friday June 6, 7-10pm. Gajah Wong West, 3937 Spring Grove Avenue, Northside, Ohio 43212. Early music in an enchanted outdoor garden!
  • Sunday February 11th at 6pm. Starbucks on Columbia Parkway and Delta, near the Precinct restaurant.
  • Saturday July 21st at 1pm. Kenton County Public Library, 502 Scott Boulevard, Covington Kentucky.
  • Tuesday November 20, at 7:30pm. Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Avenue, Northside, Cincinnati Ohio, 45223
  • Saturday November 24, Center for World Rhythms & Movement, 4719 Vine Street in St. Bernard, Cincinnati Ohio, 45217
  • Thursday December 20, at 7:30pm. Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Avenue, Northside, Cincinnati Ohio, 45223
  • Sunday December 3rd at Noon. Duck Creek Antique Mall, 3715 Madison Road in Oakley.
  • Sunday December 9th at 2pm. Off The Avenue Art Studio on Knowlton near Hamilton avenue in Northside.

early music in a coffee shop Sunday April 26th, 2009 in Northside Tavern's newly added concert hall. Another packed house! The Noyse Merchants played an assortment of medieval and baroque music, followed by Mayan Ruins, well-known for their own brand of eclectic world music. Karen Wissel (left) sang and performed baroque and other dances with the Merchants. Later, Zahara displayed her incredible belly-dancing routines with Mayan Ruins.

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Tuesday March 17th, 2009 St. Patrick's Day at Sidewinders Coffee Shop in Northside. The Noyse Merchants presented a progam of Irish and Scottish music from the 16th through the 18th centuries to another standing-room only audience. Guest artist Karen Wissel sang three old Irish songs and performed a very energetic broom dance. Karen is known throughout the Cincinnati area as an accomplished professional dancer. Her singing skills are less well known. Tina played a Renaissance guitar (left) and a Baroque guitar (on the right). Larry played the lute and Lindsay the treble viola da gamba. Dave played a frame drum that pre-dates the modern Irish bodhrán.

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Friday June 6th, 2008 in Gajah Wong Restaurant's garden area. Our apologies to all the people who were turned away! We had no idea that the restaurant would be booked up for reservations so fast. Craig, the owner, was happy with the turnout but sad that he had to turn so many people down. For future events, please watch our calendar page and purchase tickets or make reservations asearly as possible!

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March 22nd, 2008—another sold-out performance at the Center for World Rhythms and Movement!

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Northside Tavern November 20th 2008 performance to a standing-room-only crowd: Tina on Medieval Bagpipe, Larry on Medieval Hurdy Gurdy, Kate singing, David on percussion, Christina on Bass Viola da Gamba, Lindsay on Vielle.
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July 21st, 2007. The Noyse Merchants at Kenton County Public Library. Tina (at left) played a medieval Citole.

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