Silent Lion as Four: John Saunders on Irish Bouzouki, Barbiel Matthews-Saunders, guitar and vocals, plus Michael Manderen on viola da gamba and Rio Blue on cajon. The Minstrel Stage at the Great Lakes Medieval Faire.
Silent Lion has been performing and writing music since 1995 when John Saunders and Barbiel formed the original duo of the group. They started out calling themselves Sassafras, but changed to Silent Lion after their second CD, Convivium was published. (By the way, all their CDs can be ordered from the To Have and To Hold page in this website.)
As much of their original music was Celtic and blended a Medieval mysticism with other more modern musical styles, gravitating toward the Medieval and renaissance festivals was a natural progression. For the last twenty years they’ve expanded their authentic and ancient repertoire, performing 12th and 15th century favorites along with jigs and reels and their originals inspired by Medieval literature.
And there’s still jazz….
They are joined by the third SL, Michael Manderen, lutenist and viola da gamba master, at their favorite faires.
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Past and Future Gigs
Over the years Silent Lion has performed everywhere from folk festivals to bookstores to concert venues, including Severance Hall in Cleveland. We’ve performed for Akron First Night for many years, and for medieval dinner theaters, church concerts, and arts festivals, headlined at the Kent State Folk Festival and various state parks and concert stages. Fans have found us regularly performing at Renaissance and Medieval Festivals in the eastern U.S. Michael Manderen has been a regular member of our group since 2013 adding his viola da gamba to our performances and delighting us all.
2021: Hope everyone is staying safe and well! Silent Lion is watching and hopeful for musical opportunities later this spring and summer and fall! Keep checking back for announcements!
2020: REGRETFULLY, BECAUSE OF COVID CONCERNS, SILENT LION IS STAYING CLOSE TO HOME. (But as compensation, why not pour yourself some mead or wine and listen to Silent Lion’s version of Health to the Company on youtube from our Travelers of Time cd?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0gk2GlA2zI) Stay well, stay safe, treasure your love, and we’ll see you next year.
Upcoming gig CANCELLED
Saturday, July 11 (every weekend) to Sunday, August 16. Great Lakes Medieval Faire, Rt. 534 Rock Creek, Ohio. Every Saturday and Sunday for six weeks! Gate opens at 11am, closes with a bang at 7pm. Come see Silent Lion joined by Michael Manderen at the Minstrel Stage, in the magical woods of our medieval village of Avaloch!
Michigan Renaissance Festival. Saturday, August 22,(every weekend) to Sunday October 4, including Labor Day Monday September 7 and Festival Friday October 2. Michigan Renaissance Festival, 12600 Dixie Hwy, Holly, Michigan 48442. Find Silent Lion at the The Owain Phyfe Jewel Stage sharing musical magic with Michael Manderen all day!
2019: Past but not Forgotten:
April 27, Saturday, 11-3pm Wine Tasting at Kroger on East State Street, Athens, Ohio.
May 25th, Saturday, 11-3pm Wine Tasting at Kroger on East State Street, Athens, Ohio.
June 29, Saturday, 11-3pm. Wine Tasting at Kroger on East State Street, Athens, Ohio.
July 13, Saturday to August 11, Sunday.Great Lakes Medieval Faire, Rt. 534, Rock Creek, Ohio. Every Saturday and Sunday for five weeks! Come see Silent Lion joined by Michael Manderen at the Minstrel Stage, in the magical woods of our medieval village of Avaloch!
October 26th, Saturday, 11-3pm.Wine Tasting at Kroger on East State Street, Athens, Ohio.
October 26th, Saturday, 7:00-8:30pm. The Federal Valley Resource Center. Rt. 329, Stewart, Ohio.