Here are the Scarborough Reniassance Festival Musicians' Favorite Modern Bands

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Saxon Moon. Photo by Catherine Downes.
30 miles south of town there is a mini fortress wall, and once you buy your ticket and walk through its portcullises, the Scarborough Renaissance Festival awaits. It's a magical land, where the bacchanalia of 1533 (mead poured into horns!) meets the bacchanalia of 2013 (deep fried macaroni and cheese!).

We went this weekend expecting to wander the grounds for a bit and be gone within a couple hours. Because what is there to do, really, for a bunch of adults? Eat unhealthy/delicious food, drink said mead (16% ABV, we're told), window shop some battle axes? Maybe try and dunk the jester? Instead we shut the place down. Partly that's because the grounds are enormous, but more it's because no festival or fair or market of any kind is populated by as big and colorful an array of personalities as this place. Between the actual employees of the Festival, who must audition, and the "playtrons," who show up in impossibly detailed character every weekend, you can pretty much forget you're standing in North Texas.

I talked to five of the official bands at Scarborough about their past with the Festival and some of the current music that inspires them. The answers range from classic rock to Swedish death metal. Enjoy.

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Photo by Catherine Downes

Stonhenj

How long have you been playing Scarborough Renaissance Festival? Since '97.

What is your most prized article of clothing or accessory? Leader Marcus Desmond has owned his thigh-high, quarter-inch-thick leather boots for 15 years. They're in the shop now because he wore through them. "It took three years to find a cobbler," says band mate Dona.

What's your favorite post-germ theory band?
Marcus Desmond (character name): Queen
Dona Dulicnea Rosita Palma (character name): Twisted Sister
Cooper Daniels (character name): Blackmore's Night
Mira (character name): Straight No Chaser

Where can people see play you other than here? Libraries, museums and special events.

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Photo by Catherine Downes
See above, as well.
Saxon Moon

How long have you been playing Scarborough Renaissance Festival? We've been a band for two years -- this is our first Scarborough.

What is your most prized article of clothing or accessory? Paul Adam bought the mug below on eBay and food-grade epoxied that pentagram to the bottom.

What's your favorite post-germ theory band?
Paul Adam: Mike Patton/Faith No More
Dave Elles: Amon Amarth. (Note: Here's the Google image search on that one.)
Louis Finkel: The Sword

Where can people see play you other than here? Various Celtic and Renaissance festivals.


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Matt Norman
Matt Norman

Saxon Moon kinda brings it. Dug them.

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