The Kitchen Musician®

Rogues' Consort

Sara & Maynard Johnson

Performances - Performance Programs - Itinerary

Sara and Maynard perform many programs in period attire, either in 18th Century American colonial and early Federal period attire or in early 19th Century American. 

Instruments include the hammered dulcimer and cello, fiddle, kit (dance master’s pocket fiddle or pochette), recorders and flageolets. 

Depending on the venue, the program and the weather, we may also include harpsichord, English guitar and citterns. 

And further dependent on venue, we may appear with fiddler and violin maker Michael Thompson and perhaps other fiddlers, as Rogues’ Consort.


We have given presentions, with music and in period attire, varying from short 20 - 30 minute presentations to 50 - 60 minute programs, to a series of several 20 minute programs during the course of an all day event. When possible we like to include time for questions from the audience, and perhaps audience participation in a song.

The following is a sampling of program themes. Of course, we can can mix and match parts of more than one theme. Depending on venue and time, the amount of material covered may vary.

    1. Music, Minuetts and the Age of Powdered Wigs
    2. Music Instruments & Music in the Colonial Era
    3. Social Dancing and Dance Masters in the 1700s
    4. Showtunes in the 1700s - Music in Stage Productions
    5. Music and Politics and Current Events
    6. Popular Music of Olden Times - Music We Know Today
    7. Taverns, Catches, Glees and Getting Fozzled - Drinking Songs and Disreputable Characters
    8. War – Popular Music of Wartime - French & Indian War to War of 1812
    9. America, Commerce and Freedom
    10. Seasonal & Religious – Depending on the Venue and the Season

A few of our Past Performances

Williamsburg VA - Concert in Hennage Auditorium, DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, Colonial Williamsburg - "Popular Music of the Revolutionary Era"
Lewis & Clark Ball - Louisville KY 2003
December Candlelight Tours, Locust Grove Mansion, Louisville KY, Rogue's Consort music and dancers in the ballroom annual event
Valley Forge PA - Rogue's Consort concert in conjunction with Anniversary of Entry of General Washington's Continentals to Winter Camp, December 19, 1777.
Yellowjackets Ball in Corydon IN
Northwest Longhunters' Washington's Birthday Dance annual event
Kalamazoo Antique Arms - Reenactors Supplies Show - Kalamazoo MI
Colonial Williamsburg - Chowning's tavern gambols - usually first week in October
Alaska Folk Festival, Juneau AK
Medievalist Convention - Kalamazoo MI
Southern Ohio Dulcimer Festival - Ripley OH - Workshops, Performance with Rogue's Consort
Meadeville PA, Crawford County Bicentennial Reenactment
Jink & Diddle Scottish Fiddle school, Valle Crucis, NC
Fair at New Boston - Historical Dance Musicians
Mountain Craft Days Reenactment - Somerset PA
Cumberland Gap National Park - Dance musicians for Liberty Dancers and Williamsburg Heritage Dancers

Our first CD ("Colonial Disc") is Pass'd Times, Popular Music of the Revolutionary Era.

You can order "Pass'd Times" from this site, and it is also available at neat places like the Colonial Williamsburg Visitors' Center gift shop.

Our most recent CD is "Oceans So Green", focussed on music from Ireland in colonial America and the early United States.

Our most recent book is the New Convivial Songster, songs and toasts from the 18th Century. This includes drinking songs, gentlemen's club songs and other songs of wine, women and song, as well as toasts.
Available in the Colonial Williamsburg bookstore or email for information.
For more information or bookings for performances and dulcimer workshops by the Kitchen Musician® and Rogues' Consort...e-mail to : Sara Johnson (