Who are the Merry Wives?

The Merry Wives of Windsor is an all-female folk band based in Pasadena, California. Blending elements of folk music from the British Isles and the Americas, the foundation of the Merry Wives' sound is rich vocal harmonies, with support and ornamentation by traditional and contemporary folk instruments. Our repertoire includes traditional Irish pieces and original compositions, and our performance styles range from bawdy scripted shows, to amplified concerts, to casual atmospheric music.

 With musical backgrounds in everything from Folk to Musical Theater, and even straying to Pop and Opera, the Merry Wives present a relevant musical perspective, while still staying true to the spirit of the music they perform. These lovely and talented ladies have graced the stages of the El Rey Theater, the Grove of Anaheim, and The Galaxy Theatre, as well as Renaissance Faires across the country.

 The Merry Wives are a unique kind of folk band. Our repertoire includes traditional folk tunes from the British Isles, classical music from the European Renaissance, and wholly original songs by the band’s own members. The result is a thrilling, energetic sound with rich 3-and-4-part vocal harmonies, and balanced by accompanying instrumentation that pulls from traditional Irish and Bluegrass sounds.

ANNOUNCING: Drinkers’ Anthem Coming Soon!

STOP THE PRESSES! HOLD THE PHONE! Stop what you're doing RIGHT NOW. We are pleased to share the cover art of our upcoming album, which we are delighted to announce is called (drumroll please) Drinkers' Anthem! Take a look and give a cheer for our own Tara Lyn Joseph, who put this together.