Duke Conn MacNeill’s Albums Available on Google Play

Unknown Artist. Minstrels with a Rebec & a Lute. 13th c. Manasseh Codex. El Escorial, Madrid.  Public domain in the US

Unknown Artist. Minstrels with a Rebec & a Lute.
13th c. Manasseh Codex. El Escorial, Madrid. Public domain in the US

For those Calontiri who remember His Grace Duke Conn MacNeill, the bard king of Calontir, two albums of his songs are now available on Google Play.  The albums, Visitacions de la Muse Polyhymnia and Valor d’Amorrecently became available for purchase and download.

Visitacions contains many songs older Calontiri will recall fondly, and several that remain classics and are sung around the fire to this day. The album was originally a cassette tape, and the recording quality shows it. But for those who want to hear “Rite of Passage” or “Crown and Kingdom” sung by the laurel bard who wrote them, it won’t matter in the least.

Valor is much better technically, and continues to demonstrate His Grace’s talents as a songwriter and singer. “Captive Heart” is an especially pleasant surprise for those who did not follow Conn’s work after his departure.

 

Conn MacNeill (Bob Charron) – Music on Google Play

Bob Charron, working under his Medieval Reenactment alias of Conn MacNiell, wrote original lyrics and melodies intended to act as a bridge between the modern and Medieval worlds. These were performed with solo voice accompanied by the bodhran (Irish drum).

Angus of Blackmoor Songs

Unknown Artist. Minstrels with a Rebec & a Lute. 13th c. Manasseh Codex. El Escorial, Madrid.  Public domain in the US

Unknown Artist. Minstrels with a Rebec & a Lute.
13th c. Manasseh Codex. El Escorial, Madrid. Public domain in the US

The CalonSound Project has a new posting up in The Tapes section. This is a tape from 1990 of songs sung by Angus of Blackmoor.  Included songs are:

  1. Brother Knights of Calontir
  2. Song of the Calon Huscarl
  3. King William’s Wall
  4. Song of Roland (no, not that one 🙂 )
  5. Valen’s Song
  6. Odin’s Bards

The Battle of the Bridge — Winner of the Skaldic Challenge at Valor XXXVII

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Lady Elaisse de Garrigues

by Lady Elaisse de Garrigues

War was calling. Our enemies were massing far to the east, so our mighty Konung, Duncan Bruce of Logan, mustered our warriors for the long march to that faraway kingdom. Many battles were fought in the great Pennsic War, but this is the tale of one particular battle—a battle for a bridge.

The army of Artemisia had twice our number, nay, tenfold at least, and the only thing holding them back was the churning water of the rain-swollen river. That endless horde, eager to storm across the bridge and slaughter everything in its path, was a chilling sight, but the Calontiri knew no fear. Logan strode to the bridge and hurled a spear toward those shining Artemisian helms with a bellow of “Odin owns you all!”

With a shield-shattering roar, the Calon host charged onto the bridge. The Artemisians could not withstand the Calontiri onslaught. Slowly at first, then with greater speed, the Artemisians fell back as our warriors fought their way across the bridge.

“Arrow!” someone shouted. First one dark missile, then another, arced through the sky then landed harmlessly on upheld Calontiri shields. Logan laughed. “You’ll need more than pointy sticks to send me to Valhalla!” he roared with a deadly swing of his war hammer.

The Artemisians fell back, and back, until the Calon host had nearly reached the far side of the river. “Arrow!” someone called again. This time the sky darkened and the air hissed with dozens of missiles speeding toward the Calontiri. “Shields!” Logan bellowed. Our warriors hunkered beneath as the deadly rain beat against the wood and iron of the Calon shields. That, my friends, is the moment Artemisia charged.

Taken by surprise, the Calontiri fell, one after another joining their dying comrades in the growing river of Calon blood. The survivors retreated, defeat bitter on their tongues. As brave as our warriors are, they might have slunk home in shame, but Logan stood firm. “By Tyr, we will not be beaten!” he shouted. Drawing courage from their Konung’s strength, the Calon host surged forward once again.

As before, the Artemisians staggered under our swords and we forced our way across the bridge. And as before, a flock of fletched missiles darkened the sky. This time we were ready, though. This time, when the Artemisians charged, our warriors met them with deadly steel. This time, the bridge ran slick with Artemisian blood.

And though many Calon warriors found their way to Valhalla, thanks to Logan’s courage, strength and will, no Artemisian crossed that bridge that day.

Tournament of Valor Court Summaries

Saturday court, September 3, A.S. 51
Alex of Vatavia – AoA
Brian Robert MacDougall – Stile Fyrd
Bree Oakwife – AoA
Vashti al-Asar – Torse
William Douglas – Silver Hammer
Francisca Sangria de Leon – Torse
Aiden Wren Cheriksdottir – Queen’s Chalice
Mathurin Kerbusso – Pelican
The new Champion of the Calontir Bardic College is Lady Cristabell Rose Alwin.
The new members of the Lilies Committee are Master Thomas of Cologne, Master Magnus Anskegg, and HL Chiara di Paxiti.
4 people received First Event mugs.

On the field, September 4
Øyríkr Raðúlfsson – Iren Fyrd
Toke Ormsson – Iren Fyrd

Sunday court, September 4
Astrid of Vatavia – AoA
Morgan Stone – AoA
Avraham ben David Hakhuzari – Order of Chivalry / Knight
Gunnar Thorisson – Pelican
Elaisse de Garrigues is the new Royal Skald.
2 people received First Event mugs.

Presentation scene; detail of a miniature from BL Royal MS 15 E vi, f. 2v. 15th C. Public domain in the US

Presentation scene; detail of a miniature from BL Royal MS 15 E vi, f. 2v. 15th C. Public domain in the US

Skald of Their Majesties’ Court Competition at Valor/Bardic Bedlam

From the Dean of the Bardic College:


“What is a Norse court without a skald?” asked Prinz Logan and Prinzessa Ylva.

At the Valor/Bardic Bedlam event, eight weeks after Their ascension to the thrones, the royal couple will hold a skald competition.

They request a story/poem/song/other depicting the glory of a particular person, group, or the Calontir army in general at Lilies War or Pennsic… or some other event that occurred between Crown Tourney and Valor (inclusive). A Norse style is mandatory.

Some “documentation” is a plus, either written or spoken, explaining the historical basis for the piece, but it needn’t be in great depth.

Truth is optional. Exaggeration is expected.

The winner shall be named Skald of Their Majesties’ court, will likely be asked to perform the piece several times during Their reign, and might be asked to sit with Them in court a time or two, on a cushion or stool.

Unknown Artist. Minstrels with a Rebec & a Lute. 13th c. Manasseh Codex. El Escorial, Madrid.  Public domain in the US

Unknown Artist. Minstrels with a Rebec & a Lute.
13th c. Manasseh Codex. El Escorial, Madrid. Public domain in the US

Scroll Text for the Laurelling of Catalina de Arazuri

Text by Rhodri ap Hywel. Reposted with permission of the author.


Catalina – Laurel Text

A squall came over the river
When the moon was but a sliver
As if Andalusia weeping
Sent her tears to river sleeping
Each bead of shimmering water
The land’s love of golden daughter

Asking all from Mecca to here
To view bright pearl of Calontir

Alqsar gardens in their splendor
Crave her steps so soft and tender
The elegance that in palace dwells
Envies her pace swift as gazelles
Arches and columns sadly stand
Missing those adorned by her hand

They ask caliph to lend his ear
Hear of bright pearl of Calontir

Through flowing pines a wind so soft
Calls those Allah has held aloft
Matsu Caliph the falcon’s sword
With Elena Calipha’s true accord
Ask Their lords and ladies renowned
To list words of justice profound

Spoken by crafters of things so dear
Attest well bright pearl of Calontir

Garlands of laurels she has earned
With flowing skills both taught and learned
We cannot list the gifts bestowed
As lovely as December’s snow
She has increased your kingdom’s worth
As though she brought heaven to earth

They now pronounce for all to hear
Reward due bright pearl of Calontir

Caliph and Calipha both agree
Such gifts must thus rewarded be
Let her be adorned in trappings old
That recognize such brilliant souls
When horses prance and falcons soar
Fifty years since the lions first roared.

Behold forever the leaves so dear
That adorn bright pearl of Calontir

Behold forever the leaves so dear
That adorn bright pearl of Calontir

 

The Story of Bayad and Riyâd ("hadeeth Bayad to Riyâd"), 13th C.,  Public domain worldwide

The Story of Bayad and Riyâd (“hadeeth Bayad to Riyâd”), 13th C., Public domain worldwide

Performing Arts at 50 Year

From the SCA Bards list:

Singers, storytellers, bards and buskers: Want to perform at 50 Year?
Please fill out this Google Form: http://goo.gl/forms/xA0Xs3T24b
to submit your application to perform on the outdoor stage, tavern, busking area, or indoor stage. Please note: the application is NOT required for any Bardic Circle. The deadline for applying to perform is May 1.
The staff will be filling slots as we go, so the earlier you submit your application, the better selection of performance opportunities you’ll have.
A note about material in Performing Arts:
The site for SCA 50 Year does not have a performance license; accordingly, the event staff requests that all performers restrict their repertoire to original pieces for which you own the copyright, pieces which you have permission to perform, and pieces in the public domain. Any questions regarding what material can be performed at this event can be directed to the Performing Arts Lead, Lady Sophia the Orange via Performance@sca50year.org
Opportunities for every level of performer are available at this event, and the Performing Arts Staff will assist any performer who submits an application by recommending resources for you. Our crack Performing Arts Team is bringing you a Performers’ Evening Tavern, Bardic Circles, Indoor and Outdoor Stages, Busking areas, and a special Performing Arts Day
Want to know more? Email: Performance@sca50year.org
Vicountess Shava
Unknown Artist. Minstrels with a Rebec & a Lute. 13th c. Manasseh Codex. El Escorial, Madrid.

Unknown Artist. Minstrels with a Rebec & a Lute. 13th c. Manasseh Codex. El Escorial, Madrid.

The Vatican Library Digitization Project

The Vatican Library Digitization Project ( http://digital.vatlib.it/en/ ) is in the process of scanning, saving and distributing the Library’s collection of documents, with over 4400 of them currently available online.

Documents range from the pre-Columbian Aztec “Codex Borgianus,” to the Mishneh Torah, to fragments of the Koran Kufic, to Virgil, the Iliad and various Bibles. The stated purpose of the project is to preserve all human heritage for posterity and make it available to the public.

Calontir CD Vol II Available for Download

The CalonSound Project has made the image file (.iso) of the Calontir CD Vol II available for download.

The CD includes two songs, Swan Road and Loki’s Song, written and sung by Mikal the Ram.

The CD can only be distributed as a physical CD or as an ISO file, due to the permissions of the artists involved. Most modern computers are capable of burning CDs from an ISO without any special software.