Calontir Singing Recordings

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

For those in isolation, the voices of our Calontir family can be a balm. If anyone has online recordings they would like to share with the Kingdom, please send links to mathurin@falconbanner.com and we will post them.

In that spirit, we link to the CalonSound Project. While it has not been updated in a few years, it includes several Calontir standards.

 

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Where the Falcon Soars Above the Heartland

Tacuina sanitatis 14th C. Public domain in the US

At Gulf Wars XXVIII Lady Elaisse de Garrigues won the A&S Champions Battle, with a project titled “Where the Falcon Soars Above the Heartland:  Musical Compositions Exploring the Development of Polyphonic Organum”

Here are the documentation and accompanying recordings for that winning entry:

 

Ninth Century Parallel Organum:

 

Eleventh Century Free Organum:

 

Twelfth Century Florid Organum:

 

Organum Triplum:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calontir Storycorps at Chieftains and Crown Tourney

The Bavarian Herald Jörg Rügen around 1510. Public Domain in the US

Come, bring us your stories!

Calontir Storycorps is collecting the recollections of the populace at Chieftains and Crown Tourney this Spring! We would like to hear and record SCA stories (or at least involving SCA people): stories you were there for personally, stories that were told to you, and events/happenings you think pivotal to our history. We can record your story day of, or you can arrange a phone-call or to send us your own audio file. Why? We want to fill in the story of the kingdom, get points of view from our elder members especially, and ultimately provide a source for future Calontiri to use in creating performances and written histories in the period style. Please find/contact me (Elynor) at the event to sign up for an interview!

Legal stuff: In future we may seek to post the actual recordings or transcripts online so that they may be easily accessible to the populace.To that end each participant will be asked to sign a Society media release form, to give permission for use (and which kinds of use: audio, transcript) at the time of the recording.

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Select Videos of Performances at Queen’s Prize 2019

Videos courtesy of Mathurin Kebusso

(Apologies to Elaisse de Garrigues; the video of your performance was lost)

These are clips of the complete performances.

Da’ud ibn al-Kabsh al-Garnati al- Mai’ez, called Maaz, “A hakawati style reading of stories and histories of Abd al-Rahman I”

 

 

 

Melanie de la Tour, “Musical Performance (voice and mandolin) of a John Dowland song, Awake Sweet Love

 

 

 

Pádraigín an Ein i gh, “The Foulest Place of Mine Arse is Fairer Than Thine Face: Them’s Fighting Words, A Demonstration in Taboo Language”

PARENTAL WARNING:  This video contains adult language and themes. 

 

 

 

 

 

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

elaisse-de-garrigues

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