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

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

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.

Midrealm Bardic Madness October 31st

Midrealm’s Bardic Madness is upon us.

Bardic Madness XVII , “Fillet of a Fenny Snake”, will be hosted by The Marche of the Unicorn, in the Barony of the Flaming Gryphon, on October 31st

(MacMillan Hall, Miami University, 531 E Spring St, Oxford, Ohio 45056)

We will explore the relationship between Shakespeare and Halloween. Yes, there are many Macbeth references 🙂

Some of the challenges that day will be:

  • “Speaking For-Seuss-ly”
  • “Look Ma, No Hands” (that’s Shakespeare Puppet Theater, Titus Andronicus Edition)
  • “At Last, Poor Yorick” (give voice to a dead person, fictional or real)

And our “Come As You Aren’t” party!

For a full list of challenges and more info on the event, go to
http://www.no-gorsedd.com/bmxvii/

And, in particular, please contact me if you’d like to be a patron or teach.

Llywelyn Glyndyverdwy
(Mark Cipra) cipram@sbcglobal.net

Drakenfjord Songbook Taken Down

The Drakenfjord songbook, Bardic Babblings, has been taken down.

Katrin Karlsdottir, the compiler of the songbook, issued this statement on the SCA BARDS email list:

I am very sorry to all whose works are in the Bardic Babblings file
currently up on the Drakenfjord website. The Book is a copy of my
personal lyric sheet collection with my annotations regarding where
they all came from trimmed out and a few articles I was using to teach
a bardic class It was never supposed to be published at all! Now that
I am aware the files were thrown together and published I am working
to get it taken down asap.

She later reported:

I got it down. I have no idea how long it has been up. I pulled the
whole library page until we can double check copyright information on
everything!

Again, my sincere apologies to all.