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.

You’ll Never Leave this War Alive — a Contrafactum

Tune “You’ll Never leave Harlan Alive” by Darrell Scott
Lyrics by Lord Vincenzo Traina. mka Mark Lavette

In the deep dark hills of Southern Calontir
Is the place where I lived my whole life
And it’s there that I read on a moss covered gravestone
You will never leave this war alive
Well my family is proud to heed the call of the kingdom
And my Kin has raised many a stone
But this Last call to Duty has left me thinking
I will never leave this war alive

When the Sun comes up, we’ll be lined up in formation
And the sun gives off …to our enemies surprise
And we fill our cups whatever bitter brew we’re drinking
And you spend you free time thinking of how to get away

Now the kingsman said there was gold from our enemies
It will go to all who survive
But last night I saw they carried him in linen
And he never left this war alive

When the Sun comes up, we’ll be lined up in formation
And the sun gives off …to our enemies surprise
And we fill our cups whatever bitter brew we’re drinking
And you spend you free time thinking of how to get away

My wife sold our land and left out with a tinker
Saying her son will learn to survive
And My ghost followed them
as they rode out through the battlefield
Yes He will leave this war Alive

When the Sun comes up, we’ll be lined up in formation
And the sun gives off …to our enemies surprise
And we fill our cups with whatever bitter brew we’re drinking
And you spend you free time thinking of how to get away

When the Sun comes up, we’ll be lined up in formation
And the sun gives off …to our enemies surprise
And we fill our cups whatever bitter brew we’re drinking
And you spend you free time thinking of how to get away

Shakespearean Puppet Competition at Northern Oaken War Maneuvers

Reposted from the SCA Bards email list:


IT’S OFFICIAL!!!!

Crazy Llyw and Lady J, proprietors of the infamous Magic Carpet Kavehane, invite all those fond of creating alter-egos out of inanimate materials to test their mettle against their fellow artisans in the first-ever (to our knowledge) Shakespearean Puppet Competition.

Said sawdust smack-down will happen Friday night of the Northern Oaken War Maneuvers (presented by the Barony of Cleftlands/Shire of Falcon’s Quarry), June 5th, Wellington, Ohio, at O Dark Thirty. Location will be the Magic Carpet  Kavehane.

Rules are as follows

  • Present a song, sonnet or scene from Shakespeare (or the Shakespearean Theater scene?) of no more than six minutes in length.
  • Puppets may be of any non-hazardous material—handmade preferable, commercial also permissible, but consult criteria below. No size limits on puppets, however, those who wish to perform with larger than life size puppets please contact the Impresarios well in advance of your intent.

A 3 ½ foot wide stage with a tasteful backdrop, roughly 4 feet off of the ground will be provided.

Judging Criteria

  • Scope– level of difficulty—including construction of puppets, additional scenery, use of musical instruments, etc. If you choose to utilize a commercial puppet, consideration will made for creative costuming and use.
  • Creativity-choice of literary material, adaptation of content and medium, presentation–style of puppet.
  • Authenticity—recognizing that the will be a need for adaptation and editing in most cases, entry will be judged on how close the performance comes to the style and spirit of the Elizabethan Era.

Grand Prize is still under discussion but will be—grand.

To enter* or with questions please contact :

Llywelyn “Crazy Llyw” Glyndeyverdwy cipram@sbcglobal.net

or

Juliane  “Lady J” Bechaumpe  djina_60@hotmail.com

For more information about the Northern Oaken War Maneuvers:

http://cleftlands.org/events/nowm/2015/

*Entries will be accepted on-site until the competition begins. Order of entry will be on first-come first-served basis.

The Inaugural Edition of The Knowne World Podcast

Gathered from the SCA Bards List, via Vicountesse Elashava bas Riva:


The Inaugural Edition of The Knowne World Podcast. Music from The Kingdom of the East, The Kingdom of the West, The Kingdom of the Middle, The Kingdom of Atlantia, The Kingdom of Aethelmearc, The Kingdom of Atenveldt, and The Kingdom of An Tir/The Principality of (soon to be Kingdom of)Avacal, Story Telling from Mistress Dervila of Atlantia and a panel discussion featuring: Master Galeran Chanterel of the Kingdom of An Tir, Baroness Gwendolyn the Graceful of The Kingdom of Aethelmearc, Baroness Aneleda Falconbridge of The Kingdom of The East, THL Lorelei Skye of The Kingdom of the Middle and Lord Drake Oranwood of The Kingdom of The East. Hosted by Gideon ap Stephen of the Barony of Hawkwood in The Kingdom of Atlantia

https://soundcloud.com/gideon-brutal/the-knowne-world-bardcast-episode-1-pilot