Review: The Knowne World Bardcast Features the Music of Calontir


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

The Knowne World Bardcast is a podcast of bardic performances from across the Society. The typical format is familiar to listeners of radio and podcasts for generation; a playlist of recordings gathered from bards who have recorded their songs and made them available. The production levels of the recordings are spotty, of course, but Lord Gideon ap Stephen does a good job of editing the program and making it interesting. It is a pleasant way to be introduced to the music of other kingdoms, and a good way to pass the time on road trips to foreign wars. Please consider subscribing on your favorite podcatcher.

Lord Gideon is on a quest to publish episodes that showcase each particular Kingdom. His goal is to have episodes for all 20 Kingdoms, and he has done several of them so far. At the time of this article, he had recently posted an episode for Calontir and, for the first time, had to split the episode into two parts.

The Calontir Episode, Part One:  In the Key of Army

“Part One: In the Key of Army” is a documentary-style episode recorded at Gulf Wars. Gideon recorded Calontir singing as a kingdom at the Calontir Party. Standards such as the Battle of Maldon, Benevento, In Praise of a New Knighthood, and many other Calon favorites. Will make any Calontiri heart skip a beat, and long to join the chorus at the earliest opportunity.

The Calontir Episode, Part Two:  The Heart, The Land

This is a more typical episode of The Knowne World Bardcast. After being impressed by Calontir’s group singing, Gideon received messages reminding him that Calontir has its own share of solo bards, songwriters, poets and performers. The call went out and many answered and  “Part Two:  The Heart, The Land” was born. From across time and space, recordings of Calontir bards were gathered and assembled into a playlist:

Lord Gideon’s “The Knowne World Bardcast” is a great addition to the wealth of SCA culture, and this close look at Calontir’s culture of song is most welcome. We will be adding KWB to our SCA Links page under “Arts and Culture”

Family Activities at Pennsic: Call for Instructors

Greetings from the Family Activities Staff of the Pennsic War!

The deadline to submit classes for Pennsic that will appear in the site book is mere days away, on May 1st! The Family Activities department runs three separate tracks of classes and activities, and all three are still looking for teachers. Teachers do not have to be background checked, or have any specific youth qualifications, they just need enthusiasm for their subject and a willingness to teach. A second adult is helpful, but not required.

Family Point, focused on those aged under 10, is looking for teachers of hands on crafts, mostly for Peace Week slots. If you are not sure what to teach, we have pre-packaged activities ready to go, such as viking bead lacing and rune carving that just need a teacher.

Youth University, aimed at those 9-14, and located at the playground, is looking for SCA history, persona specific, and hands on classes targeted to tweens. We have openings during both Peace and War week.

Teen University, aimed at those 13-17, and located in the regular university area, is also looking for classes on SCA history, actual history, heraldry, sewing, other hands-on classes, and practically everything that adults are also interested in. Many teens also take classes at the regular university, however we provide a lower-stress entry point for those who need it. We have openings both weeks.

If you are interested in teaching, you can either enter the class in the Pennsic University System at in the parent/child category with a note in the additional scheduling for either TeenU, YouthU, or Family Point, or you can email me at
Please help us provide a full slate of classes for each group in order to help our next generation fully integrate and remain interested in our society.

Many Thanks,

Mistress Leonete D’Angely, Pennsic Family Activities Coordinator, and former teenaged Pennsic attendee.

Post expires at 5:15pm on Sunday September 1st, 2019

Eyfríðr’s Celtic Book Reviews

Copyist-illuminator. Mid-15th Century. Public domain in the US

Three short book reviews by Lady Eyfríðr Geirsdóttir

Here are my reviews for the first three books of my Celtic research project. I’ve tried to describe the book itself and then my personal thoughts on it — Eyfríðr

The Celts, by Barry Cunliffe

A broad approach to Celtic history, focusing mainly on the late Iron Age and beyond with emphasis on interactions with Rome and linguistics.

Eyfríðr says:  Great for an overall view of the Celtic world, and a nice starting point for research and clarification.

The Origins of the Irish, by JP Mallory

JP Mallory gives himself a valid criticism:  “This book may well be criticized for focusing so much attention on assessing the various hypotheses for immigration into Ireland….and not devoting much space to exploring the genius of the Irish (or Irelanders) in developing their own cultural identity.” There are many theories and not many facts when it comes to the origins of the Irish.

Eyfríðr says:  Essentially just theories of immigration. That information overall was good, the author had a few funny quips, but on the whole his ‘tone’ as a writer came across as quite self-satisfied, which was off-putting for an informational text. 

Archaeology and Celtic Myth: An Exploration, by John Waddell

More archaeology than myth, with reasonable conclusions and interesting parallels between Ireland and Indo-European mythos. Reviews both well-known sites like Tara and lesser known sites. Lots of primary and secondary sources. Focuses on equine ritual, solar worship, sacral kingship, and sovereignty goddesses.

Eyfríðr says:  I expected more myth but was very pleased with the scientific approach to the subject matter. Lots of really fascinating details that make you wonder and wish for a time machine. Reading this made me feel like I got the briefest glimpse into the Iron Age.

Replacement Regalia Bid Proposals

From Their Royal Majesties:

We, the Kingdom, are in need of artisans to place their bid proposals for replacing the Kingdom regalia that was recently stolen. We are opening the bids up to anyone who would like to submit one.

You can see all of the items that need to be replaced and submit your proposals via the form here:

Each item or set of items will need a separate bid proposal, and even one requires a “team bid proposal”.

Bids will close at Midnight on May 11, 2019, the day of St. George and the Dragon.

Thank you, Calontir!

Crown Tournament Court Summaries, April 13, A.S. 53

On the field:
Duke Anton Raghelan and Lady Yseult de Michel were invested as Prince and Princess of Calontir.

Evening court:
Franco Suares – AoA
Tyr of Three Rivers – AoA
Isabel of Three Rivers – AoA
Padraig of Three Rivers – Leather Mallet
Nolan son of Bero – Queen’s Chalice
Michael of Sussex – Leather Mallet
Rosaline Fortescue – Golden Calon Swan
Matthew of Three Rivers – Torse

Other court tidings:
Prince Edmund of the Middle Kingdom invited one and all to the Middle Kingdom 50th Year Celebration.
Lord Otmar Eichman won the C&T tournament.
Mistress Luckie Glasbrenner, Baroness Gwendolyn verch Morgaine and Mistress Roselyn of Aberdeen won the A&S competitions.
The Barony of Three Rivers presented largess and a tithe.
5 newcomers received mugs.
Their Majesties are accepting bids for replacement of items lost to bandits on the road to Gulf Wars: traveling crowns, His Majesty’s sword, Their Majesties’ thrones.
Donations to the Kingdom Regalia fund will be accepted.
Lord Andromir Vukovic is the new Kingdom Regalia Coordinator.
Master Andrixos Seljukroctonis was created a Herald Extraordinary by the authority of Mistress Brigida von München, Gold Falcon Principal Herald.
Honorable Lord Lawrence Taillefer the Leech (Known as Doc) and Mistress Geneviève de Chambéry will be invested as the new Baron and Baroness of Vatavia at the Tournament of Valor.
A boon was begged for Honorable Lady Emeline de Moulineaux to join the Order of the Pelican.

The Unicorn is Found (from the Unicorn Tapestries) 1495–1505, The Met Museum. CC0 license.

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: