This article was originally posted at the Midrealm Gazette and is reprinted here in full.
Singers, storytellers, bards and buskers: Want to perform at 50 Year?
Please fill out this Google Form: Click here 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
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Their Majesties Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri, as well as Her Highness Avelina, did visit the Shire of Owlsherst on 5 March AS L, to attend the occasion of the King’s and Queen’s Bardic Championship.
The day began with a short court to send Jamilia al-Suba al-Hadid min Bhakail al-Sheikha and Magnus Hvalmagi to sit vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican and Order of the Laurel respectively.
There were many fine bardic performances for two rounds, when the third round was reached with four finalists. Drake Oranwood, Sol la Cantor, Alys Mackyntoich and Æthelflied Brewbane.
Not long after these final four performances, on the topic of Valor in a manner chosen by His Majesty Brennan, were complete, Their Majesties did open their court.
The Queen’s Bardic Champion, William the Alchemist, was called forward. He was thanked for his service. Her Majesty invited her new champion, Alys Mackyntoich. Alys was presented with the regalia of her championship, a scroll by Ysemay Sterling, and attended Her Majesty in court.
The King’s Bardic Champion, Ysemay Sterling, was called forward. She was thanked for her service. His Majesty invited his new champion, Æthelflied Brewbane. Æthelflied was presented with the regalia of her championship, a scroll by Ysemay Sterling, and attended His Majesty in court.
All four finalists received tokens from Their Majesties for their entertaining performances.
The Princess Royal, Courtney Rose, did wish to present a scroll of her making to a bard she chose as her champion. Thus it was that Lianor de Matos was invited into court to receive her accolade.
King Brennan and Queen Caoilfhionn invited representatives of the Shire of Owlsherst to attend court. They were thus presented with fine gifts, and Their Majesties thanks their hosts for their hospitality.
Next did Their Majesties invite into their court Ben the Rat Catcher. Though a youth of the Kingdom, they spoke well of his service, and named him a Page to their Court. The Order of the Tygers’ Cub were called forth. Ben received a medallion, and a scroll by Harold von Auerbach.
The order was not complete, however. Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri called into their court Spencer Oranwood. He was made a Page to their Court and inducted into the Order. Spencer received a medallion and a scroll featuring calligraphy by Leonete d’Angely, illumination by Tola Knyttir and words by Alys Mackyntoich.
Next did Their Majesties call into their court Sarah-Grace Blakeslee. Though she was not herself present, they presented for her the garter of the Order of Gawain, and a scroll with calligraphy by Aleksei Dmitriev and illumination by Isa of Ruantallan.
Her Majesty called forward all those children who had participated in Her Service Initiative. They received tokens for their service.
All of the children present were invited before the court. The toybox was run, and as per usual there was much laughter at the joy of the children.
Their Majesties next called into their court Emerald Unudottir. They made her a Lady of the Court. She was Awarded Arms, and received a scroll by Elsa de Lyon.
Their Majesties invited into court all those attending their first, second or third event. They were thanked for attending, and presented tokens to remember the day by.
Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri next called into their court Jamilia al-Suba al-Hadid min Bhakail al-Sheikha. She answered in the affirmative that she would join the Order, and so the Order of the Pelican was called forth. Suba was elevated to the order, receiving a medallion, robe and hat and a scroll by Saerlaith ingen Chennetig with words by Sabine de Kaerbriant.
Their Majesties next called into their court Siobhan Nic Ghadhra. They made her a Lady of the Court. She was Awarded Arms, and received a scroll by Marietta Charay.
Their Majesties invited Hashiji Morikatsu into their court. They spoke of his combat prowess, presenting him with a medallion and thus inducted him into the Order of the Silver Tyger.
The Order not yet complete, Their Majesties called into court Seamus Mac Neachtain. His prowess well regarded, he was presented with a medallion and inducted into the Order of the Silver Tyger.
Their Majesties called into court the companions of the Order of the Silver Wheel. Next was Josceline le esqurel called before Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri. For his service he was inducted into the Order of the Silver Wheel, receiving a medallion and a scroll by þóra Eiríksdóttir with words in French by Brunissende Dragonette de Brocéliande.
The Order still incomplete, Their Majesties invited before them Robert the Tall. For his service he was made a member of the Order of the Silver Wheel, presented with a medallion and a scroll by Onóra ingheann Uí Rauirc.
Next did Their Majesties invite into their court Donnchadh Lochlain. He was Awarded Arms and made a Lord of the Court, and further presented with a scroll by Sorcha Dhocair inghean Uí Ruairc with words by Ulrich Reinhart.
Their Majesties invited into court Drake Oranwood. Impressed with his performance overall, they named him a companion of the Order of the Silver Brooch. He would be presented with a medallion of the order after court.
Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri next called into their court Magnus Hvalmagi. He answered in the affirmative that he would join the Order, and so the Order of the Laurel was called forth. Magnus was elevated to the order, receiving a medallion, coat and hat and a scroll by Vettorio Antonello, as well as a drinking horn by Frigga with words by Toki Redbeard and Norse poem by Fridrikr Tomasson av Knusslig Hamn.
As Their Majesties went to close their Court, Ruslan Novgorodcev demanded a boon. So it was he offered to Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri his fealty.
There being no further business, the court of Their Majesties was closed. Long live the King and Queen! Long live the Prince and Princess! Long live the Kingdom of the East!
Malcolm Bowman, Eastern Crown Herald.
A thank you to the Heralds for the court. Ysemay Sterling, William the Alchemist, Sabine de Kerbriant, Alys Mackyntoich, and Colin Ursell.
Winter Nights is an event where bards, storytellers, singers, and musicians compete in a friendly supportive environment. It has been held in the Barony of Concordia of the Snows for several years, but this year, the Canton of Aschehyrst is delighted to host the Winter Nights event with the permission and support of the Barony of Concordia. The event, with the support of the Barony of Carolingia, will be held on the 24th of October. (For more information, see the event announcement.
“Winter Nights is a unique venue” says Mistress Anne of Framlingham. “It brings together storytellers, singers, and other practitioners of the bardic arts at all levels from beginner to expert, to test their competitive mettle and venture beyond their usual repertoire in a safe, supportive environment. The performance quality and companionship is of the very best.”
Winter Nights is about more than just performing. It is a tourney style competition for performers. The day will start with short pre-prepared presentations by each competitor. This is followed by pairs of opponents facing off across a proverbial ox-hide, giving and receiving performance challenges. Performers are graded on their performance. Each performer can earn extra points for issuing a supportive and positive challenge or for meeting the challenge that they received. Performers are free to ignore the challenge they have been given – they just won’t get the additional points. The judging will be by other competitors with the winner being decided by total points earned. One winner will be selected to carry the Winter Nights arm-band and return next year to defend it.
Mistress Aife believes that the competition and supportive atmosphere is key to the success of the event. “One of the things we tried to balance over the years was healthy competition and fun. Competition can be a great tool to help people strive.”
The event is open to performers and audience members alike. As many rounds as possible will be run until the evening when there will be an open bardic circle. Over the years there have been wonderful performances. As Master Peregrine the Illuminator observed: “Sometimes the prepared pieces knocked my socks off, and sometimes the pieces made-up-on-the-fly (to answer a specific challenge) made my jaw ache with laughter. … the true winner was always the audience.”
“Winter Nights isn’t simply a performance event; it is its own performance community,” wrote Master Toki Redbeard. “From its inception, the performers and the audience have made it their own. The unique personality of Winter Nights is the outgrowth of all of that passion for performance.”
The event is free, there will be an all-day-board (with a wide variety of offerings). Donations are requested to cover the costs of food. The site is damp.
The Gazette thanks Sir Michael of York for this article.
At today’s King and Queen’s Bardic Championships, hosted by the Shire of Nordenfjord, the results were as follows:
William the Alchymist
Katrusha Skomorokha Negodieva Doch’
The King’s Bard is Ysemay Sterlyng, and the Queen’s Bard is William the Alchymist.
Thank you to Sir Michael of York for this report.
Greetings fellow citizens! Please pray attend to this most important event update for King and Queen’s Bardic Champions.
1. The deadline for pre-registration draws near (1/17/2015) – you have the option of credit card via ACCEPS or snail mail. You may also, if you wish, attend EK 12th night and deliver your pre-registration to Lady Erlandr Nordenskald who will be happy to accept it.
2. After this event concludes, there will be a seamless and magical transformation into a DEMO. With such a critical mass of talents under one roof we could not resist. The Shire of Nordenfjord will offer a free concert of instrumental and vocal music to our town seniors. This is scheduled to run from 7 pm – 8:30 pm. Limited performance opportunities remain available and all are invited to participate. If interested, please contact Lady Erlandr Nordenskald as soon as possible – email@example.com – (845) 358-7576.
Lord Æthelstan St. Maur, Co-Autocrat
King Edward commissioned his bard, Lord Martyn de Halliwell to pen a song that spoke of the virtues of his Queen, Thyra, great patroness of the noble flamingo and mighty hedgehog. Thus did Martyn pen these words, and set them to the 14th Century tune known as “Douce Dame Jolie” by Guillaume de Machaut (1300-1377). He entitled them “In Forty Years & Nine,” however, the song is now lovingly known as the “Flamingos and Hedgehogs Song.”
The song was performed by Lord Martyn de Halliwell, Mistress Aife ingen Chonchobair, Maistre Lucien de Pontivy, Baroness Ysmay de Lynn, Lady Aildreda de Tamwörthe, Lady Isabeau d’Orleans, Lady Violet Coleson, and Lady Katrin Daans. Baronne Sabine de Kerbriant and Lady Margretha la Fauvelle accompanied the singers on recorder and citole, respectively.
There is a buzzing sound at about 0:18 in the video, the sound returns back to normal following. The lyrics are posted below.
In forty years and nine there was a virtuous Queen of Eastern lands and patroness of flamingos and mighty hedgehogs.
Her Prowess is unmatched with a bow, her arrows fly through the sun-filled sky she inspires all to fight for the East and noble creatures small and great.
Her Loyalty and Faith show that her will is strong as any Royal Peer’s She inspires us to day to sing and praise her forevermore.
Her Generosity and Mercy are well known throughout the Known World King Edward did repent and she forgave so we sing of her virtues for you today.
Thyra’s Courtesy abounds even now for all to see and hear She’s not kicked me right out or banished me for these words that I have penned.
Queen Thyra couteous Queen of the East we sing to day so all might know this Eastern Rose’s great display of noble virtues.
Laughter from the audience and applause filled the Bardic champions event throughout the competition, but particularly during the finals. The crowded field was narrowed down to six performers, who were given challenges to perform in the final round by the Royalty. The final six are listed below with links to videos of their final round performances courtesy of Mistress Sol la Cantor. Many of the performances before the finals were wildly popular with the audience and can be viewed on YouTube also courtesy of Mistress Sol.
Lord Martyn de Halliwell (King’s Champion) – A Story of Flames and Salamanders
Mistress Aife ingen Chonchobair (Queen’s Champion) – For the Alliance of King Kenric of the East and King Savaric of the Midrealm
Her Excellency Baroness Emma Makilmone– An Ode to Mead
Countess Marguerite ingen Lachlainn – A Short Speech on the Value of Temperance
Mistress Sol la Cantor– Quand je bois du vin clairet
Lady Isabeau d’Orleans – Ricecare by Orlando di Lassus
The Bardic Championships are scheduled to begin at 11:00 am. Here are details of the format as provided by the current Queen’s Bard, Maistre Lucien:
East Kingdom Bardic Championship
The competition will take place over three rounds with the following parameters: first round, a piece written on an SCA theme OR a documentably period piece; second round, the other of the two options given in the first round; third round, Their Majesties’ choice.
Competitors will be judged by Their Majesties and an advisory committee on choice of material, artistic impression, audience impact,
technical skill, and individual response.
Greetings to the singers, poets, drinkers, and wits of the East Kingdom! Lady Aildreda de Tamwurthe issues unto you a convivial challenge for the festival season, to be answered at Twelfth Night in the Barony of Concordia of the Snows.
The cheerful poets of Beuern have left us many jolly songs and poems about the simple pleasures of drinking and good cheer, and one of the most familiar is “Bache Bene Venies”. Like all good drinking songs, it has many many verses – each long enough to be clever, but short enough to let everyone who only knows the refrain sing it often and boisterously.