Why Drumming Kills a Bardic Circle
mbaker at rapp.com
Fri Dec 13 09:17:00 PST 1996
> Why can't drumming and bardic circles happen together?
> Any comments on how to remedy this, or statements on never to try again?
A great deal can depend upon event size. If your event is large enough to
support both a drum circle and a bardic circle, that can be one solution.
Just separate the two far enough that the drums don't overpower the singers
However, your plea is well stated: the two often-separated forms *can*
co-exist, and do so nicely. It probably happens best when the guidelines for
the circle are made clear up-front. Another critical component of consistent
success for such "mixed" circles is to have a formal host / leader /
moderator for the evening. Even if they do nothing more than greet & explain
the format to those who arrive late, a small amount of structure or even a
stated theme for the evening helps immensely.
A known time "limit" (try to keep it a broad enough guideline to allow for
storytellers, singers, dancers, drummers, etc.) for each individual / group
can be the most useful of the tools for keeping a circle a polite gathering
to be enjoyed by all. Ten minutes should be considered about the max
tolerance level for a performance in casual circles; communicating that to
newcomers should be part of every hospitaller's spiel. Longer works,
extended-length drum sessions / performance dances / saga fragments / major
stories, should also be allowed a venue BUT "captive dinner theater" is to
Many of the newly-arrived drummers in the SCA are still in need of
directions to find the clue bus. As are some of the enthusiastic but
less-skilled exhibitionistic "Middle Eastern" dancers AND "party crowd"
singers ("Can we *ban* _The Moose Song_ for this event, Unca Kihe?"). By all
means, take Gunnora's words on this matter and disseminate them widely!
(Hmm. Been speaking ex cathedra from my belly button about bardic matters
again, so it is time to haul out the alternate .sig...)
Kihe Blackeagle (the Dreamsinger Bard) s.k.a. Amr ibn Majid al-Bakri
currently residing in Barony of the Steppes, Kingdom of Ansteorra
Mike C. Baker mbaker at rapp.com
Any opinions expressed are obviously my own unless explicitly stated
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