[Bards] A Question of Timing in Elfsea

antigonus bearbait antigonus at lycos.com
Thu Feb 26 11:08:20 PST 2004

Elfsea and Steppes Bardic competitions are normally one shotters, bring out
your best and do your best. and they normally last a few hours. Elfsea's at
one point had rounds but the competition wasn't getting over until 1 or 2 in
the morning.

For those of us that compete the competition is fun but tuff. there is a lot
of very great bards that compete in these two competitions,  making it a
great learning experience to perform in it. and entraining for the audience
as well.  We seem to have more bards competing each year, which is a real
GOOD thing,  the time constraint makes a lot of since. there are a lot of
period pieces available that fit the timing. a good bard should not have a
problem with it.

The timing is also good for our audience. though we are recreating history
our audience still comes from a 21 century world and if we go over 5 in a
performance unless your really really good you run the risk of losing your

keep your into short and sweet, chose a short piece. you can always provide
the judges with documentation prior to competing..

Lady (Simone) Muirenn ingen Senáin uí Dúnlaing
2nd Rose of FalconRose Southern Keep, Ansteorra

> Hi there,
> The five minute limit doesn't bother me too much, although there are some
> really good pieces that simply couldn't be done in that time. I'm a little
> surprised a title bard competition for a large barony is only one round,
> but like Martha said, it's probably a time constraint thing.
> BTW, when is Springfaire?
> Anna bat Chaim
> At 09:33 AM 02/26/2004 -0600, antigonus bearbait wrote:
> >Hey --
> >
> >Tiggy here.
> >
> >All right, from the Springfair Website:
> >
> >"Title Bard Competition -- No theme.  Story, song, or poem.  Single
> >round.  Performance must be five minutes or less in duration."
> >
> >**FIVE** minutes?
> >
> >Are we SURE about this?
> >
> >I'm really just asking, but a PERIOD piece COMPLETE with introduction in
> >under five minutes?  Even WITHOUT the introduction, that's pushing it.
> >
> >Now, granted, I have won the Elfsea bardic competition in under 5 minutes
> >-- but it was in the final round of a 3-round competition, there was
> >little if any introduction, and it was an original piece.
> >
> >That, and five minutes in a single round seems an awfully short time to
> >judge a bard that will be representing your barony for the following
> >
> >What do you think?
> >
> >Much thanx ­
> >
> >Tiggy
> >
> >
> >
> >
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