[Bards] What was the best bardic circle you ever attended and why?

John Hirling jhirling at gmail.com
Wed Nov 8 06:23:28 PST 2006

I enjoy Friday evening informal gatherings at gate.  They tend to include
more sing-a-longs  than formal circles.  There have been so many people tell
me how much they enjoy their first encounter at an event being performance
at gate.  Its a nice way to finish the day -- if you've been part of set-up
-- and a nice way to begin an event for those who join after arriving. I'm
not as entralled with "listen to me, its my turn" stuff except at

On 11/8/06, Alden Drake <alden_drake at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> Favorite bardic circle.....hmmm...that's tough.  They all kinda blend
> together in my head.
> 1.  The circle in the Ansteorran encapment at GW last year was definitely
> one to remember.  The audience was huge, the songs were generally lively,
> though some were rather...odd.
> 2.  The circle at Stargate Baronial last year, where Scarhart and I sang
> bawdy songs into the wee hours (we were the last two surviving bards in the
> circle).
> 3.  The circle Gerald and Eleanor hosted at Raven's Fort.  Eleanor's
> performances were magical.  She performed this one song (about an ice queen,
> or a maiden of ice, or somesuch), that she literally and figuratively let
> her hair down for.  The piece and her presentation of it left me speachless.
> It's really hard to pick a favorite, but I can say that the time I spend
> at a circle is generally my favorite part of any event because I get to do
> something I love with people who enjoy it as much as I do.
> Alden
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