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

T'Star bedlamandmayhem at gmail.com
Wed Nov 8 07:28:48 PST 2006

My favorite thus far (though I have fewer than most on this list to
draw from.) Was still at the North Keep Demo where Nyx was wandering
around the Demo singing and inviting anyone to listen, or pick up on
the choruses and sing along.  It wasn't a large audience for that one,
but we had a few, and it was my introduction to what Anstaeorran bards
actually /were/.  I'd heard them talked about, but not seen them
actually perform.  Since then it's always been that kind of openness
that has drawn me to Bards.  Performing for the sake of the audience,
not just for the sake of performing.


On 11/8/06, John Hirling <jhirling at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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
> competitions.
> ~ihon
> 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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