[Bards] no suger coating on this

Kevin Valliquette grimolfr at gmail.com
Tue Oct 31 19:37:49 PST 2006

Well said, Donnchadh. Your words ring true, indeed. Those Beltane bardics
are one of the highlights of my eventing year, and for exactly the reasons
you mentioned.


On 10/31/06, Donnchadh Beag mac Griogair <donnchadh at cornelius.norman.ok.us>
> Someone mentioned earlier about some local bardic competitions that draw
> 30+ competitors.  I'm happy to say that Namron is one of those, and one
> of the biggest reasons I can think of is that the bardic competition is
> treated as "The Main Event" in the evening.  It is THE place to be, and
> so it draws not only a large number of competitors, but also a huge
> audience.  There is usually a big bonfire and the brewers guild is
> usually there trying to cause as much liver damage as possible.  The
> atmosphere is incredible.
> Contrast this with a competition that is held at the same time as the
> chivalric fighting, rapier fighting, archery, classes, A&S, children's
> activities, etc.  That's off in the the corner of the hall or some other
> out of the way place, that people may or may not hear announced.  I love
> participating in bardic, but I also really enjoy archery.  So which one
> do I have to give up?  With a situation like this, it's no wonder that
> we're having small turnouts of both competitors and audience members.
> I think that maybe we need to concentrate more on making bardic
> competitions more of an entertainment event than a contest.  After all,
> isn't that what bardic is all about, entertaining the populace?  I can
> tell you that as a bard, brewer, and now Baron, I plan on doing
> everything I can to make sure that Namron's bardic competition stays not
> only a way for us to choose our bardic champion, but as the best way
> anyone could conceive of spending an evening.  I hope to see you all at
> both Eisteddfod and Beltane.
> In Service to the Dream,
> Donnchadh Beag mac Griogair
> Baron of Namron
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