[Bards] Performing in court

Beth Wolff wolffsrun at sbcglobal.net
Fri Feb 23 07:44:24 PST 2007

muriel at entelesoft.com wrote:    I've had the pleasure of hearing this lady more than once..........and a pleasure it always is. Yes, she made me cry, and I count this as a mark of a certain kind of mastery. It is easier to make folks laugh than cry. Cat, you are a special bard......
  And I still am having trouble dealing with the idea that I am anything other than a common bard who gets the priveledge of being able to perform with the "big bards" as Tiggy would call them. I'm still not sure that I am a "big bard".  But thanks to those such as Finnacan, Darius, Robin, and Willow for letting me play in your sandbox!
Many of you who answered Catrin are well known in the Kingdom as bards. You
have both reputation and an air of, um, something, which aids you in getting
the crowd's attention. I imagine this crowd saw Catrin as "Swan's lady,
she's one of us" instead of "Skald of Skorragardr, able to hold her own with
present and former Bards of Ansteorra, who made HL Elanor cry at Eisteddfod"
A prophet in his own town, etc.

Do any of you remember when you went from being, "I didn't know he was a
bard" to "oh cool, he's going to perform!"?

Baroness of Namron

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Subject: [Bards] Performing in court

This is a question--well, a series of
questions--particularly for the veteran bards and
entertainers out there, but open to anyone who has
advice to offer.

Do you have any tips on what one should do when asked
to keep the populace entertained before court?
Entertain, obviously--but how best to go about it?
Let us assume the prerequisite of being prepared and
more or less capable. 

Do you generally remain where you are, or move to
front and center? Do you announce yourself, or just
launch right into your performance? If an
interruption occurs, do you bow out or try harder to
hold the audience's attention? How best do you walk
the thin line between doing what has been asked of
you, and inflicting yourself on a captive audience
that may not be entirely interested? Is it simply the
job of a good bard to make sure they *are* interested?

I'm not asking for specific answers to that whole
barrage of questions, but it's dawned on me that I
don't even know how much I don't know. I had my first
experience with court performance last weekend, and
I'd like to be better prepared next time. Any
thoughts from those wiser and more seasoned than
myself would be very much appreciated.

In service,
Catrin ferch Maelgwn

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