[Bards] What's in a Name? (was: Modern Day Minstrels)
Pádraig Ruad Ó Maolagáin
padraig_ruad at irishbard.org
Mon Jun 11 14:46:44 PDT 2007
We all know that in general Scadian terms, any vocal performer tends to be
referred to as a bard, but I agree that there are important differences
between a bard, a minstrel, a skald, a seneschie, and any of the other
terms used for vocal performers during the Medieval period.
I think of myself as an Irish bard, albeit a minor one, in that I compose,
sing, play an instrument, recite poetry, tell stories, and try to be
knowledgable of our Kingdom's history (still working on learning more) and
Some might view me as more of a minstrel, as my primary purpose is to
entertain, but I do like to sneak some history and some teaching in from
time to time as well.
Nunc est bibendum.
Politicians prefer unarmed peasants.
willowjonbardc at juno.com wrote:
> this is willow and I have a question to you and your fellow
> minstrels. What makes a minstrel different from a Bard, or Skald or a
senehaie?? I am asking this question to show people that
> the "bardic" community is actually full of people with different
viewpoint and it is OK to have a different concept. I am trying to stress
the "SCA Bard" can actually cover many different things.
> If any of you think of yourself as a Bard or a Scop or a Skald and you
have definite ideas of what this is please describe it.
> I am a Scottish Senechie. It is my job to 1 entertain, 2. keep the
history alive. 3 Keep people informed as to what is happening--a news
reporter 4. Share the wisdom of the age. 5 teach
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