[Bards] Standards

John Hirling jhirling at gmail.com
Sun Jan 6 09:42:18 PST 2008

Greetings all

I would like to have your feedback on two issues:

1.  Would you like to see 'standards' for bards?  For example, would it be
helpful if anyone who desired to call him or herself a bard would
immediately be considered a beginning bard; a bard who could show a certain
repertoire would be considered an intermediate bard; and a bard who
exhibited an  exceptional repertoire would be considered an advanced bard.
if so,

a) what criteria would you recommend for an intermediate bard; for an
advanced bard;

b) should any criterion be qualitative or should they all be quantitative;

c) what procedure would you suggest for determining a change in standard for
a bard?

If you do not believe standards would be helpful, why not?

2) If you support the idea of standards, should a certain standard be
required to enter Eisteddfod?

For purposes of this initial discussion, I'd appreciate it if you respond to
this email and not to another's opinion.  Also, while the past can be
informative, the present and the future are ours to shape.  Let us look to

Having said all that, of course, you will respond as you see fit :)

Warmest regards,

Ihon Vinson macFergus, OL
Premier Bard of Ansteorra
Deputy MoAS for Bardic & Performance

" When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by
one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle." Edmund Burke
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