[Bards] What is a bard?
engtrktwo at gmail.com
Sun Jan 6 21:50:56 PST 2008
Okay, I wrote my answer to the "standards" E-mail, then had to run out
for a quick grocery run. So, while I was out I was thinking about the
overall question of "what is a Bard in the SCA".
Well, it kind of dawned on me... there is a really simple answer to that.
Bards are people who enter bardic competitions.
or, more specifically...
SCA bardic encompasses all vocal and instrumental performances... at
least in Ansteorra. That means story tellers, singers, poets and
instrumentalists... end of discussion!
SO... if we try and narrow that definition at all, we run the risk of
telling ( or implying to) some people "you're not a bard, but you can
still enter our competition".
I hope I'm not the only one who cringes at that statement.
And also, I know a number of people who have wiped the floor with the
competition using just an instrument, or only one of the vocal
categories... so if anyone wants to make a correlation between bardic
and performance diversity... tread carefully.
As much as I respect and enjoy the historical elements of what bardic
was, is, and its functions across Europe... The truth of the mater is
that Bardic has already been pretty precisely defined by the
competitions and championships held across the kingdom over the past two
some odd decades.
Would it be nice if their were more to it?
But realistically, I doubt it will ever get more complicated that that.
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