baron at elfsea.ansteorra.org
Thu Dec 14 09:17:44 PST 2000
Quoting Cait OHara <sonja_crocker at juno.com>:
> I was just wondering what the Bardic Competition at
> 12th Night will be like.
At Steppes 12th Night? As I understand it, the bardic
there is the Kingdom Eisteddfodd, the annual kingdom
> How many songs will I have to sing? This is the
> first time I will be performing for the SCA.
Traditionally the Eisteddfodd has been an elimination
competition. In each "round", two bards will perform
each in turn, and a winner of the two will be chosen.
When you've lost twice, you're out.
You have to husband your repetoire, saving your best
pieces for later, but being sure to use a good enough
piece to get past the current opponent.
> Although I have been in several plays, this
> will be quite different. I only have a couple of
> songs prepared. Should I do stories as well?
Absolutely include whatever you have, stories, songs,
> Will I perform for judges or the poplulace?
Judges certainly, probably a group of spectators as
> Will it be in rounds or free form? I have no idea
> what to expect. Should I perform my pieces at the
> Wandering Bardic on that Friday or should I save
> them for Saturday?
Wandering Bardic is a _very_ different venue, but very
good practice for any bardic work.
> Is this the one where we play for the cloak?
This next bardic night? I think it is.
> I was even wondering if the pieces I have chosen will
> be appropriate (they are bawdy).
Bawdy is usually OK (just not obscene), especially at
bardic night. Much more likely to have kids at 12th
> Or, should I sing slow, moving songs?
Sometimes those are good too. Depends on the mood, and
what the person ahead of you just did. Being able to
make that sort of judgement on the fly, I think, is
part of what makes a good bard.
I hope these comments may be of some use.
- Galen of Bristol
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