A&S Journey: Thomas the Rhymer & “I Must Be Silent”

Coming back from a wonderful Pennsic, we will take a digression from Elizabethan music this week to focus on a new performance piece that originates from older source material. Feel free to watch or read the new song, “I Must Be Silent”, either before or after the discussion of its sources.

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Video from Pennsic: Carpe Diem f. Vincenzo da Brescia!

Last fall, when I started filking ABBA for Wilhelm and Vienna, I reached out to Vincenzo da Brescia (aka Vince Conaway), whose mastery of the hammered dulcimer delights listeners at Pennsic as well as at Renaissance Faires all over the country and internationally. The Mamma Mia filk demanded hammered dulcimer at the Pennsic concert, I suggested, and to my delight he agreed.

Vincenzo and I will be collaborating again soon on a recording for the album in progress, but in the meantime, here is “Carpe Diem” in its full, accompanied, silly glory.

Home from Pennsic (Pack Out Day!)

Just got home from Pennsic. For those of you who are on the road or unpacking, I thought I’d share this song from the concert on Monday (along with the song page).

Public service announcement

Because it seems to carry different weight coming from a man…

Harassing women in the street is not okay at Pennsic or anywhere else. It’s on the rise this year and we are all as a community responsible for keeping everyone safe. Here is a link to a bystander intervention guide.

The Pennsic community is beautiful and amazing. Everyone deserves to enjoy it without unwelcome attention, and if you don’t understand that, you’re going to learn it or we are going to remove you from this community.

Heading out to Pennsic

Our household will be departing for Pennsic this afternoon, and should be there by Saturday. If you are looking for me, here are some places you are likely to find me:

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An Expression of Gratitude

I would like to take a moment to thank Mesterno Tyzes ‘Zsof’ Sofia for her years of guidance, wisdom, love, and support. She has never for one moment acted out of anything other than my best interest as her apprentice, and our mutual decision to seek out a new path forward for me comes from the same place. I am eternally grateful, and am proud to know I will always be part of her extended SCA family.

An Announcement

This announcement went out to the appropriate lists this morning, so I am pleased to share it here:

Greetings from Mesterno Tyzes ‘Zsof’ Sofia, Master Toki Skáldagörvir and Master Peregrine the Illuminator;

Peregrine and Toki happily announce (with Zsof’s blessing) that we claim Drake Oranwood as our joint student.

In consultation with the three of us, Drake has made this decision to transition from being Zsof’s apprentice to being our joint student. The decision is made in part to bring his peer relationships closer to his home in the East Kingdom, and to take advantage of our strengths.

· Peregrine brings his knowledge of music research and composition, helping Drake advance his existing research and songwriting skills.

· Toki will bring his approach of working with “the whole student” – art, performance, helping Drake continually be the person he wants to be, work-life-hobby balance, and guidance along paths to further success.

· Both Peregrine and Toki will bring their strengths in storytelling, performance, and other topics, as well as their willingness to listen.

If you have praise for Drake, please tell Drake, and us, and the world.

If you have constructive criticism for Drake, please tell Drake, and tell Toki and/or Peregrine. We look forward to the conversations.