Bardic at Roses

Reminder: Bardic at Wars of the Roses this weekend will be held at the same time and place as last year, Saturday 8:30 pm at the Bardic area. The theme of the competition is legitimacy to rule. See you there.

In service, Drake

On stage dives

I’ve never seen a real stage dive. I’ve only seen them in the movies. It’s a ballsy test of the audience, and a literal leap of faith. 

The closest thing I’ve ever done to that was this weekend, launching a pre-order for Sing for the East in hopes of funding the album up front. It feels like testing the love our friends have for our work, their willingness to give of themselves largely sight unseen, trusting our promise to deliver something they will enjoy. 

Watching online as people have listened to the first two songs, and as people offer their support and pledge their faith in this project…

I feel as if I know now what it feels like when the audience catches and holds you safe and aloft. It was an amazing start to this phase of the project, and I’m deeply touched, humbled, and excited. Thank you.

“Sing for the East” update

(As announced on Facebook in the East Kingdom group…)

For those who have been following the Sing for the East CD project, we have an update. The CD will be released on Saturday, June 10, and will be available for purchase at Southern Region War Camp.

We will be launching a preorder site this weekend, which will let you reserve copies (or request that they be shipped to your address, starting on the release day). Those who choose to pre-order (helping to offset our production costs) will also get an advance track or two from the album for immediate download (including a special extended track that won’t be on the final CD). Note that all profits from these sales will be donated to the EK Royal Travel Fund.

Many fine bards have given of their time and talents to bring some of the anthems of our kingdom to life for your enjoyment. We look forward to being able to share them with you in this new form.

In service,
The Sing for the East bards

Wars of the Roses: Bardic Competition

Announcing the Bardic competition for the Wars of the Roses!

The Wars of the Roses were a 30 year conflict fought over who had the legitimate claim to the throne of England.

In the Medieval period, no less than our present day, the people’s belief in the legitimacy of their ruler was crucial to maintaining peace and prosperity.

Your challenge is to bring to the competition a piece on the topic of legitimacy: how it is conveyed, earned, created, or projected (or not), and why that matters (or doesn’t) in the outcome of the story you are telling.

In service,
Drake Oranwood, Baronial Bard, Concordia of the Snows

Studio Day: Choral Sing!

Yesterday, I had eight performers at my secret basement lair, Studio Oranwood, to record vocal tracks for Sing for the East. (From left: Mistress Dorigen of the Grey Gate, Drake, Mistress Judith Fitzhenry the Uncertain, Master Arden of Icomb, Mistress Linette de Gallardon, Lord Jayme Hume of Berwyk, Lord Martyn de Halliwell, Cedar-San Barefoot, and Mistress Sabine de Kerbriant.)

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My Pennsic classes

My Pennsic classes are scheduled.

The New Bard’s Road Map

A how-to primer for new or aspiring bards. Developing a repertoire, finding performance opportunities, seeking mentors and patrons, gaining visibility, becoming part of the bardic community.

  1. A&S 9 on Wed 08-02 12:00 PM
  2. A&S 9 on Mon 08-07 12:00 PM

Thy Name Is Woman: Elizabethan Men on Women

An exploration, through songs and plays of the period, of the complex and conflicted attitudes English culture held around women and their role during the Elizabethan period.

  1. A&S 5 on Thu 08-03 2:00 PM
  2. A&S 5 on Wed 08-09 9:00 AM