Bardic Work

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Song pages are listed below in descending order of composition or performance (most recent first). Abbreviations next to the date provide a link to the page for the album on which the piece is recorded. Links are included, where available, to vocal sheet music, and instrumental arrangements by Arden of Icomb (aka Paul Butler). Note: Even when not listed on the arrangements, all song copyrights still apply. (See also my music, filk, and specialty pieces pages.)

  • I Must Be Silent (2019) Sheet music A retelling of “Thomas the Rhymer”, drawing on the 14th century romance poem, the Child ballads, and Ellen Kushner’s novel-length retelling (with permission).
  • Pack Out Day (2018) A song looking back on a great Pennsic War…composed in near real time as we were leaving.
  • Shine, Child (2018) Sheet music Commissioned by Lady Angela Mori to honor her daughter Thora, this piece speaks to the complex joys of raising a neurodivergent child.
  • Plant Your Feet (2018) Sheet music My response to the question of what a bard “should” do.
  • What if a day? (performed 2018) This anonymous Elizabethan piece is my first attempt to play and sing a lute song with complex ornamentation.
  • Come again, sweet love doth now invite (performed 2017) A John Dowland air for voice and lute.
  • Concordian Soil (2017) Sheet music A tribute to the Barony of Concordia of the Snows, composed as their Bardic Champion.
  • I asked of thee a boon (2017) Documentation Sheet music (w/ instruments) An original Elizabethan “air” for four voices and the lute, reflecting on the wondrous gifts we give one another when we ask for help. (It’s a little meta that way.)
  • We Are the East (2016) (SFTE) Sheet music Created as an anthem for the populace of the East Kingdom. From what thread is this tapestry woven?…
  • Hidden Gold (2015) (HG) Sheet music (Instruments) This song was inspired by, and dedicated to, several mentors I’ve had in my life in the last few years, and speaks to the challenging but valuable nature of the teacher-student relationship.
  • Can she excuse my wrongs? (recorded 2015) (HG) This lament by John Dowland was the first authentic period song I recorded, and later, sang and played in the SCA.
  • The Binding of Isaac (2014) A contrafact of Thomas Campion’s “My Love Hath Vowed”, this is the first piece I have performed with my son.
  • Mug Your Gate (2013) (HG) Sheet music (Instruments) (To the tune of the “Watkins Ale”, Elizabethan broadside) An SCA bard is nothing without an audience. An SCA encampment is often wanting for entertainment and diversion. We complete each other. If only the campers knew how to hang out a “Fun Wanted Here” shingle to draw performers in! Well, as it happens…
  • Lady of the Rose (2013) (HG) Sheet music (Instruments) In the SCA, a Queen who has reigned well is inducted into the Order of the Ladies of the Rose. Imagine for a moment that you had the chance to be one such Lady. What would that be like, do you suppose?…
  • The Last Plantagenet (2013) (HG) Sheet music (Instruments) An elegy for Richard III, last of the Plantagenet line of kings, whose history was written by the winning side.
  • Tam Lin of the Elves (2013) (HG) Sheet music (Instruments) An original retelling of the beloved ballad “Tam Lin”, brought to life with the help of the incomparable Heather Dale.
  • Changeling (2012) (HG) Sheet music (Instruments) Stories are told of children stolen by the Fair Folk and replaced with a “changeling”–something that looks like the child but clearly isn’t. I’ve wondered where such stories come from…
  • The Name of the King (2012) (HG) Sheet music (Instruments) Many songs are sung in praise of kings who triumph on the field of battle and bring glory to their kingdoms. This might have been such a song…
  • Call Me Will (2012) (HG) Sheet music (Instruments) Whose is that haunting voice, beckoning you to follow him? (What’s the worst that could happen?)
  • My Thirst (2011) (HG) Sheet music (Instruments) “They talk of my drinking but never my thirst.” –Scottish proverb. What is a drinking song without a pub full of singers to join in?
  • The Bastard’s Tale (2004) (HG) Sheet music (Instruments) A tale of vengeance, from the point of view of one of Shakespeare’s favorite stock villains… He goes all-in.
  • The Seed (1995) (HG) An original double sonnet about…well, it’s a sonnet. What do you imagine it’s about?

Sing for the East Album Lyrics

Hidden Gold Album Lyrics


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