So, in other Pennsic news, I found out when my concert has been scheduled. Wednesday of War Week, 8-9 pm. (For those unfamiliar with the concert schedule, it means I’m the lead-in for Heather Dale’s time slot.)
This was a surprise to me. One of those good surprises. The kind that is followed by a lot of mental scrambling and complicated feelings. (A lot of them start with “Holy crap.”)
I’m making no assumptions about what will happen in future years. I plan to really enjoy this opportunity, and make sure the audience and my guest performers do too.
I’ll put an event out at some point. But since it’s right there on Thing at this point, I figured it was time I shared.
We’re back from Pennsic. Will have a post with my full reflections later. In the meantime, I wanted to share videos from this year’s concert for those who weren’t able to attend (or wanted to see some of the performances again).
After weeks of having to focus on Real Life, I’m doing some mad last-minute prep for this year’s concert (Monday of War Week, 8-9 pm, Performing Arts Tent), and I’m really excited.
The set this year is going to be really fresh. I mean really fresh. There will be stuff you’ve NEVER heard me perform before on this stage. And I’ve invited guests who are just getting known to the bardic scene…Cedar the Barefoot and Bird the Bard! (Don’t worry, Master Efenwealt is up for a song too.)
There will be three songs from Sing for the East. I am planning to actually play a lute piece.
And–oh yeah. The Hamilton filk. That too.
Hope to see you there!
This is the last video from this year’s Pennsic concert. The start of the song is missing, and there are some camera issues (especially at the start), but it’s an opportunity to hear Duchess Caoilfhionn and me performing “We Are the East” together (with Efenwealt on guitar), which was an incredible treat. I hope you enjoy.
Lorelei Skye was kind enough to share some videos she took of my Pennsic concert, which include two performances with people I’d been dying to work with onstage. The first of these is a rendition of “Tam Lin of the Elves” that the audience absolutely loved, featuring the fantastic Sir Kenneth MacQuarrie and Mistress Adelaide de Beaumont, aka Ken and Lisa Theriot. It plays very differently from last year’s performance with Heather Dale.
Unfortunately, the first verse didn’t get captured, but this is the only video we were able to get of the bulk of the song. Still, I hope you enjoy.
I have one more video to share before you start your weekend, with somewhat better picture quality (thanks, Cedar!): “The Name of the King”, with Efenwealt Wystle on guitar. I’m excited to finally have one of the videos with decent accompaniment from the concert to share. When I review the available options from my friends, I’ll see if there isn’t another video or two we can share with you.
Here’s video for a piece I’ve never recorded before: A Lusty Young Smith, a 17th-century English song with rather bawdy content (this is the popular tune and lyrics revised by Ed McCurdy in the 1950’s, making the song a bit bouncier and the innuendo a little less on the nose).
I have performed this piece a few times before in the SCA: Most recently at the Roses Bardic competition, and before that (way before that, at Pennsics 31 and 33), it was the first piece I ever performed in the SCA, at Duchess Isabella’s Ladies’ Night. (The less said about that the better–there’s a reason I only consider myself an SCA bard for the last four years or so–but you’ll get a flavor for it from my opening remarks.)