Note from Pennsic about the new album

Something I'm noticing at Pennsic: a number of people have the impression that Sing for the East is a collection of "inside baseball" songs that will only appeal to East Kingdom folks or those who know our history.

Not true at all. This is a collection of well-made SCA folk songs that celebrate who we are and what we do. Most of the songs have the word "East", or "Tyger", or "Oriens" in them, but that's it. They are by current or former EK Bards, and the album addresses a grievous gap of Eastern recordings.

But if you could use some fresh, quality SCA music to listen to on your drive home, I promise you this CD will not disappoint. (Available at Camelot Treasures and John Ap Wyn.)

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Troubadour Next Door Concert

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!
Drake

Find me at Pennsic

We are officially confirmed for Pennsic (and have actually gotten most of the prep done). Here's how you can find me:

We are camped once again at Maguire's Marauders, block N06 (across from the big Performing Arts tent and Pennsic University, and next to Ansteorra Royal). Note that we're at Pennsic from first Sunday through Wednesday night of War Week. (New job, I need a few days to recover so I can go in fresh.)

My Pennsic concert, Troubadour Next Door, will be on Monday, August 7, 8-9 pm in the Performing Arts tent. It will feature some audience favorites, my newest songs, a period piece or two…and yes, a Hamilton filk (that I didn't write). Continue reading

The Making of “We Are the East”

So…I went rather quiet for the past month. (Had to find a new day job, couldn’t be helped. Happily, it didn’t take long, but it required some focus.) Now it’s time to get ready for Pennsic, and as Jessa and I race to do that, I wanted to take a moment and reflect on Sing for the East in a little more depth.

My Laurel, Mistress Zsof, has invited me to do more in-depth blogs about what I am learning as I continue to explore bardic. I realize that the sorts of entries she is talking about are usually more A&S focused (meaning, on period and period-inspired works, like “I asked of thee a boon”). At the moment, though, my most recent project was an album, and my entry on that collection was an original kingdom anthem. I learned a great deal putting the track for “We Are the East” together, and applied a number of lessons I learned about music recording and production from my solo album Hidden Gold.

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Bardcast Episode: The East Kingdom!

The much-loved Knowne World Bardcast has returned, with an episode featuring music from Sing for the East! Check out the podcast, available in your podcasting app right now!

Sing for the East: Acknowledgements

I didn’t get the opportunity to post my #WordFameWednesday yesterday, so here goes:

When a big project comes to fruition, it’s vital to acknowledge the people who made it happen. Sing for the East is in many ways the biggest SCA project I have had the privilege to participate in, and required the talent, time, and love of more than two dozen artists and dear friends. Continue reading