East Kingdom Bardic Champions

TRM will be in attendance

Hosted by Barony of Concordia of the Snows - your town, NY

Event date: April 24th, 2021

Event Last Modified: February 28th, 2021

Event details

Greetings unto all the East Kingdom performers from the Royal Bardic Champions, Master Grim the Skald and Lord Drake Oranwood.  We are pleased to announce that the competition to choose our successors will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021.  Performers will present live on zoom and performances will be streamed live on the Concordia of the Snows YouTube channel.  As you can see below, there will be opportunities for performers whether competing or not. 

IMPORTANT:  All performers need to have a signed Media release form, which also include verbiage about parents signing for minors.  This gives the SCA/event privileges to post the video to YouTube, etc.  This form covers videos and music, as well as photos.

If any individual plans to perform a work that is not in the public space, they would also need to get a signed Creative Work Copyright Grant of Use form signed by the copyright holder.

The release forms can all be found online at https://www.sca.org/resources/document-library/ under Publications > Release Forms.

For performers who wish to compete: 
Entrants are required to send a letter of intent to Grim or Drake, NO LATER than 11:59 pm on Saturday, April 10, 2021 (TWO WEEKS before the competition).
With the letter of intent, competitors shall submit a brief "resume" (such as would fit on an index card) listing the performance types and styles (e.g.  songs, stories, jests, musical instruments, poetry, improvisation of diverse kinds, etc.) they are willing to offer upon request, should the performer reach the finals.  Competitors are encouraged to be specific (see below for examples).  This gives the performers a chance to display versatility as well as skill; and gives the Consules additional information as they "audition" their next bardic champions.

Documentation of a period piece is required for at least one of your performances in the first two rounds.  Prior to your performance you will introduce your piece with a brief description including author/composer, date, country of origin, and style if appropriate.
A period performance is defined as a song, story, or other performance that can be plausibly documented prior to 1651.  Original compositions based on period rules of composition, original stories based on period styles, contrafacta to a period tune, and other such performances can be considered a period-style performance with the required documentation.  For example, a performer could sing a period song with lyrics that have been rewritten modernly, tell a story from the Decameron in English, play an original tune in a period style on recorder or recite a modern English translation of an Old English poem.  Note that original works need not be written by the performer so long as the style is documentable prior to 1651.

The competition will take place over three rounds.  All performance pieces should be appropriate for an SCA audience, and demonstrate how you, as a bard, would entertain and delight an East Kingdom Court, and represent East Kingdom royalty.  All performers must perform at least one period or "period style" piece with brief documentation, in either the first or second round.  (You are free to perform documentable work for both rounds, but you are neither required nor expected to do so.) Performers’ understanding of what constitutes SCA appropriate material for this venue (which includes families in the audience) will be evaluated as part of their performance. 

Round 1
Pieces may not exceed 4 minutes; and can be period, period-style, or SCA-appropriate.

Round 2 Pieces may not exceed 6 minutes. 
Competitors in this round must perform a period piece if they chose to do a non-period piece in Round 1.

Round 3
The finalists will receive a performance challenge from the Consules, guided by the performer's earlier works, as well as the information obtained from the performer via their resume.  Performers will have a brief time to prepare between the assignment from HRM and the start of performance.  To keep the preparation time fair, finalists will not be told their order of performance when they are assigned challenges.

From the Champions:  We believe performers competing at the kingdom level understand what constitutes SCA appropriate performance material that is respectful to the audience, but feel free to reach out to either of us if you have questions.  What are we looking for from your performances? Given appropriate material and comportment, your first and last mandate as a bard is to entertain and engage the audience.
The Consules have indicated that they are looking for pieces that will uplift and inspire our populace.  A heavy focus on the perils and pains of the current moment in the wider world is unlikely to bring joy or delight to this audience.  This does not mean that every performance must be sweet, funny, or tell a story that ends happily.  But we invite you to consider that a critical quality in a kingdom Bardic Champion is the ability to read the room, and create moments that will leave an audience wanting more.

1) Romanus Gaius Cantus (SC, OTC, Troubadour) - Roman-style boasts, filk on any topic to the tune of the Maltese Bransle or Greensleeves, good at extemporaneous speaking, can chant war-style marching songs in Latin.  Excellent at theatre-style reading of texts I have not seen before.

2) Skihald the Viking (King's Bard to John VIII, Troubadour, Order of the Maunche, Order of the Laurel) - Perform and write Norse-styled poetry in English, tell skaldic tales from 4 to 10 minutes in length from hilarious to morose, excellent teller of jokes, intermediate juggler, have several magic tricks I have worked into period settings.  Can perform Norse-style morose jokes while juggling and performing magic.

3) Ysibeau du Provance - Period pieces in French for solo voice or recorder, Latin sacred music of the 12th century, improvisational harp.  Can write small praise poems in French and English with some notice.  Familiar with some music from most SCA periods, and SCA-appropriate songs.  I am good at selecting music for different occasions.
4) Haven Fortnight (Bard to Baron of the Place) - I know a handful of period pieces, but my strengths are really SCA-appropriate non-period songs composed by others (traditional, folk tradition, SCA-composers) or by myself.  I also play guitar.  I can write pieces on commission with some notice.  I can play and stroll at the same time.  I can write in rhyming verse on short notice on nearly any topic and present it.

There will be time between rounds to fill with either solo or ensemble music.  Non-competing performers must pre-register and provide recorded material to the event steward by April 10/2021. 

Site Opens: 10 am
Site Closes: when all is cone

Event Location

Your home
your street
your town, NY  12065
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Stay home and relax.  Perform in garb and look behind you to see what else may be in your video

All performers, whether competing or not, as well as anyone submitting photos for the virtual feast display.  See link for the release forms as noted above. 

Registration Fees

performers must pre-register as noted above by 4/10/2021

There is a VIRTUAL FEAST ONLY:  There are so much art work in period that depicts a well-set table, a feast fit for royalty, or celebration of the wedding couple.  Just for fun, find one of those paintings and recreate those pies, roasts, or subtleties for your own table.  We will decorate our event with your feasts
Provide a photo of the painting and then written description and a photo of your table and send to event steward by 4/10/2021. 

Make Checks Payable to: send no money

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Event steward is Mistress Deonna von Aachen
mka Beth Gurzler 518-693-2098, best to call between 4-8pm

Send Reservations to:

Performers who intend to compete are required to send letter of intent and resume by 4/10/2021 to:
Grim (grimtheskald@gmail.com) or Drake (drakethebard@gmail.com), NO LATER than 11:59 pm on Saturday, April 10, 2021 (TWO WEEKS before the competition).

Performers who do not intend to compete, please send mp3 audio to event steward by 4/10/2021:  26046@members.eastkingdom.org

Other Contact Information:

At this time, the SCA is not sanctioning any live online Youth activities because we are unable to enforce the “Two Deep” rule in all interactions.  The Two Deep rule creates a safer setting for Youth at in- person events by ensuring that all Youth Activities are supervised by at least two unrelated adults, and that one of those adults has passed the Society background check.  Youth may participate in Kingdom and local online events, but their parents or legal guardians assume full responsibility for their child’s safety and wellbeing. 

Youth under 18 are certainly welcome to complete or otherwise perform with parental permission.  The release form must be submitted.