minstrel: Bardic Madness South II

Cerian Cantwr cerian at minstrel.com
Thu Oct 26 16:41:41 PDT 2000


This is a general announcement for Bardic Madness South II.  We're
hoping to spread the word about this event to as many bardic performers
as possible.  If you've ever attended the original Bardic Madness up in
Northshield, you'll find this event to be similar.  The event will take 
place in St Carol on the Moor (Charleston, IL) on December 2nd, 2000.

If you have a question about the challenges, contact Cerian Cantwr
at cerian at minstrel.com

If you would like to teach a class contact, Amelie d'Anjou at
emilysue at earthlink.net

If you would like to be a patron for one of the challenges,
contact John Inchingham at inchingham at hotmail.com

If you are interested in merchanting, contact the autocrat
Myrra de Blackwood, at jmhughes at advant.net

For further information, see the evolving website at 

        Bardic Madness South II - The Challenges

Greetings and welcome are bid to all Bards, Troubadors, Trouveres, 
Minstrels, Minnesingers, Jongleurs, Singers, Storytellers, Poets, Scops, 
Skalds, Fillids, Olaves, Griots, Wordsmiths, and Friends of these arts.  

Today, Dec 2nd, is the feast of St Chromatius.  St Chromatius lived 
during the 4th century and ultimately went on to become bishop of 
Aquileia and one of the most celebrated prelates of his time. 

Throughout his lifetime he often acted as a peacemaker, mediating 
disputes between warring factions.  He served as a balancing force 
throughout much of what is today north-eastern Italy.  He was also, 
appropriately enough for our purposes, both a scholar and patron of the 

The purpose of today's challenges is to encourage the participants' 
creativity and artistic growth.  They are not meant to be competitions - 
everyone who takes part can consider themselves a winner. 

Your response to the various challenges may be in many different forms. 
Song or story are the most obvious choices; however juggling, magic, 
instrumental, or dance can also express an idea or tell a tale.  All of 
these could be used to answer a given challenge (though perhaps not all 
at the same time :-).  Our desire here is to be inclusive rather than 
exclusive.  If you have something to share that doesn't quite fit or 
that stretches the definitions a little, then fire away. 

It is our wish to create a "bardic safe zone" - a friendly place where 
you may feel free to experiment and try new things.  If you've never 
performed before, now's your chance.  You'll be hard pressed to find a 
friendlier and more supportive audience.  We would be delighted to see 
lots of first time performers. 

In order to make certain that as many gentles get a chance to 
participate as possible, we ask that you only perform in one challenge 
per fyt.  If time allows, additional performances will be more than 
welcome.  Also along these lines, we ask that you limit your 
performances so that they run less than five minutes.

Fyt the First: 

Quod Libet - Given a list of three topics and two tunes, use two topics 
             and one tune to compose at least two verses and a chorus. 

Pilgrimage - We've all traveled long distances to reach an event before, 
             often encountering strange adventures along the way.  Let's 
             face it, whoever said that getting there was half the fun 
             must have been something of a masochist.  Nonetheless, tell 
             us of a journey - either in the SCA or in period, real or 
             imagined, and the trials and tribulations encountered along 
             the way.  

Military Life - Tell us about life in the army - of camaraderie, of 
                fighting side by side with your brothers, of victory 
                against overwhelming odds, of grief over the loss of one 
                of your own, or that blankety-blank sergeant that 
                ordered you about.  This can be real or imagined; 
                historical, of the current middle ages. 

Fyt the Second:  

Tangle Box - Given a list of 20 words and a list of tunes, compose a 
             song to one of the tunes. 

Peacemaker - St Chromatius spent a significant portion of his life 
             mediating between hostile parties and remaining friendly to 
             all.  With his example in mind; tell us of the non-violent 
             resolution to a conflict, how a war can be settled with 
             words rather than blood, how guile can make a battle 
             unnecessary, and how the pen can be mightier than the 

Wait Five Minutes - We've all been to camping events where the weather 
 interesting.  These challenges are being 
                    written at  Lilies, and the various storms, both 
                    past and impending, are major topics of 
                    conversation.  Tell us of an encounter with the 
                    weather; either historical or in the current middle 
                    ages (real or imagined), and what happened before, 
                    during, or after the event. 

Fyt the Third: 

Stir Fry - Given a list of words, do something artistic with them. 

The Town of Aquileia - Tell us of the town of Aquileia or of the 
                       countryside around it (NE Italy, that includes 
                       Venice folks).  Tell us of its people, its 
                       history, or its scenery.  Tell us of temples or 
                       taverns, ports or palaces, basilicas or brothels. 
                       If nothing else, take a look at 
                       http://www.aquileia.it/ for an interesting 
                       historical and archeological site. 

Crazy Like a Fox - Tell a tale of a trickster, famous or otherwise, 
                   their adventures and achievements (and if warranted, 
                   retribution for same). 

Fyt the Fourth: 

Mazacroca - Given several texts to choose from in foreign languages, 
            "translate" one of them and explain what it "really" means. 

Instant Miracle - Just add bard.  There are no well known miracles 
                  associated with St Chromatius, let's fix this.  Spin 
                  for us a miracle made of moonbeams - an event that 
                  seems miraculous to you (ie: the tourney began on 
                  time).  It need not be in any way religious, 
                  historical, or even particularly likely. 

At First Sight - We've all heard of love at first sight.  While it may 
                 be more fable than fact, it's one all of us tend to 
                 cherish and treasure.  So tell us of that magical 
                 moment, of when two lovers first looked into each 
                 others eyes and knew they were destined to be together. 
                 How did they feel?  What thoughts did they think?  What 
                 happened to them in that instant and why? 

Fyt the Fifth: 

Toasting - Feast time is traditionally when we raise our glasses on high 
           to honor the crown and other deserving individuals.  Given a 
           topic or person at random, create an appropriate toast for 

Food for Thought - "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach."  
                   Most would agree that there was some truth to this.  
                   Sharing a meal is one of our most basic social 
                   customs.  A great many of the tales heard today have 
                   probably wound up mentioning food at some point - 
                   even if only in passing.  So serve us up a song 
                   (story, instrumental, dance) wherein food, either 
                   actual or allegorical, plays an important role (or 
                   should that be roll :-) 

Lake Not So Gone - Tell us of a lake, of its' currents, of its' eddies, 
                   of its' shores.  Tell us of the secrets it hides 
                   beneath its' waters or of the aquatic life that it 
                   enfolds.  Tell us of the people who live around it 
                   and how the lake effects them.  Tell us of the 
                   pebbles that have fallen and the ripples that have 
                   spread.  (Hint to instrumentalists and dancers: this 
                   is probably a good one for you to try).

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