minstrel: calafian musicians and wire harps
janetpw at compuserve.com
Fri Nov 30 12:13:00 PST 2001
Intro time- My "mundane" name is David Parish-Whittaker, my SCA name is
David Whitaker. Much easier that way, really. I've been doing early music
for a number of years, principle instrument for the last few being the wire
harp (I play a Witcher made replica of the Lamont). I've been playing with
a number of early music groups- the medieval one is the Goliards
(www.thegoliards.com), which specializes in medieval improvisation.
My SCA involvement has been since Pennsic war this year. What a kick to
meet others who actually liked, played and could improvise with medieval
music using "period performance practice " (whatever that is :)). Since
I've come back, I checked out the local SCA group (Calafia) and frankly,
haven't met many people who are interested in, let alone play early music
(ok, one dance band in Orange County- an hour or so drive is a bit much
for renaisance read-throughs, though). I've had a blast learning period
rapier technique, but really would love to see more early music. I mean,
what's a feast without music?
Anyway, if there's anyone out there in Calafia who wants to do some
pre-baroque stuff, feel free to holler at me. Holiday season is a bit
booked, but traditionally Jan is slow.
Solana Beach, CA
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