minstrel: calafian musicians and wire harps

EHW ercil at astrid.upland.ca.us
Wed Dec 5 05:45:48 PST 2001

On 4 Dec 2001, at 22:27, sunshinegirl wrote:

> ----- Original Message -----
> 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

My lady,  If you are just come to Caid, Welcome!  There are in fact 
a number of individuals and several groups interested in early 
music here in Caid.  You will possibly need to seek beyond your 
local group however.  Calafia is a large place and as I don't live 
there I can't speak to the presence or not of interest in early music.

However if you contact the Kingdom Mistress of Arts and Sciences 
(see your kingdom newsletter or email me for further info) you will 
find that there are several groups.  Phoenix Players (instrumental), 
Phoenix Players (vocal), an ensemble in Dreiburgan and lots of 
individuals with a similar scholarly interest in early music.

I recommend that you attend the next Collegium Caidis (1st 
weekend of March) where the first two I know will be meeting, 
playing, and networking.  You can also get music in advance 
(contact Kingdom Mistress of Arts and Sciences for more Info).

More interested individuals are always welcome!

(Heatherwyne in Caid)

> Let's face it - When the Jubilatories were there, they dominated the
> scene. When they quit playing, there were very few of us who felt as
> tho we had the skill to match that.   And although I did what I could
> till I left the area, I was basically self-taught, (besides what I
> learned from Geoffrey)
> But I suspect that if you offered to provide live background music at
> a feast, you'd get taken up on it....I know I always was....(sometimes
> they would even feed me for free)  And do that often enough, some
> people are going to start showing an interest, and before you know it,
> there is a group going....but it does take patience...
> >  I mean,
> > what's a feast without music?
> Or a court.   One of the reasons why I provide interlude music at
> court and background at feast....
> Melandra
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