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SCA Song of the Week - Master List

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Oct. 25th, 2014

SCA Song of the Week - Band of Brothers

It’s tough to improve on Shakespeare’s words, but he isn’t always easy to sing. We changed as little as possible from the “Crispin’s Day speech” to make it a song, hopefully one that comrades in arms will want to sing together. — liner notes for Band of Brothers


Band of Brothers is a song written by Ken and Lisa Theriot for Ken Theriot’s album Human History. It is the first of three songs on this album about the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the other two being Agincourt and To Serve The Lily.

"We few, we happy few!"

Happy St. Crispin’s Day!

Song Credits

Band of Brothers

Words: William Shakespeare’s Henry V, Act IV, scene iii, adapted by Adelaide de Beaumont (Lisa Theriot)
Music: Adelaide de Beaumont (Lisa Theriot) and Kenneth MacQuarrie of Tobermory (Ken Theriot)

Words

Lyrics for Band of Brothers are made available through Adelaide and Kenneth's Raven Boy Music, SCA Bardic Music By SCA Bards.

http://www.ravenboymusic.com/Lyrics/HumanHistorylyrics.doc

Listen


Sir Kenneth MacQuarrie of Tobermory (Ken Theriot) and Mistress Adelaide de Beaumont (Lisa Theriot) of the Kingdom of Ansteorra, performing at the Green Dragon at Gulf Wars XXIII.


Band of Brothers, from Human History, on SoundCloud.


Bonus: The speech from Shakespeare's Henry V from Kenneth Branagh’s film adaptation.

Support the Art!

You can purchase Human History at CDBaby - http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ktheriot

SCA Song of the Week - Agincourt

As the title implies, the song is about the famous battle fought between the English and French in Oct, 1415. The English army, outnumbered and wretched with fatigue, sickness, and inferior (apparently) equipment, prevail against the fresh, strong but overconfident French army. The lessons usually taken from this battle have to do with the triumph of the human spirit and the power of a stirring speech (…we few, we happy few, we band of brothers…) to imbue the underdog with enough fire and motivation to prevail in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds.

But there are nuances in the actual history that add even more character to the events surrounding the battle. Ken and Lisa Theriot wanted to avoid using Shakespeare’s Henry V as the source of research, and instead turned to every academic history they could find to paint more of a real picture with the Agincourt song. And as is often the case in history, truth can be more interesting than fiction.

Ken and Lisa also wanted to craft a song that people could march along to and sing together, so the song’s tempo is set for that purpose. The structure of the song is such that there is a repeating chorus designed to get people singing along. Finally, in the Agincourt song the story is told by a character in the battle, making it seem more immediate and personal.


Happy St. Crispin’s Day!

Song Credits

Agincourt

Words: Adelaide de Beaumont (Lisa Theriot)
Music: Adelaide de Beaumont (Lisa Theriot) and Kenneth MacQuarrie of Tobermory (Ken Theriot)

Words

Lyrics for Agincourt, along with documentation, are made available through Adelaide and Kenneth's Raven Boy Music, SCA Bardic Music By SCA Bards.

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCsQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ravenboymusic.com%2FLyrics%2FAgincourt.doc&ei=GmNiU6DOEaTm2QW3z4DgCw&usg=AFQjCNFuUc_I8qNL29olkfC2BSpb8pof8g&sig2=Eju6j4J7LToqmvG5gOxGVw&bvm=bv.65788261,d.b2I

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Sir Roisin ingen Ailil singing Agincourt at the May Day Moot in the Barony of Jararvellir in the Kingdom of Northshield on May 2, 2010.


Fan video for Agincourt, from Human History.


Agincourt, from Human History, on SoundCloud.

Download

Adelaide and Kenneth have shared the recording of Agincourt, via Raven Boy Music.

http://www.ravenboymusic.com/mp3s.htm

Support the Art!

You can purchase Human History at CDBaby - http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ktheriot

Oct. 21st, 2014

SCA Song of the Week - Belt and Chain

The song _Belt and Chain_ was written by Master Morric of Trimaris, which is to say - me. If you'd like to hear the original version (and I hope this is what will be taught), it can be found on _Vivat_Trimaris_, an album of original pieces by performers in Trimaris. (While both melodies are a bit sonorous, a lot of people in Trimaris refer to the Atlantian approximation as the "Dirge Version")


It, along with _Vivat II - Sing the Moon Down_ and its attendant songbook, can be ordered from Guillame Dammartin/Stan Lyzak at: thorgeir at gdi.net Snail mail is 11933 Pasteur Dr., Orlando, FL 32826; phone is (407)330-1857. (I believe arrangements exist for internet purchase by credit card.) These are professionally recorded and mixed tapes (II more so than I); all profits go to the Trimarian Land Fund.


I can't begin to describe how gratifying it's been to see the spread of this piece. I've always felt that the Society's quest for honor, truth, fellowship, and nobility were far more important than mere historical reenactment and authenticity. Furthermore, and despite the stereotypical stick-jock knight we all know so well, I've always thought that the Society's _ideal_ of the knight is one of our most powerful icons in this dream we try to build. I'm particularly happy to see its acceptance by our kinsmen in Ansteorra; there is a special bond between our two kingdoms, and the thriving nature of Gulf War bears witness to this. For those who are interested, the actual lyrics are below.

— Morric Haast


So, a good friend of mine has recently been announced to join the Order of Chivalry. This week's song is for him.

Song Credits

Belt and Chain
Words and Music: Words and Music: Morric Haast (William Ritchie)

Words

Morric was kind enough to post the lyrics for Belt and Chain a few years back on the Ansteorra mailing list.

http://lists.ansteorra.org/pipermail/ansteorra-ansteorra.org/1997-June/008055.html

Listen


King Gunnar Oxnamegin IV of Trimaris performing Belt and Chain.


Lucia Elena Braganza performs Belt and Chain at Cloth of Gold (2013).

Support the Art!

You can purchase Vivat! Trimaris, Vol. 1 at CDBaby - http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/vivattrimarisvol1

You can also purchase Samantha Moore's Iron Hart at CDBaby - http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/samanthamoore

Oct. 9th, 2014

SCA Song of the Week - English Curse

I’m from near the New Forest, that’s kind of where I grew up… I was reading up on some books about local folklore and myths and legend and that kind of thing and I found this story about “The Blacksmith’s Curse” and the death of King William II. It was just one of those things that the minute I read it I was just like, “Man, I am going to use that in a song.” Then it just sort of came together, so, there it is… There’s basically a local legend that the reason William II was killed in some of those hunting grounds was because locals had placed a curse on him for stealing their land in the first place. — Frank Turner


This week's song is especially for my Anglo-Saxon peeps.

Turner passionately delivers a tale about the Norman invasion of England and Anglo-Saxon revenge. English Curse is riddled with inaccuracies, this is true. But that doesn't detract from the song's excellence.

Take it for what it is. (A song about a legend based on historical events. Kind of like 300, but in song. Also, this is Saxons! not Sparta.)

Song Credits

English Curse
Words and Music: Frank Turner

Words

Lyrics for English Curse can be found in the Songs section of Frank Turner's official Web site.

http://frank-turner.com/tracks/english-curse/

Listen

You can listen to English Curse at Frank Turner's official Web site.

http://frank-turner.com/tracks/english-curse/


Frank Turner performs English Curse a cappella live at Graz Kasematten, 2013.

Sep. 19th, 2014

SCA Song of the Week - Crúiscín Lán (My Little Full Jug)

You have to get the timing on this one right because there will be at least a fifteen minute intermission before singing will commence again after singing this one.

Also, be mindful of what's in your mug before joining in on this song. Seriously.

Seriously.

Song Credits

Crúiscín Lán (My Little Full Jug)
Words and Music: Traditional

Words

Lyrics for Crúiscín Lán (My Little Full Jug) are made available at Katriana’s Songbook.

http://www.calonsong.org/CalontirSongs/cruiskeenlawn.htm</a>

Listen


The Lads in Traveler Song perform Crúiscín Lán.


Nice recording of Crúiscín Lán. Hopefully someone recognizes the album cover so I can properly credit the artists/group.

You can listen to The Whiskey Bards rendition of Crúiscín Lán. @ Mypsace.

https://myspace.com/thewhiskeybards/music/song/cruiscin-lan-73100635-80630128

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Brian Hyland has shared his recording of Crúiscín Lán on his Sample Recordings page.

http://hylandirishmusic.com/sample-recordings.php

Sep. 16th, 2014

SCA Song of the Week - Whiskey in the Jar

The great thing about traditional songs is that, while they're not all technically 'period', they still often manage to invoke the mood we're trying to create in the SCA. They're also familiar to a larger audience. This helps newer members feel welcome and more at home. Chances are that they too know these songs, and they can sing along.

Also, they're damn good.

Song Credits

Whiskey in the Jar
Words and Music: Traditional

Words

Lyrics for Whiskey in the Jar are made available at the Cantaria Folk Song Library.

http://chivalry.com/cantaria/lyrics/whiskey_in_the_jar.html

Listen


The Dubliners perform Whiskey in the Jar live at Vicar Street.

Download

Whiskey in the Jar was recorded by the Brobdingnagian Bards and made available through A Bard's Celtic Lyric Directory.

http://www.thebards.net/music/lyrics/Whiskey_In_The_Jar.shtml

Whiskey in the Jar was also performed by Syr Justus and Lady Elishabeth. It is available through Sound Cloud as part of 40th Annual Dunstan and Justus Birthday Bardic.

https://soundcloud.com/justuskoshiol/wiskey-in-the-jar-syr-justus

Sep. 7th, 2014

SCA Song of the Week - The March of Cambreadth

We've been awfully busying this weekend, cleaning up our garage and gathering together a consignment deal with our local neighborhood game shop. I've had this song running through my head these past few days to help keep my energies going. It's a great, fast tempo song for marching. As a bonus, it's one of the few songs I can play with bagpipes that Uldin actually likes.

Song Credits

The March of Cambreadth
Words and Music: Heather Alexander

Words

Lyrics for The March of Cambreadth are made available at Pegasus Awards. It was featured as best battle song for 2006.

http://www.ovff.org/pegasus/songs/march-of-cambreadth.html

Listen


Take the best action movie (The Avengers) ever made and combine it with one of the best war songs (The March of Cambreadth) ever written, and what do you get? This.

Download

The March of Cambreadth has been recorded by Heather Alexander and was made available through her official Web site, http://www.heatherlands.com/. It is still available through Internet Archive: Wayback Machine.

http://web.archive.org/web/20111115233201/http://www.heatherlands.com/mpaudio/Midsummer/March%20of%20Cambreadth.mp3

Aug. 27th, 2014

SCA Song of the Week - Health to the Company

Sorry I've been off track. This month has been a rough one for me. But I do believe things are starting to get better. So hopefully I'll keep on schedule (hah!) from hereon out.

This week's song is Health to the Company, a traditional parting song. It's a lovely way to end a bardic circle, or a great way to start one. Chances are you already know it. That's okay. Sing along!

Song Credits

Health to the Company
Words and Music: Traditional

Words

Lyrics for Health to the Company are made available at the Cantaria Folk Song Library.

http://chivalry.com/cantaria/lyrics/health2comp.html

Listen


Owain Phyfe performing "Health to the Company" at a concert in Denver in 2008.

Download

Health to the Company was recorded by the Brobdingnagian Bards and made available through A Bard's Celtic Lyric Directory.

http://www.thebards.net/music/lyrics/Health_To_The_Company.shtml

Jul. 27th, 2014

SCA Song of the Week - Leaving for Pennsic War

Bonus entry because Pennsic? Yeah, it is kinda that big of a deal in the SCA.

Song Credits

Leaving for Pennsic War
Words: Lorelei of Skye (Catherine Coate)
Music: Leaving on a Jet Plane by John Denver

Words

Lyrics for Leaving for Pennsic War are made available at MidBards.

http://tilted-windmill.com/midbards/lyrics/leaving_for_pennsic_war.html

Download

Leaving for Pennsic War has been recorded by Lorelei of Skye and has also made available through MidBards.

http://tilted-windmill.com/midbards/works.html#42

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