8162Re: new sca bard -vids/music/trad tunes (Childe Ballads)
- Oct 1, 2008Just a quick note on the Steeleye Span songs noted in Jenneth's post on
"period" songs, as Child Ballads and other period non-court music is what
I got my Laurel in a couple of million years ago...<grin>
Ultimately sing what is FUN FOR YOU. Get over the fear of standing in
front of people and singing, and THEN do the research into songs which are
fun AND period. I used to draw from Steeleye Span (English), Fairport
Convention (English), Pentangle (English), Silly Wizard (Scots), the
Corries (Scots) and Gaberlunzie (Ditto). A caveat: nearly NOTHING in
ENGLISH sung as "Irish folk song" is period. All of THAT was done in
But above all else: HAVE FUN!!!
All around my hat
I don't know how old this one IS but it isn't a Child (no "E" please: it's
the proper last name of the fellow who collected the songs) ballad.
Collected by Cecil Sharp, and not Francis James Child. Date is unclear to me.
Lark in the Morning
Collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams (date unclear to me).
Cam ye o're from france
A Scots 1745 rebellion song with lots of political references, thinly
veiled. Definitely NOT period - I learnt it off an old "Corries" record
<!!> album in the early 1970s. It's a great bouncy song, but not w/in the
1650ish cut-off for the SCA.
Choral surprise - Gaudete
Piae Cantiones (Finland, 1582);The words derive from the medieval Bohemian
song Ezechielis Porta, which Finnish clerical students would have
encountered in Prague and which shared a tune with a Czech vernacular
Christmas song that still survives. Finno, the editor of Piae Cantiones,
was probably responsible for the refrain. It adapts the words of one of
the medieval verses to the music which, in various forms, was sung
throughout Lutheran Germany to Luther's single-stanza grace before meals,
Danket dem Herrn.
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