Christmas present for the bard
The new Minstrel Series Songbooks are done being updated, finally! I
had not reprinted them since 1996. Whenever possible, chords have
been included in the book. If the tune still eludes you, look for
either myself, Yonatan, or your local bard, and we will endeavor to
This is the Third edition of this songbook I have edited; the first
one was in 1979. Much has happened since then, but music stays the
same. I've attempted to collect what I felt were the classics in the
history of SCA music. In doing research and trying to date the
majority of the songs in this volume I found that many are not period
for the SCA. They sound period and that is what matters, isn't it?
I've included the first date the song can be dated back to, for
those purists who truly want period music. Almost none of these have
a known author. Many are from Childs Ballads. Published between
1882 and 1898, Professor Francis James Child collected a total of 305
ballads, and all their variations. No one has ever done such
exhaustive research on English and Scottish ballads. His ten volumes
of ballads remain the high watermark in ballad research. Many of
these older ballads root's go back to the Middle Ages, but there's
no documentation to prove it before Child's Ballads.
For the songs in the volume of period music I researched the first
published date of that song to aid anyone wanting to document a song
before singing it in a arts & science competition. I checked the
copyrights of the songs too.
The songs in the Minstrel's Basement are popular filk songs in the
SCA. Some of the filk songs fall in a gray area. I found that the
authors of the original tunes for many of the songs written between
1930 and 1970 waived their copyrights, and many of the writers and
musicians are dead. If I found nothing when searching the copyright,
I assumed it was permissible
The songs in the Minstrel's Heart are original tunes and words
written by some of the SCA's finest bards, which include Master
Baldwin of Erebor, Master Yonatan vom Schwartzflek, and Master Ioseph
Minstrel Yonatan has a volume in this series of his songs. I have
had the good fortune to be his friend and live nearby for many years,
which means I sing with him more than almost anyone else. I am much
honored that he has allowed me to reproduce his music. Currently he
is singing with the Whiskey Bards and his CD's can be found at
The Minstrel's Nursery is a collection of songs and rhymes for
children. I put this together when my daughter was born to help jog
my memory when I tucked her into bed every night. It also helped her
learn how to read as she sang along with the songs.
There is a bonus volume of filk for anyone who orders the entire
Minstrel set. It is only available when ordering
The five volumes and their prices are:
Period Music, 90 songs, 84 with chords, 122 pages, $8
SCA Filk, 40 songs, 32 with chords, 58 pages, $5
Original SCA Music, 20 songs, 17 with chords, 34 pages, $3
From the Minstrel Yonatan's Mouth
Songs written and sung by Master Yonatan, 38 songs,
28 with chords, 49 pages, $3
Period Music for Children, 75 songs & rhymes, 24 with chords
46 pages, $3
If you order the entire set it is $20. This price is only for the e-
mail version. As you can imagine printing and shipping the songbook
always cost a pretty penny.
Also, I have a CD available with the songbook in Microsoft Word. It
is $24, which includes shipping.
The entire set of songbooks has been checked by Norton Internet
Security System for virus problems and was written in Microsoft Word.
To order the entire email set, individual volumes, or the CD, make
your payment through: www.paypal.com to Duchessmalinda2002@...
Please make sure you send me a separate email for where you want the
songbook emailed/mailed to. If you order separate individual volumes,
email me and let me know exactly which volumes you paid for on Pay
If you have any questions, or would like an index of songs, please
My email for correspondence is Duchessmalinda2006@...
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