Performance Activities at EK 50 Year

Performing Arts Stage at
East Kingdom 50 Year Celebration

All events and activities are at the Performing Arts Stage, unless otherwise noted.

Performance Activities at EK 50 Year

Few places on earth hold the wondrous mix of performances than in the Society. As a way to both connect deeply with the past and to help see our own Society histories into the future, bardic arts have a special place in the performing arts, as do the historic pieces from ages past. We are fortunate to have plenty of both!  It would be difficult to imagine a camping event without music and tales – and so for 50 Year we have many opportunities to listen, teach, learn, or perform.

Evening bardic circles, busking area, and the town square performance space do not require any prior sign up and are open to all performers. We invite everyone to come and join together in these spaces!

Additionally, many events on the Performing Arts Stage are interactive and open to many performers to work and learn together.

Performance Opportunities

Town Square Open Bardic Circles

Friday Night “Victory and Honor” Bardic

7:30 – 9:00 Town Square Bardic Circle, Youth Priority Performances

9:00 – 11:00 Town Square Open Bardic Circle

Bring your best performances on the theme of “Victory & Honor” to the Town Square Bardic Circle. From From 7:30-9:00 youth performers will be given automatic precedence for performing; 9:00-11:00 will be a  traditional Pick Pass Play circle led by participants.

Saturday Night “Home & Fellowship” Bardic

7:30 – 9:00 Town Square Bardic Circle, Youth Priority Performances

9:00 – 11:00 Town Square Open Bardic Circle TOWN SQUARE

Bring your best performances on the theme of “Home & Fellowship” to the Town Square Bardic Circle or simply come to enjoy the fire, fellowship, and performances! From 7:30-9:00 youth performers will be given automatic precedence for performing; 9:00-11:00 will be a  traditional Pick Pass Play circle led by participants.

Performing in the Town Square

Every village needs a town square and every town square needs performers! Our town square has a lovely tree under which performers will entertain during designated performance times.

Mistress Sabine is the coordinator of this space.  Performances are limited to 15 consecutive minutes, though performers may perform more than once per day in the space.

Merchant Area Street Performing

There’s nothing like the sound of a street performance capturing the attention of a busy crowd!

Playing in front of the market crowd is a time-honored tradition for storytellers, song-spinners, minstrels, and other performing artists. An outdoor space in the market will be set aside for street performances of all kinds to delight and entertain passerby.

A space for public performance will be beside a volunteer merchant, Kate’s Kakes.

Performers will sign up on site; performances are limited to 30 consecutive minutes, though performers may perform more than once per day in the space.

Attend Various Outdoor Stage Performances

Some daytime performances will be featured in our covered, raised Outdoor Stage. This family-friendly venue will feature a variety of performing arts including instrumental, choral, storytelling, and themed events.

The full schedule is available for print or download here: https://goo.gl/PMYvr7

Official Schedule of Performing Arts Events & Performances

All performances will be at the stage, unless otherwise noted.

Friday June 29th

1:30 – 2:50 Dance Band Public Rehearsal

Sometimes it’s nice to just listen to the music! The dance band needs to practice, and they’ve opened it to listeners that all may as well enjoy their labor! Watch as experienced musicians from multiple ensembles join together to create a new, cohesive group before your eyes (and ears!)

3:00 – 3:25 Drake Oranwood Concert

Join Drake Oranwood for songs that stir the soul for modern-day dreamers and lovers of historic music alike.

4:00 – 4:50 Music to Pass the Time

Did you ever find time at an event where there just wasn’t anything to do while you waited for the feast to be served or court was running late? What could be better than to break into song? Here is a collection of songs that are easy and fun to sing. Come and learn some of these pieces! Music can be printed from this pdf (*link*) or may be borrowed at the event.

5:00 – 5:25 Visions of Ireland: Stories of Heroes and Kings

Find enchantment and adventure in this set of early Irish poetry and stories performed with harp by Mistress Aífe.

5:30 – 6:50 Tales of the Ice Lands

Join us for tales from Iceland’s sagas by Master Toki and many of the players from the “Njal Saga” immersion event as they reprise highlights of the event.

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7:30 – 9:00 Town Square Bardic Circle, Youth Priority Performances

9:00 – 11:00 Town Square Open Bardic Circle TOWN SQUARE

Bring your best performances on the theme of “Victory & Honor” to the Town Square Bardic Circle. From From 7:30-9:00 youth performers will be given automatic precedence for performing; 9:00-11:00 will be a  traditional Pick Pass Play circle led by participants.

Saturday June 30th

10:00 – 11:00 Musicians’ Meet & Greet Mimosa Mixer Volume One GREEN ROOM

Music makers of the Kingdom (and beyond!) please join together for a potluck brunch-time opportunity for musicians of the realm to get to know each other in a casual, relaxed non-performance environment. Feel free to bring some champagne, orange juice, sparkling water, or little pastries to share.

11:00 – 11:50 Bards’ Ease

A bevy of beautiful voices will take listeners to many lands and many times!

12:00 – 12:50 Bardic Performance for Beginners

A stage-based bardic circle for new people to try performance in a supportive and comfortable space, hosted by the East Kingdom College of Performers.

1:00 – 1:50 Music by Rondelay

Performance for voice and instruments such as the citole, vielle and recorder with works mostly from the 12th to the 14th centuries performed by Mästarinna Margreþa la Fauvelle and Maistresse Sabine de Kerbriant.

2:00 – 2:50 Sing for the East!

East Kingdom anthems and traditional songs as heard on the “Sing for the East” album presented by a variety of performers.

3:00 – Court Instrumental Music of the Court by Musica Tramontana COURT

Enjoy instrumental music from throughout the SCA historic period as we gather and prepare to celebrate East Kingdom Court.
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Following Court (or 7pm, whichever comes first) Tales from the Decameron, a Teaser

Be entertained (and maybe a little scandalized!) by a selection of Tales from the Decameron presented by performers who will participate in the immersion event “A Day of the Decameron” in 2019.

7:30 – 9:00 Town Square Bardic Circle, Youth Priority Performances

9:00 – 11:00 Town Square Open Bardic Circle TOWN SQUARE

Bring your best performances on the theme of “Home & Fellowship” to the Town Square Bardic Circle or simply come to enjoy the fire, fellowship, and performances! From 7:30-9:00 youth performers will be given automatic precedence for performing; 9:00-11:00 will be a  traditional Pick Pass Play circle led by participants.

Sunday July 1st

10:00 – 11:00 Musicians’ Meet & Greet Mimosa Mixer Volume Two GREEN ROOM

Music makers of the Kingdom (and beyond!) please join together for a potluck brunch-time opportunity for musicians of the realm to get to know each other in a casual, relaxed non-performance environment. Feel free to bring some champagne, orange juice, sparkling water, or little pastries to share.

11:00 – 11:50 Gathering of Harpers

If you play a harp (or hope to soon) we invite you to a sharing circle of harps! Harpists are welcome to play in a harp circle, admire each others’ instruments, or simply enjoy each other’s company.

12:00 – 12:50 Short Story Session

Short Story Exhibition hosted by the East Kingdom College of Performing Arts! Come and tell us a tale or spin us a yarn! Or bring your yarn to spin and listen in! (Stories of 7 minutes or under are preferred. Longer pieces may be split into sections.)

1:00 – 1:25 Aneleda Falconbridge & Gregor von Medehem

Visit a spell with Aneleda and Gregor von Medehem as they perform a few songs – some familiar songs, some very old songs, and maybe even a new one or two!

1:30 – 1:50 Liederspiel with Cecelie Vogelgesangkin

Travel to Germany with Cecelie as she presents as set of delightful folk ballads.

2:00 – 2:50 For the Love of the Bard

All are welcome to bring and perform your favorite Shakespeare speeches, sonnets, and songs! (Readers are welcome; works need not be committed to memory.)

3:00 – 3:50 Sing Rounds with Aneleda

Simple songs sound great together! Anyone can learn these simple, historic rounds, so come and sing a few with Aneleda and friends

4:00 – 4:50 CANTIGAFEST with Bird, King’s Bard

Have a piece you just want to practice? Looking for a little feedback? A warm and open environment is available for this very thing. Performers of all levels of experience are invited to the cangiga jam. (Bring music if you have it!)

6:00 – 8:00 Bardic Open Mic at Kate’s Kafe (at KATES’ KAFE)

Lady Olivia Baker plays hostess at Kate’s Kafe for an evening of Bardic Open Mic. Sign up at the Kafe to perform or come, sit, and listen!

A Little Logistical Information

Who Can Perform?

There’s room for everyone to perform and this event features many opportunities for folks of all levels of skill and experience!

Opportunities for every level of performer are available at this event, and the Performing Arts Staff will assist any performer who submits an application by recommending resources for you.

Classes, practice areas, open-mics, open bardic circles, and opportunities to talk personally with experienced performers are open to everyone, regardless of experience.

The main performance venues are not recommended for beginners, however, there are several open-stage opportunities which would be perfect for novices to gain experience and entertain at 50 Year! If you have questions, just ask us!

What Material Can Be Performed?

A note about performance material:Performances should be “SCA-Appropriate” but may be from any time covered in the Society for Creative Anachronism. New works which are in historic style and “music of the modern middle ages” are equally welcome!

The event staff requests that all performers who are presenting under the auspices of the Performing Arts portion of the event, restrict their repertoire to works in the public domain, original pieces for which you own the copyright, and pieces which you have permission to perform.

Any questions regarding what material can be performed at this event can be directed to the Performing Arts Coordinator, Aneleda Falconbridge using the contact form below.