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SCA Bardic Resources on the Internet

Contact the webmasters if you have any resources you'd like to add or if you notice a broken link.

Note that many of our bards maintain web pages which include their own works, references, etc.

SCA Bardic Arts Resource Page

Mailing Lists

Bardic Sites of Other Kingdoms

Collections of Music, Poetry, etc.

Instruction and General Information

Other Sites of Interest

SCA Bardic Arts Resource Page

A new (2013) site with an SCA Bardic FAQ, lexicon, interactive calendar and SCAdian songs index.

Mailing Lists 

Here are the primary bardic mailing lists of interest to people in northern Oaken.

SCA Bards
The Society-wide Yahoo Group

SCA Musicians
The Society-wide musicians' Yahoo Group.

"Continuing the annual discussions from the Pennsic Bardic meetings". Membership in this listserv group is by invitation: you must have attended at least one of the Pennsic Bardic Congress or Collegium sessions. If you did but you never got signed up for the list, contact Llywelyn.

Midrealm Bards discussion list; a listserv. This is currently (12/09) hosted on a temporary site so if the link below doesn't work, try

Gorsedd - Northern Oaken Bardic Site and Mailing List
Discussion list for northern Oaken bardic household (i.e., for this site)
Mailing list:
Web site: (this site)

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Bardic Sites of Other Kingdoms

Nearby kingdoms, or those with a prominent bardic community

Aethelmearc - College of Bards

Ansteorra - Bardic Guild

Atlantia - Performers Guild Mailing List

Ealdomere - Bardic College

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Collections of Music, Poetry, etc.

Traditional Ballad Index
Not a collection per se, but an "annotated bibliography" which will lead you to other collections.

English Broadside Ballad Archive
University of California-Santa Barbara

Sixteenth Century Ballads
A collection of "interesting" ballads from before 1600, containing sheet music and lyrics, both in their original form and in a form intelligible to a modern listener. Also lots of links. Maintained by Gregory Blount of Isenfir (Greg Lindahl) - see below as well ...

The Choral Public Domain Library’s huge collection of links to free sheet music, sound files, and texts includes extensive medieval and Renaissance pieces.

The Mudcat Cafe
A database with the text and Midis for about 9000 “traditional” songs, that is, folk songs, composed songs, and oldies from all eras. There’s also an active forum where you can post questions.

A library of traditional and contemporary folk songs, mostly from Ireland, Scotland, and England.

Lady Phaedria's Music Collection
Dance tunes used in the SCA for download in Midi, PDF, and Noteworthy formats

Childe Ballads
Lyrics and music (MIDI format) to many of the Childe Ballads. The MIDI recordings are good quality but sometimes the arrangements are so dense it's difficult to determine the melody.

Childe Ballads
"English and Scottish ballads. Ed. by Francis James Child." An e-text of all 8 volumes.

30 Elizabethan Songs
30 ... um ... Elizabethan songs. With documentation, lyrics, sheet music and chording.

Cantigas de Santa Maria
A complete edition of the lyrics and music of the 13th century Cantigas de Santa Maria of Alfonso X El Sabio, specially prepared for singers and instrumentalists.

Cantigas de Santa Maria
Another Cantigas site, but this one has MIDI files as well.

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Instruction and General Information

Jas’s Middle Eastern Rhythms
Rhythms and information on playing doumbek and similar drums; lots of cool tools.

Medieval and Renaissance Material Culture: Musicians
What musicians wore, and which sorts of instruments might have been considered appropriate or typical for men or women of different social classes. Links to period art. Maintained by Karen Larsdatter

A Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Instruments
Photos, descriptions, and sound files for 32 period instruments. Maintained by Musica Antiqua at Iowa State University

The Golden Legend
The most popular book in Europe from about 1260 right through the Renaissance was this collection of stories about saints. The link is to a modernized version of William Caxton's 1483 translation.

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Other Sites of Interest

Delicious.COM Bardic Bookmarks
Delicious.COM allows people to save links to sites that interest them. The two addresses below will give you the current results for searches on "bardic" and "bardic+SCA"

Atlantia A&S Information Site
A wealth of articles and information; search for "Bardic", etc. 

Stefan's Florilegium
THL Stefan collects discussion threads from mailing lists and posts them on his site by topic.  Click "Performing Arts".

Cariadoc's Miscellany
Includes songs & stories. Maintained by Gregory Blount of Isenfir (Greg Lindahl) - see below.

Cariadoc's Virtual Bardic Circle

Greg Lindahl's Site
Hosts Cariadoc's Miscellany and the Sixteenth Century Ballads referenced above - but so much more: period music, informational articles, etc.

Tim Sheppard's Storytelling Links for Storytellers
"Probably the biggest collection of storytelling resources on the web, annotated and categorised for easy reference."

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