Welcome to the Hearth!

This is the online home of a Royally chartered Eastern guild of entertainers of all kinds: musicmakers, poets, storytellers, actors, mummers, puppeteers, etc., etc., etc. This community is dedicated to supporting the pursuit of the performing arts both as practiced in period and as relevant to SCAdian history and culture, to teaching and coaching, to making connections among performers throughout the kingdom, and to making opportunities for collaboration, socialization, multidisciplinary projects, performance spaces, inspirational challenges, and anything else we can think of to entertain ourselves and our audiences. Please take a look around!

Find announcements about things happening in the College, and where to find information about events featuring performance opportunities, gatherings, bardic circles, or the like.
Here's where we show off our performers! Here you can find stories, sheet music, lyrics, sound and video files of performances, and other good works of the members of the College.
Here's where the business of the College happens. Here you can find a list of the Faculty of the College, information on the members, and information on how to become a member of the College.
Many resources, including the charters and by-laws of the College, links to member pages and collections of works, helpful articles or other bits that help expand the teachings of the College.

Looking for classes, workshops, bardic circles, or performance opportunities in your area? Interested in signing up to teach? Want to have your pieces or performances posted or linked to in our “Great Hall” section? Contact the appropriate Dean(s)! There is (deliberately) a great deal of flexibility and some overlap among our subject divisions, so if you’re not positive where a particular topic falls, just ask.

Or talk to those people in charge:
Provost (Presiding Officer): Aife ingen Chonchobair in Derthaige
Chatelaine (Outreach and Communications Officer): Lilie Dubh inghean ui Mordha
Chancellor (Secretary and Manager of Policy): Sol la Cantor

Webminister: Vacant

The Balcony: Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Representatives of the College are happy to meet people, offer information, and hear performances (as possible) on request, in either informal visits or “official” sessions at events as desired; please check in with us in advance and let us know if you’d like to connect up. Other times and dates will be announced soon. If you’d like a meeting in another location, the Chatelaine will enthusiastically set one up upon request.

Here are some of the upcoming and continuing College projects:

  • Performance collaborations among multiple regional musical groups for upcoming Coronations and other Royal Progresses.
  • Sharing historical sources. Did you know that Alban St. Albans has digitized several uncommon compilations of multi-part period music, some of which have never appeared in modern editions? Email him if you’ve got a group of singers or instrumentalists who’d like to work with these pieces!
  • An ongoing series of Courts of Love, featuring song, poetry, displays of wit, banter and discussion, and a substantial dose of comedy.
  • Commedia Camp, a weekend exploring the theatrical craft of commedia dell’arte, to be held at Hunter’s Moon in August (email Master Anton or Boiarynia Katrusha Skomorokh for more information).

The Great Hall: Have a Seat!

Here are some historical pieces for reference, pieces that are partially or wholely original to members of the College, and other pieces that we really like.

If you have pieces you would like to include here, please contact the webminister, and he will be happy to add them. Any song, poem, story, music, or whatever can be included, as long as it basically fits the criteria of the SCA. Audio and video recordings are also viable, either as direct storage or as links to YouTube or the like. Additionally, if you want to have your music transcribed, but don't know how to write out music, Master Arden is good at doing that and more than willing to help. If you send him a recording, through some alchemy he can make sheet music appear! He also has semi-portable recording equipment if people want to try to do a recording themselves as well (a multi-track digital recorder, allowing for more complex stuff if you prefer).

The Eastern Tyger’s Roar

by Aife ingen Chonchobair in Derthaige (Amanda Lord). ©2010 reserved, music and text by Amanda Lord. Open use in SCA with attribution.


Ave Tigris Regia

Text by Dynna Flynn (Judith FitzHenry), Wendy M. Hennquin (Fiana of Clare), and Jeff Berry (Alexandre d'Avigne). Melody: anon, 13th Century. Lyrics ©2009 Dynna Flynn, Wendy M. Hennquin, Jeff Berry; Open use in SCA with attribution.


Carmen Orientalis

Text by Wendy Gale (Sabine de Kerbriant). Medody: In Taberna from the Carmina Burana, 13th Century. ©2004 Wendy Gale, all rights reserved. Open use in SCA with attribution.


Here Comes the East
(Oriens Victoriosus)

By Aneleda Falconbridge. ©2010 Monique Bouchard, all rights reserved. Open use in SCA with attribution.


Warhorns of Summer

Original melody and text by Verrix of the MidRealms. This is technically a Mid-Realm rather than an Eastern piece, but posted here for Pennsic. ©2003 Reid Sisson.


Dawn Song

Text: Bertran D'Alamano (1230-1260), Music: 13th Cent. Anon Motet. Recorded on "Of Dyverse Mynstralsye" by Paul Butler. Combined the text of Bertran D'Alamano with an anonymous 13th century liturgical motet, slightly modified to match the text, to create a period style dawn song. The original was in Provençal, the translation is by Willard Trask. I chose to do it in English because I think the words are important to understand for the effect of the song. Copyright reserved; text by Willard Trask, musical adaptation by Paul Butler. Open use in SCA.


Where Are the Dragons?

Original melody and text by "Sons of the Mid Realms." ©2012 by Sons of the MidRealms. It is a MidRealms song posted here for Pennsic.


I Am Eastern, So Are You

Music from Frere Jacques, text by Aneleda Falconbridge, maybe? Lyrics: "I am Eastern, I am Eastern, So are you, so are you, Let's go beat the (Midrealm), let's go beat the (Midrealm), With a stick, with a stick."


For Honor of Queen Geneviere

Text: Arden of Icombe. Music: variant of Machaut's Comment Qua Moy. Recorded by Paul Butler (all parts) Written by Arden of Icombe as commission to King Kelson for his Queen. The melody is a tweaked version of Machaut's Comment Qua Moy for the chorus, the verse is more heavily rewritten. Copyright reserved, music and text by Paul Butler. Open use in SCA.



The Undercroft


Administration — Provost (Presiding Officer): Aife ingen Chonchobair in Derthaige
— Chatelaine (Outreach and Communications Officer): Lilie Dubh inghean ui Mordha
— Chancellor (Secretary and Manager of Policy): Sol la Cantor
Belles-Lettres (poetry, prose, logic and rhetoric, language studies, etc.) — Dean: Aidreda de Tamworth — Chair of Prosody & Composition: Lucien de Pontivy
Music (instrumental and vocal music, bardic circles and coaching, musical composition, etc.) — Dean (historical composition and performance): Isabeau d'Orleans
— Chair of Music of the Modern Middle Ages (music inspired by period sources and/or the legacy of the SCA): Aneleda Falconbridge
Oral Traditions (storytelling, cultural and folkloric studies, persona performance, etc.) — Dean: Katherine Ashewode
Theatrics (stagecraft, improvisation, commedia de l'arte, mumming, etc.) — Dean: Anton of Winteroak


This is the present roster of active members of the College. Contact information and specialities will be added soon!

Adelisa Salernitana, Buckland Cross
Aife ingen Chonchobhair in Derthaige, Anglespur
Alana O'Keeve, Blak Rose
Alexandre Lerot d'Avigné, Østgarðr
Aneleda Falconbridge, Endewearde
Anton of Winteroak, Quintavia
Anya Krasnoperkin, Endewearde
Arden of Icombe, Iron Bog
Aurelia du Vrai Coeur, Østgarðr
Beatrice de Warynton, Hartshorn-dale
Brid ni Shearlis, Concordia of the Snows
Cecily Windham, Bridge
Cynon mac an Choile, Bhakail
Deonna von Aachen, Concordia of the Snows
Dorigen of the Grey Gate, Carillion
Drake Oranwood, Rusted Woodlands
Erlan Nordenskald, Rusted Woodlands
Finan mac Bressail, Endewearde
Finnguala ingen Neill, Concordia of the Snows
Gene Monette, Bergental
Judith Fitzhenry the Uncertain, Østgarðr
Katherine Ashewode, L'ile du Dragon Dormant
Katrusha Skomorokh, Anglespur
Lianor de Matos, Bhakail
Lilie Dubh inghean ui Mordha, Østgarðr
Linette de Gallardon, Owlsherste
Lorenzo Gorla, Iron Bog
Maeve O'Morain, Caer Adamant
Marion Quyn, Bhakail
Sabine de Kerbriant, Bhakail
Scholastica Joycors
Sean O'Morain, Caer Adamant
Siobhan ni Dhonnabhain, Hartshorn-dale
Sirhan al Cyani ibn Atai Akarel Diablu, Østgarðr
Sol la Cantor, Blak Rose
Tristan le Chanticler, Black Icorndall
William Graham, aka Roberto Fumagali, Black Icorndall
Ysemay Sterling, Nordenhalle


To be listed on the College roster as a member, contact the Chatelaine with your name and home group. Please feel free to include your interests and experience level if you'd like.

To become a voting member (which grants the right to vote in future elections for faculty and officer positions), we encourage you to offer a single performance, piece, or submission of your choice in the presence of three current voting members. This may be of absolutely any level of proficiency, does not require documentation, and can be conducted in private as desired. If this poses a hardship due to location or logistical difficulties, please contact the Provost to discuss alternatives.

Anyone who falls into the following categories will have full voting membership automatically granted upon request:
— Former members of the guild known as the Royal College of Bards;
— Companions of the Order of the Troubadour, the Order of Terpsichore, and the Order of the Maunche or the Laurel (the last two if given for excellence in a Performing Art of the College);
— Past or present Kingdom or Baronial Bardic Champions, or other Champions of a Performing Art of the College.

There are also opportunities for non-performing Patrons of the College; contact the Chatelaine for ideas and suggestions.

For membership performance opportunities, check the Balcony Announcements or email the Chatelaine, Sabine de Kerbriant.


The Library: Shhh!

Below are various resources and links to things of interest to the college. Feel free to browse!


The College will promote excellence and camaraderie in the arts while advancing our understanding of the Medieval and Renaissance periods of history through the study, composition, and practice of the historical performing arts and the celebration of the history and culture of our Society. The College will establish bylaws for its prudent governance, and will pursue these above stated goals in accordance with those bylaws.

Our Charter   |   Our Bylaws   |   Bylaws Summary

For any questions regarding the Bylaws, please contact the Chancellor.


Below is a partial list of links to things of various interest to Performers.


Some reference books for individuals in various fields of Performance. Links are either to Amazon (purchase) or Google Books (online reading).