Shava from Northshield has added 90 more video recordings of SCA bardic performances to her extensive YouTube channel, which now has over 500 videos. The performances include works from multiple kingdoms and many venues.
About 4 years ago, I posted a silly video by our local vocal guild which was the start of my youtube channel, but I didn't realize what was going to happen about a year after that. That year I went to Gulf Wars with a small Flip video camera and captured a view videos of Don Mateo Montero de Madrid (originally of Northshield and now of Ansteorra), Master Garraed Galbraith (Ealdormere/An Tir/and now Northshield) and Dame Elidh Swann Stralachlan (Caid). That was the point when I realized that I might have a project on my hands. They're not great art but they can help serve as a video/oral history.
I played with the idea at a few bardic events or asking bards I knew to let me record them doing something. By the next Gulf Wars, I had a better small video camera and went looking for more video possibilities and found the War Bard Competition.
At this point, I have over 500 videos on my channel. There are a number from an Irish Fest that I attend every year (and if I figure out how to move them to their own channel someday I’ll do it) and a few other things but most of the videos are SCA bardic works. At this point, bards from Northshield, Midrealm, East, Calontir, Ansteorra, Ealdormere, An Tir, Caid, Gleann Abhann, Trimaris, Meridies, and The Outlands are represented and I hope to keep adding to the channel.
I have just finished editing another 90 videos from Northshield’s twenty-second Bardic Madness and have those all uploaded on the channel. I’m still waiting for some permissions to make them public so will continue to do so as the permissions come in. One of the things I’ve discovered is that it is fun to post all levels of pieces--from the beginners to the close-to-professionals or professionals.
I would like to continue to try to catch a bard or two whenever possible; especially doing their iconic pieces or stuff they want to show off. I will remove anything at any time I am asked. I will add any credit lines (or even links to websites) that anyone asks me to. I will be attending KW Cooks and Bards in a few weeks in The Outlands and hope to add more to the channel. So, come seek me out if you want to sing or tell a story or something like that for the camera. We will try to find a corner, with or without an audience or backup singers. It’s all up to you.
I also hope this channel will help find an audience for our talented bards or to show people that you don’t have to be a professional to be a bard. Bardic can be for everyone! Bardic should be for everyone! Our bards entertain and record our history as we make it.
Feel free to spread the word on this since I would love to do this for bards and the populace in every kingdom of the Knowne World. The channel is linked below, as is the silly video that started it all.