Master Ioseph of Locksley passes away

Master Ioseph of Locksley, modernly Joe Bethancourt, passed away on August 29, 2014 after prolonged illness. Master Ioseph was the tenth Laurel of the SCA and was well known for his bardic compositions and performances.

Master Ioseph was a musician and composer whose works grace both the SCA and the modern folk music communities. He published nearly twenty albums, including several collaborations with Leslie Fish. In the modern world, he strongly influenced musical life in the Phoenix, Arizona, and was nominated for an Arizona Governor's Award for his contributions.

His SCA-themed songs include, among others, "Atenveldt Invasion", "Estrella War Song", "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny", "Ladies in the SCA", and "Serious Steal". The last is a bawdy parody of "Serious Steel" by Leslie Fish. In Leslie's original, one Pennsic War turns serious (in a humorous way) when WWIII ends civilization; Bethancourt's sendup describes several young lords seeking and encountering female company and appears on the same album (titled "Serious Steel") with Leslie's original.

A sad day for music and the SCA

Milica and I have enjoyed Joe's music for many years, though we never had the privilege of meeting him in person. His passing saddens us, and we offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends.