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Bardic Championship "Eisteddfod" Webpage

See the Kingdom Calendar for date and location.

The following Eisteddfod rules are from previous competitions. Check event posting for an upcoming Eisteddfod for specific rules for that year.

An Eisteddfod compeition generally requires three pieces:

A "piece" can be of any bardic category: vocal song, instrumental song, poem, story, dance, and so on.

Pieces must be no longer than 5 minutes.

Extra credit for documentation; extra credit for period-style or period performance for either of the non-period pieces.

Most important, though, is entertaining the Crown and populace in a manner that fits in the new Middle Ages.

Documentation Guidelines

  1. Basic Information
    1. For non-original pieces
      1. Title
      2. Date
      3. Area of Origin
    2. For Original pieces
      1. Title
      2. Period (century) upon which the piece is based
      3. Area where the style would have been heard/seen

    Note: All this could be part of the title of your documentation: e.g. Upon a Dead Man's Head: A poem by the English poet, John Skelton ca. 1498 or My Superior Poem, an original Sonnet based on the English form utilized by William Shakespeare (1564-1616).

  2. The elements of the piece that were characteristic in period - e.g. this original song utilizes a two rhyming couplets followed by a nonsense chorus as one might find in The Famous Ratcatcher, earliest known printing, 1615.
  3. Some short discussion of what makes your piece a "standout" in preparation or performance: e.g. The piece requires exceptional breath control and exhibits difficult changes in pitch and meter (assuming it does) or While Middle English would have been easily understood by the original auditors, it was necessary to seek a balance between the original pronunciation and what is accessible to the modern ear.
  4. At least two resources - please do not use Wikipedia

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