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Real Name: Martin Hamm
Hi All

Marcel (aka Marcelo Montoya) has literally been visiting every town in Warwick to improve his maps and compile a list of favourite songs. He started mid July leaving from Crossroads (while everyone else went to Rose Hill) and will arrive in Fortnight (for the first time ever) November 10 having completed the trip.

He hopes eventually (early in the new year) to supply all interested participants with physrep songbooks, which he will use to teach interested participants as many drinking songs, battle chants, canons, ballads, chansons, and trouvers as people can utter between inevitable attacks.

Now it is your turn to add any songs you want included in the list. Once the book is sent to the scrivener it will be too late to add new ideas easily.

I already have over 30 medieval and renaissance songs, but these have not been tested by the players. Your opinion matters. Please tell me what you want to have included in the official "Top 50 of Warwick."

Most entries in the book will have:
- name and author
- english words (and original words if avialable)
- sheet music
- youtube link to some kind of version of it

I can do most of the research, but the more you can send me, the better.
There are many songs with the same title, and even some with the same words and different tune. So, the more information you can send me about your favourite song, the more likely I will find enough info to include it in the book.

In particular I am looking for songs that:
- are either very old, or sound that way
- do NOT sound like modern pop songs
- are singable by one or two people with minimal or no accompaniment
- are fun, uplifting, or at least easy (not necessarily all three)
- a variety of styles are encouraged
- have at least one partly English version available

Please send your ideas and requests to:

PM: wytenyte
email: wytenyte AT

Have fun,
Martin (the) Hamm
Fri Oct 21, 2016 5:47 pm

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Real Name: Anna McDermott
*thumbs up*
Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:19 am

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Real Name: Stephanie Harris
Anything by the SCA Bard Wyndwraith is fantastic for that kind of stuff. Her real name is Karen... something.... she has a website I'll see if I can find it.
Sun Oct 23, 2016 4:33 pm

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Real Name: Martin Hamm
Thanks Anna.

Thanks Faenaria.
I haven't find a Wyndwraith or "wynd wraith" yet, so if you have any further clues, I'd be much obliged.
Sun Oct 23, 2016 8:57 pm

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Real Name: Martin Hamm
Wyndwraith herself was a bust ... but SCA turned out to be a goldmine with their own compiled bard book.

Though much of their book is too modern for me, and rewritten to fit their history and locations, there is still loads of great material to rummage through - including many that I hadn't already found.

Thanks again for the lead Faenaria.

If anyone else has some suggestions fire away ...
Sun Oct 23, 2016 11:13 pm

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Real Name: Stephanie Harris
It's Wyndreth, my bad
Savage Daughter and Lifeblood (A Viking Drinking Song) are good starting points
Mon Oct 24, 2016 12:30 am

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Real Name: Martin Hamm
Yes Faenaria, Wyndreth is an instant favourite.

The original music is well suited to the style and does not sound modern. Her voice is strong and bold and suited to the lyrics she sings. Unfortunately, it will likely be impossible to get sheet music for these, but I will include the lyrics to a few of these and a recommendation to buy (or at least listen) to her tracks.

Without the notes it will be hard to create any kind of an accompaniment to these songs, but if you, or anyone else at event can learn the tunes by rote, I'm sure I won't be the only one joining in on the 2nd chorus.

Thanks for the tip.
Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:38 pm

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Real Name: Aleksandra Margolina
Do you want some romani/gypsy songs? Or just bardic style
Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:42 am

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Real Name: Martin Hamm

I was actually going to eventually get around to asking you for a couple of tunes anyway.

Marcel is a gypsy after all ... though more of the gitano persuasion.

I am open to any music that is appropriate to period and performable with the people and spaces that we have. (I.e. nothing that requires complex accompaniment or that is too obviously tonic-dominant harmony). I am willing to stretch this requirement a little for songs that players already have referenced or used in game, or that can be performed in a way that sounds more periodic than the original arrangement.

I have focused on Alban, Inishmoran, and Malayan tunes in my own research because of Marcel's own background (and mine), but this is only for my convenience. I will include any appropriate song recommended by the people of warwick as long as I can find enough information about it online.

As a side note: This project is not intended to be at all exclusive. Once we get the mood of performance happening, people are welcome to continue to come up with their own tunes that are not "in the book" but this is likely to lead to a solo act more than a group Hurrah.
Wed Oct 26, 2016 9:45 am

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Real Name: Jessie Hathaway
Logistics World
Artists I am particularly fond of for event music:

Heather Alexander - Beautiful voice, and very much the types of songs you would expect at a Ren Faire, also the beats are simple enough that they can easily be replicated on a table. (yes, she is now a man, but the songs I know are not sung by Alexander Adams, they are sung by Heather, though I am sure Alexander has some gems as well)

Mediaeval Baebes - they sing a lot of middle to old english songs, very cool. Little bit of latin in there as well.

The Wailing Jenny's - I have been thinking of adding some of their songs to my repertoire, and the more people know their songs, the more we could play with harmony, which I love. I discovered them through my bluegrass Pandora station, if that gives you and idea for the feel of their music. Minimal accompaniment.
Wed Oct 26, 2016 8:43 pm

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Real Name: Abraham Dybvig
I outright steal arrangements from Malukah because they are very bardic and periodesquie. (

Most of her songs on her channel have chords and lyrics available at her website.
Thu Oct 27, 2016 2:05 pm

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Real Name: Martin Hamm
Due to the ridiculous complexity of this task, I am now looking at an August publication date.

It will be available for IG currency or favour only (because I can't collect cash for songs I haven't written).

... On the plus side its not too late to still make submissions (couch cough Vervain)
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:23 pm

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