49th Maidens Bardic

Welcome to the landing page for the Maiden’s Bardic Salon!

We are looking forward to offering a dedicated to space throughout the day for Bardic pursuits, and will be offering two classes. 

Bardic Schedule

9:00 am – 10:00 am: Room set-up, chat and CAFFEINE 

Come join us as we set up chairs, talk about bardic, wake up, and most importantly drink Caffeine!

10:00 am – 11:00 am: Improvisation for the SCA with Master Inchingham

Master John Inchingham the Fool introduces newcomers to the wonders of improvisation and provides veteran performers with a chance to test their abilities. Improvisation is taught both as an art-form in and of itself and as a means of creating ideas for the aspiring bard (and for the seasoned tunesmith with writer’s block). The class is fun and informal. Come prepared to move and to make a fool of yourself!

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Learning Songs: Midrealm Favorites Edition

Come join us as we practice some of Midrealm’s favorite songs! No experience required, new bards welcome!

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch with the Bards / Bard Meet and Greet

Come join us for conversation over lunch, meet other bards you might not know! Be sure to bring your own lunch!

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Bardic 101 / Ask the Bards with Lady Tali Essen

Ever wonder what different kinds of bardic circles are like? Are you a new bard and curious about bardic circle etiquette? Just want to share your experiences in bardic circles? This class wil cover these topics, and ask more experienced bards about their experiences.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Bardic Circle

With no Post Revel what’s a bard to do? Have one before the event is over, of course! Come join us as we get in as much singing as we can before court. No SCAdian repertoire? Don’t worry! Bring what family-friendly songs you have, and explore Lady Tali’s Newcomer Songbook for some ideas!

Additional Information

Improvisation for the SCA Instructors’ Biographies

Master John Inchingham the Fool, OL, OP, Third Kingdom Rapier Marshal of the Midrealm, Sixth Baron of Illiton and wayward squire of Sir Ixtlilixochitl, joined the SCA in Ansteorra but has lived in the Middle Kingdom for more than thirty years. A well-known entertainer, his bardic works are available on seven CDs (and five songbooks).

Steve Katlack holds a Master of Arts degree in Theatre and performed for several years with Comedy Sportz in Chicago, Illinois, and Austin, Texas. While in Chicago, he also acted, directed, and choreographed stage-combat for Arts/Lanes Productions (a company that stages the plays of Shakespeare for high school audiences). Steve lives in Peoria, Illinois, with his wife, Meg.

Bardic 101 Instructor’s Biography 

Tali Essen, called the Unicorn Bard, is shenaniagatorious both online and in person. She helps to moderate online and in-person bardic circles and helps new bards navigate them. She became a bard during the shutdown in 2020, and currently resides in Shattered Crystal.

Contact: Tali Essen of the Isles taliesin.isles@gmail.com

Scroll to Top