THE PRINCIPALITY OF TIR RIGH BARDIC CHAMPIONSHIP IS COMING!!!
The Principality of Tir Righ Bardic Championship will be held at the
Spring Coronet Tourney in Eisenmarche, May 22-24, 2009. (schedule to
The Championship is held to select the one with greatest skill,
versatility, knowledge, and creativity in the performing arts. The
performing arts can include Vocal music, Instrumental music,
Storytelling, Poetry, Drama, Dance, Physical arts (jugglers, acrobats,
jesters, magicians, etc).
- Skill will be evaluated on both technical merit and performance
in front of an audience.
- Versatility will be evaluated from the number of different
performing arts performed.
- Knowledge will be evaluated from documentation presented
(whether written or oral).
- Creativity will be evaluated from presentation of original compositions.
WHO MAY ENTER:
1) Members in good standing of the SCA.
2) Residents of Tir Righ for one year and intending to remain a
resident for the next year. (The Coronet may grant exceptions.)
3) Entrants must have read, understood and agree to abide by the
“Duties of a Principality Champion” as delineated in Principality Law,
Article III. (see below)
4) Entrants must declare their intent to compete, along with
what they will be entering, to Their Highnesses of Tir Righ, the
Principality Minister of Arts & Sciences, and the Bardic Deputy by
April 22, 2009
5) Entrants must present themselves before Their Highnesses for
the Invocation of the Bardic Lists at Court on Saturday morning of
a) The competition will be held on Saturday with the new Champion
being announced and invested at closing Court on Sunday.
COMPETITION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE TITLE OF BARDIC CHAMPION OF TIR
RIGH/SKALD OF THE NORTH WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:
1. A Letter of Intent must be sent at least onE month prior to competition.
Letter of intent should include what pieces or research papers you
will be presenting, their time period and genre (including whether
they will be accompanied and on what instrument/s) so that suitable
judges can be arranged ahead of time.
Single Entrants Only. If one or both of your pieces is a group
performance (ie: a recorder consort or madrigal group) only ONE member
of the group may be competing.
Please send emails to:
- Prince Raknar (firstname.lastname@example.org ) and Princess Chiara
- Mistress Katherine atte Moure (A&S Minster) - email@example.com
- Master Stephen of Hunmanby (Deputy A&S Minister - Bardic Arts)
2. THREE pieces must be presented for competition and judging.
a. Each competitor will have up to 15 minutes to present their
material before the judges.
b. Acceptable Bardic genres may be Music (vocal or instrumental,
or combinations thereof) Story-telling, Poetry, Dance, Dramatic
performance, Mummery, Juggling, puppetry, or any other “performance”
style acceptable within the SCA.
c. Bardic competition pieces presented should be period (between
650-1600AD) from any culture or be SCA acceptable.
- Pieces also may be original compositions/performances, in
a period style or SCA acceptable style.
- You may wish to choose pieces of differing genres, in
contrasting styles of the same genre, or different time periods.
Points will be given for skill, versatility, knowledge, and
d. One of your pieces may also be presented as a Research Paper.
- Research papers must be submitted to the Bardic Deputy one
month prior to competition to allow judges time to adequately read and
digest information presented prior to competitor’s Q&A time. Please be
sure to include proper bibliography, footnotes and citations.
e. All pieces and papers will be presented in front of an
audience of the populace, in addition to the competition judges.
- In the case of research papers, please be prepared to
offer a short explanation of the content of your paper to those
assembled prior to Q&A time.
f. Written documentation is required at the time of competition
(except for research papers which will be submitted ahead of time).
Please bring sufficient copies of your documentation (minimum 3
copies, 4-5 is better.) and be prepared to answer questions about your
pieces and documentation from the judges and audience.
g. If you require time to “set-up” prior to performance, please
inform those who will be running the competition how much time and
what you require, prior to competition time.
**DUTIES & PRIVILEGES OF CHAMPIONS:**
Tir Righ Laws - effective March, AS XLI
Article IV – Champions
Section 1 – Designation of Champions
The Champions are: Heavy Champion, Rapier Champion, Archery Champion,
Arts and Sciences Champion and Bardic Champion.
Section 2 – Championship Tourneys
1. The Championship tournaments will take place as follows.
a. Spring Coronet Tournament: Bardic
2. Each Champion may organize the tournament to choose their
successor at the appropriate Coronet Event unless defending their
title, in which case, intention must be declared to the Coronet in
Section 3 – Rights and Duties of Champions
No one person may hold more than one Principality Championship at the same time.
Section 4 – Rights and Duties of Champions
The job descriptions, duties, responsibilities and privileges of the
Champions are detailed as follow:
1. Duties of All Champions
a. To swear an oath of fealty and service to the Coronet.
b. To defend the honour and prestige of the Coronet and the
Principality of Tir Righ, whenever such is challenged.
c. To support the Coronet in war.
d. To attend all Coronet Events. Prior notification to Their
Highnesses and Their Heirs must be made if the Champion is unable to
e. To maintain membership in the Society during the
Champion's term of service.
f. To speak or act in the Coronet's name when delegated to do so.
g. To further the interests of their area of endeavour.
h. To maintain a paid subscription to the Northern Sentinel
(pdf or paper) for the length of their office, in addition to
membership requirements set forth in Kingdom Law and Corpora.
2. Rights of All Champions
a. To stand armed near the Coronet at all events.
b. To be at the side of the Coronet in war and at court.
c. To bear and display the regalia of their position.
d. Where space permits, a place at Head Table with the Coronet.
e. Champions shall not be charged site fees at Coronet Events.
Section 5 – Champions’ Regalia
In keeping with the Principality Financial Policy, Champions are
responsible for reasonable maintenance of the regalia for their office
and must pass the regalia on to their successor.
Section 6 – Competing In Other Championships
A Principality of Tir Righ Champion may compete for a Kingdom
Championship with the permission of the Coronet.