Melody for Roar!

Melody for Roar!

At evening court at crown tournament yesterday, I performed a new An Tirian anthem with the help of Bieiris do Romans and Mea Passavanti, two very talented bards.  The reception was quite positive, and several people have asked me for the words or tune so that they can learn the song and join in.  You’ll find the lyrics below, and a rough, single-take recording of the melody (MP3) at the link above.  I’ll try to get the performers together so that we can also record the drum and harmony, but this should be good enough to let people learn the melody.

Thanks for all the positive feedback on the song so far!


Galeran Chanterel (mka Brian Sidlauskas)
Written during the reign of UlfR and Caoimhe (A.S. XLVII, April 2013)


Lion’s pride and Lion’s children,
Hear my song and heed your King’s word
Lay your ploughs and books aside once more.

Harness steel and harness stallion,
Pay no heed to fields left barren,
Join your Sire’s side and ride to war!


For we’ll face the foe with honor,
Join the battlefray with valor,
And strike wonder in the Western foe’s heart’s core!

As we charge into the war-throng,
Our clear voices raise the bloodsong,
And from every mountain high resounds our Roar!


Groom your sons and train your daughters
Rouse your sisters, cousins, brothers,
Answer fortune’s knocking at your door!

Quit your home and leave your hearthstone,
Join the Grail and Griffin enthroned,
An Tir rise, gladly ride to war!


As summer comes, with cuckoos singing,
Grows the sound of anvils ringing,
Forging blades to smite the foe once more.

Polish helm and burnish armor
Raise your glass, then raise your banner
Lay your tools aside and ride to war.


Sharpen blade and tighten bowstring,
Blow the horn and let the harp sing,
Legends rise, we live old tales one more!

Strengthen arm and mind and sinew,
Show the world what Lions can do,
He commands it! An Tir rides to war!


From meadhalls and grand pavilions,
Throngs a host with might of millions,
Tir Righ rise! Let griffin twins now soar!

With honor bright, with kingly bearing,
Roar your pride, your song, your daring!
None can best a noble heart at war.

still here!

I forget about this blog a lot… I just go do what I’m doing and let that be it.

But, OK, things are still happening!  Arts wise… well, I just recently finished my Manesse codex dress and will be wearing it to 12th night this weekend.  This is my first ‘really looks like it came from a painting’ outfit… I’ll take pictures and you can see how it turned out.🙂

I also just finished a coif for Galeran – wool, lined with linen, embroidered with a laurel wreath.  Turned out really nicely if I do say so myself – and I estimate only about 50 hours of work, which is not bad for one of my embroidery projects!!  I’ll try post pictures of that after the weekend, too.  (Right now it still has chalk outlines on it, so need to deal with that first.)

Service wise, I am more active than I planned to be given grad school!  I’m doing some work for Lions Blood (our kingdom submissions herald) since one of his deputies had to step down in order to  be princess (tough life, I know!).  That’s pretty minimal, just takes some planning.  I’ve also agreed to be drop dead deputy for Bleu Grael (principality herald).  I will not be able to do most of his job if he does drop dead, but I can at least get the reports in… sadly no one else will take it, which really disappoints me.  Haven’t been getting to a ton of events but I generally sit gate or herald’s point when I’m there – this weekend I’m planning on being at the consult table, although given 12th night is so close, I suspect we will have a great sufficiency of heralds available!

I also have a combined art/service project – making award necklaces for Their Highnesses of the Summits.  There’s nothing particularly period about what I’m doing, but it takes a little eye for design to make them pretty – and they are turning out to be VERY pretty.  Pictures if Fortune ever sends them to me.🙂  I haven’t done a lot of painting lately but would like to do at least one charter this reign – I’ll see what the charters are like after Royal Coronation this weekend.

I enjoyed finishing up my hand sewing projects recently – machine sewing is not as fun for me but I do enjoy hand work.  I’ve also realized what a huge outlet creative stuff is for me – I always feel better on a day I can be a little crafty, and given the stress that comes with school, that seems like a good thing to include!  So I think my next project will be mammen-style embroidery on my Jorvik cap – I’ll start it over the weekend, and given how long court is supposed to be, I might make significant progress. =D

Patent of Arms

I’m gradually catching up with the aftermath of July’s Laurel ceremony, including chipping away at the dozens of thank-you notes that I owe to the many awesome people who made the day so special.   Today, I also took the opportunity to snap a photo of my Patent of Arms scroll on the copy stand at work, so that I could show it off here.  This marvelous work is by Leah bat Yehiel of Three Mountains.  I can’t believe that she completed this piece of art with only eight days notice!

This also may be the longest text of a peerage scroll that I’ve ever seen . . . it took about five minutes to read it into court!Image

Laureling, Part the First

It’s been far too long since I’ve posted here, but the recent news is so excellent that I thought it might be time to return to this forum. In short, at An Tir’s July Coronation I was elevated to the Laurel in one of the most moving and well, LONGEST ceremonies to which I’ve ever been privy in the SCA.
I’ve got a much longer post brewing, but life in the real world since the elevation has been a whirlwind and I’ve hardly had time to collect my thoughts, let along summarize the weekend or write the dozens of thank you notes due to the gathering of amazing people who contributed in so many ways.  So for now, here’s an image from the ceremony, and a link to a gallery by Althea Rizzo when you can see many more.


Click here to see the whole Album!

More soon!
— Galeran

sewing, sewing, just keep sewing!

Bar Gemels is this weekend!  It’s an indoor/outdoor sort of site, and although the weather forecasts are good, I figured it was still good to have some warm-and-dry stuff available.  So I finally started on the Norse coat I’ve been thinking about for ages.

There’s slim evidence for a coat like this, and even less for how specifically it might have been constructed, but I’m basically making a Nockert type I dress, a little bigger than usual to fit over layers, slitting it up the front and cutting a V-neck down to a couple clasps slightly above the waist.  The fashion layer is a wool blend, black with an overlay of SPARKLY RED STUFF.  It’s so not period, but I don’t care, I adore it!

I got it all cut out yesterday; I recently acquired a cutting table and mat and it made the process SO MUCH FASTER.  As usual I did some things weird or wrong, but I’m learning!  (Yesterday’s lesson: cut the sleeves FIRST.  I almost forgot about them completely, and I ended up having to piece one together out of scraps. Had I cut them first, I’d just have a shorter coat, but normal sleeves, which would be better.)

Since the fabric is already not-so-authentic, I don’t have to hand sew this garment (‘have to’ being my own standards, you understand🙂.  That helps in terms of speed, although not in terms of back pain.  I continue to adjust the exact angles of the top of the body pieces (continual struggle is that at shoulder level, my measurement is significantly different than at bust level, and standard rectangular construction with a straight body piece gives me shoulder seams near the elbows!) – we’ll see how this one turns out.  I’m also trying two square underarm gussets rather than four triangles – the geometry is messing with me but I’ll persevere. Although given that I’m putting pretty wide sleeves on I’m not sure I’ll really need the gussets – we’ll have to wait and see.

Fashion fabric and felting materialsAnyway. While I don’t know that the embellishment will get done by this weekend (in fact, I doubt it will!), I plan to try a new craft: needle felting! I scored some supplies via freecycle and bought some lovely wool yesterday, and I’m intending to do some felted vinework along the edges.  Stay tuned to see how it goes!

finished dress!

So I finally finished the red dress! Mostly, anyway. All the seams are sewn and flat felled and it’s ready to be hemmed. I didn’t have quite as much fabric as I’d hoped, so it hits about mid calf. I could either leave it is as a shorter overdress, or add a length of another color around the bottom. Given what’s in my stash I think I’d have to add white. Not sure how I feel about white at the bottom! Not the most practical idea, certainly. I could wait a little and see what I have left when I make up the gold wool for Galeran… ponder.

Anyway. I had originally planned to norskify the hell out of this with mammen embroidery but I have changed my mind; if I do something less culturally specific the dress is more versatile. But I do want to jazz it up somehow, just not something that screams ‘norse’ so I think I’m going to take inspiration from these lovely cuffs I saw at Crown last fall and seek out some metal findings and accent those. It’ll be sort of generically period-esque, I know, but beautiful and versatile!

moar projects!

So the longest-term project in my crafting life lately has been the red dress.  This is a red wool dress that was made at the last minute the night before an event and, well, looked like it.  Last June I picked it apart and started the process of careful measuring, cutting, and all that to put it back together (100% hand sewn, silk thread, bone needle).  I also made google drawings of my body measurements and of the shapes I cut for the kyrtel, so that I’d have a record of what I did and how well it worked.

Well, last night I finished everything but the hem and tried it on.  It’s tight, but it fits, and looks a zillion times better than last time.  There are things I want to finesse about this pattern (a pretty standard Nockert Type I  garment, with the shoulders cut in a bit), and there are a couple places where my sewing did not do exactly what I wanted it to, but overall I am very pleased with it!

I had originally intended to jazz this dress up with tons of Viking-style embroidery based on the Mammen finds, but I’m reconsidering that plan.  For starters, the dress isn’t perfect enough for me to want to spend  THAT much time on the embroidery – and I was figuring a LOT of embroidery!  I think I’ll do some simpler embroidery designs on the dress, and will probably do something pretty elaborate on my Jorvik hat, but I think I’ll leave the red dress alone at least for now.

Instead… MOAR PROJECTS!  I am torn between doing another Nockert Type I garment in hopes of perfecting the pattern, and doing a St. Francis tunic as described by Alianor, which has the advantages of (she says) producing a perfect 13th c. silhouette – and, as you will note, NO DAMN CENTER GORES!  (I am contemplating cutting all my future gowns that have center gores all the way up the front to avoid inset gores, since I simply cannot get them right.)

I dunno.  What do you think I should work on?