Yesterday, I was made aware that the Northshield Episode of the Knowne World Bardcast went live (it is also available via iTunes). These are my local bards and friends and kin, and this is exciting for me to share some of them with you. If you are not familiar with the KW Bardcast, you should go and check out this episode and the previous episodes. You can also find the Knowne World Bardcast Page and Group on Facebook.
Sequentia has a lot of good albums out, but Edda is one that I listen to again and again. If you are looking to hear a solidly research-based what-if of what Early Medieval Norse music sounded like, this is it.
Benjamin Bagby is one of my inspirations. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see his performance of Beowulf (I’ve only seen it via his dvd), I recommend it.
Did you know that there is a Scandinavian version of the story of Beowulf? Hrólfs saga kraka very clearly comes from the same roots as Beowulf, but is written in Old Norse, focuses on other events and characters than in the Anglo-Saxon version, and has clear influences from the southern Courtly culture. The character that correlates with Beowulf is Bǫðvarr Bjarki.