Fun as always! Heard many nifty new things, including a song about the Children's Crusade that should come with a content warning for young mothers and/or pregnant women. We had some attendees who had come from afar, including Sir Axel from the south of Atlantia and Rathlaed duNoir. (Well, when your hosts are Clam Chowder, I guess there's a certain pull...)
We had I'd say a good half-dozen entrants for the Poeta Spring Challenge, which we followed with the maypole. Six dancers and nearly as many singers! It was fun, and much more coherent than the Guppy Gala demo. Still lacked something of the frission it seems like it ought to have, probably because we were all over 30, mostly married, and a little self-conscious about the whole thing. I also neglected to psych people up to flirt. I'd still like to see it done with a high school/college crowd.
I did get to speak with Baroness Janina about Ye Olden Daies, and I have my nugget: Storvik's first seneschal and baroness divided those duties between them by coin toss.
Personally, I did all right. "To Put the Devil Into Hell" was quite well-received, and "None Suffer" started a brief discussion on the nature of the pilgrims (Baron Igor picked up that if they were eating white bread and wine, they weren't especially ascetic...). I trotted out "By Your Side" for I think the second time in public; a little wobbly at first, but it went fine. I tried Bertran de Born again; people left the room. Oh, well - I think I do well by it, but it's just a weird-sounding song. More gratifyingly, I read the "Saga of Fishflinger" on a lark, during a lull when folks were snacking and talking, and heard a few "Sssh!"s because folks realized they wanted to hear it. And after the room went on something of a gypsy jag, I hauled out Beggars to God. Little wobble in the first verse, then my voice caught up with itself and it went very well.
After listening to a large number of minor key narrative folk songs on various popular tropes, though, I admit I'm tempted to try a few Scadian versions of Title of the Song. Title of the War Song, Title of the Irish Song, Title of the Magical Song...