Aife ingen Chonchobair in Derthaige
Aife with Harp
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Amanda is a writer in upstate NY. Known as Aife ingen Chonchobair in Derthaige (formerly Aoife inghean Conchobair) in the SCA, she focuses on the Bardic Arts, telling stories, writing poetry, singing songs, playing harp, and occasionally being a part of the infamous traveling bardic gong show. Her device is "Azure, three bezants each charged with a triskelion of spirals azure." She is married to Joel Messerer who continues to put up with this insanity. She dabbles in the textile arts in her spare time as well. She primarily plays in the Barony of Concordia of the Snows. Aife has one current student, Lady Finnguala. Finnguala is focused on the bardic arts and early Ireland.
She is a resident of Vestfell Farmstead and was apprenticed to Master Toki Redbeard. From October 2009 to October 2010, she was Baronial Bard of Concordia of the Snows to His Excellency Angus Kerr. From February 2010 to February 2011, she served as King's Bard of the East. On May 27, 2012, she was Elevated to the Order of the Laurel.
Aife is a late 7th Century Irish woman. Key events that would have affected her in her lifetime would include the Synod of Whitby (which attempted to bring the Celtic church in line with the Roman church), as well as the plague that swept through the British isles in the late 7th century.
Offices and Positions
- Queen's Bard to Avelina Keyes II, Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaoláin, and Thyra Eiriksdottir II
- King's Bard to Konrad von Ulm II, Edward Grey of Lochleven, and Gryffith FitzWilliam II.
- Baronial Bard to Angus Kerr
- Baroness' Bard to Lucia Francesca de Valencia
- King's Order of Excellence
- Queen's Order of Courtesy
- Seamstress to the Crown
- Head Cook for Winter Nights 2008
- Deputy Autocrat for Winter Nights 2009
- Head Cook for the 30th Anniversary of the Barony of Concordia of the Snows
- Deputy Autocrat for Winter Nights 2010
- Assistant Artistic Director and Assistant Technical Director for Beowulf the Event (March 26, 2011)
- Assistant Director Beowulf the Roadshow at Pennsic 2011
- Co-director for Beowulf the Roadshow at Pennsic 2012
- Co-head cook, Coronation of Edward II and Thyra, 2012
- Co-Autocrat, Winter Nights, 2013
- Artistic Director/Organizer, Twelfth Night, 2014
- Co-head cook, Bjorn's Ceilidh and Concordian Baronial Investiture, 11/2014
- Deputy Autocrat, Feast of St. Nicholas in Queen Elizabeth's Court, 12/2016
Organizer of the Crown Tournament Consort Poetry Project, 11/2014
I first ventured into exploring Early Medieval Irish Poetry in September 2009. I'm learning as I go. These are listed roughly in order, but, does not include any poetry included in stories I've told.
Poem for the Winter Reign of Konrad II & Brenwen II. (TBA)
Poem for Sir Edward Grey's victory at Crown Tournament
Poem for Duke Konrad
Poem to rouse the East for Pennsic 39
All Good Things End: Poem for HRM Edward's stepping down
I am Liaden
Winter Elegy (Lyrics Soon. Recording if I can figure out how to get one up here.)
Eastern Tyger's Roar
Chorus: Now heed the call of Queen and King as war drums thunder and battle rings. Raise your voices and lift your swords; the Eastern Tyger is called to war. Beat your plowshares into swords, black the fields from battle scars. Guided by our eastern star, hear the Tyger's mighty roar. The Eastern Tyger roars! Chorus Bowman loose your arrows swift. Foes will shake at blackened sky. Sky will sing with fatal gift. Guard us with your deadly eye. The Eastern Tyger roars! Chorus Swear on chain of honor bright. Kneel before your Tyger King, Rise! the host of eastern knights. Courage stands through anything. The Eastern Tyger roars! Chorus Blood of heroes runs through our veins. Blood, the price of honor and pride. Blood that's shed by battle slain, blood that cannot be denied. The Eastern Tyger roars!
Sing the Praises of the Dragon (Written as a gift from TRM Edward and Marguerite for the Midrealm.) (Lyrics Soon. Recording if I can figure out how to get one up here.)
Caoilfhionn's Hymn to the tune of Seikilos
Sing for her, beloved rose. Sing for Countess both fierce and gentle. Praise the splendor of her noble heart. Merciful and fearless. Glory to this Rose. Sing for her, courtesy's rose. Sing for joy of her constant smile. Praise the generous and lovely Caoilfhlionn. Crown'd in grace and wisdom. Glory to this Rose. Caoilfhlionn
Roll of Kings Response (Old Irish aphorism set to music for the Coronation of Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II)
Sinn ag loighe ar in lucht romhainn, lucht oile orainn san uaigh. We rest on those who came before us, and others will rest on us in our grave.
Gift of the Eastern Crown (written for the occasion of Brennan II & Caoilfhionn II's Coronation)
Chorus: Oc Fírinde ina croidhedhaibh
co nertt ina lámhaibh
co comall ina tengthaibh.
Mani má in talam fue!*
uck fear-ind in-uh croy-oyv
co nert in-uh loyve
co come-all in-uh teng-hiv
many maw in tall-um foo-eh
We'll follow flame of Eastern Rose,
Royal, steadfast, shining light.
Her laugh inspires a thousand souls
to swords, shields, and honor's fight.
We'll follow voice of fearsome King
kin to all whom he'd command.
Mantle of East for matchless one,
honor's exemplar in land.
To those acclaimed with honor crowned,
the Crowns we bestow in trust.
In tranquil time we give our home
to hearts proven strong and just.
- Translation: With the truth in our hearts
and strength in our hands
and truth on our tongues,
Unless the earth breaks asunder.
Baile & Aillinn
The Story of Nessa
The Adventures of Nera
Setenta's Boyhood Deeds
Cuchulain and the Morrigan
The Slaughter of the Boys of Ulster & the Scythe Chariot
The Death of King Conchobar
The Death of Redg
The Pillow Talk
The Mortality of the Children
The Burning of the Kings
Other Stories/Spoken Word
Beowulf the Event: The Messenger Brings Word of Beowulf's Death and the Dire Implications Thereof (165 lines - reprising a smaller piece of this for the 2012 Roadshow)
Beowulf (the Roadshow 2011): Wealhtheow Offers the Guest Cup to Beowulf
The Combat of Ferdiad and Cuchulain
The "Edward Wins Crown" Poem, performed at King & Queen's Bardic (February 2010) 
The Story of Nessa, performed at Midrealm Bardic Madness (November 2009)