Our Concert At Pennsic Was A Blast

by Ken Theriot on August 16, 2014

Ken Theriot Performing Dogs of WarWe gave a 2-hour concert at Pennsic, which is the largest festival/event/”war” of the year for the medieval re-creation group, The SCA. The set was the same as the album release concert (for “Outlaws and Bystanders”) in March at “Gulf Wars,” another large SCA gathering, though we had a bit more time at Pennsic, so got to do a couple more songs, such as Lisa Theriot’s “Harvest,” and an encore performance (for which we had NOT planned:-P). We looked at each other and then the crowd, who called out for “Ban The Fencers,” a song by our friend, Thomas Bordeaux (from his album, “Prodigal Bard”).

This show was incredible for us! The new Performing Arts Pavilion is new and holds a larger audience. That, plus the last time-slot of the evening, allowed for a less rushed show that was packed with about 250+ folks. And they were absolutely wonderful! Their energy and support fed ours and seemingly vice-versa. We had an absolute blast.

I’ve spent today going through the video of the show and have sliced out one so far. It’s “Dogs of War.” That video is at the end of this post. The first part of the song, I was having trouble making my voice do what I wanted. Hence the frowny-face. I need to learn not to react to things like that:-P. Overall though, I think it came off pretty well.

Cheers!

Ken

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Mark-Antony-Dogs of War SongOne of my favorite songs to perform from my new album – Outlaws and Bystanders – is Dogs of War, which is the story of Mark Antony’s funeral speech (plus a passage from his speech to Caesar’s corpse) from the Shakespeare play, Julius Caesar. It’s packed with emotion as Antony, grieved over the loss of his king, vows revenge on those who committed the murder.

Then he speaks to the crowd at Caesar’s funeral – allowed to do so by the powers that be (the very murderers, themselves) because they feel secure that Antony cannot, even if he tried, stir the crowd to any kind of retaliatory action. But boy-howdy, were THEY wrong. Antony, armed only with words, turns an angry crowd completely around. And he does so without really overtly seeming to call for a revolt. He basically says: “I’m just a guy who is here not to say anything great about Caesar (“I come not to praise Caesar, but to bury him”), because it’s obvious how great a guy he was.” Pretty sly, huh? He goes on, “Oh, you didn’t know? OK, well then let me clue you in about the awesome things this man did for you. Surely if you had really known what an awesome guy he really was (and modest too, apparently), you’d be pretty pissed off that he was murdered by the guys he thought he could trust. Anyone with any honor who had known would want revenge. Oh, you do have honor? And now you know? Wow. Well I’m not good with words (shya! – like saying “unaccustomed as I am to public speaking….”), but if I were the kind of guy who COULD find the right words in a situation like this, then I’d pretty much call for the people to revolt against these bastards!” (“Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war!”)

Lisa Theriot wrote this song. In the liner notes, she describes the song like this: “we thought we’d borrow from Shakespeare again.  It is the ides of March, and Caesar has been murdered.  His loyal man, Mark Antony, vows to Caesar’s bloody corpse that the killers will pay, but Antony is alone and weaponless. All he has are his words.” Yup. Because everyone knows how ineffective as weapons words can be as weapons;).

Hear the song below:

For information on the songs, along with lyrics, you can download a pdf of the liner notes here: Outlaws and Bystanders Liner Notes

Buy Outlaws and Bystanders (or individual songs from the album) here:

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Ken Theriot: Outlaws and Bystanders

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