Lady Ampersand began her performing career at the age of three and began her instrumental one with the flute at age seven. Aside from a few songs the chorus director required the chorus she was in while in Jr. High and High School to sing “for broadening our musical education” and playing “What Child is This?” (which uses the tune of “Greensleeves”) for the occasional Christmas performance at church or school, she had little exposure to Medieval or Renaissance music. She attended her first Renaissance Faire in 1982 and had great fun, except when the guy in the mud puddle wouldn’t go out with her! The next time she got to go to a faire was in 1997 when she kept thinking, “Boy, this looks like fun! Wish I had time to do it.”
Fast forward to 2000 and enter Foolscap, who tossed her, head first, into the SCA and Renaissance Fairs and who now cannot seem to drag her out! “It’s been a quick education in ‘real faire music’ but very rewarding, and I so enjoy sharing our music. I’m still getting the hang of the recorder,” she adds, “but it’s still authentic music we bring to the populace, even though my flute is modern.”
Lady Ampersand also keeps Scurvy T. Sheep in check—or at least in his basket.
Foolscap first (knowingly) heard early music around 1980, and has played and sung it with various amateur and semi-professional groups since 1982. For a time he assisted with Four and Twenty Blackbirds, a weekly early music and folk music show that aired in the early 1980s on KCSC in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Curiously, he has managed to get himself on some mailing lists as Concentio Agnorum’s Software Engineer.
Scurvy T. Sheep adopted Lady A and Foolscap in 2001. He says, “There was just something about them.” Mistress Willa first spotted him peeking out of his pen and pointed him out to Lady A, who just couldn’t resist him either.
Scurvy made his debut with Lady A and Foolscap at the Wybreg Beer Garden. He didn't have any garb or equipment back then, but sure is proud of all the things he’s acquired since. When asked what his favorite piece was, he couldn’t decide if it was the chainmaille belt, the hackberry wood goblet or his selection of hats. He is also very fond of the favors many of his faire friends have given him. But, when reminded of his Pub Club Pin, he nods, yes, that is his “very most favorite.”
Mr. Sheep doesn’t know much about music, but says he knows how important his job with Concentio Agnorum is: “I guard their tip basket! And I hope to remind people to tip them if they enjoy the music. Tip them a little, tip them a lot, but please don’t tip them over.”
Scurvy likes “scritches where it itches” and hopes to meet you at faire soon!
Billie Jones is an actor, playwright, and director. Among her acting credits is a role in The Bridges of Madison County. Her Bacon number is two.
James Jones is a programmer, sometime calligrapher, and fan of early music.
Scurvy is what he is. (No way could we make any of that up.)
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