Domhnall mac Pharlain

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Domhnall
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Resides: Gyldenholt
Status: Active
Awards: Visit the Caid Order of Precedence to access a list of this person's awards.
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Thegn Domhnall mac Pharlain has been an active member of the Circle of Bards of Caid since joining the SCA in the late 1990s. As Bard Elder and Founding Member of the Cliar Cu Buidhe household, he is the leader of the Cliar Cu Buidhe troupe. He has also been an active member of The Right Noble Guild of Saint Genesius, and the Commedia dell'Arte troupe, I Sciocci!.

In addition to his musical interests, Domhnall is a skilled archer and woodworker. He enjoys metalworking, calligraphy and illumination, and period cookery, especially on the Viking brazier he designed and built for the household camp. The Cliar Cu Buidhe encampment is a great source of pride for Domhnall. He continually endeavors towards building an impressive period camp, using his many woodworking skills and knowledge of period cooking methods. He is also a member of The Right Noble Upper Crust Cooking Guild.

Persona

Domhnall was born in the feudal barony of Arrochar, in the Scottish Highlands, in the late 13th century. He grew up on these same ancestral lands, located at the heads of Loch Long and Loch Lomond, with his clansmen, considered by many to be quite a turbulent lot. They are so competent at raiding the neighbor's cattle herds at night, that the full moon is often referred to as "Macfarlane's Lantern". Domhnall proudly displays this aspect of his history on his Arms.

Like many of his neighbors, Domhnall made a rare trip out of the Highlands to fight alongside Robert the Bruce, in the War for Scottish Independence from the English King Edward Plantagenet. Following a victory at Bannock Burn in 1314, Domhnall, still a young man, returned briefly to his beloved homeland. It was at this time that he met and married Beathog nic Dhonnchaidh, a daughter of the Donnchaidh Clan Chief, himself also a Bruce supporter. Soon after, Domhnall was called into service again, and the couple eventually accompanied King Robert I to Lochleven Castle, in 1323. A then Scottish stronghold, the castle had been strategically situated in the middle of Loch Leven by the English, between the royal burghs of Perth, Stirling and Edinburgh, but was captured by the Scots in the latter part of the 13th century, by the forces of William Wallace.

They remained in residence on the island for several years and then traveled rather extensively in later years. Their travels eventually led them to the lands of the Kingdom of Caid, where they continue to reside among friends. They are both well known within the kingdom for their bardic and performance arts. They visit their homeland and the lands surrounding Loch Lomond, whenever possible.

Offices & Positions

Classes Taught

  • Ballads for Bards, Collegium Caidis Fall 2005
  • Ballads for Bards, Bardic Collegium January 2006
  • Commedia dell'Arte: A Practical Introduction, Bardic Collegium January 2006
  • Sing for the Dream: Recapturing the Joy, Collegium Caidis Fall 2006
  • Percussion Basics (for the Sober Participant), Bardic Collegium January 2007
  • The Bardic Circle: the Basics of the Best, Bardic Collegium January 2007
  • The Bardic Circle: the Basics of the Best, Collegium Caidis Spring 2007
  • Writing for the SCA, Collegium Caidis Spring 2007
  • Songwriting Workshop, Collegium Caidis Fall 2007
  • Period Rounds and Catches, Collegium Caidis 2009
  • A&S Workshop: Sausage Making, Barony of Lyondemere, September 2010
  • Persona to Performer 1: Who You Are and What You Do, Collegium Caidis 2011
  • Persona to Performer 2: Using Your Persona Choices to Enrich Your Performance, Collegium Caidis 2012
  • Building a Period Encampment: First the Bones, Then the Soup, Collegium Caidis 2012
  • Period Camp Cooking: Fire Cooking Methods for Every Camp, Great Western War 2012
  • A&S Demo: Cooking on a Viking Brazier, Mission Viejo Readers' Festival, October 2012
  • Your Guitar's Persona is a Lute, Great Western War 2013
  • Period Dance Tunes Play-Along, Great Western War 2013
  • A&S Demo: Right Noble Upper Crust Period Cooking Demo, Great Western War 2014
  • Period Dance Tunes Play-Along, Great Western War 2014

Writing & Performance

Songs: Orginal Compostion

Most of the following songs were co-written by Beathog nic Dhonnchaidh:

  • And the Rain Came Down (Estrella War XXIV) *[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJh6OfFzqEM
  • Atenveldt, Land of the Sun (presented at Pennsic War XXXV)
  • By Our Honor, You Will Know Us (written especially for the 3rd Annual Bard of Caid Competition) *https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyP4Wvppgc4
  • The Daughters of Caid (written especially for the 1st Annual Bard of Caid Competition)
  • The Donnachaidh Wife
  • The Forest of Gold (written especially for the Barony of Gyldenholt's Anniversary & Investiture)
  • The Heart of Altavia (written and performed for Altavia Anniversary)
  • Here is a day for revelry (written especially for the Barony of Lyondemere's Anniversary & Investiture)
  • Honor Bound (written especially for the 1st Annual Bard of Caid Competition)
  • It's Hard to Be a Knight
  • Long Live Lyondemere (written for the 5th Annual Lyon Bard Competition and performed for Lyondemere Anniversary)
  • The Long, Well Traveled Road
  • Macfarlane's Lantern
  • My Lady Likes to Walk the Fields (a period-style "Catch", written especially for Pentathlon 2007)
  • On the Field at Bannockburn
  • Sail (written especially for the 5th Annual Lyon Bard Competition)
  • The Soon Wed Prince
  • Starkhafn's Dragon (written for the Barony of Starkhafn)
  • Under Western Sky (written especially for, and performed at La Prova Dura, Kingdom of the West)
  • The Virtuous Bards (Darkwell War)
  • We Celebrate Your Natal Day
  • We Drink a Health
  • The Seven Steps, How to Build a Scroll (a contrafactum of a 13th century cantiga, written especially to honor the Caidan College of Scribes)

Musical Performance

The troupe Cliar Cu Buidhe was founded in 2003, the result of a dream Domhnall shared with Beathog nic Dhonnchaidh, to share the music and stories, of and about the SCA period, in a unique, entertaining way. Over the years, the troupe has performed in many venues: for Coronations, Baronial Investitures and Anniversary Celebrations, Royal Lunches, Queens Teas, and too many wars and tourneys to list. Cliar Cu Buidhe has recorded over 80 songs, all of which were either written in period or maintain a medieval flavor through subject, lyric and performance style. All music performed by the Cliar Cu Buidhe troupe was either written, or arranged, by Bard Elder Domhnall and partner Beathog nic Dhonnchaidh.

Membership in the troupe is restricted to members of the household of the same name, Cliar Cu Buidhe. Although a few personnel changes have been made over the years, the troupe has been able to maintain it's popularity, and has performed regularly throughout the Kingdoms of Caid and Atenveldt. Recently, troupe members have scattered over several kingdoms, so it is not possible for the troupe to appear in its entirety. Fortunately, for fans of the troupe, Cliar Cu Buidhe recorded five CDs, which remain available, and have begun work on a sixth.

Members of the troupe Cliar Cu Buidhe are:

Command Performances

The following Court performances were at the request of reigning Caid Royals:

  • By Our Honor, You Will Know Us (Edric V, for Faizeh II), Coronation of Edward & Mora
  • By Our Honor, You Will Know Us (Edward II and Mora II), Coronation of Patrick and Kara
  • By Our Honor, You Will Know Us (Patrick II and Kara II), Great Western War 2012
  • Non Nobis Domine (Conrad Breakring), created and directed a Men's Choir performance, Coronation of Conrad II and A'isha *
  • By Our Honor, You Will Know Us (Eilidh na Tire Dharigh), Coronation of Mansur II and Eilidh II)

Medieval Theatre

The following productions were presented by The Right Noble Guild of Saint Genesius:

  • Cast Member: "Decamerron Stories", Plague Tourney, Barony of Gyldenholt, 2000
  • Cast Member: "Mummers' Play", Lyondemere/Gyldenholt Yule, 2000
  • Cast Member: "Our Kind" St. Genesius Revel at Japanese Tourney, Barony of Altavia, 2001
  • Cast Member: "Our Kind Trilogy" (written by Lord Goldwyn of Britain), Great Western War 2001
  • Cast Member: "A Christmas Mumming: The Play of Saint George", Gyldenholt Yule, 2001
  • Cast Member: "Pyramus and Thisbe", Lyondemere Anniversary, 2002
  • Stage Hand: "Midsummer Night's Dream", Great Western War, 2002
  • Cast Member: "The Joyous Farce of Master Morton the Scholar" (translated by Diane de Lyon), Twelfth Night, 2003
  • Cast Member: "Master Morton Goes to War" (translated by Diane de Lyon), Great Western War, 2004
  • Cast Member: "Robin Hood and Guy of Gisbourne", a Dumb Play, Robin Hood Tourney, Barony of the Angels, 2006


The following productions were presented by I Sciocci!, a Commedia dell'Arte troupe, founded by some of the members of The Right Noble Guild of Saint Genesius and now a part of the Cliar Cu Buidhe household:

  • Scenario: "Brighella Gets Lunch", Medieval Marketplace, Shire of Heatherwhyne, 2003
  • Scenario: "The Music Lesson", Baron's Feast, Barony of Gyldenholt, 2004
  • Scenario: "Cola Makes a Toast", Lyondemere Anniversary, 2005
  • Scenario: "The Lost Lands of Lyonesse", Lyondemere Anniversary, 2006
  • Scenario: "Brighella, The Greatest Band Director in All of the World, Potrero War, 2006
  • Scenario: "Best in Show", HRM Kolfinna's Festival of the Rose, Barony of Lyondemere, 2006

Event Staff

  • Event Staff: Special Activities, Plague Tourney (Barony of Gyldenholt), 2000
  • Feast Staff: Cook, Baron's Feast (Barony of Gyldenholt), 2001
  • Feast Staff: Cook, Baron's Feast (Barony of Gyldenholt), 2002
  • Event Steward (with Beathog nic Dhonnchaidh): Harvest Tourney, Barony of Gyldenholt, 2002
  • Feast Staff: Cook, Baron's Feast (Barony of Gyldenholt), 2003
  • Feast Staff: Cook, Gyldenholt/Lyondemere Yule, 2003
  • Feast Staff: Cook, Baron's Feast (Barony of Gyldenholt), 2004
  • Feast Staff: Cook, Coronation of Direk IV and Chamayn (Barony of Gyldenholt), 2004
  • Feast Staff: Cook, Winter Weekend (Barony of Calafia), 2010
  • Feast Staff: Cook, Winter Weekend (Barony of Calafia), 2011
  • Feast Staff: Cook, Lyondemere/Gyldenholt Yule, 2011
  • Feast Staff: Cook, Winter Weekend (Barony of Calafia), 2012
  • Feast Staff: Cook, Gyldenholt/Lyondemere Yule, 2012
  • Feast Staff: Cook, Twelfth Night (Barony of Gyldenholt), 2013
  • Feast Staff: Cook, Winter Weekend (Barony of Calafia), 2013
  • Feast Staff: Cook, Gyldenholt Anniversary, 2013
  • Feast Staff: Cook, Lyondemere/Gyldenholt Yule, 2013
  • Feast Staff: Cook, Winter Weekend (Barony of Calafia), 2014
  • Feast Staff: Cook, Coronation of Mansur II and Eilidh II (Barony of Gyldenholt), 2014

A&S Interests

Caid Arts Fair and Pentathlon

Pentathlon AS XXXIX (2005)

  • 1st Place Apprentice, Culinary Arts: Prepared Meats (sausage)
  • 2nd Place Journeyman, Performance Arts: Vocal Performance
  • 1st Place Apprentice, Performance Arts: Instrumental Performance (lute)
  • 2nd Place Apprentice, Visual Arts: Illumination
  • 2nd Place Apprentice, Functional Arts: Bookbinding

Pentathlon AS XLI (2007)

  • 2nd Place Apprentice, Visual Arts: Illumination
  • 2nd Place Journeyman, Culinary Arts: Prepared Meat (spit-roasted)
  • 1st Place Journeyman, Compositional Arts: Song (catch)
  • 1st Place Apprentice, Performance Arts: Instrumental Performance (small pipes)
  • 2nd Place Apprentice, Functional Arts: Tools (pewter seal)
  • 1st Place Apprentice, Functional Arts: Furniture (writer's slope)
  • 2nd Place Apprentice, Visual Arts: Surface Décor (stamped coin)g

Pentathlon AS XLIII (2009)

  • 1st Place Journeyman, Compositional Arts: Song (bransle)
  • 1st Place Journeyman, Performance Arts: Instrumental Performance (lute)
  • 1st Place Apprentice, Functional Arts: Leatherwork (turnshoes)
  • 2nd Place Journeyman, Functional Arts: Furniture (trestle table)
  • 2nd Place Journeyman, Performance Arts: Dramatic Interpretationy
    • Member, 2nd Place Winning Team: Cliar Cu Buidhe

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