Well met, good neighbor! I am Alden Drake, the son of an English merchant, born in the 1500's in Calais during England’s occupation. Taking advantage of my family’s business on the sea, I spent many years sailing about the Atlantic and Mediterranian in search of learning and adventure. My travels have brought me to Ansteorra, where I met my lady wife, Alessandra Giovanna dei Medici. With many interests, such as heraldry, archery, sewing, thrown weapons, armed combat, and service, my arrival in Ansteorra was a blessing, for here in this fair kingdom can I enjoy not only those activities, but also good people with whom to share them.
My entrance into the bardic circles of Ansteorra has only occurred recently, but the support I have received has encouraged me to take a seat here and entertain you with a song or poem...or perhaps you favor a shanty? The story of my bardic initiation begins with a song, sung by firelight in the Coastal encampment at Gulf Wars XII. It was a song about the sea, and a boy who loved dolphins….
My interest in the bardic arts has grown since that fateful night, and I am very fortunate to have been taken under the wing of the Honorable Lady Eleanor Fairchild. With her inspiration and teaching, I have composed the following original pieces. Please enjoy them and feel free to perform them if you are so inspired. Comments are always welcome. Please email me at alden_drake*at*sbcglobal.net.
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