Saturday, September 24, 2005

Three Quarter Ale & Devil's Panties

I briefly mentioned this a while ago when I blogged about Dragon*Con - but I just figured that I'll write a spanking new entry. Three Quarter Ale is a fantastic Celtic/Folk music band that I discovered when they played at the Wheel of Time track at the Winespring Inn at Dragon*Con. Be warned, though - if you are not into that particular genre, you might not quite enjoy it as much. However, if you do enjoy good poetic music set to good ole' Celtic and gleemen tunes with even better puns and jokes, they're one of the best there are. And their live shows are simply fabulous.

"Three Quarter Ale is a Ren-rock band based in Atlanta, GA. Comprised of players Ariana Pellayle (Becky Cormier), Rosemary Quench (Rivka Levin), and Wicked Pete Speakeasy (Dolph Amick), Three Quarter Ale combines the lilting charm of 17th-century madrigals and traditional favorites with the high-energy impact of modern folk-rock for a truly arresting sound. The toast of the Georgia Renaissance Festival pub crowd, Three Quarter Ale's tempting blend of lively harp, flute, guitar, and ethnic percussion with delicious three-part vocal harmonies in turn uplifts, enchants, and makes listeners want to dance in their seats."
Of course, you could try downloading some sample music off their downloads page. I'd particularly recommend their rendering of the "Two Magicians" based on Child Ballad # 44 - it's, umm, interesting! (if you do not know what Two Magicians is, you might not really be interested in this genre) Even more interestingly, I just found out that the sketch on their home page has been done by none else than Jennie Breeden of "Devil's Panties" fame! (Pssst! You can't find a bigger fan of Devil's Panties than my room-mate, Lorenzo...)
And btw, Jennie is a fantastic artist and her comics are such a laugh! Very highly recommended.
She's such a fabulous person, too - if you're in and around the Atlanta area, you can find her works (and her) at the famed Oxford Comics bookstore on Piedmont. Be sure to ask her to sketch a caricature or two. ;-)
I'll end this with the lyrics of the Three Quarter Ale version of Two Magicians...
A lady sits by her own front door Waiting on her man When by there come a lusty smith With his hammer in his hand Saying... You are such a maiden fair All in your robes of red Oh will you take me in your arms And have me in your bed Away away you bold black smith What you do say is wrong Just how you think a lass like me Could be had for just a song He said Bide lady bide Your lust for me don't hide This dusty smith will be your love So lay aside your pride. So the lady she took out her wand Held it high in her hand She turned herself into a cloud Saying, "Catch me if you can!" So the blacksmith shook his hammer And it turned to a magic stick And he turned to a lightning bolt For to zap her to her quick He sang: Bide lady bide Your lust for me don't hide This dusty smith will be your love So lay aside your pride. So the lady she turned into a fish Aswimming in the brook So he became a fishing rod For to catch her with his hook So the lady she became a fly And flew up into the air So he became a hairy spider To drag her into his lair So the lady she became a rose On a rosebush in the wood So he became a bumble bee And he stung her where she stood (OW!) So the lady she turned into a horse Dark as the night is black So he became a golden saddle For to climb upon her back Singing: Crying bide lady bide Your lust for me don't hide This dusty smith will be your love So lay aside your pride. The lady fixed the blacksmith With a keen and a piercing eye He gave a haughty laugh, "Ha Ha Ha! I'll give you one more try!" So she herself turned into a man And leered down upon him good So he became a bonny lass And she took him where he stood *gulp* Crying bide lady bide Your lust for me don't hide This dusty smith will be your love So lay aside your pride.
Drink Ale! Wassail!