London. 1/1/97. Two veteran performers, known by the aliases Hawke (Rick Morrow) and Cedric the Fiddler (James Hazlerig), escaped from the Bethlehem Home for the Mentally Questionable, referred to by local residents as "Bedlam," sometime between midnight and twelve a.m. last Thursday. Informants say they were seen headed in a north-southerly direction.
"Hawke, well, he's a repeat offender," said Brophy, the big civic guard, when asked to comment on the balladeer's history. "He plays that Celtic music all over the place--Irish Festivals, coffee houses, pubs, you name it. His rap sheet is seven leagues long. He's been heard at Scarborough Faire and the Pennsylvania Renaissance Festival. He's been known to frequent the Texas Renaissance Festival, the Northwest Renaissance Festival and the Hawkwood Medieval Fantasy Faire."
recently out of therapy report that he wowed the crowds at the Bristol Renaissance Festival and the Old Indiana Renaissance Faire.
"He played the sweetest song for my grandchildren," com- mented Betty Holmzengarten, "then after their mother took them home, he got real bawdy. I've been laughing ever since. He sang this one song . . ." The rest of Ms. Holmzengarten's statement was lost in uncontrolled cackling.
Police reports show that Hawke has had a number of accomplices and co-conspirators over the years, but he is believed to have joined forces with his fellow inmate, the nefarious Cedric the Fiddler.
Cedric is rumored to have spent over a decade playing in orchestras, quartets, country bands, fiddle contests, and re-enactment events before perfoming acts of music and general mayhem at the Hawkwood Medieval Fantasy Faire and Four
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Side One: Irish Washerwoman / Swallowtail / Road to Lisdoonvarna / Morrison's Jig - Greensleeves / Julia Delaney - The Fox - Estampie - Romantanask - La Bastringue - Rose & Hawthorne - Sibeag Simor / Banish Misfortune
Side Two: Bring on the Faire - Soldier's Joy - Douce Dame Jolie - Nonesuch / Brian Boru / Drowsy Maggie - Rights of Man - Como Podens - Star of Munster - Star of the County Down - Cedric's Farewell
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Cedric's Overmode is the album that started it all--the first time that Cedric, Hawke, and Lilly came together for a recording. A full hour of lively fiddle music, original works, Middle English lyrics, haunting airs, and medieval tunes, this album is fun from start to finish. Some fans have worn the music right off the tape!
The Bards going over the wall..
Winds Renaissance Faire. Police records indicate that he combined storytelling with music to win a bi-state performance competition. He has been spotted aiding and abetting Hawke at the Texas Renaissance Festival .
Authorities fear that the combination of the two performers will be especially dangerous.
"I've seen these two in action," said Thomas O. Bedlam, former bartender at the Rambling Ruckus Pub. "Their modus operandi is to start with a hard-driving drinking song. Hawke will provide intoxicating rhythms on guitar, bones, bodhran, or anything else handy.
The two of 'em will probably switch off on the lyrics, throwing in some harmony and silly voices here and there. Then Cedric will let loose with some lightning fast jigs. Just when your heart's racing, they'll do something so sad and sweet you'll just cry in your beer. By the time they're done with a set, the audience will have laughed, cried, danced, sung and clapped. I stock extra beer when I see them coming."
"They're totally unpredictable," commented Dorian Mode, Bedlam's music therapist. "I've even heard them doing unorthodox things with mandolas, penny whistles and a schnauzer."