The song, Band of Brothers, is the first track on Ken Theriot’s (Sir Kenneth, in the Society for Creative Anachronism – SCA) album, Human History is an energetic and stirring version of Shakespeare’s St. Crispin’s Day speech from Henry V. It is an example of the magical song-writing partnership of Ken and Lisa Theriot (Mistress Adelaide de Beaumont in the SCA). Lisa distilled the iambic pentameter of Shakespeare’s original text, arranged it into the more familiar and (perhaps more importantly) more singable ballad format (alternating iambic pentameter and trimeter for all you poetry buffs), and added a repeating chorus that sends chills down your spine.
Human History’s first three songs all tell different stories from different perspectives of the The Battle of Agincourt. To Serve the Lily and Agincourt are tracks two and three, and make up what Tim Jennings (Master Garread Galbraith, in the SCA) refers to as “Agincourt, the Musical”), all three songs the product of the same song-writing process.
The rest of the album’s songs follow in a similar vein about other historical events or themes, and make up an incredible “must-have” album for every member of the SCA, or indeed any fan of history and/or just great pop folk music.
Hear samples of all the songs and purchase individual songs or the entire album digitally on Apple Music here.