Thomas Whitehart

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True Thomas
Resides: Darach
Status: Active
Awards: Visit the Caid Order of Precedence
AZ, a stag trippant AR between three harps OR

THLord Thomas is a wannabe seanachie, an occasional battlefield speed-bump and is blessed with a son (Taliesin). He’s a 12th century Scot, and a former Bard of Caid. He is also known mundanely as the professional storyteller "True Thomas the Storyteller," hence the nick-name "True." He's also well-known to the Children's event autocrats for performing for the children and for the Fool's parades. He's seen at all the better fires, telling tales, and he is always glad to help a beginning performer. His storytelling repertoire includes over 300 stories, from cultures all over the world. His SCA articles "Twisted Tales" are occasionally seen in the Crown Prints, and are available on his personal website. (They are available to any SCA organization for reprint.)

Offices & Positions

Event Staff

  • Publicity, Great Western War 2010
  • Co-producer of possibly the largest concert in SCA history, at Estrella 2007 (600+, 14 acts, 4.5 hours long)
  • Co-Creator and instigator of several Bardic events: The Host-A-Bard Competition, GWW 1 and 2 (Household compete for the title of most Hospitable to bards)
  • The Family Bardic Concerts, The Bawdy Concerts (over 17, from 1999) (Producer and Emcee, with Master Yonaton, and Baron Beorn of Northern Sea. Caid and Atenveldt; regularly draw 300-400 people or more)
  • Creator of "Fools Parade", GWW, Potrero, Estrella (Punchinella leads the children on a fools parade, ending with a performance)
  • Creator of "Bardic Swap& Shop" style classes (A teaching "bardic workshop" to encourage folks to learn and exchange music)
  • Judge of several Bardic Competitions (including Staghold Knowne World Bardic)

Classes taught

  • Magic of Storytelling, Collegium Caidis Fall 2006, Collegium Caidis Spring 2007
  • How to Run a Music Swap & Shop, Collegium Caidis Spring 2007
  • True Thomas Presents, Collegium Caidis Spring 2007
  • Tricks' o the Trade, Collegium Caidis 2011
  • Creative Sparks- Getting the feedback you need to EXCEL!, Collegium Caidis 2011
  • Fyrecrawling 101, "the art of the wandering performer" Estrella, Potrero, GWW (A class where people learn the etiquette and techniques for performing at sca wars and events)
    • Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced level Storytelling
    • Vocal Performance
    • Meta-language and Physicality
    • Celtic Fairie Folklore and Myth
    • Celtic Folkore 101
    • Early Celtic History 101
    • Bringing Characters to life
    • Fyrecrawling 101/102
    • Bardic Coaching and Networking
    • Cordial Making (basic)
    • Storytelling for Children
    • Barding and Brewing
    • Producing Bardic Events
    • Advanced Storytelling Techniques
  • Organized and has participated in many SCA Demos, including the regular "Bardic Demo" at the Potrero School library
  • Multiple Emcee gigs in the SCA, including Demos, and Festival of the Rose
  • Continuing performances at hundreds of fires, and SCA events; In particular storytelling for Youth activities.
  • Celtic Folklore and Mythology- A Guided Tour of Celtic Myth and Magic, Collegium Caidis 2013
  • Bardic Coaching and Performance, with Caitlin Christiana Wintour, Collegium Caidis 2013

Competitions and Achievements

Active brewer, member of Darach Brewers guild, Caidan Brewers guild. Journeyman level marks in Cordials, Melomels, and Ales.

  • 2nd Place, Highland War Brewing Contest, 09/04/2010 (wine and mead category)
  • 2nd Place GWW Crema De Limoncello 2009 (cordials)
  • 3rd Place GWW Rose Champagne 2009 (from scratch, wine)
  • 3rd Place Highland war Rose Rhodomel 2008
  • 1st Place Highland war Cream Hypocris 2008
  • 1st Place Varietals Rose/Hibiscus Soda, Highland War 2007
  • 2nd Place, Blood Orange Mead GWW 2007
  • Winner of the Atenveldt Knowne World Bardic Competition, Storytelling, 2006
  • 1st Place Highland War, Sparkling Black Raspberry Melomel, Meads/Melomels 2006
  • 3rd Place GWW, Lemoncello, Varietals 2005 (in a very full field)
  • Winner of the Crystal Flute Competition, 2004
  • Winner of the Potrero Bardic Tourney, 1996
  • Gold Medal (with Ingilborg Sigmundardóttir) for Wolfalope Nut Brown Ale, Highland War
  • Gold Medal, 1st place, Sparkling Black Raspberry Melomel, Highland War


  • True Thomas website
  • 1st Place Metheglin Orientalis (Ventura County Fair) 2007
  • 2nd Place, Devil's Breath, Hot Pepper Mead (Ventura County Fair) 2007