For many years the SCA was my primary outlet for performing. I told stories, sang songs, played the dumbek and Jew's Harp, and competed to be Marinus' Titled Bard (which I won several times) and the Atlantian Royal Bard (which I got as close as 2nd place ... several times.) My lady once commented that if I came in 2nd place again she was going to make me wear a bridesmaids dress the following year. I came in 2nd but stopped playing soon afterwards and I never tested her resolve about my wearing that dress.
I wrote three songs during my tenure(s) as the Titled Bard of Marinus.