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Welcome to Bad Ass Bard Songs!!! WHOOOOOOOOO!!!

This mod adds bard drum, flute, and lute instrumental songs to the taverns. It does not REPLACE them, it ADDS them and they play at RANDOM!

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Welcome to Bad Ass Bard Songs!!! WHOOOOOOOOO!!!

This mod adds bard drum, flute, and lute instrumental songs to the taverns. It does not REPLACE them, it ADDS them and they play at RANDOM!

July 10th, 2021: Main File (v1.3) 
 - Combined all three ESPFE's into a single ESPFE "AIO" mod (All In One).
 - Now you have the option of having the AIO version, or three instruments individually (all ESPFE's, so no impact to your load order).
 - Updated the FOMOD.

April 14th, 2021: Main File (v1.2) 
 - Switched from WAV (1411 kbps) files to XWM (192kbps) files (WAY SMALLER!!). Many thanks to jn64 and modluv for the suggestion!! This is a great compression format, with a miniscule loss of quality!
 - Fixed the mus_bardlute_01_05 song to the correct reference. It was a duplicate of mus_bardlute_01_04 song previously. Thank you jn64 for finding this!

March 28th, 2021: Main File (v1.1) 
 - Switched over to a FOMOD
 - Changed file format to 3 separate ESL files, to allow people to choose which instruments they wish to replace.
 - Added FLUTE songs to the list!

March 20th, 2021: Main File (v1.0) 
 - Initial Release


There is one FOMOD for this, which contains all the files that you need:

BA_BardSongs_AIO.esp (ESPFE)
AIO Version that combines all three instruments into a single ESPFE. A total of 100 random instrumental songs!

BA_BardSongs_Drums.esp (ESPFE)
An ESPFE that contains 21 random drum solos, for a total of 24 with vanilla.


An ESPFE that contains 30 random flute solos, for a total of 36 with vanilla.


An ESPFE that contains 36 random lute solos, for a total of 40 with vanilla.


So, I had downloaded a couple mods that replaced the bard lute songs and drum songs:

Alternative Bards Lute Songs by Jokerine
Alternative Bards Drum Songs by Jokerine
Bards Lute Songs by Trond Bengtson and David van Ooijen SE CONV by holsbyHGC 

...but I wanted something more. I wanted to keep the original songs, and then have new songs too. 

A little bit of research in the CK revealed that certain spells have multiple sound effects upon impact or explosion. Using this philosophy, I attempted to place multiple song files into the same triggered Sound Descriptor, and WHA-LAH! Randomized songs!

But I couldn't just stop there. I had a rabbit hole to go down, demmit!

I went out in search of drum, flute, and lute songs that would offer a great variety of music when in taverns. I found the songs, recorded them, converted them to WAV files, edited them to the proper length to match the existing formats, and then made a list of all the replacements. DONE-ZO!

For DRUMS, there are three (3) sets of base songs (they all run about 36 seconds). I've added six (6) new songs to each set, and also extracted and placed the three (3) new ones made by Jokerine (Alternative Bards Drum Songs), for a total of eight (8) random possibilities for each version (24 total)! 

For FLUTES, there are six (6) sets of base songs (each with various runtimes). I've added an additional five (5) songs to each set, for a total of six (6) random songs for each set (36 total).

For LUTES, there are four (4) base songs (each with various runtimes). I've added seven (7) new songs to each set, along with the four (4) from Jokerine (Alternative Bards Lute Songs), and the four (4) from holsbyHGC (Bards Lute Songs), for a total of ten (10) random possibilities for each version (40 total)!

For the best effect, I suggest using this along side the Bard Instrumentals Mostly - Sing Rarely mod.

Here is a list of all the songs that were added. I used a simple naming format for the mod itself, but here are the artists and which song (or rather which PORTION of the song) was used.

Please see all associated music links at the bottom under credits. There are several artists here and they all have fascinating musical talent! Please visit their sites and support them if possible.


MUS_BardDrum_01 = Original (Vanilla)
MUS_BardDrum_01_01 = Eren Ergen - Ottoman Music - Curcuna
MUS_BardDrum_01_02 = Adrian J Portia - Remo Fiberskyn Framedrum Solo
MUS_BardDrum_01_03 = David Kuckhermann - Cooperman Frame Drums - Bendir Renaissance Head
MUS_BardDrum_01_04 = David Kuckhermann - Cooperman Frame Drums - Tar Renaissance Head
MUS_BardDrum_01_05 = Murat Coskun - Frame Drum Natural 16 - Rahmentrommel mit Kreuz 16 - Schlagwerk RTS41
MUS_BardDrum_01_06 = Murat Coskun - Frame Drum Natural 20 - Rahmentrommel 20 - Schlagwerk RTS53 - Part 2
MUS_BardDrum_01_07 = Murat Coskun - Frame Drum Natural 24 - Rahmentrommel 60cm ohne Kreuz - Schlagwerk RTS62

MUS_BardDrum_02 = Original (Vanilla)
MUS_BardDrum_02_01 = Eren Ergen - Ottoman Music - Aksak Semai
MUS_BardDrum_02_02 = Andrey Tanzu - Frame Drum Solo - Natural High Healing festival 2016 Avi Adir
MUS_BardDrum_02_03 = David Kuckhermann - Cooperman Frame Drums - Bodhran Fiberskin Head
MUS_BardDrum_02_04 = Tripp Dudley - Didge Project
MUS_BardDrum_02_05 = Murat Coskun - Frame Drum Natural 18 - Rahmentrommel 18 - Schlagwerk RTS45
MUS_BardDrum_02_06 = Murat Coskun - Frame Drum Natural 20 - Rahmentrommel 20 - Schlagwerk RTS53 - Part 3
MUS_BardDrum_02_07 = Murat Coskun - Frame Drum Traditional - Def 16 - Schlagwerk RTDEF

MUS_BardDrum_03 = Original (Vanilla)
MUS_BardDrum_03_01 = Eren Ergen - Ottoman Music - Yuruk Semai
MUS_BardDrum_03_02 = Marla Leigh - Cooperman 2018 12 Inch Frame Drum
MUS_BardDrum_03_03 = David Kuckhermann - Cooperman Frame Drums - Bodhran Renaissance Head
MUS_BardDrum_03_04 = Yshai Afterman - Frame Drum Solo
MUS_BardDrum_03_05 = Murat Coskun - Frame Drum Natural 20 - Rahmentrommel 20 - Schlagwerk RTS53 - Part 1
MUS_BardDrum_03_06 = Murat Coskun - Frame Drum Natural 20 with cross - Rahmentrommel mit Kreuz 20 - Schlagwerk RTS51
MUS_BardDrum_03_07 = Murat Coskun - Schlagwerk Frame Drum natural RTS52

(35 sec)
mus_bardflute_01_sarba = Original (Vanilla)
mus_bardflute_01_01 = Phyllis Chan - Seven Medieval Tunes (L'autrier m'en aloie)
mus_bardflute_01_02 = Andrei Krylov - Medieval Dance for Wooden Flute
mus_bardflute_01_03 = Robert Harvey - The Old Flail jig on Irish Wooden Flute
mus_bardflute_01_04 = CutiePie - Flaming Red Hair (LOTR) Med
mus_bardflute_01_05 = Thomas Johnston - The New Broom

(34 sec)
mus_bardflute_02_psalm = Original (Vanilla)
mus_bardflute_02_01 = Phyllis Chan - Seven Medieval Tunes (La Rotta della Manfredina)
mus_bardflute_02_02 = Erin F - The Irish Washerwoman
mus_bardflute_02_03 = Aldo Bova - J. van Eyck, Doen Daphne
mus_bardflute_02_04 = CutiePie - Federkleid
mus_bardflute_02_05 = CutiePie - Tanz Mit Mir

(35 sec)
mus_bardflute_03_bookoflife = Original (Vanilla)
mus_bardflute_03_01 = Phyllis Chan - Seven Medieval Tunes (La Rotta)
mus_bardflute_03_02 = Ekanath Bhakti - Estampie V on Medieval Flute
mus_bardflute_03_03 = CutiePie - Western Realms
mus_bardflute_03_04 = Hanneke van Proosdij - Wat zal men op den Avondt doen (5)
mus_bardflute_03_05 = CutiePie - Dunmore Lassies

(54 sec)
mus_bardflute_04_ascents = Original (Vanilla)
mus_bardflute_04_01 = Phyllis Chan - Seven Medieval Tunes (Trotto)
mus_bardflute_04_02 = CutiePie - Ashokan Farewell (High D)
mus_bardflute_04_03 = CutiePie - Kaer Morhen (Witcher III)
mus_bardflute_04_04 = CutiePie - Scarborough Fair
mus_bardflute_04_05 = Mikie Smyth - The Wandering Minstrel

(40 sec)
mus_bardflute_05_trip = Original (Vanilla)
mus_bardflute_05_01 = Phyllis Chan - Seven Medieval Tunes (Saltarello1)
mus_bardflute_05_02 = CutiePie - Dance Of The Druids (Outlander)
mus_bardflute_05_03 = CutiePie - Ashokan Farewell (Low F)
mus_bardflute_05_04 = Kirsten Olstaff - The Kerry Polka
mus_bardflute_05_05 = CutiePie - Fallen Through Time (Outlander)

(30 sec)
mus_bardflute_06_springhouse = Original (Vanilla)
mus_bardflute_06_01 = Phyllis Chan - Seven Medieval Tunes (Saltarello2)
mus_bardflute_06_02 = Kirsten Olstaff - The Kesh Jig
mus_bardflute_06_03 = Kirsten Olstaff - Rattlin' Bog
mus_bardflute_06_04 = CutiePie - Hector The Hero
mus_bardflute_06_05 = CutiePie - Morrowind Theme

MUS_BardLute_01 = Original (Vanilla)
MUS_BardLute_01_01 = Csaba Beke - Chroral Krisztus
MUS_BardLute_01_02 = David Van Ooijen - Herzog Augusti Dantz
MUS_BardLute_01_03 = David Van Ooijen - Ballet 3
MUS_BardLute_01_04 = David Van Ooijen - Ballet 4
MUS_BardLute_01_05 = David Van Ooijen - Branles - Adriaenssen 1584
MUS_BardLute_01_06 = David Van Ooijen - Branles De Bourgoingne
MUS_BardLute_01_07 = David Van Ooijen - Junckheren Dantz
MUS_BardLute_01_08 = Trond Bengtson - A Babe Is Born
MUS_BardLute_01_09 = Trond Bengtson - Down In Yon Forest

MUS_BardLute_02 = Original (Vanilla)
MUS_BardLute_02_01 = Csaba Beke - Chorea A Lcsei Virgina
MUS_BardLute_02_02 = David Van Ooijen - The Third Branle Of Malte
MUS_BardLute_02_03 = David Van Ooijen - Ballet 1
MUS_BardLute_02_04 = David Van Ooijen - Baurenn Dantz - Schaffer Dantz
MUS_BardLute_02_05 = David Van Ooijen - Branle D Arras
MUS_BardLute_02_06 = David Van Ooijen - Corrente 2
MUS_BardLute_02_07 = David Van Ooijen - Der Rolandt
MUS_BardLute_02_08 = Trond Bengtson - Allan Alexander - George Hughes Farewell
MUS_BardLute_02_09 = Trond Bengtson - Turlough Carolan - Blind Mary

MUS_BardLute_03 = Original (Vanilla)
MUS_BardLute_03_01 = Csaba Beke - Chorea Polonica
MUS_BardLute_03_02 = Trond Bengtson - Cary Jane
MUS_BardLute_03_03 = David Van Ooijen - Balletto 1
MUS_BardLute_03_04 = David Van Ooijen - Ballettode Florenza
MUS_BardLute_03_05 = David Van Ooijen - Bergamasca
MUS_BardLute_03_06 = David Van Ooijen - Branle De Poictou
MUS_BardLute_03_07 = David Van Ooijen - Schäfer Tantz - Todten Tantz
MUS_BardLute_03_08 = David Van Ooijen - Volte Jungker Hans
MUS_BardLute_03_09 = Trond Bengtson - Salley Gardens

MUS_BardLute_04 = Original (Vanilla)
MUS_BardLute_04_01 = Csaba Beke - Basse Dance
MUS_BardLute_04_02 = David Van Ooijen - Ballet 2
MUS_BardLute_04_03 = David Van Ooijen - Ballet Rutteno - Ballo Polacho
MUS_BardLute_04_04 = David Van Ooijen - Balletto 2
MUS_BardLute_04_05 = David Van Ooijen - Branles
MUS_BardLute_04_06 = David Van Ooijen - Spagnoletta
MUS_BardLute_04_07 = David Van Ooijen - Tant Que Vivray
MUS_BardLute_04_08 = Trond Bengtson - Allan Alexander - Lindas Love
MUS_BardLute_04_09 = Trond Bengtson - Sussex Carol


Here are some videos that highlight this mod.

This first one is from Bards College Graduate, who featured this in one of her mod reviews on tavern overhauls. My mod is located at timestamp 9:14.

Here is a video to show some of the songs. I've edited it to skip all flute (this was made prior to me adding them), singing, and the weird glitch that makes the Bard keep playing long after the song is over (not sure what's up with that). This should give you an idea on how this mod works. 

And here is another one with the Flutes included... along with colorful commentary from everyone's favorite tavern resident, EMBRY!

Don't miss out on his hilarious one-liners like "What are you staring at (while he stares at you from the distance)", the classic side-splitter, "Need something?", or the deeply inquisitive, "Yes?".  Oh, my funny bone hurts...!

Also included are Embry's magical teleportation abilities, caught live on tape! No stationary chair or dusty tavern mist can stop him!

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Skyrim SE


1. Download and install via your favorite mod manager. 
2. If unsure of the contents, or to learn more about the mod, use SSEEdit to inspect the contents.
3. If there are any conflicts to resolve, you might benefit from running a Master Update via SSEEdit or other merging program (WyreBash, zEdit, MatorSmash, etc).
4. When ready to play with the mod, open your mod manager, place a checkmark beside the .esp file, and run the game.
5. Enjoy this fine product from Shiholude! 


1. Open your mod manager and uncheck the files.
2. Select the file from the mod directory and uninstall / remove it. 
3. Run your “Master Update” again (if you’re using such a file). 


This mod is not compatible with other mods that replace the bard songs for lute and drums. Other than that, it plays well with everything else.

...get it? It "PLAYS" well... 



None known of at this time. Please use the bug section/tab above to report anything. 


Nada. I'm done with this, I believe. 


Private Message - Shiholude


Thank you to Bethesda for creating Skyrim and Skyrim SE!
Thank you to Jokerine (account closed) & holsbyHGC for their original mods, where I was turned onto some of the great artists listed below!
Thank you to all the other modders that continue to make this game playable, over and over again!
Thank you to everyone that continues to support and download my mods! I love this community!

The biggest thanks goes to all of the artists listed below for their fine skills and works that I've drawn from. Please visit their websites and support them how ever you can. Often a simple LIKE on their video is enough, but if you have the financial means to do so, please do!

Thank you to Murat Coskun (artist) and Schlagwerk drums for their sample videos, where I drew several excerpts from for the drums!
Thank you to David Kuckhermann (artist) and Cooperman drums for their sample videos, where I found several great examples for drums!
Thank you to the following YouTubers and their awesome drumming talents (links are to the actual videos used):
Adrian J PortiaAndrey Tanzu, Marla Leigh, Tripp Dudley, and Yshai Afterman.

Thank you to Phyllis Chan for her Seven Medieval Tunes. I used six of these for the flutes!
Thank you to CutiePie (Stephanie) for her awesome songs and tutorials, where I drew a TON of songs from (13 of them actually)!
Thank you to Kirsten Olstaff, Thomas Johnston, and Mikie Smyth of the Online Academy of Irish Music, where I found several good Irish songs to use.
Thank you to the following YouTubers and excellent flute songs (links are to the actual videos used):
Aldo BovaAndrei KrylovDenis de La RochefordièreEkanath BhaktiErin FHanneke van Proosdij, and Robert Harvey

Thank you to Csaba Béke for his wonderful lute songs! 
Thank you to Trond Bengtson for his excellent lute works! 
Thank you to David van Ooijen for his superb lessons on lute and videos!


So, I had downloaded a couple mods that replaced the bard lute songs and drum songs: