Elias Cairel was from Sarlat, a town in Perigord, and was a craftsman of gold and silver and a draughtsman of arms. And he became a minstrel and traveled for a long time around the world. He sang badly, and invented poetry badly, and played the fiddle badly, and spoke still more badly, but he wrote words and melodies very well. He was in Romania for a long time. And when he left there, he returned to Sarlat, and there he died.

Vida #30,  quoted from:
Egan, Margarita, The Vidas of the Troubadours, Vol. 6 Series B, Garland Library of Medieval Literature, NY, 1984, page 31.