Let's rock in the New Year in style with our Show Friends!
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What a party! We rock in the New Year with an amazing party show! All of the music for the show has been provided by more of the Show Friends that you can find on the Friends of the Show page. You'll hear seven great pieces of music, a short piece by our resident bard, Chris Joliffe and a superb introduction to the magical Fosty Knoll Inn and its even more mysterious Innkeeper, Old Rafferty as written by Craig McAndrews (was Sackett).
We hope you enjoy it and hope that you had an amazing Year in 2013!
Many blessings :)
We hope you enjoy it!
Gary & Ruthie x x x
by Damh the Bard
Antlered Crown & Standing Stone
Damh's new album is a superb compilation of spiritually uplifting songs about the Celtic Gods. This wonderful song to Bridgid crosses all boundaries in recognising the many facets of this Goddess and Saint. As usual, Damh has brought us a completely new channel to the ancient and magical powers that dwell within our Ancient and Sacred Lands. You can get hold of Antlered Crown & Standing Stone from iTunes, CD Baby or his website at Pagan Music.
You can find out more about Kate & Corwen, their music and their fascinating research work at ancientmusic.co.uk. He is also the voice behind Druidcast, the official podcast of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD, for short) - modern day Druids. You can find Druidcast here and find out more about OBOD here. You can find out more details about Damh on his Contributor page.
by Anne Roos
Anne has graciously allowed us to play Three Old English Tunes which is a superb medley of Tunes from her album, A Light in the Forest. More details about Anne and her albums can be found on her Contributor page. Those three tunes are Gamble Gold, The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance and The Green Man.
Anne Roos is considered at the top of her field as a Celtic harpist. She is a many-faceted performer who excels as a soloist in concert, as well as with her ensemble, with her years of experience and a wide range of choices from her music list. She is in great demand for corporate and private events and continues to be a favorite to play for weddings and receptions.
Abbots Bromley Horn Dance
The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, performed at the Barthelmy Fair in August 1226, is one of the few ritual rural customs to survive the passage of time. Today the Horn Dance, which takes place annually on Wakes Monday, offers a fascinating day out attracting visitors from all over the world.
After collecting the horns from the church at eight o'clock in the morning, the Horn Dancers comprising six Deer-men, a Fool, Hobby Horse, Bowman and Maid Marian, perform their dance to music provided by a melodian player at locations throughout the village and its surrounding farms and pubs. We did manage to find a YouTube video of the Dance for you.
by Kevin Skinner
Fire Walk With Me
Kevin is not only a great friend of ours but a long-term show listener and above all a superb musician. He says:
"From and early age my mind was filled with music that I wanted to hear, but nobody was making it. Some of the material you hear on this page was composed when I was about seven or eight years old. I didn't have access to a musical instrument at that time so I worked it out in my head and carried it there for some years."
In this show, you can hears his powerful Dance of Cernunnos from the album, Fire Walk With Me. Check out his Contributor Page to find out more about this talented artist and healer.
by Chris Joliffe
Astoundingly, Chris is an undiscovered talent - that is, until now! This amazing bard has given us permission to use some of his amazing stories and poems in the show and we're sure that you'll love them just as much as we do.
In this show, you can hears his short piece Winter Wick about the blood pounding dangers of the wild Hunt in the Midwinter. We hope to bring you much more of Chris in the future and in the meantime check out his Contributor Page to find out a little more about him.
Lia Fail (Stone of Destiny)
These guys are amazing! We cannot express our gratitude enough to them. Not only do they make beautiful New Age Celtic music, but they do so in support of the Hill of Tara, freedom from Genetically Modified foods (see what they have to say) and believe in what we are doing as much as we believe in what they are doing.
The wonderful track Spiral Dance is from their second album, Lia Fail - The Stone of Destiny. Inspired by the Hill of Tara and the ancient Celtic myths and legends, this is a fantastic album, mixing new age/Celtic atmospheres with traditional Celtic and Gothic influences to really conjure up images of those ancient times.
by Spiral Dance
Through a Sylvan Doorway
Multi-award winning group Spiral Dance, based in Adelaide, has been playing rousing, high-energy music to enthusiastic audiences throughout Australia and beyond for over a decade. We are privileged to bring you their powerful and tragic track, Winter's Dreaming, for this New Year Party Show. You can find out more about Spiral Dance on their website or on their Contributor Page.
by Craig McAndrews (Sackett)
Craig McAndrews (called Sackett in this show), one of the leading lights in the Celtic Moon community, is the author of the Tales of the Fosty Knoll.
Many years ago, when my seasons were few and the moon was still bright, I wrote a short introduction to a story I intended to compose. It featured a tavern which sat at the heart of an ancient forest. Very few visitors knew of the inn's existence and most who came across it did so entirely by chance. Even fewer folk found it a second time. Only one traveller has ever crossed it's threshold thrice."
We are very privileged here to be able to bring you the introduction to the Tales of The Fosty Knoll as well as the the Tale of the Two Rivals. You can find out more details about Craig on his Contributor page on this website.
by S. J. Tucker
Performing songwriter SJ Tucker addresses these questions and many others, all in the time it takes to play a show. Critics describe her music as the perfect mix of witty and weighty, and she takes listeners on a fantastic, genre-hopping ride with just her voice, her guitar, and occasionally a drum.
An incredibly prolific writer, SJ Tucker has composed over 130 original songs and independently produced six full-length studio albums. SJ Tucker started on the road with her first album in 2004, and she is taking the nation by storm -- on her own power -- state by state.
We are really proud to bring you her Crystal Cave, an intense Underworld journey through realms of personal and archetypal imagery. You can find out more about 'Sooj' on her website at sjtucker.com or on her Contributor Page.
We bring you some lovely listener feedback from Heather in Canada, explaining what the Irish & Welsh 'Good-byes' mean that we use in our shows.
by The Dolmen
THE DOLMEN … A Storm has washed over Europe. Every so often, a band comes out of the Celtic heartlands, takes the musical audience by the throat and shakes it hard. And guess what, it’s about to happen again. The ever popular Celtic Folk-Rock scene in the UK has served up a real rough diamond, THE DOLMEN, a gig-hardened bunch of piratical rebel-rousers from the clan-lands, whose music and live performances have become the stuff of tribal legend, being both unique and very addictive. In 2011 they take this raw energy to mainland Europe. We are very proud to bring you a track from their latest album, Wytchlord, celebrating the raw power of Winter in a series of elemental, musical invocations, Midwinter Dances.
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Ray Robins, as the The Stranger in The Fosty Knoll.
For Incidental Music
Passing Over & Enemy in Disguise, from Free Stock Music.
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The Dolmen Extra Special thanks also go to The Dolmen, for their permission to use any of their fantastic Celtic Folk/Rock music on the Show. You can find out more about The Dolmen on their website or on our Contributor page.
Phil Thornton Extra Special Thanks go for permisssion to use any of his astounding ambient music to the Sonic Sorcerer himself, Phil Thornton. You can find out more about Phil on his website or on his Contributor Page.
Spiral Dance Extra Special thanks go for permission to use Adrienne and the band to use any of their music in the show. You can find out more about Spiral Dance on their website or on their Contributor page.
We hope you enjoyed the show and with all of our blessings,
Gary & Ruthie xxx