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For our holiday treat this year we have an astounding 11 wonderful pieces of music! We might even manage to slide a quick poem into the show, you never know! From the time of Samhuin to the Winter Solstice, the time of deepest dark, winter just seems to go on and on. We hope to bring you some warmth and good cheer in this show, and for those who are moving to the height of Summer in the Southern Hemisphere, let's bring on the Party Season!
We hope you enjoy it!
Gary & Ruthie x x x
by Phil Thornton
A keen sorcerer of sonic visions, Phil Thornton has written and produced over 30 solo albums - with world wide sales of over 2 million - since beginning his musical odyssey in the early '80s with the group 'Expandis' (a unique artists collective best known for their innovative use of electronic sound). Phil's first two ambient albums 'Cloud Sculpting' and 'Edge Of Dreams' both topped the 'New Musical Express' New Age chart and are now widely acclaimed as classics of their genre.
One of his amazing signature albums, Solstice, is featured in this show which opens with the evocative sounds of the powerful piece Samhuin. We hear his gentle track, While the Green Man Sleeps, accompanying the poem later on.
by Damh the Bard
This song, The Dreaming, is a powerful and personal tale of his relationship to the land of his birth, Albion, and the new land of his heart, Australia. It tells us of the magic of the land and the people in the way that only Damh the Bard can sing a tale alive with his music.
You can find his music on iTunes, or from his website, Pagan Music. 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 on this website.
by Spiral Dance
We are privileged to bring you their glorious medley, Summer's Farewell / Bo Mhin Na Toitean / Idbury Hill from their latest, superb double album, Through A Sylvan Doorway. You can find out more about Spiral Dance on their website or on our Contributor Page.
by Dom Duff
We are very proud to bring you his Kan An Awen (Song of Awen) in this show. The song comes from his album Roc'h and is his tribute to the Awen, or the Muse, that inspires us all. Below are his lyrics in Breizh (the Breton language) as well as his English translation.
Kan An Awen
Daoust ha klevet 'peus bet anv,
Deus Kan an Awen ?
A c'hwezhe warnomp e miz Even
A c'hwezhe da groc'hen.
Awen ro dimp skrijadenn vras
C'hoant karantez, c'hwezh, al liv, ar blaz
Gwad a sav er gwez, nerzh an amzer
Taolomp hor pouez dindan ar sioulder.
Ruilhomp hor c'horfoù war al leton,
Pe harpomp ouzh ar voger dirazomp
Santet 'peus flouradenn an Awen
Awen Mezheven o tremen
Song of Awen
Do you know the song of the Muse
The one that fired us in June
The one that fired your skin ?
Muse, give us the great thrill,
the desire for love, for breath, for colours, for taste.
The sap rises in the trees
Let us stuck our bodies in silence
Let us roll the grass
Or let's lean against this wall.
Have you heard about the song of the Muse,
the Muse of June who goes by
And goes by again.
by Vivienne Tufnell
Vivienne Tufnell is a superb novelist and blogger who writes some very evocative poetry as well. The Winter Queen is a poem full of the gentle traceries of Winter, frost and Ice and conjures up images of icicle-laden trees and fields of snow. A lovely poem which you can find on her blog at Zen and the Art of Tight-rope Walking.
You can find out more about Vivienne's superb books and where to find them on her Contributor Page.
Image for Winter Queen: The Bridesmaid by Sir John Everett Millais.
by Phil Thornton
We are proud to feature Phil for the second time in this show as he provides the wonderful accompanying music for the poem, The Winter Queen by Vivienne Tufnell. You can hear the superb track While The Green Man Sleeps from his album, Solstice. You can find out more about Phil's wonderful music and services on his website or more details on his Contributor Page.
by The Dolmen
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 superb album, Winter Solstice, celebrating the changing of the Seasons, The Oak and Holly Kings.
Psicodreamics is the ambient music project of Spanish musician Salva Moreno mainly inspired by mythology, fantasy tales and legends. His music is inspired by mythology and fantasy creating a rich sanctuary showing a haunting and mysterious sounds, covering many genres like ambient, new age, goth and chillout. Here you can hear the gentle wonder of children in his beautiful track, Childhood Blessing from his latest album, Christmas Compilation.
by Cernunnos Rising
You can see and get hold of some of George's wonderful artwork on his brand new website at George Nicholas Creations. In this show you can hear his wonderful song, Witches' Tree, from his magical new album Urban Druid, which really starts to get the Springtime sap rising. George has such a powerful voice that it cannot fail to stir your blood! You can find out more about Cernunnos Rising on their website or here, on their Contributor Page.
by Kellianna & Jenna Greene
Kellianna is an accomplished musician and performer worldwide. Her CD's, Lady Moon, I Walk with the Goddess, Elemental and The Ancient Ones are being recognized around the globe as a must have for any lover of Goddess inspired folk music. Jenna Greene from her brand new album, Traditions.
by The Pentacle Drummers
We are incredibly proud to bring you a preview of the brand-new Pentacle Drummers album, Rolling Thunder with their powerful track War Cry. This is a limited edition with only 100 copies up for grabs! Get it while you can at the Pentacle Drummers Store.
CMP Special 38 Winter Music Special 2013 Holiday Special Music Show for Winter 2013
In this show you can hear the wonderful track, The Parting Glass, helping us sing out the old year. This track comes from her lovely album, The Bard of Armargh whcih is a tribute to Tommy Makem.
by The Harp Twins
Identical twins Camille and Kennerly Kitt are multi-talented professional duet harpists and Film/TV/Commercial actors. Known as the “Harp Twins”, Camille and Kennerly perform internationally as a dynamic acoustic and electric rock Harp Duo. In this show we are proud to bring you their version of the old classic, Auld Lang Syne which they recorded as a gift for the New Year Holiday this year. Thanks you Ladies!
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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'd like to wish you 'Hwyl fawr!', which is Welsh for Goodbye and have fun, or more literally Wishing a Good Mood on you!