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Jul 3, 2008

 Midsummer 2008 with a story from William Russeth

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Show Summary:

We celebrate the Midsummer Festival with a massive offering of goodies. The second half contains an amazing poem called The Shadow House of Lugh, a story from The Fire of Belenus by William Russeth and some music.

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We hope you enjoy it!

Gary & Ruthie x x x

 


 

News & Views

We talk about Stonehenge's new visitor centre and the Cerne Abbas giant's new haircut!

 

The Shadow House of Lugh

by Ethna Carberry

This poem is a translation of an 8th Century Irish verse. It was translated by Ethna Carberry and published in Padraic Colum's (1881–1972) Anthology of Irish Verse, 1922.

Lugh is the Celtic divinity whose name is most widely known. In mythology he is the Sun God. In the mythological cycle he is the deliverer of the De Danaans from the Fomorian oppression. He is the slayer of Balor, the glance of whose eye is death. But Lugh is also kin to Balor, his mother being Eithlinn, the daughter whom Balor had immured like Danae in a tower. There are actually another two verses to this poem, but the version we found and recorded didn't have them. So here are the extra two verses for your pleasure. This version can be found at Bartleby's

He plays for her soothing the Slumber-song:
Fine and faint as any dream it glides along:
She sleeps until the magic of his kiss shall rouse;    
And all her world is quiet in the Shadow-house.

His days glide to night, and his nights glide to day:
With circling of the amber mead, and feasting gay;
In the yellow of her hair his dreams lie curled,
And her arms make the rim of his rainbow world.

 

The Fires of Belenus

by William Russeth

A thousand years before the Romans, Celtic people cultivated the Rhone Valley. Celtic languages were spoken from Asia Minor to Spain and from Northern Italy to Ireland. By the third century BC, their culture had evolved into a complex civilization with sophisticated social structures, laws, and folklore that are the roots of modern European culture. But the Celtic world was a violent world, controlled by mystical Druids and warrior chieftains, ready to take the heads of their rivals over the most trifling insult.

Fires of Belenus is a romantic tale, that tantalizes readers with rational portrayals of mythical events found in the CuChulainn and Arthurian legends. Written by William Russeth, the chapter we read is exciting and contains wonderful symbology. Many, many thanks to William for allowing us to present Chapter Thirty-Six.

The Sword in the Stone, Lady of Lake, and CuChulainn's stand at the river ford are brought to life in plausible new ways that make the work unique. It is a tale of Historical Fantasy, made believable by accurately portraying ancient Celtic culture. Available from Wings Press and Amazon. Find out more about William in our Contributor pages.

 

Tuttle Caislean an Oir

by Cady Finlayson

Called “one of America’s top Celtic fiddlers” by New Age Voice magazine and “bursting with pure and natural talent” by HotIndieNews.com, Cady Finlayson offers a spirited fiddle show with a global twist. Cady’s music blends traditional Irish tunes with worldbeat rhythms and American folk, creating a signature sound that appeals to a variety of audiences. “I love to bring Irish music to people who might not normally hear it,” she says.

"I was in Limerick, Ireland in 2003, where I had the chance to meet some of the great Irish fiddle players. What impressed me the most was how individual each person's style was, and how "tradition" meant different things to different people."

 

Listener Feedback

Cory, Ancestral Celt

We talk about the dates of Midsummer and an answer from Ancestral Celt. Thanks to Cory for her wonderful email and link to Wikipedia. You can download The Ladychant that we made with the children if you'd like a copy.

 



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Special Thanks

For incidental music:

Diane Arkenstone The Secret Garden. See the Contributor page for details.

Emery Stains and In The Beginning from the In The Beginning EP by Adrian Charkman. See the Contributor page for details.

UT by VS from the No Tomorrow EP. See the Contributor page for details.

 

For our Theme Music:

The Skylark and Haghole, the brilliant Culann's Hounds. See their Contributor page for details.

 

Additional Sources

And, of course, the Awen - inspiration and imagination!

 

Extra Special Thanks for Unrestricted Access to Wonderful Music

(in Alphabetic order)

Anne Roos Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of her masterful music to Anne Roos. You can find out more about Anne on her website or on her Contributor page.

Caera Extra Special thanks go for permission to any of her evocative harping and Gaelic singing to Caera. You can find out more about Caera on her website or on her Contributor Page.

Celia Extra Special Thanks go for permission to use any of her wonderful music to Celia Farran. You can find out more about Celia on her website or on her Contributor Page.

Damh the Bard Extra Special thanks go to Damh the Bard for his permission to use any of his music on the Show. You can find out more about Damh (Dave) on his website or on his Contributor page.

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.

Keltoria Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of their inspired music to Keltoria. You can find out more about Keltoria on their website or on their Contributor page.

Kevin Skinner Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of his superb music to Kevin Skinner. You can find out more about Kevin on his website or on his 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.

S.J. Tucker Extra Special thanks go to Sooj for her permission to use any of her superb music. You can find out more about Sooj on her website or on her 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!