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Sep 29, 2011

First half of our summary of the Irish Mythological Cycle

In this show, we start to summarise the Irish Mythological Cycle as we've met it so far in the first 29 story episodes. Not only is this show finishing off a whole branch of Celtic Mythology, but it also celebrates the Autumn Equinox for 2011, so we've made it a real cracker and split it into two halves. We've got an epic poem, 4 great songs in this first half and we take a look at the Origins of the Manuscripts which these stories come from and highlight some of the themes we've noticed in the stories.

This was the question we asked you: what themes do you think are the most important, and this show includes your ideas as well as ours.

We conclude our examination of the Irish Mythological Cycle in the Second Part of this show which will be dropped into the feed and available for download 2-3 days after this one so you have chance to listen to the show and keep it fresh in the old brain box before we finish off the show with the end of the poem, the other observations we've made and yes more great music!

Full Show-notes, with all credits, can be found on our main Website at http://celticmythpodshow.com/irishsummary1

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We hope you enjoy it!

Gary & Ruthie x x x

Released: 29th Sep 2011, 46m

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The Spirit of Albion: the Movie

This is the first of the Albion Diaries and you can find them on youTube from http://youtu.be/zOyNSqBB-f0 onwards. Production Diary 1 of the making of 'The Spirit of Albion' Movie featuring songs by Damh the Bard and directed by Gary Andrews. The directorial genius behind this move is Gary Andrews and you can find out more about him, his work and The Spirit of Albion at the movie website, www.thespiritofalbionthemovie.com. The Diaries have been produced by Marq English at http://www.mevproductions.co.uk.

Esther, Annie and George are 3  people whose lives have reached a crisis point. On the night of 31st October, all three find themselves drawn to a clearing in the woods. Secrets are revealed and nothing will ever be the same again as an ancient power emerges from the shadows…

The Teaser Trailer

 

Si Do Mhaimeo I

by Anne McWiden

Anne McWiden is a very talented musican and solo artist. She plays keyboard, flute, tin whistles, and sings. McWiden began her musical journey at the age of 9. From there, her father intruduced her to Celtic music. What makes Annie even more exceptional is the fact that she was born blind. While it has made things difficult as an artist, she's worked hard to excel in the field. She sings Gaelic and English traditional songs from both Ireland and Scotland. 

This song is called "She's Your Granny!" and we read out the English version in the AppExtra. For those without the App, you can find lyrics on this lyrics site. It's interesting to note that the word they translate as Granny is 'cailleach', which also means widow, old woman, crone, elder and so on and is of particular interest as we looked at the Celtic Hag Goddess in SP15 - Samhain 2009.

You can find out more about Anne McWiden on her Contributor Page.

 

Book of Invasion, Parts 1 & 2

by Greenwood the Bard


Greenwood the Bard, aka Stephen Cole, has written much wonderful poetry and we're very privileged to bring you his "Book of Invasions" epic saga that re-tells the story of the Invasions of Erin.

Check out his Facebook page for more of his wonderful poetry, the poetry pages on paganspace.net and mysticchrist.co.uk where we're waiting for his posts to start appearing.

 

Morfa'r Frevhines

by Dark Patrick

Founded by Ukrainian Eva and Englishman Paul, musicians with experience touring in Great Britain and Ukraine, international ethnic-fusion project Dark Patrick is gaining speed, taking part in all the biggest Ukrainian folk festivals. Each member of the group has mastery of several modern and folk instruments (often playing more than one at once).

Morfa'r Frenhines from their album Fáinne Geal an Lae (The Dawning of the Day) is a Welsh melody and means "The Queen's Marsh" often misquoted as the Queen's March. It is an old traditional Welsh harp tune and its haunting melody stays with you long after you've heard it.

On the Show, Gary gets this tune confused with the title of the album and the track of that name Fáinne Geal an Lae, which is an old Irish air composed by the blind harpist Thomas Connellan in the 17th Century. An Irish-language song with this name (Fáinne Geal an Lae) was published by Edward Walsh (1805-1850) in 1847 in Irish Popular Songs and later translated into English as The Dawning of the Day. The melody of this song was used by Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh for his poem, "On Raglan Road".

Raglan Road has been performed by a number of notable artists including: The Dubliners, Sinéad O'Connor, Luke Kelly and Mark Knopfler. This song also goes by the Irish name Fáinne Geal an Lae - literally "The bright ring of the day." It is often played as a march and is one of the first tunes that a student of Irish music will learn.

This is an Aisling where the poet encounters a mysterious beautiful woman who symbolises Ireland - Cáit Ní Dhuibhir, Caitlín Ní Uallacháin, Róisín Dubh etc. In this case, she upbraids him as a frivolous rake and points to the approaching dawn (of freedom from English rule). At the end of the Desmond Rebellions and Nine Years' War, Irish poets were facing their own elimination as a matter of deliberate English policy. [wiki]

You can read more about this original and fascinating Celtic music on Dark Patrick's website or on their Contributor Page.

 

Dating the original Irish Manuscripts

We then go on to discuss the origins of the Irish Mythological Cycle and when the original manuscripts can be dated back to.

 

The Raven

by Rick Allen

An immortal voice and talent. The lyrical, bardic poetry of a Celtic warrior and spiritual seeker, this recording of Rick Allen's unforgettable voice, accompanied by the musical gifts of The Constant Cohorts, brings the listener back to the days of yore when Druids thrived, the Green Man freely roamed the land, passionate Love was a path to the Mysteries, the Muse was a Lady in White, “. . . and men were true.

This is Rick's version of the great "The Raven" by Gwydion Pendderwen. Please visit our Contributor Page to learn more about Rick Allen's story.

 

Full Height of Our Power

by Kellianna


Kellianna is an accomplished musician and performer worldwide. Her CD's, Lady Moon and I Walk with the Goddess are being recognized around the globe as a must have for any lover of Goddess inspired folk music. Her live shows are a combination of acoustic guitar songs and chants to the God and Goddess.

This track, the Full Height of our Power, is from her new album Elemental which is, as we come to expect from Kellianna, superb. Learn more about Kellianna on her website or on her Contributor Page.

 

Themes in the Myths

We then talk about the themes that we have seen in the Tales, including the ideas and observatoions that you have made, before making a quick exit in time for part 2 in a couple of days time!

 



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Special Thanks

Kevin Skinner for Copper Moon Dreatime and Tuatha De Danaan from his album Fire Walk With Me. See his website for further details of check out his Contributor Page.

John Burge for his entrancing Celtic rhythms from his Echoes album. See his Contributor Page for more details.

Adragante, for rage au coeur from his album, harmonie cosmique. See his Contributor Page for more details.

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

Kim Robertson The Hangman's Noose. See her Contributor page for details.

Jigger Time Ticks Away. See her Contributor page for details.

 

For our Theme Music:

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

 

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 permission 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!

 

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