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Special Episode 04 - Autumn Equinox 2008

20th September 2008, 46m 38s, 42.7Mb

We celebrate the Autumn Equinox with some amazing pieces of music, a poem by W B Yeats and a traditional Scottish folk-tale. The tale is the Meester Stoorworm which tells of a poor boy made good - a typical fairy tale from Celtic lands. The W B YEats poem is the Rider from the North from Yeats' book In the Seven Woods.

SP04 - Autumn Equinox 2008

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News & Views

We talk about all the different types of Celtic groups on the Internet and invite groups to contact us so that we can build up a contact list for them.


Faerie Night - Jacqui Callis

Jacqui Callis

Faerie Night is a powerful faerie song written and performed by Jacqui Callis from a poem by friend and author Suzan Caroll. Although available to download individually, it is from a collection of original songs called Soul Vagabond. The CD features 18 songs with a Celtic/folksy/multidimensional feel, written, or co-written, by Jacqui - some are unaccompanied voice and harmonies and others feature: fiddle, dulcimer, pedal steel, slide, lead and rhythm guitars, banjo and double bass.


See her Myspace page and hear more music or visit her homepage, Soul Vagabond. You can find out more details about Jacqui on her Contributor page on this website.

The Rider from the North - W B Yeats

W B Yeats

W B Yeats

William Butler Yeats (13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939) was an Irish poet and dramatist, and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and English literary establishments, in his later years Yeats served as an Irish Senator for two terms. He was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival, and together with Lady Gregory and Edward Martyn founded the Abbey Theatre, and served as its chief during its early years. In 1923, he was awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature for what the Nobel Committee described as "inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation;" and he was the first Irishman so honored.


Originally published in the Weekly Critical Review on 4th June 1903, The Rider from the North was later called The Happy Townland. This poem was read from In The Seven Woods which can be found at Sacred Texts, subtitled Being poems chiefly of the Irish Heroic Age.


Maud Gonne

Maud Gonne

Light by Sora


Sora (aka Andrea Hunt) is an independent musician with a different philosophy on how she wants to share her music with the world. Perhaps it was all of the touring she did as a teenager with the Calgary Youth Orchestra and the Calgary Fiddlers that made her appreciate the subtleties of having a solid home base. It may have been the influence of playing with elite musicians and performing to sell out crowds that seeded her desire to mold a new musical lifestyle.


Her natural flair for Celtic vocal styling leaps out in her 2003 debut CD “Winds Of Change”. On this self produced project all 13 tracks were recorded live off the floor. “What you hear is what we did” Sora says. “Everyone was in the same small room at the same time”. The arrangements for each song were chosen specifically because they were so different from anything she had ever heard – which gave her the chance to put her heart and sound into each track.

You can find her music on Myspace or Corvid Media. You can find out more details about Sora on her Contributor page on this website.


The Meester Stoorworm - Katherine Pyle


A Scottish folk tale from a collection of tales by Katherine Pyle and illustrated by herself. The most complete bibliography for Katherine Pyle I have found is here.

This book can be found on Project Gutenberg or Many Books.

Morgana by Kellianna

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. She is a certified teacher of SpiritSong, a powerful tool for freeing your voice, for accessing the authentic sound that is you, and for entering into Spirit. Kellianna was trained by Shawna Carol in facilitating this unique approach to spiritual growth. Kellianna facillitates chant circles at festivals and shops all over the states She is a collector of chants and takes great joy in sharing these chants in her circles. She is experienced in the art of ritual chant, and uses the song to move energy, to celebrate the ancient mysteries, and to strengthen intention.
Kellianna can be found on Myspace, but her own website provides lots of useful information, including the lyrics to her songs, another chance to listen to more music as well as being able to buy her two CDs. Her music can also be purchased through iTunes. You can find out more details about Kellianna on her Contributor page on this website.
The track she has given us permission to play is called Morgana, and you can find the lyrics on her site. About the track she says:
Morgana was created after I read Marion Zimmer Bradley's "The Mists of Avalon" for the third time. The lyrics were completed upon my return from the Ancient Isle of Avalon in Glastonbury, England. Being in Avalon and on the Tor, I could easily imagine Morgan losing her way in the mists and traveling to the Fairy World. She was strong and always emerged from the magical realm to her beloved Avalon.

Comments & Feedback

We remind our Listeners that we have a poll on the website to help us realise what direcvtion they want us toi take the show in. Do we tell more Irish Tale? Welsh? Scottis? etc.


British History 101

British History 101 was begun in June of 2006 after being inspired by Matt Dattilo’s Matt’s Today in History. Michael Anthony, the owner/host/producer of British History 101, wanted to share his fascination with the British Isles and learn more himself, and so decided to create his own podcast for the topic. Michael Anthony is a history student at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and spends his summers in scenic southern Indiana along the Ohio River.

From the Edge of the Circle

Tommy Elf

From The Edge of The Circle's Tommy Elf describes his podcast as: "One pagan waxing eloquently (well, sometimes) about various topics of a pagan nature. Come walk on the edge of the circle with me."

We recommend Episode 16 for its discussion of mythology in our everyday lives. Episode 16 can still be downloaded from his feed in iTunes but not, I think, for his website.

Special Thanks

Jacqui Callis, Faerie Night . See the Contributor page for details.

Sora, Lughnasadh . See the Contributor page for details.

Kellianna, Morgana . See the Contributor page for details.

For incidental music: Diane Arkenstone The Secret Garden. See the Contributor page for details.

Kim Robertson, Angels in Disguise. See the Contributor page for details.

Time Ticks Away by Jigger . See the Contributor page for details.

Sortie, from Copper Suite by Tavola Rustica . See the Contributor page for details.

A Warm Place from Heart of Winter by Frozen Silence . See the Contributor page for details.

For our Theme music: Culann's Hounds, http://www.sfhounds.com. See the Contributor page for details.


Additional Sources

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



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