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.
Full show notes, details and Contributor pages over at our main Website at http://celticmythpodshow.com/autumn2008
We hope you enjoy it!
Gary & Ruthie x x
Released: 20th September 2008, 47m
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.
We investigate the meanings of the Autumn Equinox - the time of equal day and night. Also known as Mabon and Alban Elfed. Known by the Americans as Harvest Home.
by 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 our website.
by 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.
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.
by 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 we have found is here.
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. 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."
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 our website.
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 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'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.
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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 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.
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.