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Special Episode 05b Samhain 2008 Part 2


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An Arthurian story, a Druid's Herbal and some great music!

In our second half, we conclude our celebrations with four great pieces of music, a short Arthurian story, an excerpt from A Druid's Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine by Ellen Evert Hopman and some great family stories from listeners - one of which is a very special story called The Fireball by listener, Jason MacNamara.

Full show notes, details and Contributor pages over at our main Website at http://celticmythpodshow.com/halloween2

Running Order:

  • Intro 0:40
  • News & Views 1:02
  • I Will Be a Stranger by Kim Thompsett 2:21
  • The House of Pendragon Bk.1: Firebrand by Debra A. Kemp 7:10
  • Faerie Feeling by Karen Kay 14:42
  • A Druid's Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine by Ellen Evert Hopman 18:26
  • The Cauldron Born by Damh the Bard 34:08
  • Call of the Morrigan by Ruthie 41:04
  • The Fireball by Jason MacNamara 49:47
  • Ancestor's Song by Kellianna 1:02:20
  • Listener Feedback - Brooks, Lozboy 1:06:18
  • Promo - Ancestor 1:07:56
  • Outtakes 1:09:33

We hope you enjoy it!

Gary & Ruthie x x

Released: 9th November 2008, 1hr 12m

 

We love to hear from you! Please email garyandruth@celticmythpodshow.com, or call us using Speakpipe


News & Views

We tell our listeners about some of the changes made to the website to hopefully make it easier to navigate. We also discuss some amazing new fairy art that has been submitted to us by renowned artist, Justin Russell. 

 

I Will Be a Stranger

by Kim Thompsett

Kim Thompsett

Kim Thompsett is a musician and songwriter living and working in the South East of England. She plays guitar, flute, native American flute and zither. Her songs have an escapist quality which evokes the England of old with hints of Celtic, medieval and the classic folk artists of the ‘60’s and 70’s.

The album Songs from the Uglee Meadow is due for release on 30th November 2008. The album title is inspired by a serene and beautiful place in East Sussex called the Uglee Meadow. The album features musicians such as Will Summers from Circulus on recorders, flutes and crumhorn and Philip Martin (alias Drohne) on hurdy gurdy.

You can find out more about Kim on Myspace, last.fm or our Contributor Page.

 

The House of Pendragon Book 1: Firebrand

by Debra A. Kemp

Firebrand

Despite the collar marking her as a slave of Dunn na Carraice, young Lin is fiercely determined to retain her pride and keep her family intact. That dignity bears a price, for Lin has drawn the wrath of Modred, the youngest prince of Orkney. His single-minded quest to break strong-willed Lin--by any means necessary--nearly succeeds. Although accustomed to the death, disease, rape and famine that runs rampant in the slave hovel she calls home, it is when her beloved brother Dafydd is placed on the auction block that her warrior spirit becomes apparent to all who challenge her, and the shocking secret of her lineage is finally revealed.

Find out more about Debra and the House of Pendragon on Myspace, Amber Quill or Telltale Press. More details will also be found on our Contributor page.

 

Faery Feeling

by Karen Kay

Karen Kay

Karen says: I live literally at the ends of the earth in magical mystical Cornwall. I love the sea and lush green nature. The stunning scenery inspires my music and meditations. I love to create and express myself using my voice. I hope you will enjoy my creations.

She is also the editor and founder of Fae Magazine - a new magazine for faery fans in the UK, rest of Europe and around the faery world!

You can find out more about Karen on her website or our Contributor page.

 

A Druid's Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine

by Ellen Evert Hopman

A Druid's Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine

The Druids used the ancient Ogham Tree Alphabet to work magic and honor the dead, surrounding each letter with medicinal and spiritual lore. Poets and bards created a secret sign language to describe the letters, each of which is named for a tree or a plant. For centuries this language was transmitted only orally in order to protect its secrets.

Combining her extensive herbal knowledge and keen poetic insight, Ellen Evert Hopman delves deeply into the historic allusions and associations of each of the 20 letters of the Ogham Tree Alphabet.

She also examines Native American healing methods for possible clues to the way ancient Europeans may have used these trees as healing agents. Druidic spiritual practices, herbal healing remedies, and plant lore are included for each tree in the alphabet as well as how each is used in traditional rituals such as the Celtic Fire Festivals and other celebrations. Hopman also includes a pronunciation guide for the oghams and information on the divinatory meanings associated with each tree.

 

Names Used in this Section

  • Samhain
  • Halloween
  • Oiche Shamhna
  • Oiche na Sprideanna
  • Sean-Shamhain
  • Samhuin
  • Hallow E'en
  • Calan Gaeaf
  • Galen Gwaf
  • Kala-Goanv
  • Beltaine
  • Fianna
  • Trinouxtion Samonii
  • Coligny Calendar
  • Tuatha de Danaan
  • Tara
  • Echtra Nerai
  • King Ailil
  • Queen Medb
  • The Sidhe
  • Shillelaghs
  • Puca
  • Seachain!
  • Tlaghta
  • Mog Ruith
  • Cernunnos
  • NicNevin
  • Nemain
  • Morrigan
  • Cailleach
  • Avvaloch
  • Avalon

 

You can find out more about Ellen on the Celtic Heritage website, buy her book on Amazon and also find out more about the Order of the White Oak on their website.

You can find more details on our Contributor Page.

 

The Cauldron Born

by Damh the Bard

The Cauldron Born

Another one of our all-time favourite tracks based in Celtic Mythology by Damh the Bard. This one concerns the Cauldron of Cerridwen and its magical powers.

Damh is a modern-day Bard whose spirituality, and love of folk tradition, is expressed through his music, storytelling and poetry.

You can find his music on iTunes, Woven Wheat Whispers 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 out more details about Damh on his Contributor Page on our website.

 

Call of the Morrigan

Ruthie

The Morrigan

Ruthie says: "I was inspired to write this by one of our listeners. An amazing woman who is a singer in her own right."

Hear the call of the Morrigan,
The Great Mother, the Crow of Battle,
The giver of all life and the bringer of death.
I am the Goddess that trembles the hearts of men,
Receive me not in dread, my Daughters, for I dwell within you.

Feel my cry in the strife of war!
I anoint and guide the weeping dead.
I bless the land and bring the harvest.
I protect and guide you in distant lands.

I bring the spirits of your ancient kin
To stand with you under the cloak of my wings.
I am the great healer - ally in your darkest hour.
I, the Warrior Queen that walks by your side,
I, the memory of your ancestral home,
I am The Morrigan.

 

Ancestor's Song

by Kellianna

I Walk With the Goddess

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. 

The track she has given us permission to play is called Ancestor's Song from the album, I Walk With the Goddess, and you can find the lyrics on her site.

 

Feedback

Brooks, Lozboy

We read some amazing family stories our to celebrate our ancestors, including one that has been transformed into a story by listener Jason for us to perform for you. We ask you to contact us if you'd like to hear more and we'll pass your emails along to him. We also say Thank You to Lozboy who has given us a review on the UK iTunes - all helpful in getting people to listen to the show.

 

Promo - Ancestor

Scott Sigler

Ancestor

Scott Sigler makes amazing podcasts out of amazing stories and Ancestor is no exception. On a remote island in Lake Superior, scientists struggle to solve the problem of xenotransplantation -- using animal tissue to replace failing human organs. Funded by the biotech firm Genada, Dr. Claus Rhumkorrf seeks to recreate the ancestor of all mammals.


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Special Thanks

For incidental music:

Artanis, from Artanis by Armolithae See the Contributor Page for more details.

Eleonore, from Les Cordes de l'Ame by Adragante See the Contributor Page for more details.

Winter, from Heart of Winter by Frozen Silence See the Contributor Page for more details.

Ernst, from Scotland Yard by Olga Scotland See the Contributor Page for more details.

James Underberg The Battle See the Contributor Page for more details.

Soundtrack to Angel 3, by Sara Ayers, Podsafe Audio See the Contributor Page page for more details.

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

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

Jigger, Time Ticks Away. See the Contributor Page for more 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 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.

 

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