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Special Episode 06 - Yule Holiday Special 2008

20th December2008, 55m 48s, 51.1Mb

In this our Midwinter, Yule, Holiday Special we bring you a piece about the meanings of Yule and its traditions, some poems, four great pieces of music and an excerpt from Priestess of the Forest by Ellen Evert Hopman. The story is set in 3rd Century Ireland and tells of the meeting of Ethne, a Druid Healer and Ruadh, a member of the Fianna.

SP06 - Yule Holiday Special 2008

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News & Views

We talk about some more amazing new fairy art that has been submitted to us by renowned artist, Justin Russell, and describe the new book he is writing. Both of us have been interviewed by Christopher Blackmore for Action magazine for the AREN organisation. We then discuss the meanings and traditions of Yule with a reading from the Golden Bough.

Lords & Ladies 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. Kim says:

The album Songs from the Uglee Meadow features 10 original tracks graced by the talents of Dave Kent on guitar, Will Summers (Circulus, Princes in the Tower) on crumhorns, flute and recorder, Philip G Martin (Drohne) on hurdy gurdy and pipes, Sarah Tadros on fiddle and Ian Tullet (ex-Ugenix) on percussion, the album flows among rushing streams and under shady willows, dancing around the oak trees in the twilight mists and meandering in a somewhat timeless fashion up onto the high and lonely moors for a rather epic finale.  It's all been mastered on some rather clever analog gadgetry to give it a really warm sound.  I'm releasing it on my own label, Meniscus Hump Records.

The CD package also contains a pull-out booklet designed and painted in fabulous watercolours by the wonderful fantasy artist, Esther Remmington which echoes perfectly the flow and essence of the songs.  It's all come together so beautifully with everything slotting into place at just the right time, it really feels like there's a magical positivity surrounding the whole project, so I hope that comes across.

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

Ogma's Lament by Dr. Joe Christopher

We wrongly ascribe this wonderful sonnet to Professor Joe Christopher instead of the Doctor Joe Christopher in the show. Apologies for this!

Joe Christopher of Tarleton, Texas, author of 'C. S. Lewis', Twayne English Authors Series, writes-'I don't know that the enclosed sonnet is appropriate for the C. S. Lewis Newsletter, for the Church of Ireland may have doubts about a work that has only one brief allusion to Lewis's Christianity and is otherwise pagan. Further, the sonnet has one weak rhyme and certainly counts on a reader having knowledge of Irish legend (for the argument by analogy in the last tercet) and Irish myth. On the other hand, it certainly ties to Ulster!'

Find out more about Joe Christopher on our Contributor page.


The Standing Stone by the Bards of Mystic

The Bards of Mystic

William, the Captain of the Bards of Mystic, says:

I was inspired to write that one after personally wandering through the fields of standing stones in Carnac, as well as visiting many dozens of sites throughout north western France.

Find out more about the Bards of Mystic on Myspace. More details will also be found on our Contributor page.



Short Story from Priestess of the Forest by

Ellen Evert Hopman

Priestess of the Forest

This tale is set in third century Ireland where Christianity is sweeping across the Celtic Isles. The book recreates the daily life, magical practices, politics and spiritual lives of the Ancient Celts during this historic turning point. During this time of crisis, love blooms between Ethne, a Druid healer, and her patient, a Fennid warrior. Their passionate affair suffers a tragic blow when Ethne is called upon to become the High Queen. The section we bring to you comes at the beginning of the tale after Ruadh is gored by a boar and becomes the patient of the enigmatic Ethne.



Ellen is a Master Herbalist and lay Homeopath who holds an M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling. She is a founding member and a current Co-Chief of The Order of the WhiteOak. She was Vice President of The Henge Of Keltria, an international Druid Fellowship, for nine years. She is a Bard of the Gorsedd of Caer Abiri, a Druidess of the Druid Clan of Dana and has been a member of The Order Of Bards Ovates and Druids and of ADF. She is a member of the Grey Council of Mages and Sages and teaches at the Grey School of Wizardry.

You can find out more about Ellen on her 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.

Up Ye Rock Ye by Saor Patrol

Members of Saor Patrol

The unique sound of Scotland in the 21st century, bringing the sounds of the past into the present and launching the listener into an exciting future for this Scottish band based at their Kincardine headquarters in Scotland.

Those that have heard SAOR PATROL live never forget the visual image, and the vibrant energy they send out to their audience during a performance.


Their vibrant pipe tunes and drum rhythms please, and excite, many a crowd from all walks of life.

Still holding onto their unique sound and style they continue to combine old roots and new blood. Once again Saor Patrol has brought to you their very own Celtabilly music.

The Clanranald Trust

Duncarrow Fort

All of the members of Saor Patrol are deeply involved in Charity Work, satrting the Clanranald Trust. They say:

Our ultimate aim is to replicate a medieval Motte and Bailey Fort as an interactive educational visitor attraction (See more at DunCarron). The idea behind the project is to provide an arena in which groups, individuals and school parties can experience the atmosphere of an authentic medieval working community.


Once completed the Trust intend to use this development as a centre from which to base their work with the local community and educational institutions, whilst also offering a great forum for companies to entertain clients and employees alike. The Film and TV industries will also find the project useful as a “set”.


See their Myspace page and hear more music or visit their homepage, Saor Patrol. You can find out more details about Saor Patrol on their Contributor page on this website. You can visit the Clan Ranald site or see more details on our Charity page.


Call to the Fey

by Gary

A poem I wrote some time ago :)


Breathe into me the wild,
The boundless, the beauty of the child.
Let me drink deep the endless cup,
The cauldron, the grail - let me sup
Deep and my soul be filled.

To those behind the face of form,
Present since the time of Dawn,
Ever-here, everywhere - seen and unseen,
I call on you to wipe my soul clean.
Let he who ever-chatters be stilled.

Let us be one, you and me,
The tired and bound, the wild and free.
Sing to me in voice pure and clear,
Open my mind so my ears can hear.
May the words of my pen be truly skilled.

You and I have known each other long,
Aeons have passed since your first song
Filled my heart and drove me to tears.
Yet have I grown deaf over the years -
Logic and reason have been my shield.

Now I hear you sigh in the whispering grass,
Hear your laugh amongst leaves as I pass.
Let my ears finally hear your voice.
Be aware - that I have made this choice
At whatever cost, let them be healed.


Listener Feedback

We read an email from Arlene and give our thanks for an iTunes review.

The Cauldron Born by Damh the Bard

Damh the Bard

Another one of our all-time favourite tracks based in Celtic Mythology by Damh the Bard. This one concerns the Cauldron of Ceredwen 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. Drawing on the Bardic traditions his performances are both entertaining and educational, weaving a tapestry of myth, peace, and anthems that speak directly to the heart, but never without a good splash of humour. Damh is a musical storyteller who works within the world of myth that cannot be proved; where the Faerie really do dance on Midsummer's Eve, where the trees talk, and the Hollow Hills take you into the realms of Annwn. Where the Goddess rides her horse, guiding you to magic, and the Horned God of old calls us from the shadows of the Greenwood.


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 Druidcast here and find out more about OBOD here. You can find out more details about Damh on his Contributor page on this website.




The famous website, Sacred Texts, that we use as a source for many of the original texts for our tales is under threat of closure. We remind our listeners that they are running an appeal for funds by selling a DVD of their archives. Go along to their shop to see the details.



Contagious by Scott Sigler


Scott Sigler makes amazing podcasts out of amazing stories and Contagious is no exception.Across America, a mysterious pathogen transforms ordinary people into raging killers, psychopaths driven by a terrifying, alien agenda. The human race fights back, yet after every battle the disease responds, adapts, using sophisticated strategies and brilliant ruses to fool its pursuers. The only possible explanation: the epidemic is driven not by evolution but by some malevolent intelligence.

Standing against this unimaginable threat is a small group, assembled under the strictest secrecy. Their best weapon is hulking former football star Perry Dawsey, left psychologically shattered by his own struggles with this terrible enemy, who possesses an unexplainable ability to locate the disease’s hosts. Violent and unpredictable, Perry is both the nation’s best hope and a terrifying liability.

Hardened CIA veteran Dew Phillips must somehow forge a connection with him if they’re going to stand a chance against this maddeningly adaptable opponent. Alongside them is Margaret Montoya, a brilliant epidemiologist who fights for a cure even as she reels under the weight of endless horrors. 

These three and their team have kept humanity in the game, but that’s not good enough anymore, not when the disease turns contagious, triggering a fast countdown to Armageddon. Meanwhile, other enemies join the battle, and a new threat — one that comes from a most unexpected source — may ultimately prove the most dangerous of all. 

The Dark Side of Fey

The Dark Side of Fey

The Dark Side of Fey promises to be a lighthearted & informative pagan podcast. Recorded in Southern Ontario, the podcast will provide information on events happening in Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, London & Toronto, as well as discussions on various topics of interest to the modern pagan.

Find out more about the Darkly Fey on her Website.



Special Thanks

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

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

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

Eleonore, Marche de ferrel, Passage du vent & Kerridwen from Les Cordes de l'Ame by Adragante See the Contributor page for more details.

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


Additional Sources

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



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