In this our first music special, we bring you some great music as well as a poem from the Book of Taliesin. You'll hear moving Irish music from Danny Quinn, Samantha Gillogly and the Logues, some etheral Faery music from Karen Kay and Faeries Wear Boots. There's also some great rocking music from Orient Xpress, Thinker and Tinkerscuss.
We talk about a new Asatru pagan cemetry in Denmark and celebrate the anniversary of Tolkien's Birthday. Pop along and see the Tolkien Wiki for more details.
Da Day Dawn by Samantha Gillogly
Born in Los Angeles, violinist/violist/composer Samantha Gillogly began her musical training at age six on the island of Martha's Vineyard. Fluent in an extensive list of standard classical repertoire, from Adams to Zelenka, she is also an avid fan and performer of traditional and crossover music employing such styles as Celtic, Bluegrass, Gypsy and Scandinavian fiddle, as well as jazz and improvisation. As a soloist, she has appeared on NBC-TV's Chronicle news magazine; performed for President William and Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton; President George Herbert Walker Bush and concertized in numerous recitals, competitions and private functions locally and nationally. Since March of 2007, she has performed in chamber works throughout Massachusetts with the Chamber Music Foundation of New England. Gillogly is also the principal violist of the Boston Civic Symphony, and in 2008 joined Billboard’s chart-topping composer, Tim Janis, as a violinist in the Tim Janis Ensemble.
When not practicing, performing, or composing, Gillogly’s off hours are spent writing fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and experimenting in painting, drawing and calligraphy. She is a published writer in multiple formats, and has been a contributing critic to The Green Man Review, an online arts and culture magazine. Her favorite culinary pursuit is brewing her infamous triple-espresso coffee, known to those who've dared taste it as "Viola Varnish".
Gillogly performs on a French 1860 Charles Simonin violin.
Danny Quinn has been a performer of Irish & American folk music for nearly three decades. He has entertained throughout the U.S., Canada, Ireland and England at concerts, coffee houses, festivals, corporate events and pubs. Since 1979 he has shared the stage with or opened for renowned artists such as the Clancy Brothers, Tom Chapin, Peter Yarrow, Robbie O'Connell, the Makem & Spain Brothers, John Prine, David Mallett, Walt Michael, Eilleen Ivers, The Chieftains and many others. For over twenty years Danny toured nationally with the legendary Tommy Makem.
Midsummer Night's Dream by Karen Kay & Michael Tingle
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!
Orient Xpress is a transCaucasian Indie Guitar band with Azeri passion, Irish soul, Essex Blag, Polish spirit, and a whole heap of loveliness. The sort of band that a 15yo crazy will love but his mum will too (from their Myspace page). You can find out more about Orient Xpress on their Contributor page.
Tinkerscuss are sisters Erin and Bryony Holden who live in the north Gloucestershire village of Bourton-on-the-Water. They are renowned for songs that are dark and eerie along with the more traditional ‘Celtic’ pieces. The combination of Bryony's rich, resonant vocals and Erin's modal guitar style will enthral, bespell and wrap the listener in the mists of myth and legend.
You can find out more details about Tinkerscuss on Myspace or on their Contributor page on this website.
This Song by Thinker
Thinker are a 3-piece folk-indie band from the South of the UK. They call themselves folk-indie, but only because they are acoustic led and have a fiddle; in reality it is difficult to categorise music which draws on Irish, English, Punk and Indie influences.
Over the past year they have played across the South coast, from London to Cornwall, playing many festivals in the Summer, and with friends and acts like 3 Daft Monkeys.
With a growing following and reputation for song writing, musicianship and performance, Thinker are keen to build on their achievements, and bring their music to audiences old and new in 2009.
You can find out more details about Thinker on Myspace or on their Contributor page on this website.
The Faery Dance by Faeries Wear Boots
Born just weeks apart, with a mutual love of all things dark, gothic, shiny, folky, and fae, it was inevitable that Chrissie and Polly would eventually come together to form Faeries Wear Boots, a modern melting-pot of the darker elements of British and Irish folk music and lore with pretty tunes, driving beats, and of course, very big boots. Soon they were joined by Chrissie's father, Andrew, and (when he wasn't busy being a rock star) her brother Robby and the Faeries Wear Boots line up was complete...
Described by one festival organizer as ‘faeries with attitude’, Faeries Wear Boots continue to go from strength to strength as they win over audiences with their captivating tunes and fantastical faerie attire. ...
Already Faeries Wear Boots have been asked to support Scottish songstress Isla Sinclair, and have played alongside Pagan-Folk and Faery artists such as Omnia, Daughters of Gaia, The Dolmen, Wendy Rule and Elfin Spiral.
You can find out more details about Faeries Wear Boots on their Website or on their Contributor page on this website.
Poitin Valley by The Logues
The Logues began some time at the start of 2006 when 'Bobby' (Banjo/Guitar) was pissed in one of Castlederg’s finest drinking establishments, the Town House, and for some reason thought it would be a good idea to book a non-existent, nameless band with no members for St.Paddys day. The incident went forgotten in his mind until a couple of weeks before St.Paddys day when it was too late to back out. He rounded the rest of us up without much fuss, having known each other from school, and we started practicing on the 16h of March. The next day went surprisingly well and we haven’t stopped since. We also needed a band name so we named ourselves after our bass/singer/tin whistler, Justin Logue, like a culchie Bon Jovi.
I suppose you could call it Irish folk rock or as I prefer, drinking music, or music you could punch your mother to.
Either way we hope you enjoy our stuff. We’re currently recording an album and will be hitting your local in the next year or two.
You can find out more details about Faeries Wear Boots on their Myspace page or on their Contributor page on this website.
And, of course, the Awen - inspiration and imagination!
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