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Special Episode 17b - Spring Holiday 2010 Pt.2

9th April 2010, 1h 8m 9s, 62.4Mb

This is the second half of our Spring Seasonal Special. You can hear the second half of our epic 18th century tale from Scotland - the Wife or the Wuddy, four great pieces of music, a listener poem and a truly informative piece from the book, The Isles of Many Gods by David Rankine and Sorita D'Este.

SP17b - Spring Holiday 2010 Pt.2

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News & Views

We talk some of the new features that can be found on the website. First, there's the Confused...? Start Here page and we ask if you have any better ideas for names for this page. We also mention that we've got a Skype answerphone set up so that you can leave messages for us or possiblytalk to us if we're here. Add 'celticmythpodshow' to your contacts list and you can leave a message for us. If you want the message to be personal and not go on the air, just say Personal message and we'll respect that. :)

We also mention that we have added a 'Donate' button to the front page as several people have asked us to do. We thank Colleen and James for their gifts so far. It really is much appreciated - it helps us save up to fix broken equipment that much quicker. Thank you so much! :)

We also mention that we've been nominated for the European Podcast Awards in the hope that you might feel inclined to vote for us. You can vote once per day if you wish. The nominations stage closes at the end of July, we believe, and the results aren't announced until September.

To Drive the Cold Winter Away by Samantha Gillogly

Sam & Marc Gunn

Sam is a fabulous artist and frequent contributor to the show. Here she has played 'To Drive the Cold Winter Away' for us and we read her favourite verse for her in the show and print it below.

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, and now writes on Celtic Arts and Culture for Examiner.com. Her favorite culinary pursuit is brewing her infamous triple-espresso coffee, known to those who've dared taste it as "Viola Varnish".

Sam performs on a French 1860 Charles Simonin violin.


All hail to the days that merit more praise
than all the rest of the year
And welcome the nights that double delights
for both the poor and the peer
Sweet blessings attend each merry man's friend
Each does but the best that he may
Forgetting all wrongs with poems and songs
to drive the cold winter away!

You can find out more about Sam on her website or on our Contributor page. You can also read her wonderful Celtic articles on her Examiner.com site.

The Isles of Many Gods by David Rankine & Sorita D'Este

Isles of Many Gods

Isles of the Many Gods : An A-Z of the Pagan Gods & Goddesses worshipped in Ancient Britain during the first millenium through to the Middle Ages: A ... Britain During the First Millennium CE

The British Isles have long been seen as a place of mystery & magic. For many thousands of years successive waves of invaders each brought their own gods & goddesses with them, often assimilating the beliefs of the tribes they conquered. The Celtic races merged with the indigenous people, they were conquered by the Romans, who brought with them deities from all over the Roman Empire (including Greece & Egypt). After them came the Saxons & other Germanic tribes, further adding to the rich tapestry that forms part of our spiritual heritage today.

The Isles of the Many Gods brings together, for the first time, information on the worship of these deities in Britain, in an easy to use A-Z. It includes both the native & immigrant gods & goddesses, from well known gods like Apollo, Brigit, Freya, Herne, Isis, Mars & Woden to lesser known ones like Abandinus, Arianrhod, Genii Cucullati, Midir, Vitiris & the Wheel God.

There are more than 240 entries providing information regarding the evidence of their worship in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland & the Isle of Man. Drawing from archaeology, architecture, art, artefacts, currency, place-names & literature thereby providing an excellent reference work for those interested in the spiritual beliefs of our ancestors.

You can find out more about the book or buy it from Avalonia Books or Amazon. Find out more about Avalonia on their website or on our Contributor Page.

Believe by Jenna Greene

Jenna Greene

Greene Lady Music was founded by husband and wife team Doug and Jenna Greene to produce and promote Jenna’s original music and to teach people the holistic healing power of music.

Jenna Greene is a Celtic Pagan singer-songwriter and harpist. Her songs are inspired by hope and healing, following bliss, nature mythology, the law of attraction and the little miracles in everyday life.

She believes that music, nature and ritual are an empowering combination. Deeply influenced by the works of Joseph Campbell, she has studied world mythology and weaves these universal themes into her music.

Doug Greene is a sound healer and a true Aquarian, ever questing for deeper knowledge. He has intensively studied the works of Dr. Mitch Gaynor and mythologist Joseph Campbell. He brings together the wisdom of these two teachers in a refreshing and thought-provoking way. His recent studies have led him to explore the world of cellular biology and how our minds and music effect our bodies in profound ways. For over 30 years, he has been involved in ritual arts and performance arts including theater, sound and lighting design, orchestra and co-producing Jenna's debut album Crossroads.

Believe: I wrote this song for my daughter and all children-at-heart. It is about a magical friendship between a fairy and a human child. The fairy teaches the child to always believe in herself and in her dreams. This song has become my personal anthem. I end every concert with Believe to remind myself and my audience that believing is the magic that creates reality.

Jenna can be found on Myspace, but her own website provides lots of useful information. You can find out more details about Jenna on her Contributor page on this website.


The Wife or the Wuddy by John Mackay Wilson

Wilson's Borders

This story is the second part of a tale, "The Wife or the Wuddy' by Mr Wilson who was famed for collecting hundereds of taleds from the Scottish Borders. I think they went up to about volume 23! This story is a little lengthy, and is the main reason that we split this Holiday Special into two parts. The first part of the story can be heard in Episode SP17a.

If you find the accents or the vocabularly somewhat difficult to follow, then please follow along with the text which you can find at Project Gutenberg listed below.

You can read the original of this book on Project Gutenberg.

Dagda by Andrew Hinkinson-Hodnett

The Dagda

I wrote the first version of my poem Dagda back in October 2004, and the verses were shortly afterwards used in casting a sacred circle to invoke the male aspect of the Divine. Dagda is an Old God, an important figure in Irish mythology and a High King of the Tuatha Dé Danann. He is important to many Pagan paths including Druidry. Dagda is sometimes connected in people’s minds to the Green Man whose face adorns old churches, and while there appears to be no evidence I can find to confirm that link as real it is nevertheless one that I myself intuitively make.


The version of the poem I present to you today was extensively revised just as a gloriously hot pink and baby blue dawn broke on this very morning in 2009. I only realised when the reworking was finished that it is exactly five years and two months after the original was committed to paper. I hope you enjoy reading, and feel free to make use of the poem in your own ritual invocations (but as ever please acknowledge the poet’s copyright, and do not republish anywhere else).

I did not set out to revise the poem, or indeed any poem, not today, but I believe the reason for it is to be found in the fact that yesterday I began listening to the first few audio gwersi (lessons) of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD) Bardic course and was profoundly moved by what I heard and took on board. [Source and the full text of the poem]

© Andrew Hinkinson-Hodnett 2009

Dagda on the Gundestrup Cauldon

The image above is the Dagda on the Gundestrup Cauldron, courtesy of Wiki.

You can read more from Andy on his fascinating blog and poetry site, The Spicy Cauldon.

The Greenwood Grove by Damh the Bard

Damh the Bard

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 and legend.


This song, The Greenwood Grove, comes from Damh's second album - The Hills they are Hollow which is available on his website, at CD Baby or in iTunes.

For more details about Damh - his music and his work, have a look at his website, paganmusic.co.uk or our Contributor Page.

Promo - Digital Magic by Philippa Ballantine

Digital Magic

Digital Magic is the sequel to Chasing the Bard- the award winning podcast novel–written by New Zealand author Philippa Ballantine.

Penherem is a quaint, sleepy English village where people go to escape the 21st Century. Hiding from the world of laptop computers, the Internet, and wireless communication, is Ella. A writer, now barren of ideas and drive, she resigns herself to a quiet life of solitude. Everything changes with the arrival of a shapeshifting thief. Suddenly, everyone begins to change–from the local librarian to the lady of the manor–revealing their true natures and dangerous secrets. Something in this sleepy English village is awakening… something that might be better left alone.

You can follow the Digital Magic blog or subscibe to the podcast. You can also find the podcast in iTunes. The story is also available in print form.

Nines by The Pentacle Drummers

Pentacle Drummers Logo

The Pentacle Drummers from Eastbourne, East Sussex were a small group founded in 2001 to perform at the Lammas Festival to accompany the Eastbourne Giants, 'Herne the Hunter' and 'Andred', Saxon Goddess of the Weald. They have since grown from a small group to a troupe in excess of twenty.

"The Pentacle Drummers' livery has always been green and red. Our tatter coats and face paint help lend a theatrical touch to events. Sometimes it seems that we live our 'Life in Tatters'. At the Herstmonceux and Michelham Priory Medieval Festivals we enter into the spirit of the events by adopting full medieval attire.
At bonfires we adopt a much darker look. You will recognise us by our more sombre black gothic costumes and makeup, some wicked hats and a plethora of glowsticks." [Source]

You can find out more about the Drummers on their website or on our Contributor Page.


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.

Keltoria, Tides of Time from Shadows & Stone. See the Contributor page for details.

Aka Jules, Backlight from Whatever It Takes and Concerns from Whenever It Happens. See the Contributor Page for details.

Ant Neely, Every Boy Needs a Hero from Not Fit for Human Consumption. See the Contributor page for details.

Armolithae, Magic in the Air from Beneath an Iron Star. See the Contributor page for details.

Jem, Maat: La Danse du Pharoan from Regression. See the Contributor page for details.

Joulien Boulier, Espace Bessin and Pollen Harp from Erable. See the Contributor page for details.

Evan, Rever..peut etre pt 4from Rever... Peut-etre... See the Contributor page for details.

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

Special thanks go for permission to use their inspired music to Keltoria. You can find out more about Keltoria on their website or on their Contributor page.

Special thanks go for permission to use her masterful music to Anne Roos. You can find out more about Anne on her website or on her Contributor page.


Additional Sources

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



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