On the trail of the Wild Hunt!In this show, we follow the trail of the Wild Hunt as it leads through 5 fantastic pieces of music, through a poem and discussion of the Yule Log, via a wonderful story by our Bard, Chris Joliffe, about Midwinter and on into the origins of the Wild Hunt.
Full Show-notes, with all credits, can be found on our main Website at http://celticmythpodshow.com/newyear2012
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Gary & Ruthie x x x
Released: 23 Jan 2012, 1h 5m
We talk about the proposal to bring back the Robin of Sherwood series with the original cast, writers and production standards. It is being proposed by Stansfilm, who are now seeking backers for the project.
"Over the past few years attempts have been made to revive the series but unfortunately failed. Now, in 2011, a script has been written by Richard Carpenter and plans are being made to bring back Robin of Sherwood... Stansfilm are presently heading an attempt to bring this series back to your screens... ...but we need YOUR help to make it happen!"
Find out more on the Stansfilm website.
by Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra
What a wonderful way to start the show! Jennifer Cutting and her Ocean Orchestra bring us the title track to her new album, Song of Solstice. This rousing Celtic Folk track is a brilliant example of the high quality of foot-stomping music that you can expect from Jenifer and the crew!
collected by Ruthie
In this piece, we talk about the Holly and the Oak Kings, Holly & Mistletoe, Santa Claus' Reindeer, Herne the Hunter and the symbolism of the Stag and deer. We then go on to examine the origins and traditions of the Yule Log in much more detail. Much of the detail came from [Wiki].
By 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.
You can find his music on iTunes, 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 hereYou can find out more details about Damh on his Contributor Page on our website.
We talk about the new trailer for the movie, The Spirit of Albion. You'll be able to see this on our website if it does not show above.
by Mother Goose
We bring you a lovely poem purportedly from Mother Goose that teaches children about the best logs to burn for a good winter fire. Although, We couldn't find a direct link the source for this is minogue.com. The full version of Mother Goose can be found at Project Gutenberg.We also found it at Legendary Dartmoor under the name of a Dartmoor Log Poem. It has long been a traditional English folk song as can be found at the Traditional Music website.
by Cernunnos Rising
George Nicholas and Cernunnos Rising bring us a unique blend of new age, Celtic, pagan, druidic music, featuring evocative songs with deep and well crafted lyrics; reminding us of a living tradition that explores the mysticism of trees, the waters, the air that we breathe, the seen and the unseen and delicate balance in all things.
by Chris Joliffe
Astoundingly, Chris is an undiscovered talent - that is, until now! This amazing bard has given us permission to use some of his amazing stories and poems in the show and we're sure that you'll love them just as much as we do.
In this show, you can hears his wonderfully evocative, Midwinter Story. We hope to bring you much more of Chris in the future and in the meantime check out his Contributor Page to find out a little more about him.
by S. J. Tucker
Critics describe S.J. Tucker's music as the perfect mix of witty and weighty, and she takes listeners on a fantastic, genre-hopping ride with just her voice, her guitar, and occasionally a drum. Fans of all ages come to see SJ Tucker for more than just the stories she weaves into her songwriting -- her musical talents are second to none. Her style is classified, at times, as "Celtic Blues", while her instrumental and vocal talents earn comparisons to Joni Mitchell, Ani DiFranco, Dar Williams, and Jeff Buckley. Not confined to one type of song or another, SJ spans opera, chant, and rockergrrl, employing deft guitar hands and the bluesy, powerful voice of a 300lb gospel singer--finely contained in a petite frame which earned her first band the name 'Skinny White Chick' by accident.
We are really proud to bring you her Hymn to Herne from her album Blessings, a powerful, blood-pounding evocation of atavistic force. You can find out more about Sooj on her website at sjtucker.com or on her Contributor Page.
We talk about the belief in the Wild Hunt, or Raging Host. Fairies, the dead, or a historical, legendary figure? We also talk about Hunt leaders, such as Herne the Hunter, Gwyn ap Nudd and his white hounds and the Herlathing.
by Richard Denning
Cerdic is the nephew of a great warrior who died a hero of the Anglo-Saxon country of Deira.
Growing up in a quiet village, he dreams of the glories of battle and of one day writing his name into the sagas. He experiences the true horrors of war, however, when his home is attacked, his sister kidnapped, his family betrayed and his uncle's legendary sword stolen.
Cerdic is thrown into the struggles that will determine the future of 6th century Britain and must show courageous leadership and overcome treachery, to save his kingdom, rescue his sister and return home with his uncle's sword.
The Amber Treasure is Historical Fiction set in Dark Age Northumbria and can be found on Podiobooks.com.
by Spiral Dance
Multi-award winning group Spiral Dance, based in Adelaide, has been playing rousing, high-energy music to enthusiastic audiences throughout Australia and beyond for over a decade. The richly-textured and powerful song Solstice Evergreen, recalls ancient times with a powerful driving force that reminds us that the spirit is still very much alive today. Amazing song! You can find out more about Spiral Dance on their website or on their Contributor Page.
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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.
We'd like to wish you 'Hwyl fawr!', which is Welsh for Goodbye and have fun, or more literally Wishing a Good Mood on you!