"Welcome in the Springtime and the Goddess & Saint Brigid"
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Welcome in the Springtime with us in this unique Holiday Special dedicated to Brighid. We dedicate this show to the Goddess and Saint Bridget with 8 fantastic pieces of music, along with a wonderful Prayer to Brighid from our resident bard, Chris Joliffe. We've got a fantastic piece about Oimelc (Imbolg) by Ellen Evert Hopman from her book, Scottish Herbs and Fairy Lore along with some superb information about Bridget's Cloak by John Willmott of Celtic Ways. We top all of these wonderful goodies off with a great Competition to win a fabulous Celtic Twist CD.
We hope you enjoy it!
Gary & Ruthie x x x
by Damh the Bard
Antlered Crown & Standing Stone
Damh's new album is a superb compilation of spiritually uplifting songs about the Celtic Gods. This wonderful song to Bridgid crosses all boundaries in recognising the many facets of this Goddess and Saint. As usual, Damh has brought us a completely new channel to the ancient and magical powers that dwell within our Ancient and Sacred Lands. You can get hold of Antlered Crown & Standing Stone from iTunes, CD Baby or his website at 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.
Celia is a singer, songwriter, actress, and storyteller who dishes up the most delicious concoction of the silly and the sacred. She is an amazing multi-faceted artist. From powerful, heart-felt vocals to wacky comedic improvisations, you honestly never know what will happen with Celia on stage. Think Enya meets Tori Amos meets Gilda Radner.
An amazing chant-like song that builds to a tremendous climax, Bridget's Song was only available as a free download from ReverbNation, but can now be obtained as part of a wonderful compilation of Bridget Songs from Bandcamp.
by Chris Joliffe
Chris is an amazing bard whose talents cover both story and poem as he explores mythic realms with his evocative words. He has kindly 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 hear his beautiful prayer, Brighid - A Prayer for Imbolc celebrating the coming of the Springtime Goddess accompanied by a beautiful track by Celtic Twist called The Visit. See below for more details about the Celtic Twist competition. 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 Jenna Greene
Wild Earth Child
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.
She has just released her second album Wild Earth Child, which she describes as “an ecstatic celebration of Nature’s dance.” It is a collection of mystical melodies and uplifting lyrics set to joyful rhythms.
Brigid: "The Celtic mythology of Brigid embodies the powers of healing, inspiration, protection, compassion and transformation. Her name means "Bright Queen" or "Exalted One" because she was associated with the sun and bringing the light that vanquishes all darkness."
by Celtic Twist (Phil Holland)
Celtic Twist are Phil Holland and Dave Palmley. Phil, a Celtic harpist/singer/songwriter, is of Irish and Scottish origin, rooted and educated in Celtic music and western classical music. Dave is a prolific and eclectic British singer/songwriter/guitarist. His music, is principally rooted in pop/folk/rock, but draws also from many other influences, all of which can be heard in his song writing and instrumental compositions.
Together they make up Celtic Twist and bring a unique, evolving and thoroughly addictive Twist to the Celtic music genre. Each song is evocative of ages past, with harp, fiddle and guitar mongst many other instruments moving us to realms of magical vision. Here you can hear two wonderful Harp tunes played by Phil: Sidhe Beag, Sidhe Mor and The Fairy Queen.
You can find their music on iTunes, CD Baby, or from their website, Celtic Twist. You can find out more details about Phil and Dave on their Contributor page on this website.
The answer to the Competition can be found on the Celtic Twist website at http://hollandandpalmley.wix.com/html_celtictwist.
by Ellen Evert Hopman
We are very proud to be able to bring you a small secton from this wonderful book by Ellen.
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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.
by Cernunnos Rising
George Nicholas and Cernunnos Rising bring us a unique blend of new age, celtic, pagan, drudic 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.
In this show you can hear his wonderful Imbolc song, Imbolc (Time of Great Potential), from his album Wild Soul, which really starts to get the Springtime sap rising. George has such a powerful voice that it cannot fail to stir your blood! You can find out more about Cernunnos Rising on their website or on their Contributor Page.
by John Wilmott
John Willmott, well known as the organiser behind Celtic Ways, the guided mythological tours in Ireland has been recently running the Bards in the Woods project and along with his amazing harpist partner, Claire Roche, is creating the bardic CD Ogma's Tale of the Trees. This is a superb piece about the Cloak of Brighid bringing us all the traiditons and lore associated with Brigid's Cloak or Mantle.
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You can find out more about John on the Celtic Ways website or follow up details about the fascinating Bards in the Wood project here. He is working on a Bardic CD called Ogma's Tale of the Trees and you can read more about the project, or even help bring it about, at the Ogma website. You can also find out more about John and his work on his Contributor Page.
Kellianna is an accomplished musician and performer worldwide. Her CD's, Lady Moon, I Walk with the Goddess and Elemental are being recognized around the globe as a must have for any lover of Goddess inspired folk music. Her live shows are a combination of acoustic guitar songs and chants to the God and Goddess.
Brighid: "This is another song where the lyrics were written by Heidi Couture for an Imbolc gathering in February of 2002. I wrote the guitar part and again it was another perfect marriage! On the CD Laney Goodman adds some beautiful woodwind tracks and Tina Horn kicks in on the djembe."
We tell you how to enter our competition, i.e. by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the word 'competition' in the Subject Line and your answer in the Body of the email. We also remind you that you can find their website at http://hollandandpalmley.wix.com/html_celtictwist!
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. Enchanting melodies intertwine with mythical tales that are sure to captivate your soul, tease your mind and steal your heart, casting your spirit into the realms of magic and the mists of ancient time.
We are privileged to bring you their powerful and tragic track, The Quickening, which was specifically written for Imbolc and comes from the album of the same name, on this Holiday Special. The album, The Quickening, won the Most Outstanding CD Release for 2006, in the South Australian Folk Awards. You can find out more about Spiral Dance on their website or on their Contributor Page.
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For Incidental Music
Flowers & Chocolate, from Free Stock Music.
Adragante, for Molly McAlpin from his album Tradin Celt. See his Contributor Page for more details.
Anne Roos, for Arran Boat Song, Skye Song from her album, Mermaids & Mariners. See her Contributor Page for more details.
Aisling, for The Pilgrim's Road Set from their album, The Pilgrim's Road. See their Contributor Page for more details.
Julia Ecklar, for Apocalypse from the album Divine Intervention. See her Contributor Page for more details.
Marieva's Project, Le Temps Suspendu (bonus) from his album Moon's Odyssey. See his Contributor Page for more details.
Appalachian Celtic Consort, for their track Road to Lisddoonvarna/Tobin's from their album Come by the Hills. See their Contributor Page for more details.
Shane D. Rhymer, for his track Basking in Her Light V.1 from his album Celestial Mechanics. See his Contributor Page for more details.
Phil Thornton, for his track Awakening from his album Solstice. See his Contributor Page for more details.
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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 permisssion 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 hope you enjoyed the show and with all of our blessings,
Gary & Ruthie xxx