In a ground-breaking show for us, we bring you the first part of an interview with the Head of the British Druid Order, Philip Shallcrass, aka Greywolf. He talks about Druidry, the Order, how he discovered his Path and he even tells us how he got the name 'Greywolf'. The show also contains 4 fantastic pieces of music, including one by Philip himself which re-tells his encounter with the Anglo-Saxon God, Woden. An interview not to be missed! The second half of this interview will be in our next Special show, SP40 Druid Special #2!
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We hope you enjoy it!
Gary & Ruthie x x x
Released 10 Apr 2014, 1h 2m
News & Views
We encourage you to listen to the wonderful Prof. Roland Rotherham as he gives a very stimulating talk on "Sacred Wells and the Beheading Game" in Episode 84 of the super Druidcast. Shownotes and a download link for the Episode can be found at http://www.druidry.org/druid-way/resources/druidcast-obod-podcast).
The Fith-Fath Song
Damh the Bard
The Fith Fath Song, a traditional folk story tells of the traditional Shape-shifting archetype and is wonderfully, engaging and fast-paced tale set to music! It comes from Damh's debut album, Herne's Apprentice.
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 here. You can find out more details about Damh on his Contributor Page on this website.
Interview with Philip Shallcrass, aka Greywolf Head of the British Druid Order
Part 1 of our Interview
Greywolf, the Chief 'Wolfsbody' of the British Druid Order (the BDO) created the Order from his realisation he was a Druid in 1974 and his simultaneous realisation that Druids were the shamanic folk of ancient Britain and Europe. He has been chief of the BDO since 1979, sharing the role with Bobcat (aka Emma Restall Orr) between 1995 and 2002. He is a writer, musician, singer-songwriter, artist, roundhouse builder and thatcher. He currently lives in Wiltshire with two of his three sons, not far from his beloved Avebury. He writes regular blogs on Greywolf’s Lair.
The British Druid Order, rekindling the sacred fires of Druidry as a living, breathing, Earth-honouring, life-affirming spirituality for the 21st century, drawing inspiration from the threefold stream of Awen’s flow from its source, the Cauldron of the goddess Ceridwen. They offer Distance Learning Courses as well as many Retreats and Workshops at the Spiritual Centre of Wildways on the Borle. You can find his books and music on the BDO Website. You can find out more details about Greywolf on his Contributor Page on this website.
The Ancient Ones
The Ancient Ones
Kellianna is an accomplished musician and performer worldwide. Her CD's, Lady Moon, I Walk with the Goddess, Elemental, The Ancient Ones and Traditions 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.
In this show you can hear the title track from her iconic album. The Ancient Ones. Learn more about Kellianna on her website or on her Contributor Page.
Part 2 of our Interview
Greywolf inside Roundhouse
In this part of the Interview Philip talks about the Celtic connections of Druidry, shamanism and sweat lodges and reveals how he got the name of 'Greywolf'
Philip, Joe & Us - pic by Mike Shallcrass
Song at Wodnesbeorg
The Sign of the Rose
The Sign of the Rose is an album of songs, spells and invocations from BDO chief, Greywolf, aka Philip Shallcrass.
"Beginning with an invocation to the old Saxon gods of Britain, it moves into ‘Song at Wodnesbeorg,’ a song inspired by Greywolf’s meeting with Woden on an ancient burial mound in North Wiltshire. Next is an invocation of Awen, the sacred, flowing spirit of inspiration in our tradition. This is followed by a hymn to the divine feminine, ‘Lady of the Greenwood.’ Track 5, ‘Lover’ and the title track, ‘The Sign of the Rose,’ are lyrical love songs. ‘Autumn Spell’ is a prayer for healing, followed by ‘Hel’s Embrace,’ reflecting on the dark side of relationships, while the next track, ‘A Perfect Mirror,’ deals with love’s ability to find itself reflected in another’s soul."
"‘Slide’ is an out-and-out rocker with some bitchin’ slide guitar work. ‘Sacrifice’ muses on what we may or may not be willing to give, or give up, for love. ‘Thanks’ is an expression of gratitude for the sheer strangeness of being alive. The final track, the 12-minute epic, ‘The Sweet Sorrow,’ is a tragic tale of love and loss, based on a traditional Scots ballad of the same name, here given a makeover with layered harp, bass, percussion and strings." [source]
We play some super Listener Feedback from our old friend, Sean MacDhai! We mention that we started chatting to Sean on our Forums, but forgot to also mention that the forums have long since been taken down.
The Four Seasons
Blanche Rowen & Mike Gulston
The Dance Goes On
Songs traditional and contemporary from England, Wales and France ... two voices in harmony, with guitar, octave mandola, laud and bowed psaltery. Blanche and Mike, formerly of Brocc (a much loved band on this show!), have a wide range of Celtic, Traditional, medieval, Welsh and French songs and tunes to their repertoire. Look out for more from this talented duo in future shows!
You can find out more about the superb Blanche Rowen & Mike Gulston on their website or on their Contributor Page on this website.
Big, big thanks for listening to our first Druid Special and we hope you enjoyed the show and we look forward to more of these wonderful interviews in the future! We'd like to wish you many, many blessings!
Extra Special Thanks for Unrestricted Access to Wonderful Music
(in Alphabetic order)
Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of her masterful music to Anne Roos. You can find out more about Anne on her website or on her Contributor page.
Extra Special thanks go for permission to any of her evocative harping and Gaelic singing to Caera. You can find out more about Caera on her website or on her Contributor Page.
Extra Special Thanks go for permission to use any of her wonderful music to Celia Farran. You can find out more about Celia on her website or on her Contributor Page.
Damh the Bard
Extra Special thanks go to Damh the Bard for his permission to use any of his music on the Show. You can find out more about Damh (Dave) on his website or on his Contributor page.
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.
Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of their inspired music to Keltoria. You can find out more about Keltoria on their website or on their Contributor page.
Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of his superb music to Kevin Skinner. You can find out more about Kevin on his website or on his Contributor page.
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.
S. J. Tucker
Extra Special thanks go to Sooj for her permission to use any of her superb music. You can find out more about Sooj on her website or on her Contributor page.
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.
For Incidental Music
Gwilym Morus, for his specially composed pieces for our interviews. See his website at welshmythology.com for more details.
Diane Arkenstone The Secret Garden. See her Contributor page for details.
Kim Robertson The Hangman's Noose. See her Contributor page for details.
Jigger Time Ticks Away. See her Contributor page for details.
For our Theme Music
The Skylark and Haghole, the brilliant Culann's Hounds. See their Contributor page for details.
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