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New Special Episode available – A Pint and a Chat with … Spiral Dance!

Spiral Dance

The Magical Spiral Dance, pic: Celtic Myth Podshow

This is the first of an irregular series of informal (A Pint and a Chat..) interviews that we’ll be holding as the opportunities arise, and our first is a superb, epic Show with the fabulous Australian band, Spiral Dance. In this show, we all meet up at the pub and talk about where they have come from, how their Spirituality comes out in their music and what their plans are for the future.

With five fantastic pieces of Spiral Dance music, this is a great chat and includes a surprise appearance by some extra special guests!

How to Listen to our Spiral Dance Show

You can listen to the Episode here on on our Episodes page. You can also download it by being a subscriber to our feed. You’ll also be able to listen on Stitcher! You can find the Shownotes for this episode in the Shownotes section. If you come to the site and listen or listen from one of our players – have you considered subscribing?

It’s easy and you automatically get the episodes on your computer when they come out. If you’re unsure about the whole RSS/Subscribing thing take a look at our Help page.

We hope you enjoy it and wish you many blessings :D

Gary & Ruthie x x x

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CMP App on AmazonYou can now also find an Android version of the App which works identically to the iPhone version. You can find it on Amazon or by clicking the image to the right.
Windows 8 Phone AppYou can now also find the Windows 8 Phone App in the Windows 8 Phone Store.
If you come to the site and listen or listen from one of our players – have you considered subscribing? It’s easy and you automatically get the episodes on your computer when they come out. If you’re unsure about the whole RSS/Subscribing thing take a look at our Help page.

The Lady of the Lake

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HIGH up in a hollow of the Black Mountains of South Wales is a lonely sheet of water called Llyn y Fan Fach.

In a farm not far from this lake there lived in the olden time a widow, with an only son whose name was Gwyn. When this son grew up, he was often sent by his mother to look after the cattle grazing. The place where the sweetest food was to be found was near the lake, and it was thither that the mild-eyed beasts wandered whenever they had their will. One day when Gwyn was walking along the banks of the mere, watching the kine cropping the short grass, he was astonished to see a lady standing in the clear smooth water,  some distance from the land.

She was the most beautiful creature that he had ever set eyes upon, and she was combing her long hair with a golden comb, the unruffled surface of the lake serving her as a mirror.

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Creatures of Scottish Folklore: The Shellycoat

THIS is a freakish spirit, who delights rather to perplex and frighten mankind than either to serve or seriously to hurt them.

Shellycoat, a spirit who resides in the waters, and has given his name to many a rock and stone the Scottish coast, belongs to the class of bogles.

When he appeared, he seemed to be decked with marine productions, and in particular with shells, whose clattering announced his approach.

From this circumstance he derived his name. One of his pranks is thus narrated:–”

Two men, on a very dark night, approaching the banks of the Ettrick, heard a doleful voice from its waves repeatedly exclaim, “Lost! Lost!” They followed the sound, which seemed to be the voice of a drowning person, and, to their infinite astonishment, they found that it ascended the river.

Still they continued, during a long and tempestuous night, to follow the cry of the malicious sprite; and arriving, before morning’s dawn, at the very sources of the river, the voice was now heard descending the opposite side of the mountain in which they arise.

The fatigued and deluded travellers now relinquished the pursuit, and had no sooner done so than they heard Shellycoat applauding, in loud bursts of laughter, his successful roguery. The spirit was supposed particularly to haunt the old house of Gorinberry, situated on the river Hermitage, in Liddesdale…

Shellycoats are considered to be relatively harmless to man ; they may mislead wanderers, particularly those they think are trespassing upon the their territory, but generally without malice.

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iphoneYou can also now download a Celtic Myth Podshow App from the iTunes store. This is the most convenient and reliable way to access the Celtic Myth Podshow on your iPhone or iPod Touch. You’re always connected to the latest episode, and our App users have access to exclusive bonus content, just touch and play! To find out more visit the iTunes Store or our Description Page.

CMP App on AmazonYou can now also find an Android version of the App which works identically to the iPhone version. You can find it on Amazon or by clicking the image to the right.
Windows 8 Phone AppYou can now also find the Windows 8 Phone App in the Windows 8 Phone Store.
If you come to the site and listen or listen from one of our players – have you considered subscribing? It’s easy and you automatically get the episodes on your computer when they come out. If you’re unsure about the whole RSS/Subscribing thing take a look at our Help page.

Romans use chemical weapons on their enemies

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Pic: Wiki

Roman soldiers defending a Middle Eastern garrison from attack nearly 2,000 years ago met the horrors of war in a most unusual place. Inside a cramped tunnel beneath the site’s massive front wall, enemy fighters stacked up nearly two dozen dead or dying Romans and set them on fire, using substances that gave off toxic fumes and drove away Roman warriors just outside the tunnel reports Science News.

The attackers, members of Persia’s Sasanian culture that held sway over much of the region in and around the Middle East from the third to the seventh centuries, adopted a brutally ingenious method for penetrating the garrison wall, reported Simon James of the University of Leicester in England on January 10 at the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America.

In my view, this is the earliest archaeological evidence for the use of chemical warfare, which was later used by the ancient Greeks.

James said.

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The Life and Loves of a Bagpipe player

The Australian Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader may occupy opposite ends of the political spectrum but they were united before the Celtic skirl of Bruce Grice’s pipes in Brisbane in 2010, reported the Brisbane Courier.

On the eve of St Patrick’s Day, the pair were guest speakers at the Queensland Irish Club’s annual dinner, where pipe major Grice has been piping prime ministers, premiers, ambassadors and heads of state for more than decade.

He’s also a pig. An Irish pig, or at least a member of Murphy’s Pigs, he says as he sits in the sepulchral quiet of the main function room of the Irish Club, the chairs stacked and mid-morning sun playing across the leadlight windows. It will be a different scene on Tuesday, the room crowded with the good and the great for one of the country’s pre-eminent St Patrick’s Day dinners, the conversation and claret flowing in equal quantities.

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Archwilio – Ground-breaking Welsh Archaeology Project

In July 2011 in Swansea, Alun Ffred Jones AM, Minister for Heritage, launched the Archwilio project at the Treftadaeth Conference. The system gives access to over 100,000 records maintained by the four Welsh archaeological trusts. The Minister observed:

Wales is the first country in Britain that has made all its archaeological records available online.

Archwilio will be a tremendous asset not only for the people of Wales but also for those further afield who have an interest in the rich archaeology and cultural heritage of our country

He added that he was delighted to see independent organisations developing systems that will contribute towards addressing some of the aims set out in his The Welsh Historic Environment Strategic Statement, published in 2009.

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The Wild Hunt

The Wild Hunt By Sigurd Towrie

“When the winter winds blow and the Yule fires are lit, it is best to stay indoors, safely shut away from the dark paths and the wild heaths. Those who wander out by themselves during the Yule-nights may hear a sudden rustling through the tops of the trees – a rustling that might be the wind, though the rest of the wood is still.

“But then the barking of dogs fills the air, and the host of wild souls sweeps down, fire flashing from the eyes of the black hounds and the hooves of the black horses”

Kveldulf Hagen Gundarsson (Mountain Thunder)

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In Orkney, indeed, across most of northern Europe, belief in the Wild Hunt was once widespread. In the islands, little remains of the belief today.

The form of the Wild Hunt, or Raging Host, varied across each of the geographical locations/ in which the tradition was found.

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Podshow Episode 41 Of Sea-Monsters and Golden Hair is now available!

Teyrnon fighting the Monster

Teyrnon defends his Prize Mare!

Podshow Episode 41 Of Sea-Monsters and Golden Hair is now available!

Part 12 of the First Branch of the Mabinogion. We shift our attention now to the Kingdom of Gwent and its’ Lord, Teyrnon, who has a terrible problem with his Prize Mare. At the same time as young Pwyll and his Bride, Rhiannon, are being punished for the ‘alleged’ crime that Rhiannon has committed, Teyrnon and his wife are deciding to end the unspeakable horror that comes upon the Horse every year as she tries to give birth at Beltane. What comes next is a huge surprise..!

This episode is also the twelfth and penultimate episode of the First Branch of the Mabinogi and carries on with the second half of that Branch.

How to Listen to the Podshow

Celtic Myth Podshow LogoThe Episode is available for subscribers on the feed, or you can download it or listen to it from our Episodes page. You can find the Shownotes for this episode in the Shownotes section.

If you come to the site and listen or listen from one of our players – have you considered subscribing? It’s easy and you automatically get the episodes on your computer when they come out. If you’re unsure about the whole RSS/Subscribing thing take a look at our Help page.

We hope you enjoy it!

Gary & Ruthie x x x

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iphoneYou can also now download a Celtic Myth Podshow App from the iTunes store. This is the most convenient and reliable way to access the Celtic Myth Podshow on your iPhone or iPod Touch. You’re always connected to the latest episode, and our App users have access to exclusive bonus content, just touch and play! To find out more visit the iTunes Store or our Description Page.

CMP App on AmazonYou can now also find an Android version of the App which works identically to the iPhone version. You can find it on Amazon or by clicking the image to the right.
Windows 8 Phone AppYou can now also find the Windows 8 Phone App in the Windows 8 Phone Store.
If you come to the site and listen or listen from one of our players – have you considered subscribing? It’s easy and you automatically get the episodes on your computer when they come out. If you’re unsure about the whole RSS/Subscribing thing take a look at our Help page.

How King Arthur gate his Sword Excalibur

King Arthur at Parliament No. 18 – How King Arthur gate his Sword Excalibur

King Arthur lost his sword in battle with King Pellinore. He was severely wounded and so Merlin took him into the forest to a hermit who nursed him. In this forest they came upon a lake. Arthur told Merlin that he needed another sword, and Merlin told him that he should look into the lake. This is the 18th part in our series of animated/audio stories of King Arthur based on artwork found around the Houses of Parliament, courtesy of a wonderful Virtual Tour found at explore-parliament.net. We highly recommend you go to the Explore Parliament site to watch/hear the presentation about this artwork.

More details about the King Arthur at Parliament wood-carvings

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Nature’s Child: The New Album from Cernunnos Rising

 Nature’s Child: The  New Album from Cernunnos Rising
Nature's Child: The  New Album from Cernunnos Rising

Nature’s Child: The New Album from Cernunnos Rising

Following their two fabulous albums Wild soul and Urban Druid, Cernunnos Rising have done it again with their soon to be released album Nature’s Child. Here is an album that is a beautiful mixture of light and darkness, love and sadness, and the eternal dance of Nature in all her wild joy.

George Nicholas’ timeless voice and the other talented musicians of Cernunnos Rising weave a magical glamour for us with a melange of musical styles, ranging from Jazz, Blues and Folk through to Country. They have given us a Chocolate Box assortment of goodies to listen and tap our toes to. It’s only when you are singing along and dancing that you realise that you’ve been caught by the album’s magic.

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