Saint Bridget, a story from The Druid's Isle and 5 great pieces of music!In this show, released on St. Patrick's Day, we follow the birth of the young Spring Maiden with some fascinating information about the Irish Saint Brigit and the Goddess Bride, as well as a beautiful section from The Druid Isle by Ellen Evert Hopman which is a follow-on from The Priestess of the Forest excerpt we read in Special 06, a great piece of poetry accompanied by the wonderful harp of the much-loved Scott Hoye, and another 5 superb pieces of music. You can hear the inspiring Damh the Bard, the high-energy Spiral Dance, the evocative and traditional Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra and lastly, the atavistic Amergin by the MIGHTY Dolmen!! Is this all going to fit into one show? Only time will tell! :)
Full Show-notes, with sources and credits, can be found on our main Website at http://celticmythpodshow.com/spring2012
- Intro 0:41
- Song of Awen by Damh the Bard 2:12
- Sloinntireachd Bhride (The Geneaology of Bride) 7:45
- Into the Green by Spiral Dance 31:03
- Brigit of the Gael by our Ruthie 37:14
- Eleanor Plunkett/Fanny Poer by Scott Hoye 37:14
- Summer Will Come Round Again by Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra 41:00
- The Druid Isle by Ellen Evert Hopman 47:24
- Amergin by The Dolmen 1:10:44
- Outtakes 1:14:33
We hope you enjoy it!
Gary & Ruthie x x x
Released: 17 March 2012, 1h 17m
Song of Awen
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 out more details about Damh on his Contributor Page on our website.
Sloinntireachd Bhride - The Genealogy of Bride
by Alexander Carmichael
An excerpt from the wonderful Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations, Ortha Nan Gaidheal, Volume I by Alexander Carmichael  concerning the customs of St. Brigit and the old Celtic Goddess Bride. We start with the story of St. Brigit being Mary of the Gael, or Mary's midwife. The original can be read at Sacred Texts.
Into the Green
by Spiral DanceMulti-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. With a combination of haunting vocals, evocative fiddle, intoxicating guitar riffs and groovy accordion lines, underpinned with potent bass and dynamic percussion, the band presents an eclectic blend of traditional folk-rock with powerful self-penned songs and tunes. 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 the evocative track, Into the Green, for our Spring Show, and you can find the lyrics on their site. You can find out more about Spiral Dance on their website or on our Contributor Page.
Brigit of the Gael
By Ruthie Colcombe
A mixture of inspiration and verbal imagery from all over the Interwebs, this is our dedication to the Brigit, Bride - the Maiden of Spring.
Eleanor Plunkett/Fanny Poer
by Scott Hoye
Scott plays traditional and original tunes played on Celtic harp, vocals, and other instruments. Pulling from traditional sources of Irish, Scottish and other folks music, while mixing them together with contemporary sounds to create a new, sonic brew.
Here he has allowed us to bring you his beautiful medley, Eleanor Plunkett & Fanny Poer, as an accompaniment to Ruthie's poem. Check out his Contributor Page for more of his great music you can hear. We hope to hear a lot more of Scott on the show in the future.
You can find out more about Scott on his website or check out his Contributor Page for some great info.
Summer Will Come Round Again
by Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra
Jennifer Cutting and her Ocean Orchestra bring us a wonderful warmth to the coming summer, with their beautiful song, Summer Will Come Round Again. This rousing Folk track is a brilliant example of the high quality of foot-stomping music that you can expect from Jenifer and the crew! Raised on an Hindu Ashram, Jennifer's unique perspective brings us a celebration of Christian and Pagan Solstice traditions.You can find out more about Jennifer and the Ocean Orchestra on their website at Ocean Orchestra or on our Contributor Page.
The Druid Isle
by Ellen Evert HopmanThis book, The Druid Isle, is the second in a wonderful Druidic trilogy penned by the famed Druid author, Ellen Evert Hopman, that started with Priestess of the Forest and will end, this year with the final book, Priestess of the Fire Temple. We read a section from Priestess of the Forest in SP06 (go back and listen - it's an amazing story!) in which Ethne gets to meet Ruadh and in this section from the second book, the two and their beloved foster-daughter Aoife depart on a mysterious mission... Priestess of the Fire Temple is due to be published this month (March) and should be available from all of the normal sources, including Amazon. As far as we can tell - it's available now. :) 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 she 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 The DolmenTHE DOLMEN … A Storm has washed over Europe. Every so often, a band comes out of the Celtic heartlands, takes the musical audience by the throat and shakes it hard. And guess what, it’s about to happen again. The ever popular Celtic Folk-Rock scene in the UK has served up a real rough diamond, THE DOLMEN, a gig-hardened bunch of piratical rebel-rousers from the clan-lands, whose music and live performances have become the stuff of tribal legend, being both unique and very addictive. In 2011 they take this raw energy to mainland Europe. We are very proud to bring you one of their powerful, atavistic earlier tracks, Amergin from their album Songs from the Druids of Stonehenge.
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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!