Stones in Ireland align to the Spring Equinox
This is the first half of our MONSTER show celebrating the Spring Equinox and Ostara! Be prepared for 4 super pieces of music, a fascinating piece about the Loughcrew Passage Tomb that shows that the Iron Age Celts regarded the Spring Equinox as significant, a wonderful Ostara piece by our resident bard, Chris Joliffe and as a super, special surprise - a listener submitted story! And this is only the first part! The next part of the show will be following hot on its heels! :)
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- Intro 0:40
- News & Views 3:14
- Into the Green - Spiral Dance 4:55
- The Loughcrew Passage Tomb - Voices from the Dawn 11:06
- Call of the Wildwoods - Brocc 25:23
- Ostara's Hare by Chris Joliffe 31:59
- Brighid's Flame - Kellianna 37:33
- The Hero of Avalon - Zachary Hare 41:37
- Avalon Is Risen - Leslie Fish 1:10:42
- Promo - The Magical Faerie Festival 1:16:39
- Thank you for donation - Birgir 1:19:04
We hope you enjoy it!
Gary & Ruthie x x x
Into The Green
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. 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 their moving track, Into the Green, which comes from the album, The Quickening. The album, The Quickening, with all of its songs about the Quickening of Life withing the Earth, 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.
The Loughcrew Passage Tomb
by "Voices From The Dawn"
Cairn H and the Hag of Beare (An Cailleach Bhéara)
Sliabh na Caillíghe constitutes a Neolithic necropolis, a passage-tomb cemetery with some evidence of at least thirty tombs, the grandest concentration of such monuments in Ireland. Over the centuries scores of others may have been destroyed with no trace remaining.
Cairn T (pictured above) can be seen in a Virtual Reality tour on the Voices from the Dawn website. This is the Cairn that is illuminated by the Sun at the time of the Spring Equinox.
Equinox illumination at the end of the Tomb
The Hag of Beare
The folktales of the ancient Hag of Beare were the stories that greeted Conwell, John O’Donovan, and Jonathan Swift before him.
Other translations of "The Hag of Beare" can be found on Voices from the Dawn.
The Hag's Chair
The Hag's Chair (pictured above) has a deeply-incised cross carved into its seat was noted by Conwell as a nineteenth-century trigonometric mark, although others have claimed it to be an artifact of the monument’s use as a “Mass rock” during Penal times.
Carvings on the front of the Hag's Chair
Call of the Wildwoods
Brocc came into being over the summer of 2008 - a product of gales and rain in the woods and a badger who came to stay and has become our symbol. The songs we weave tell tales of myth and legend and the old beliefs of our lands and peoples. Our music is timeless, evocative of earlier, simpler times. The instruments reflect our love of forgotten timbres - we play English & Swedish bagpipes, woodwinds and recorders, the medieval hurdy-gurdy, mandola and laùd, and a host of percussion.
Brocc's songs and tunes are mostly original, with some traditional material in our own distinctive arrangements. This beautiful track, Call of the Wild Woods, is a superb example of their style and versatility and comes for their latest album, 13 Moons. You can find out more about Brocc on their Website or on our Contributor Page.
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 arousing story, Ostara's Hare celebrating the coming of the Dance of the Spring Goddess with the eternal Trickster, the moon gazing hare! Don't forget to check out Chris' Contributor Page to find out a little more about him.
Kellianna is an accomplished musician and performer worldwide. Her CD's, Lady Moon, I Walk with the Goddess, Elemental and The Ancient Ones 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's Flame: "I starting writing this at Imbolc 2009 and finished Imbolc 2010. This is one of my favorite harmonies ever!"
The Hero of Avalon
by Zachary Hare
"I'm different than most guys. Chivalry, honor and romance are very much alive in me. I'm a BIG FAT IRISH ITALIAN and DAMN PROUND OF IT. I'm a comic book geek and a theatre geek. I'm a christopagan. Someday I hope to be a professional actor."
Names used in the Story
- Lady Boireann Madadh Allaidh
Avalon is Risen
by Leslie Fish
Avalon is Risen
Finally, a recording dedicated to Leslie Fish's most inspired bardic and Pagan songs. These songs serve up myth and magic, and Leslie's unique sense of wonder and humor. Includes a stunning 32-page color lyric booklet, crafted by Celtic illustrator Bradley Schenck. Introduction by noted fantasy author Diana L. Paxson. Producer Kristoph Klover strove to make this Leslie's most finely crafted recording yet, and we hope you'll agree!
Promo - The Magical Faerie Festival
The Magical Faerie Festival
We bring you a Promo for this year's Magical Faerie Festival which is going to be held in Findon, West Sussex, UK on the 10-12th May and we are going to be there!! We hope to be making a special show introducing you to the artists, the ambience and the faeries! Then we'll be able to tell you what goes on at these fantastic events! The Organisers say:
This years festival features our largest line-up of live music and entertainment yet. All of which is included in the price of your festival ticket!
Live Music Inkubus Sukkubus, Pythia, Daemonia Nymphe, Flutatious, Serpentyne, Spriggan Mist, Beck Sian, Matthew Callow, Ash Mandrake, Fay Brotherhood Cernewoda, Roxircle, Jaime Black, Kim Thompsett, Willows Drum, Inta Africa, Jonathon Kershaw + more!
We ask for just a little more patience, we announce our Celtic Twist Competition winner in the second half of our Spring Equinox Holiday Special, SP36 - coming soon!
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Extra Special Thanks to Show Friends
Phil Thornton Solstice
We are proud to feature Phil in this show as sets us on the right track for Spring with his track Awakening played during the Loughcrew piece, from his album, Solstice. You can find out more about Phil's wonderful music and services on his website or more details on his Contributor Page.
Keltoria Shadows & Stone
We are pleased to be able to bring you a superb piece by Keltoria, Edge of Magik and After the Storm from their album, Shadows & Stone in our Loughcrew piece. You can find out more about Keltoria on their website or on their Contributor page.
For Incidental Music
Enemy in Disguise, The War is Not Lost, Winner's Smile from Free Stock Music.
For our Theme Music:
Extra Special Thanks for Unrestricted Access to Wonderful Music
(in Alphabetic order)
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