Radio Show – Episode 42 – The Bear – January 19 and 26, 2020

In Episode 42 we venture into the winter landscape with music, a tale, and more inspired by the mystery and magic of the Bear in Celtic folklore. Enjoy Celtic tunes, songs, and poetry plus some music from other genres, and plenty of enchantment.  I’m pleased to tell a story inspired by Debra Knodel’s song, “Binwag’s Lullaby” – a favorite among our fans — and will air that music too. The story also includes a snippet in the story of Deb’s newest bear magic piece, “Tundra Lullaby.”

Enjoy harp in the music of the Casey Sisters,  OMNIA,  as well as in the story and song following, and a bardic poem composed and spoken by Kevan Manwaring.

Our second hour is a re-airing of Episode 21, “New.”

Listen to both shows here.

Hear this show on demand for two weeks.

12:02: Paul Machlis – Early Morn
12:06: Kevin Burke – The Cottage Groves / Maudabawn Chapel / The Beare Island Reel
12:11: Laura Risk – Sunday River
12:16: Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas – Miss Laura Risk
12:20: Courteous Thief – Mountains and Sea
12:26: Kevan Manwaring – Tallyesin – The Song of Taliesin
12:29: The Casey Sisters – The Bandonbridge Suite: b
12:32: Jane Valencia – Bear Lore
12:34: Beginish – Beginish
12:38: OMNIA – Grone Lunden
12:43: Jane Valencia – The Bear King’s Lullaby
12:51: Spookytree – Debra Knodel and Jane Valencia – Binwag’s Lullaby
12:57: Eve Goodman and Sera – Gaeafgwsg

Salmon Returning Home – a Song for You to Sing

Salmon Leap – Illustration by Jane Valencia

As we’re swimming with the Salmon, thematically speaking here in Forest Halls, by way of blog posts and my radio show,  I thought I’d share with you one of my favorite Salmon songs.

Salmon Returning Home was composed by my dear friend Kristina Turner, and is a wonderful song to sing with kids, families, and in community.  Kristina has generously agreed to share her song here so that you can sing it too.

Here’s what Kristina writes about the birth of the song:

The song has a story – it arrived on Summer Solstice during 24 hour prayer-vigil drumming at Burton Hill on Vashon. It is a healing song, dedicated to salmon fisherman and friend, John Schindler.

Listen to the song here

And here are the lyrics!

Salmon Returning Home – Lyrics and Music by Kristina Turner

Swimmin’ upstream
With my belly in the river
I’m salmon returning home

repeat verse –  you can sing it call and response.

CHORUS
Makin’ my way
From the sea to me
I’m openin’ up to the powers that be
I’m swimmin’ upstream
With my belly in the river
I’m salmon returning home

Verse 2:
Wrigglin’ over rocks
With my belly in the water
I’m salmon returnin’ home

repeat verse

CHORUS

Verse 3
Swimmin’ upstream
To the place I began
I’m salmon returning home

repeat verse

CHORUS:

finish by repeating the last line 2 more times
Salmon returning home
Salmon returning home

Song etiquette:

Please remember to credit Kristina when singing this song. Please do not record/distribute it for personal use or profit, or change it without contacting Kristina and discussing your idea and intention with her. You can reach her here.

And I invite you to take a moment to get to know Kristina! She is a wonderful creative, wise woman who knows how to play! Her questions and insights help me pause and wonder, and to dig into my internal landscape with curiosity and delight. Kristina knows how to follow the Salmon — of one’s passions, creative vision …  — and help others to follow them too. I’ve harvested many a hazel nut of illumination by way of her, and found my way to new streams of possibilities.

Thank you for sharing this song, Kristina!

Kristina Turner
Kristina Turner, composer of “Salmon Returning Home.” Visit her at kristinaturner.com.

PS. Watch a performance of Salmon Returning Home in the video Heart of Vashon  – Telling Our Story. Find it at 1:19:50. (yes, that’s me leading the singing).

A Final Salmon Note: I hope you’ve had the chance to listen to the latest Forest Halls Celtic streaming radio show, Show 38 – Salmon Return, which is a river of music, musing, poetry, and a tale with this amazing creature. If not, I encourage you to listen sometime this week, as this episode will cease being available for listening as of Dec. 8.

 

 

Episode 37 – Radio Show – Kin – November 11, 2019

In this beautiful, diverse, and expressive world, we are all Kin. Join us today as we explore the idea of “kin” — from varying interpretations of the same melody to relationship with beings of nature and the natural world, to resting in with human family kinfolk.

Harp featured in this show is by Beth Kolle and Loreena McKennitt. Our second hour is a replay of Show 32 – “The Veil Between the Worlds.”

12:02: The Chieftains – A Chieftains Celebration
12:07: Loreena McKennitt – The Wind that Shakes the Barley
12:13: Beth Kolle – JB’s Reel
12:16: Talisk – Farewell
12:21: Crookshank – John Barleycorn
12:27: Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh – Port na bPucai
12:31: Beoga – Aurora
12:41: Mischa MacPherson – Horo Chunna Mi
12:45: Cuig – New Landscapes
12:50: Julie Fowlis – Dh_eirich mi moch, b’ fhe_rr nach do dh_eirich
12:57: Claire Hastings – The House at Rosehill

Kin – Human, Deer, Harp, Ancestors …