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 here.

You’ll be able to hear this show on demand for two weeks.  Playlist and links to the artists forthcoming!

Radio Show – Episode 41 – Into the Birch Grove – January 5 and 12, 2020

The enchantment of the Birch tree is about cleansing and renewal: a welcome energy for beginning a new year and decade. Episode 41 “In the Birch Grove” features favorite Irish songs and melodies, some 16th century English dance tunes, and some lovely and intriguing contemporary music. Along the way, enjoy some folklore, a bardic poem by Kevan Manwaring,  a tree magic tale of the Birch, and harp in the music of Déanta, Julia Cunningham, and Anne Roos.

Listen to Forest Halls Celtic – Episode 41 The play list is below.

The second hour is an encore of Episode 20 “New Year’s Day.” Here we touch into endings and beginnings, and open with curiosity and wonder to something new. Harp includes music by Sìleas, Margot Krimmel, and Jane Valencia.

Listen  to Forest Halls Celtic – Episode 20

Listen to these episodes via online streaming at Voice of Vashon or on Vashon Island at KVSH 101.9 fm on Sunday, January 5 and 12 at 12-2pm PST, or on demand at Voice of Vashon for the next two weeks.

12:01: Spookytree – Lochaber No More
12:02: Fairport Convention – The Rose Hip
12:06: Athena Tergis – Will You Come Down to Limerick? / The Arragh Mountains
12:09: Lasairfhíona Ní Chonaola – Inis Oírr, In Inis Oírr
12:15: Lisa Hannigan – Snow
12:17: Déanta – Ready for the Storm
12:20: Cara Dillon – The Parting Glass
12:26: Fernhill – Hela’r Dryw
12:30: The New Queen’s Ha’penny Consort – Heart’s Ease
12:32: English Ayres – Ivy is Good
12:35: Jackie Oates – Nay, Ivy, Nay
12:39: Kevan Manwaring – Ogham Englyn: Birch
12:40: Julia Cunningham – The Butterfly
12:42: Anne Roos – The Virgin Forest
12:47: Jane Valencia – The Ogham Tree Alphabet
12:49: Jane Valencia –Harp & Story:  Birch Secrets
12:58: Lisa Hannigan and Stargaze – Swan

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.