Radio Show – Episode 53 – Mugwort Dreaming – July 26, 2020

Mugwort – Artemesia vulgaris
Welsh name: Y Ganwraidd Lwydd
Irish name: Mongach meisce
Scots name: muggert, muggons
Shetland name: grey bulwand

Silvery like the Moon, and embodying certain qualities that the Moon holds in tradition, Mugwort is an herb with long medicinal and magical use in Britain, Ireland, and throughout Europe. These days, Mugwort is called upon to assist dreaming.

In Show 53, we musically travel into “Mugwort dreaming.” To be honest, I actively chose only a few of the pieces with this plant in mind. Still, the intention of the theme was there. Perhaps you’ll discover how the music and Mugwort interlace with one another. If you find the medicine in the music, please share your reflections and insights!

As a side note, I’ve upleveled my ability to record harp at home, and I’m delighted at the quality of sound I’m now able to get for my wire-strung harp. The musical improvisation underlying the Mugwort folklore is my first expression with this setup.

Enjoy the harp playing of Robin Williamson, Tiffany Schaefer, Julia Cunningham, Jane Valencia, Sue Richards (in Ceoltoiri).

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The second hour is a rebroadcast of Show 8 – “Power of Music.” Irish myth describes “Three Noble Strains” of music, known as the geantraí – song of joy/merriment, the goltraí – song of sorrow, and the suantraí – song of comfort/for soothing. You’ll hear expressions of all three “strains” in the music and stories played and told today.

Harpers featured: Máire Ní Chathasaigh (in the Heartstring Quartet and solo), William Taylor,  Barra the Bard‘s retelling of “Harp of Dagda”, Fiona Davidson (harp and story), Anne-Marie O’Farrell (in Anúna), Tiffany Schaefer,  Siobhán Armstrong (in The Irish Consort)

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You can also catch Show 9 – Island Life for another week. Harpers featured are: Harper Tasche, Seumus Gagne, Chris Caswell (in The Owner’s Daughter), Jane Valencia, N’Faly Kouyaté (kora playing in the Afro Celt Sound System, Sakaue Masume.

See you in Forest Halls!

Playlist for Show 53 – Mugwort Dreaming

00:50 Lúnasa – Black River
04:22 Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac – Jewels of the Ocean
11:38 Robin Williamson – Lammas
16:00 Ayreheart – John Barleycorn
23:14 Tiffany Schaefer – Road to Lisdoonvarna
25:27 Julia Cunningham – Innocenza
31:00 Jane Valencia – Mugwort Dreaming
38:19 Ceoltoiri – Far Away
43:47 Beòlach – Annie’s New Heart
48:52 Ashley MacIsaac with Mary Jane Lamond – Sleepy Maggie
53:25 Spookytree – Lochaber No More
55:02 Auļi – Ozoliņi

Radio Show – Episode 52 – Sun in Summer – July 5, 2020

It’s Summer! With Show 52, “Sun in Summer,” we enjoy a Solstice poem, folklore and traditional uses of the herb of the sun, St. John’s Wort, plenty of harp music, plus traditional and contemporary voices and music from Ireland and Scotland, and more.

Enjoy the harp playing of Margot Krimmel, Anne Roos, Mike Nielson, Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Rachel Newton, and Sue Richards.

Our second hour is an encore airing of  Show 7, “Place” — in particular, how the nature of the land and summer speak through our hearts, and we in turn give voice and expression to our experience of the land. In this show we also celebrate Father’s Day (yes, several weeks past!) with a few songs honoring dads.

In Show 7, enjoy harp in the playing of Patrick Ball, Verlene Schermer and Kyle Wohlmut, Sharlene Wallace and Kim Robertson, and Siobhán Armstrong.

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02:44 Éamon Doorley, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Julie Fowlis and Ross Martin / Dá Bhfaigheann Mo Rogha De Thriúr Acú/Dhannsamaid Le Ailean/Cairistíon’ Nigh’n Eoghainn
06:24 Margot Krimmel / The Lass Who Milks the Goats
09:15 Anne Roos / Artemisia
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15:22 Kevin McManus / A Sun Dance at Solstice
17:33 Mike Nielson / Mama’s Waltz
20:21 Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman / Big Sciota
26:49 Rachel Newton / I’m so Lonesome I Could Cry
30:14 Lisa Hannigan / Undertow
34:54 Loah / Cortège
41:00 Jane Valencia – Folklore and Traditional Uses of St John’s Wort
43:01 Johnnie Lawson / Gentle Stream and Bird Song
46:29 Sue Richards and Robin Bullock / Banish Misfortune / Out on the Ocean / Cliffs of Moher
51:54 Kíla / Bearna Waltz
56:10 Éamon Doorley, Julie Fowlis, Zoë Conway and John Mc Intyre / An tEarrach Thiar

Radio Show – Episode 51 – Heartwood – June 7, 2020

Show 51 – “Heartwood” – continues our adventure with fairy folklore and greenwood magic, with a pause to experience the tree lore and medicinal properties of Hawthorn. Hawthorn offers powerful medicine for the heart, both in physical and spiritual-emotional ways — and, I believe, wise teachings about connecting to one’s heart for our human family at this time.

The second hour is a re-airing of Show 5. Discover the folklore and magic of the plant Foxglove amidst the music.

As always, you’ll hear traditional and contemporary Celtic music, with forays into other genres.

In Show 51 – “Foxglove Music and Magic”:  Enjoy poetry from Kevin Mcmanus and harp with Shayne White (Distant Oaks), Margot Krimmel, and Siobhán Armstrong (The Irish Consort), and plant wisdom from Darcey Blue French.

In Show 5: Enjoy a Welsh fairy tale as told by island storyteller Allison Cox and read by me, and harp with Alan Stivell, Derek Bell (The Chieftains), Vicki Parrish (The Standing Stones) and Debra Knodel, Cynthia Cathcart, Shayne White (Distant Oaks), and folklore from Mara Freeman.  Find Show 5 Play List and Show Notes here.

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02:47 Distant Oaks / Against the Tide
05:57 Raw Bar Collective / Baile Mhúirne (feat. Nell Ní Chróinín)
09:47 Sharon Corr / Cooley’s Reel
14:55 Margot Krimmel / The Elf of Wit
18:13 Adrian von Ziegler / The Fairy Forest
Willa Cather / The Hawthorn Tree – poem
19:45 Darcey Blue French / Hawthorn – Faerie Guardian of the Heart – tree medicine
20:44 Adrian von Ziegler / A Celtic Lore
24:12 Natalie MacMaster / David’s Jig
28:56 Julie Fowlis,Éamon Doorley, Zoe Conway and John Mc Intyre. / Port Dannsaidh Hiortach / Deóra Dé
37:09 The Irish Consort- Siobhán Armstrong / Sir John Packington’s pavin
40:43 Margot Krimmel / Carolan’s Ramble to Cashel
44:36 J. J. Sheridan / Patrick Kelly
46:28 Steve Baughman / Lady Athenry
50:55 Kevin Mcmanus / Poem: We are Born from the Earth
53:21 Mannheim Steamroller / The Fourth Door