As I prep for my upcoming bardic storytelling concert coming in October, I’m finding myself drawn to the passions of my young adulthood: the Old Welsh language and poetry and the land of Wales — and the so-called Dark Ages of Britain. Some of these threads make their way into this show. Expect as well plenty of harp! Harpers appear as soloists, accompanists, band members, and in other surprising ways. You’ll hear harp played by Welsh triple harpist Llio Rhydderch, double strung harp by Laurie Riley, and harp played by Tina Larkin, Stacey Blythe (Ffynnon), Síle Denvir (Líadan), and more. You’ll also hear some Old Welsh language and excerpts of some of the earliest Welsh poems.
Please tune in: Sunday, Sept. 15 at 12noon PST streaming at Voice of Vashon. The second hour will be an encore airing. The show will also be available on demand for a couple of weeks.
And here’s what we played in the first hour of the show. The second hour was an encore airing of Show 12.
12:01: Steve Baughman – Bonnie Prince Charlie
12:03: Silly Wizard – When Summer Ends
12:08: Solasta – Reels
12:12: Ayreheart – Ddoi di Dai
12:16: Erutan – The Willow Maid
12:21: Quadriga Consort – Captain James (England)
12:28: Helen Davies and Kim Skovbyee – Sunbeam Dance
12:32: Altan – The Dance of the Honey Bees
12:35: Kevin Burke – The Strayaway Child
12:39: Heather Dale – The Maiden and the Selkie
12:43: Julie Fowlis – Selkie-boy
12:50: Eve Goodman – Angor (Swn-Y-Mor)
12:54: Courteous Thief – White Horses
Saturday, October 5th, 2019 7:00 PM
At the Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church,
14724 1st Ave NE, Shoreline
Bardic harper and storyteller Jane Valenciawill present tales of transformation for the dark of the year interwoven with early Welsh poetry, threads of medieval Welsh language, tree and herbal lore, music, and other Celtic magic.
A lover of Celtic tale and lore since she was a child, Jane took up the harp after studying medieval Welsh bardic poetry, language, and literature (including the Mabinogion) at UC Berkeley and at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. With harp and storytelling, Jane has found that she can weave everything she loves into bardic performance, including folklore, song, poetry, art, and the beauty and wonder of nature.
Jane’s harp duo partner, Deb Knodel will join Jane in this performance. As the harp duo Spookytree, Deb and Jane have performed together since 1990, have three recordings, and have offered bardic storytelling since 1994. Their music is described as “intelligent, playful” and “pure magic.”
Members of the Puget Sound Welsh Association in the second half of the program will bring even more Welsh music, songs and poetry. They are partnering with the Seattle Storytellers Guild in this program – which is a prelude to an Epic Telling of the Welsh Mabinogion to be presented by the Seattle Storytellers Guild this coming May.
Admission: $10 Guild and Welsh association members – $15 non-members of the Guild