Newsflash! Garden Sneaking up on Unsuspecting Harp!

Many year ago, Dian Cecht — physician, god of healing, and member of the Tuatha De Danaan (an ancient tribe of divine folk in Ireland) — scattered his daughter Airmid’s cloak of herbs. With this action, he cast a possible comprehensive herbal tradition to the winds. As you might guess of an action initiated by rage and jealousy, unintended consequences have resulted.

(Hear the tale in Forest Halls Celtic – Episode 1. It takes place about halfway through the show. You can also read the tale in the Forest Halls Celtic – 4/3/16 Show Notes)

Rumors that herbal tradition had gone underground, and has recently erupted into renewed vigor and mischief appear to be well-founded, as represented in the photo below. It appears that a harp is about to be set upon by herbs

Garden Sneaking up on harp - photo
Garden Sneaking up on Harp – photo by field reporter Jane Valencia

Alert!

Herbal magic may pounce upon us at any time! It is imperative that we reassemble Airmid’s herbal cloak to prevent absolute pandemonium. PLEASE NOTE: Disagreement exists as to whether the chaos will result from feral herbs having wild garden parties in our hallowed concrete jungles, or from unconscious followers of Dian Cecht’s emotional state responding with fear and outrage to the fun and powerful healing mystery of the green beings that have been living beside us all this time.  Agreement does exist that reassembling Airmid’s herbal cloak will help bring the healing ways of the herbs to one and all. This was Airmid’s original intentio, and, we presume, that of her brother the astounding healer, Miach.

Help us reassemble Airmid’s herbal cloak! Here’s how:

In the comment box below:

  • Identify one or more herbs in this photo
  • Describe a healing property of each one you I.D.
  • Describe where one might find that herb laid out on Airmid’s cloak

Furthermore:

  • If you are an herbalist or lover of the plants, please let us know how you are contributing to the restoration of Airmid’s herbal cloak!

Important PS.!

Rumor has it that harp tradition – also resurfacing after centuries underground –  is in cahoots with the herbs. If that’s so, then the above photo may not actually represent the herbs sneaking up on the harp, but the harp leading the charge!!!! If you have reason to believe that the harp is enmeshed in restoring lost tradition please report the following:

  • How has a harp you’ve witnessed contributed to restoring lost wisdom to your neighborhood or community at large. 

PLEASE NOTE: If you are a harper, you yourself may have inadverently — or deliberately — contributed in this way!!!

  • If so, please share your subversive action(s). (In the harp underground, this is often referred to as a “random act of harping”)
Harp and Herbs photo
Harp and Herbs Clearly in Subversive Conversation – photo by field reporter Jane Valencia

Important PPS:

If you play an instrument, engage in a folk craft, art, or tradition, or creative expression of any kind you likely are contributing to a revitalized, intelligent, nature-allied, wise world. This is absolutely noteworthy, and we here at Forest Halls commend you for your dedication and passion.

  • Please share with us your creative expression, and your thoughts on how it helps reweave a cloak of joyful and wise healing ways in the world.

Please submit reports in the comment box below!

Your comments will be compiled into a Forest Halls report (blog post) that will be issued in conjunction with the next episode of Forest Halls Celtic, and given special mention there.

Thank you for your important contributions to healing, peace, harmony, authenitic expression, creative imagination, and radical fun in the world!

Radio Show Play List for April 3, 2016

Today marks the debut of Forest Halls Celtic, my live radio show on Voice of Vashon. You can listen on-demand to the latest show here. What a fascinating and fun experience! Sharing about the music, telling a few little tales, while operating and monitoring the radio equipment at the same time is a whole new world for me. Very different brain circuitry seems to be involved for me than for performing or teaching! That said, I’m excited to see what grows as I become adept with the technology and with this medium that is radio broadcasting.

Thank you to my friend and colleague – harper, vocalist, cellist and amazing linguist, Vicki Parrish of The Standing Stones for pronunciation guidance (any mangling of Irish Gaelic pronunciation is my own!). Thank you also to Cherry Clark of the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers for identifying Natalie MacMasters Scottish tune set. And a huge thank you to my husband and fellow deejay, Andy Valencia for training me in radio show hosting and production!

Below is the play list for today’s show.

Format of the list is: Time (PST) Track was played – Artist – Track Title

12:02 Paul Machlis – The Magic Horse
12:06 Bonnie Rideout – The Hen’s March
12:13 Natalie MacMaster – Playing the Cape Breton fiddle (Ted Talk 2003, Monterey Calif)
12:17 Irish, 9th c. – Sunshine through My Window
12:19 Steve Baughman and Robin Bullock – Dans Keff Avec
12:22 Cíana – An Dro in Em / Breton March / Bus Stop
12:27 Anúna – Home and the Heartland (Riverdance, 1995)
12:31 Jane tells “Airmid’s Cloak” Music: Chris Conway – Airmid’s Herbal Cloak
12:39 Kim Angelis – Frogsong
12:44 Ann Heymann – Hawk of Ballyshannon
12:46 Eve Goodman – Dacw ‘Nghariad
12:51 Clan Alba – Canan Nan Gaidheal
12:55 Orison – The-Butterfly

You can read more detailed notes about each track here.

And once again, if you missed the show or want an encore listening you can listen to the latest show on-demand.

Upcoming Event: Epic Irish Myth Storytelling!

I’m delighted to be one of the 17 tellers in a live retelling of an epic Irish myth by the Seattle Storytellers Guild. I’ll be contributing storytelling with my wire-strung harp! If you’re in the Seattle area, consider joining us for this amazing event — a great way to continue celebrating St. Patrick’s Day!

Illustration by Boris Artzybasheff
Illustration by Boris Artzybasheff

THE WONDER SMITH AND HIS SON: An Epic Irish Myth

The Seattle Storytellers Guild Invites You To A Live Retelling
Of This Wonderful Irish Myth collected by Ella Young

Told by 17 storytellers and musicians playing flute, harp, guitar, penny whistle, psaltery, handpan and fiddle!

Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
The George Community Ctr, 2212 NE 125th St, Seattle, WA 98125
Suggested Donation:
$5 – members, $8 – non-members, $12 – families

Allison Cox's photo.