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
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.