Radio Show – Episode 49 – Bealtaine – Bright Fire – May 3, 2020

Hello, Wild Ones!

Enter the Wildwood and feast your senses in the magic, mischief, and flowering spirit of Beltane by way of the Forest Halls Celtic streaming radio program. Airing today from 12-2pm PST, Show 49 and a re-airing of Show 3 “Green Man and May Queen” will be on demand for the next two weeks. Enjoy greenwood music, folklore, poetry, a tale, flights of fancy, and, as always, harp.

Experience the  enchantment here

In Show 49 – Find harp in the music of Christina Tourin, Miranda Brown (in the band Jaiya), Alison Kinnaird (in the music of Eilidh MacKenzie). Enjoy bardic poetry with Halo Quin and Kevan Manwaring, a poem by Charles Stanley Causley, and a tale and prose by Jane Valencia

In Show 3: Harp with Anne Roos, Christina Tourin, Shelley Phillips, Debra Knodel and Jane Valencia (Spookytree). Read extensive notes here.

01:27 Jackie Oates / Hail! Hail! The First of May
03:55 Shira Kammen and Pam Swan / Lord May’s Set
08:55 Goitse / Transformed
18:06 Mes Aïeux / J’Entends Le Loup, Le Renard Et La Belette (La Jument de Michao)
22:12 Jane Valencia / Story: I Hear the Wolf and the Fox and the Weasel
31:50 Christina Tourin / Oak
38:03 Jaiya / Beltane Night
43:30 Halo Quin / Poem: Headless at Beltane
46:12 Kevan Manwaring / Poem: Heartwood – from his book The Silver Branch: Bardic Poems and Letters to a Young Bard.
47:51 Telynor – John Peekstok and Anna Clemenger / Sprig of Thyme
51:28 Molly Pinto Madigan / Willowwood
57:55 Eilidh MacKenzie / Thig am bàta (The Boat Will Come)

Radio Show – Episode 48 – More Harp – April 19, 2020

With the fullness of Spring and music in the air, what can I say? I have to bring in more harp!

And if you groove on the joy, beauty, and surprise that this angelic and, in expert hands, brash instrument can bring,  you’ll enjoy this follow-on to our previous all-harp show.  We head off-trail with some contemporary sounds, but return again to Celtic-rooted music and themes. We also journey down to the shore to listen to an old Scots Gaelic prayer, and witness a boat blessing.

Inspired by this unusual and threshold time in which we live, I share a magical tale of my own about  Rose Hip and Snowberry, two children who venture into the woods when technology falls away and their modern world changes.

You’ll also hear music from a new group of which I am part.

Harpers featured are Sue Richards, Lily Neill, Verlene Schermer, Séamus Ó Flatharta in High Time Irish band, Moya Brennan and Cormac de Barra, Màiri Chaimbeul (backing Jenna Moynihan), and Deb Knodel, Claudia Slayman, Verlene Schermer, and Jane Valencia as Spooky Redtail Moon

Listen to the show on demand until May 3

The second hour is an encore airing of Show 27:  On the Wing

01:30 Sue Richards / Nyth y Gwcw
04:19 Lily Neill / Bedford Row
08:01 Verlene Schermer / Flying
14:04 HighTime / An Maoilín
18:04 Moya Brennan and Cormac de Barra / Crann Ull
22:01 Jenna Moynihan / The Eagle’s Whistle / Major Campbell Graham
27:45 Scots Gaelic Boat Blessing and Prayer; Music: Sound Healing Center / Healing Harp by the Sea
32:13 Sara & Maynard Johnson with Rogues’ Consort / Rowing From Isla to Uist
35:35 Sibéal / An Cailin Alainn
41:27 Story by Jane Valencia / Rose Hip and Snowberry
53:22 Spooky Redtail Moon / Tam Lin – The Glasgow Reel

Radio Show – Episode 45 – Fly into Spring

This show is vibrant with plenty of contemporary Welsh, Scottish, and some Irish singers and bands singing lively and compelling music in their native languages. We also have some traditional music, some dating back to the 17th century Irish harpers. Enjoy early Gaelic harp played by James Ruff,  as well as harp in music of Songs of Separation,  and by Rachel Newton, William Jackson and Gráinne Hambley.

Listen to Show 45 on demand through March 22.

The second hour is a re-air of Show 24 – Living and Dying.

12:03: Casi and the Blind Harpist – Aderyn
12:05: Gwyneth Glyn – Wyneb Dros Dro
12:08: Flook – The Crystal Year
12:15: James Ruff – King of the Blind
12:17: Alison Helzer – Gradh Geal Mo Chridhe
12:20: Songs of Separation – It Was A’ For Our Rightfu’ King
12:24: Silly Wizard – The Broom O’ the Cowdenknowes
12:29: Rachel Newton – ‘S Toil Leam Chruinneag Dhonn Nam Bo
12:33: Solas – Vital Mental Medicine / The Pullet
12:37: Osna – Morning Dew
12:39: William Jackson and Gráinne Hambley – Celia Connellan / The Rectory Reel
12:45: Kizzy Crawford – Y Ddrudwy
12:50: Meinir Gwilym – Pa Loches
12:54: Kila – Am