Radio Show – Episode 41 – Into the Birch Grove – January 5 and 12, 2020

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

Radio Show – Episode 39 – Stone Music – December 8 and 15, 2019

From the great henges to cairns, rocky mountain and cliffsides to cottages and hearths, stones in the Celtic landscape offer strength, materials, presence, healing properties, companionship, and blessing. They can be doorways to otherworlds or invite one more fully into our earthen one. In today’s episode of Forest Halls Celtic, Show 39, we explore tunes, folklore, song, and tale related to “Stone Music.” Discover Stones of Destiny, dance with trolls before sunrise, join in the race between the Tortoise and the Hare, and make a wish in the rock that saved the life of Sant Gofan – Saint Govan of 6th century Wales. Enjoy harp music from Anne Roos, Margot Krimmel, Mary MacMaster and Hazel Askew, and – in our encore airing of Show 18, “Snow and Flame,”– from harpers Aine Minogue, Knodel & Valencia (Spookytree), Sileas, Kim Robertson, and more!

On Sunday Dec 8 and 15, from 12 noon-2pm PST, join us on KVSH 101.9 fm on Vashon, or via streaming at Voice of Vashon. Or listen on demand for the next two weeks at Voice of Vashon.

12:00: Spookytree – Lochaber No More
12:00: Maurice Lennon – Stone of Destiny
12:05: Matt Molloy and Sean Keane – The Gooseberry Bush / The Limestone Rock
12:09: Zoe Conway and John Mc Intyre – Faoiseamh a Gheobhadsa
12:13: Flook – The Tortoise and The Hare
12:20: Anne Roos – Trollspolska
12:23: Margot Krimmel and Beth Leachman – Rocking the Cradle
12:30: Manran – Oran na Cloiche
12:33: Goitse – The Eagles Rock
12:37: Songs of Separation – Soil and Soul
12:42: Jane Valencia – Stone Music
12:52: Jane Valencia and Starr – Mist and Mountains
12:53: Barde – The Trowie Burn / the Dark Island

 

Episode 38 – Radio Show – Salmon Return – November 24, 2019

In Celtic myth, Salmon are beings of shining wisdom, embodied generosity, resilience, vigorous will, and ocean-deep love. In today’s Forest Halls Celtic streaming radio episode – Show 38 – Salmon Return, we swim with the salmon, joining them on their journey to and from the sea by way of music, poetry, flights of fancy, and tale. With this episode I’m excited to begin sharing my stories (ones I tell, ones I write) with you, beginning with my retelling of a beloved traditional Irish myth: “Finn and the Salmon of Wisdom.”

The second hour is a re-airing of Show 17 – Treasures, which is a collection of musical gems, many of which happen to be Welsh.

Enjoy harp playing with Sue Richards and Kathleen Loughnane (in the group Dordan) in Show 38,  and  Janet Harbison, in Pigyn Clust, Cheryl Ann Fulton, and Robin Huw Bowen (in Crasdant) in Show 17.

Catch Forest Halls Celtic today at 12-2pm PST at Voice of Vashon, or on demand for the next weeks as well.  Click here to listen to all the current episodes of Forest Halls Celtic

Your host is bardic harper and storyteller Jane Valencia.

00:08 Spookytree / Lochaber No More
01:20 Sue Richards / Lament for Coire An Easa/Hazel Grove
05:26 Sharon Shannon / The Jewels of the Ocean
10:48 Seamus Byrne / Track 2 – Irish Nature Sounds
11:38  Lasairfhíona Ní Chonaola / Oilean Na Teiscinne
13:52 Kate in the Kettle / Salmon
22:00 Dordan / Three Reels: Weave The Bog Cotton / Barr Na Ceibhe/ The Leaping Salmon
25:51 Ensemble Galilei / The Salmon Tailing Up the River
29:28 Julie Fowlis / Tha Mo Ghaol Air Aird a’ Chuain
32:39 Tina Malia / Sound of the River
38:05 Jon Parmentier / Old Growth
41:05 Seamus Byrne / Track 1
43:05 Jane Valencia / Finn and the Salmon of Wisdom – tale
51:30 The Cast (Mairi Campbell & David Francis) / Eventide
55:52 Skyedance / Harris Dance

Photo art by Jane Valencia