We’re leaving the time of balance when day and night are in equal partnership. With shedding and shadow, sunlight has begun its surrender to the dark of the year. Enjoy poetry for the season by Kevin McManus, plenty of music to celebrate the warmth of harvest and love, and honor the shifting waters of emotion and separation. We share some Celtic tree lore as well, that of the magical Rowan. Join us in Forest Halls!
Harpers featured in Show 56: Sandra Parker, Sue Richards, Woad (Deborah Bennett & Maggie Pritchard), Jane Valencia
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Also enjoy encore airings of Show 13 “Fulfillment” and Show 14 “Creative Fire.”
Featured Harp Music: Show 13 – Verlene Schermer and Sileas. Show 14 – Spookytree (Debra Knodel & Jane Valencia), Sharlene Wallace and Kim Robertson, The Harp Twins
01:31 Niamh Ní Charra – Rhubarb and Ginger / The Swaggering Jig/ Hardiman the Fiddler
05:26 Laura Risk – North Highland Reel #18 / North Highland Reel #21 / The Nine Pint Coggie / Sandy King
09:04 The Bothy Band – Do You Love an Apple
13:39 Poem by Kevan McManus with Music by Jane Valencia – The Light of the Water
17:11 Relativity – Gracelands
22:51 Sandra Parker – The Fairy’s Love Song
25:34 Sue Richards and Robin Bullock – Loftus Jones
31:18 Songs of Separation – Unst Boat Song
33:40 Rachel Sermanni – Ae Fond Kiss
37:51 Woad – Mist-Covered Mountains / Short-Coated Mary
42:33 Lore from The Scots Herbal:The Plant Lore of Scotland by Tess Darwin and Music by Jane Valencia – Rowan Tree Folklore
47:48 Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill – P. Joe’s Reel / The Obama Reel
51:16 The Gloaming – Casadh an tSúgáin
57:40 The Irish Consort – Light o’ Love / Lightly Love Ladies
We’re nearing the Autumn Equinox, sometimes known as the festival of Mabon, in which the length of the night and the day are equal. It’s a time of balance.
But this year in 2020, we’re experiencing anything but balance. Wildfires rage up and down the West coast, the air is otherworldy in the mingling glow of the smoke and sun. Every day seems to bring to light injustices, concerns, and other challenges that feel overwhelming. That said, since time immemorial, music has been a balm for distressing and difficult times. Celtic music has always spoken to and for the heart. With that in mind, we offer Show 55 as Respite.
Music today travels into the human landscape, and with the sun and the waters. We enjoy a Welsh fairy tale along the way, and head off-trail to experience magical vocal expressions arising from the African-American landscape and a rich mingling of musical tradition and style .
May rains soothe air and land, the breezes be gentle and cleansing, and the wildfires of both earth and heart grow calm.
Harp “sightings”: Enjoy the music of harpers Sandra Parker (she performs piano and her own poem in today’s show), Christina Tourin, Margie Butler (she sings in her piece and plays penny whistle), and Ceri Owen-Jones.
Our second hour is an encore airing of Show 33.
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01:43 Shantalla – A Band of Gold
05:23 Réalta – Open the Door for Three
08:08 Tannas – O Ho Na Ribeannan / Sean Truibhas / Faca Tu Saor An T-Sabhaidh
14:18 Sandra Parker – High Summer/ Martin Wyndd’s Air
16:12 Christina Tourin – Seal Lullaby
22:39 Golden Bough – The Mermaid’s Song – Song of the Seals
30:25 Ceri Owen-Jones, Elsa Davies, Peter Stevenson – Gvasi Cefn Garsi
36:17 Eve Goodman – Siren Song
40:06 Derw – Dau Gam
46:03 Caladh Nua – Cad é sin don té sin
48:59 Rhiannon Giddens / Wayfaring Stranger
51:24 Jennah Bell / Black Hole Sun
55:58 Mary Dillon / The Boatman
In Show 54 we celebrate the Celtic Cross-Quarter Festival of Lughnasadh with music, poetry, and folklore. Enjoy the music and song of late summer!
Enjoy harp in the playing of: Jennifer Van Der Harten (in OMNIA ), Jane Valencia (accompanying the poetry of Kevin McManus), and Gwenan Gibbard
Our second hour is an encore airing of Show 10 – First Harvest.
Enjoy harp in the playing of: Catriona McKay, Tristan Le Govic, and Jochen Vogel
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Forest Halls Celtic / Show 54 – Lughnasadh
01:22 Julie Fowlis, Éamon Doorley, Zoe Conway, John Mc Intyre / An Ghaeilge
04:46 Omnia / Lughnasadh
12:08 Kevin McManus and Jane Valencia / Lughnasadh
16:21 Gwenan Gibbard / Cysga di fy mhlentyn tlws
18:50 Talisk / Abyss
24:44 Goitse / The Burst Togs
28:58 Seosaimhin Ní Bheaglaoich / Bheadh Buachaillin Deas Ag Sile
31:30 Kieran O’Hare / Her Golden Hair Hanging Down Her Back/Toss the Fiddles
38:07 Mara Freeman / Lughnasadh Folklore: The Gathering of the Tribes
43:04 Damh the Bard / Lughnasadh
49:16 Claire Hastings / The Bothy Lads
53:19 The Miracle Aligner / Pumped up Kicks 1066 A.D in Old English (Anglo-Saxon)