Enjoy the magic of autumn with Show 13 – “Time of Fulfillment” and Show 14 – “Creative Fire, ” now available for your listening pleasure. Although these are encore airings, I’ve slipped in a few new pieces. In any case, the music, poetry, folklore, and tales remain as vibrant and refreshing as ever!
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.
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
Show 51 – “Heartwood” – continues our adventure with fairy folklore and greenwood magic, with a pause to experience the tree lore and medicinal properties of Hawthorn. Hawthorn offers powerful medicine for the heart, both in physical and spiritual-emotional ways — and, I believe, wise teachings about connecting to one’s heart for our human family at this time.
The second hour is a re-airing of Show 5. Discover the folklore and magic of the plant Foxglove amidst the music.
As always, you’ll hear traditional and contemporary Celtic music, with forays into other genres.
In Show 51 – “Foxglove Music and Magic”: Enjoy poetry from Kevin Mcmanus and harp with Shayne White (Distant Oaks), Margot Krimmel, and Siobhán Armstrong (The Irish Consort), and plant wisdom from Darcey Blue French.
In Show 5: Enjoy a Welsh fairy tale as told by island storyteller Allison Cox and read by me, and harp with Alan Stivell, Derek Bell (The Chieftains), Vicki Parrish (The Standing Stones) and Debra Knodel, Cynthia Cathcart, Shayne White (Distant Oaks), and folklore from Mara Freeman. Find Show 5 Play List and Show Notes here.
02:47 Distant Oaks / Against the Tide
05:57 Raw Bar Collective / Baile Mhúirne (feat. Nell Ní Chróinín)
09:47 Sharon Corr / Cooley’s Reel
14:55 Margot Krimmel / The Elf of Wit
18:13 Adrian von Ziegler / The Fairy Forest
Willa Cather / The Hawthorn Tree – poem
19:45 Darcey Blue French / Hawthorn – Faerie Guardian of the Heart – tree medicine
20:44 Adrian von Ziegler / A Celtic Lore
24:12 Natalie MacMaster / David’s Jig
28:56 Julie Fowlis,Éamon Doorley, Zoe Conway and John Mc Intyre. / Port Dannsaidh Hiortach / Deóra Dé
37:09 The Irish Consort- Siobhán Armstrong / Sir John Packington’s pavin
40:43 Margot Krimmel / Carolan’s Ramble to Cashel
44:36 J. J. Sheridan / Patrick Kelly
46:28 Steve Baughman / Lady Athenry
50:55 Kevin Mcmanus / Poem: We are Born from the Earth
53:21 Mannheim Steamroller / The Fourth Door