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.
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.
Show 35 is ready for your listening pleasure! In this one we feature music from three Breton artists, as well as some contemporary nature-rooted expressions (want to hear a heart-felt song from a tree? how about beautiful violin in the Wilderness, or a blessing for lost words?). Harp music can be found in music by Dave and Sharon Thormahlen, Cécile Corbel, and Barry Phillips. We followed this show with a re-airing of Show 14. Listen to both shows on demand for the next two weeks at VoiceofVashon.org.
12:00: Forest Halls Celtic – Show 35
12:02: Solas – Coconut Dog / Morning Dew
12:05: Elfen – Aderyn Du
12:08: Duo Menguy – Le Pennec
12:14: Cécile Corbel – Le bal des chats
12:16: Cécile Corbel – Jardin Secret
12:20: Denez Prigent – Gortoz a ran
12:27: Karine Polwart, et al. – Heartwood
12:30: Julie Fowlis – A Phiuthrag _s a Phiuthar
12:35: Barry Phillips – Braigh Loch Iall
12:42: Dave and Sharon Thormahlen – Hewlitt
12:45: Robin Bullock – The Rakes Of Clonmel / The Trip To The Cottage
12:47: Taylor Davis – Wilderness
12:51: Duo Menguy Berenguer – Yellow Flowers
12:56: Karine Polwart, et al – The Lost Words Blessing