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CMP Special 43 Sussex Celts, Fairies & Folklore
1 May 2017 @ 01:00 am

Folklore, Fairies, Cold Iron of Sussex and Puck of Pook's Hill

This is our biggest show ever! A real MONSTER of a show with an excerpt from the fascinating book, British Witch Legends of Sussex which you can get hold of from the publisher Country Books, a great story by Rudyard Kipling all about that tricky Fey, Puck and six pieces of great Fairy-inspired music. It's all topped off by two poems - including one poem read by our 9-year old Grand-daughter, Amielia!

Full show-notes, details and Contributor pages over at our main Website at http://celticmythpodshow.com/sussex

Running Order:

We hope you enjoy it!

Gary & Ruthie x x

Released: 3rd April 2017, 1hr 51m

It's always great to hear from you! Email garyandruth@celticmythpodshow.com, or call us using Speakpipe


News & Views

We bring you up-to-date with the progress of the website updates and let you know that the Scripting for Branwen, Daughter of Ll?r, is nearing completion. We also let you know that all of our shows are now hosted on the much more secure and speedier Libsyn servers, and the Shownotes pages can also be found there.

 

Pica Pica

by Kate Fletcher & Corwen Broch

Pica Pica is a song stitched together from Magpie rhymes. Fishe or Fowle is Kate and Corwen's new duo CD. It is a double CD with 25 tracks. Available now, as a physical CD from their website or to download from Bandcamp.

They are musicians, instrument makers and workshop leaders who perform folk music and drama, recreate Ancient music and instruments, make crafts, run workshops for schools and demonstrate at museums and other events. You can find out more about these talented folks on their website or on our Contributor Page.

 

Trip to Skye/Dance to your Daddy

by Mike Gulston

This beautiful Medley is made up by Mike's version of Trip to Skye, that he has sped up to a Mazurka rhythm and a beautiful rendition of Dance to your Daddy. He has written his own extra verse to this traditional English folk song. Mike's new solo album, Barking, was released in May 2016, an eclectic collection of traditional and modern songs, ranging from totally silly to tragic, romantic and singalong.

For more details about Mike, and his work with Blanche Rowen, see their website or our Contributor Page.

 

British Witch Legends of Sussex

by Shaun Cooper

The book includes over sixty Sussex witch legends, mostly in their original texts, and they are compared with witch legends from the rest of the country - so the book is essentially a comparative study of witch legends, albeit with a very strong Sussex emphasis. Other subjects covered are: Sussex fairy and Devil legends, and dragons, Roman roads, the origins and dissemination of witch legends, and so forth.

You can see an interactive map of this area on Google Maps or download the KML file for Google Maps/Earth.

You can find out more about Shaun and where to get hold of his book on our Contributor Page on with his Publisher, Country Books.

We discuss which tribes might fall into the categories of Iron Age 'A', 'B' and 'C' Celts that are referred to in the reading. Although there are some discrepancies with the dating, the history does make sense when compared with the movements of the Atrebates, Catevellauni and Cantiaci tribes at the time of the Roman Conquest of Britain (A.d. 43). Our sources are:

 

Faerie Tale

by Spiral Dance

Magick

Multi-award winning group Spiral Dance, based in Adelaide, has been playing rousing, high-energy music to enthusiastic audiences throughout Australia and beyond for over a decade. With a combination of haunting vocals, evocative fiddle, intoxicating guitar riffs and groovy accordion lines, underpinned with potent bass and dynamic percussion, the band presents an eclectic blend of traditional folk-rock with powerful self-penned songs and tunes. Enchanting melodies intertwine with mythical tales that are sure to captivate your soul, tease your mind and steal your heart, casting your spirit into the realms of magic and the mists of ancient time.

We are privileged to bring you the evocative track, Faerie Tale from their album Magick, for our Sussex Celts Show, and you can find the lyrics on their site. You can find out more about Spiral Dance on their website or on our Contributor Page.

 

Scarborough Faire

by Jenna Greene & Kellianna

Traditions

Kellianna is an American Neo-Celtic singer and songwriter internationally renowned for her powerful performance of song and chant inspired by myth, magic, sacred places and ancient times. Jenna Greene, "The Greene Lady", is a weaver of musical myth and magic. With a voice that is both ethereal and soulful, she sings of ancient lore, finding wonder and following dreams.

Scarborough Faire is just one of the heart-lifting traditional folk songs on the wonderful collaborative album, Traditions, by Kellianna. You can find out more about the Kellianna on her Contributor Page or more about Jenna Greene on her Contributor Page.

We talk about the origins of the original Scarborough Fair and the significance of the Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme herbs.

 

Cold Iron from 'Rewards and Fairies'

by Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling was an English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist. Kipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), Puck of Pook's Hill (1906) and many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King" (1888). His poems include "Mandalay" (1890), "Gunga Din" (1890), "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" (1919), "The White Man's Burden" (1899), and "If—" (1910). He is regarded as a major innovator in the art of the short story; his children's books are classics of children's literature, and one critic described his work as exhibiting "a versatile and luminous narrative gift".

Rewards and Fairies is a historical fantasy book by Rudyard Kipling published in 1910. The book consists of a series of short stories set in historical times with a linking contemporary narrative. Dan and Una are two children, living in the Weald of Sussex in the area of Kipling's own home Bateman's.

Batemans

Bateman's, Sussex

They have encountered Puck and he magically conjures up real and fictional individuals from Sussex's past to tell the children some aspect of its history and prehistory, though the episodes are not always historically accurate. Another recurring character is Old Hobden who represents the continuity of the inhabitants of the land. His ancestors sometimes appear in the stories and seem very much like him.

The full text of Rewards & Fairies can be found on Project Gutenberg. For more details about Rudyard Kipling visit the Wiki Page or Kipling Societ's website.

 

Shakespeare's Puck & Sussex Pharisees

We discuss how Shakespeare may have heard the folklore of Puck on his travels with the Elizabethan court. The local Sussex word for Fairies, Pharisees, comes from the double plural found in the dialect - 'fairies-ies' or 'pharisees'.

"Then we have 'Puck' or 'Pook', which is derived from the Saxon word 'Puca', meaning a Goblin (Smith 1956 p.74). Both modern forms are common in placenames as will be seen later in this article, but also occurs as dialect description of fairies, but not just Goblins, which are seen as mischievous or nasty fairies (Simpson & Roud 2000 p.286). 'Dobbs' or 'Master Dobbs' is a name used for a house fairy that helps with the housework. If someone has been working harder than expected, it was often said of them that 'Master Dobbs has been helping you' (Parish & Hall 1957 p.31)." [Sussexarch.org]

 

Iron from Stone

by Damh the Bard


This song, Iron from Stone, is inspired by the earlier song, Scarborough Faire. Damh tells us:

"Scarborough Faire is an amazing song. Such a wonderful melody and lyric that tells of all of the impossible tasks a human woman would need to achieve to be with a man from Elfland. But I began to wonder…

"These wonderful folk songs have been left us by anonymous writers from years ago and have been sung ever since. But is there another story behind Scarborough Faire? What about that songwriter from years ago? What inspired them to write such a song? So I thought I would tell that story." Damh the Bard

You can find his music on iTunes, or from his website, Pagan Music. He is also the voice behind Druidcast, the official podcast of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD, for short) - modern day Druids. You can find Druidcast here and find out more about OBOD here. You can find out more details about Damh on his Contributor page on our website.

 

Cold Iron

by Rudyard Kipling

Puck, Dan and Una

Puck, Dan & Una

"Cold Iron" is a poem written by Rudyard Kipling published as the introduction to Rewards and Fairies in 1910. In 1983, Leslie Fish set the poem to music and recorded it as the title track on her fifth cassette-tape album.

 

Song of the Travelling Fairies

by Kate Fletcher & Corwen Broch

Kate Fletcher & Corwen Broch

Song of the Travelling Fairies is a Manx lullaby collected in 1930 by Mona Douglas from Caesar Cashin who said that after each verse there used to be a little dance imitating the movements of the particular bird named. It comes from Fishe or Fowle - Kate and Corwen's new duo CD. It is a double CD with 25 tracks. Available now, as a physical CD from their website or to download from Bandcamp.

 

Listener Feedback

from Natasha in Portsmouth

We play some Audio feedback from Natasha in Portsmouth who recommends the lovely music of Lisa Thiel.

 

There are fairies at the bottom of our garden

by Rose Fyleman, read by Amielia

Amielia

Rose Fyleman (1877–1957) was an English writer and poet, noted for her works on the fairy folk, for children. Her poem There are fairies at the bottom of our garden was set to music by English composer Liza Lehmann. This classic, famous and iconic poem first appeared in her book, Fairies and Chimneys, in 1917. It is read here by our 9-year-old grand-daughter, Amielia who makes her reading debut on our Show!

 


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Special Thanks

BertycoX, for Rain in a Desert from Film'O Graf. See the Contributor Page for details.

Armolithae, for Endless Blue from Artanis and Journey from Beneath the Iron Star. See the Contributor Page for details.

Kenjiakira, For all the children of the earth from Azur Requiem. See the Contributor Page for details.

Julien Boulier, for Dogen Poignance from Erable and Remanence Prisme from the album Remanence. See the Contributor Page for more details.

Pascal SER'JACOBS, for Realité virtuelle from the album Confusion. See the Contributor Page for more details.

Keltoria, for The Gathering Storm from the album Lia Fail (Stone of Destiny) and Hollow Hills from Beyond the Wildwood. See the Contributor Page for more details.

XCyril, for Max s'introduit chez Zeger et commence a fouiller from the album Alter Ego. See the Contributor Page for more details.

Esgi, for Dawn of Mind, from the album Echoes in Time. See the Contributor Page for more details.

Victor Stellar, for Kaleidoscope. See the Contributor Page for more details.

VS, for Libera from Libera. See the Contributor Page for more details.

Flavio Simone, Absence infini from Orchestrale. See his Contributor Page for more details.

Adragante, for Harmonies from Harmonie Cosmique. See the Contributor Page for more details.

Tolen, Free Play Music

 

For incidental music:

Diane Arkenstone The Secret Garden. See the Contributor Page for details.

Kim Robertson, Angels in Disguise. See the Contributor Page for more details.

Jigger, Time Ticks Away. See the Contributor Page for more details.

 

For our Theme Music:

The Skylark and Haghole, the brilliant Culann's Hounds. See their Contributor page for details.

Additional Sources

OBOD

And, of course, the Awen - inspiration and imagination!

 

Extra Special Thanks for Unrestricted Access to Wonderful Music

(in Alphabetic order)

Anne Roos Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of her masterful music to Anne Roos. You can find out more about Anne on her website or on her Contributor page.

Caera Extra Special thanks go for permission to any of her evocative harping and Gaelic singing to Caera. You can find out more about Caera on her website or on her Contributor Page.

Celia Extra Special Thanks go for permission to use any of her wonderful music to Celia Farran. You can find out more about Celia on her website or on her Contributor Page.

Damh the Bard Extra Special thanks go to Damh the Bard for his permission to use any of his music on the Show. You can find out more about Damh (Dave) on his website or on his Contributor page.

The Dolmen Extra Special thanks also go to The Dolmen, for their permission to use any of their fantastic Celtic Folk/Rock music on the Show. You can find out more about The Dolmen on their website or on our Contributor page.

Keltoria Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of their inspired music to Keltoria. You can find out more about Keltoria on their website or on their Contributor page.

Kevin Skinner Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of his superb music to Kevin Skinner. You can find out more about Kevin on his website or on his Contributor page.

Phil Thornton Extra Special Thanks go for permission to use any of his astounding ambient music to the Sonic Sorcerer himself, Phil Thornton. You can find out more about Phil on his website or on his Contributor Page.

S.J. Tucker Extra Special thanks go to Sooj for her permission to use any of her superb music. You can find out more about Sooj on her website or on her Contributor page.

Spiral Dance Extra Special thanks go for permission to use Adrienne and the band to use any of their music in the show. You can find out more about Spiral Dance on their website or on their Contributor page.

SaveWe finish off by wishing you 'Hwyl Fawr', which is Welsh for 'Goodbye and have fun'!

 

 

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CMP Special 42 2016 News Update Show
9 May 2016 @ 08:00 am

Music and News about what we have been doing!

We bring you a Special music show and some news about what we have been doing while we were away, what our plans are as well as 6 amazing pieces of music and a superb piece by Professor Roland Rotherham about St. Nectan, the Cornish saint.

Running Order:

We mention the Professor's other appearance on our show at http://celticmythpodshow.com/ladiesofthegrail

We hope you enjoy it!

Gary & Ruthie x x x

It's always great to hear from you! Email garyandruth@celticmythpodshow.com, or leave us a message using Speakpipe


 

1. Northill May Song & Mwynen Mai

by Blanche Rowen & Mike Gulston

A pair of May Carols. The custom of 'going Maying' included leaving hawthorn blossoms at your beloved's door on May Day morning (assuming you hadn't been out in the woods with her all night). 'Mwynen Mai' (Gentle May) is a jolly little polka with our freshly translated English lyrics. (from The Dance Goes On liner notes)

Buy The Dance Goes On from Bandcamp

 

2. The Fairy Glen

by Katie Nicholas & Cernunnos Rising

Katie Nicholas, the youngest daughter of George Nicholas from Cernunnos Rising, is the lead vocalist on this beautiful new track, The Fairy Glen. Born and bred in Liverpool, Katie (20) moved to London at the age of eighteen as an integrated ad-designer (JWT London) and pursues her music as a country-pop singer/songwriter, runs Busy Bee - an online community helping independent artists create a “buzz”, plus more alongside her 9-to-5; with the aspiration to do her passion full-time. [source]

You can find out all about Katie and her work, including her superb album, Dizzy, on her website.

 

3. Song For Ireland

by Celia

Celia's album, Fire in the Head, is a compilation of some of the finest Irish songs. She adds her unique style to the presentation of classic Irish music, and you can hear her track Song for Ireland in this show.

You can get hold of Fire in the Head from Bandcamp or CD Baby.

 

4. Sacred Falls: Saint Nectan & the Legacy of the Dragon

by Professor Roland Rotherham

Sacred Falls

St. Nectan's history, the legends of his almost endless family and the sacred site of Nectan’s Glen, holding as it does the beautiful ‘Falls’, are explained in this narrative together with a possible link between Saint Nectan’s family and the warlord who may be attributed to the later legends of King Arthur. The book also deals with the history and legends of many of Cornwall’s other sacred wells and springs.

You can buy Sacred Falls from the St. Nectan's Waterfall Online Shop.

 

5. The Laily Worm & the Machrel of the Sea

by Kate Fletcher & Corwen Broch

Kate & Corwen met in the 10th century playing at a medieval banquet. Their compatible collection of ancient reed instruments inspired love at first parp.The fact that they also had similar collections of Finnish pop cemented the relationship. Since meeting they have walked pilgrimages to Spain, across Norway, rebuilt Kate's narrowboat and played lots of music. They are currently recording their first duo CD, Fishe or Fowle.

You can find out more about Kate & Corwen on their website or on their Contributor Page.

 

6. Native Son

by Julia Ecklar

Native Son is a song about a sheep-dog. Stepping out into a pasture of sheep is like pushing the membrane between two worlds. The dog starts to shiver violently at the first whiff of musty wool. The shadows, the wind, the turn of your head and the force of the dog's silent gaze is part of a cacophony of pressures that push or bounce against each other. You can sense where to push against these masses of energies to make the sheep and your dog move ina direction you choose. The ability to feel and see these energies is stitched into your dog's DNA. You don't teach him how to use this knowledge - he teaches you. It's why he was made, and all he wants to do. (From the CD liner notes]

Buy Horsetamer from Prometheus

 

8. Forgotten, Never Be

by Damh the Bard

Forgotten, Never Be is a song about the traditions and customs that we cherish in our cultures. It is a masterful piece from Damh's most recent album, Sabbat. This new collection of songs harks back to Spirit of Albion and The Cauldron Born. The anthems have a folk-rock feel, and the ballads have even more depth and meaning. The inclusion of the classic folk song Scarborough Faire and a cover of Lady in Black by Uriah Heep makes this an album that will surely please old and new fans of Damh’s music alike.

You can get hold of Sabbat from CD Baby.



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Special Thanks

For our Theme Music:

The Skylark and Haghole, the brilliant Culann's Hounds. See their Contributor page for details.

Extra Special Thanks for Unrestricted Access to Wonderful Music

(in Alphabetic order)

Anne Roos Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of her masterful music to Anne Roos. You can find out more about Anne on her website or on her Contributor page.

Caera Extra Special thanks go for permission to any of her evocative harping and Gaelic singing to Caera. You can find out more about Caera on her website or on her Contributor Page.

Celia Extra Special Thanks go for permission to use any of her wonderful music to Celia Farran. You can find out more about Celia on her website or on her Contributor Page.

Damh the Bard Extra Special thanks go to Damh the Bard for his permission to use any of his music on the Show. You can find out more about Damh (Dave) on his website or on his Contributor page.

The Dolmen Extra Special thanks also go to The Dolmen, for their permission to use any of their fantastic Celtic Folk/Rock music on the Show. You can find out more about The Dolmen on their website or on our Contributor page.

Keltoria Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of their inspired music to Keltoria. You can find out more about Keltoria on their website or on their Contributor page.

Kevin Skinner Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of his superb music to Kevin Skinner. You can find out more about Kevin on his website or on his Contributor page.

Phil Thornton Extra Special Thanks go for permisssion to use any of his astounding ambient music to the Sonic Sorcerer himself, Phil Thornton. You can find out more about Phil on his website or on his Contributor Page.

S.J. Tucker Extra Special thanks go to Sooj for her permission to use any of her superb music. You can find out more about Sooj on her website or on her Contributor page.

Spiral Dance Extra Special thanks go for permission to use Adrienne and the band to use any of their music in the show. You can find out more about Spiral Dance on their website or on their Contributor page.

We'd like to wish you 'Hwyl fawr!', which is Welsh for Goodbye and have fun, or more literally Wishing a Good Mood on you!

 

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CMP042 A Mother's Worry, A Mother's Pride
2 Nov 2015 @ 10:57 am

What really happened to Pwyll & Rhiannon's child?

Part 13 and the final episode of the First Branch of the Mabinogion story. Pwyll's long-time friend, Teyrnon has beaten off the Monster from the Deeps and has discovered a beautiful baby boy wrapped in silks left in its wake. He and his wife decide to rear the child, but what of the misery of Rhiannon? In this episode, Teyrnon makes a decision and we finally discover what really happened to Pwyll and Rhiannon's child.

This episode is also the 13th and final episode of the First Branch of the Mabinogi.

Running Order:

All the credits for this episode can be found in our show-notes at http://celticmythpodshow.com/firstbranch13

We hope you enjoy it!

Gary & Ruthie x x x

It's always great to hear from you! Email garyandruth@celticmythpodshow.com, or call us Speakpipe


News & Views

Overview of the Celtic Myth Podshow

Gary and Ruth - your Hosts!

We welcome all of our new listeners and guide them through how to find their way around the show. So far, we have completed the Irish Mythological Cycle (which starts at Episode 1 Gods in the Mist) and have started the Welsh Mabinogion with Episode 30 Restless Dreams. This episode completes the first story, or Branch, in the Mabinogi - Pwyll, Prince of Annwn.

We also mention that Special Shows (those starting with the prefix SP (SP01, SP02 etc.) will be found which contain modern stories, music, factual pieces and interviews about Celtic History, Music and Culture.

You can also find a Help Page that will help you with everything to do with Podcasts, subscribing and how to listen to each new show.

Names Used in this Story

Listed in order of appearance

  • Teyrnon
  • Gwri of the Golden Hair
  • Pwyll
  • Rhiannon
  • Dyfed
  • Arberth
  • Gwent
  • Ceffyl-Aur
  • Annwn
  • Calan Mai
  • Beltane
  • Pryderi ("Worry")
  • Pendaran
  • Gwri Gwallt Euryn
  • Teyrnon Twerf Lliant
  • Pwyll Pen Annwn
  • Summerlands
  • Ystrad Tywi
  • Ceredigion
  • Seisyllwch
  • Bryn Caerau
  • Casnar Wledig
  • Gwyn Gophoyw
  • Gloyw Walltlydan

Post-Roman Wales

Post-Roman Wales

This map shows the locations of the cantrefs of Ystrad Tewi and Ceredigion that Pryderi added to the realm of Dyfed. Those seven cantrefs were known as the Seisyllwch.

Promo - The CUUPS Podcast

Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans

The CUUPS Podcast

The Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) is an organization dedicated to networking Pagan-identified Unitarian Universalists (UUs), educating people about Paganism, promoting interfaith dialogue, developing Pagan liturgies and theologies, and supporting Pagan-identified UU religious professionals.

Starting in January 2010 CUUPS began producing monthly Podcasts. These are approximately 45 minute long audio programs which bring together recorded material from a variety of sources. You can find the show in iTunes or listen/download the Podcast directly from the Libsyn website.

 

Music Welcome in Another Year

by Blanche Rowen & Mike Gulston

The Dance Goes On

This show was released at Samhain in 2015 so this song by the very talented Blanche Rowen and Mike Gulston is especially appropriate. Their album, The Dance Goes On, is an amazing treat with songs for each of the seasons of the year making it a joyous exploration of the Turning of the Wheel! You can find out more about Blanche & Mike on their website or on our Contributor Page.

 

Competition Results

In our last episode we set a competition by asking you if you could find out the name of Charlie Allan's dog.

Odin

Charlie is from Saor Patrol and the Duncarron medieval Village and his dog, Odin, can be frequently seen at events watching the Burgers cook!

The answer to the competition is: the dog's name is Odin and our lucky winner is Helen from the UK. It's on it's way to you, Helen - congratulations!

Listener Feedback

Marco

We play some lovely feedback from Marco from New Mexico. Marco asks about the old drinking habits and the hospitality of the ancient Celts. Ruthie did some research and came across two ancient recipes for beer that might interest him. You can find them at http://byo.com/hops/item/1537-two-ancient-brews ... just scroll to the bottom of the page. Please do let us know how they come out if any of you decide to try them! :)

Thank you so much Marco!

Sources used in this Episode

http://www.maryjones.us/jce/eufyd.html, Hyfaidd Hen as one of the Children of Don.

Mabinogi Study: Enlivening Y Mabinogi, Welsh Pronounciation for the Mabinogi

Places Mentioned in the First Branch, Fascinating website.

Bullfinch's Mythology, The Celts, section 8.

The Mabinogion, pp ix-xxxvi, 3-21, 227-232, Sioned Davies, Oxford, 2007, ISBN 978-0-19-283242

The Mabinogion, pp 9-41, 45-65, Jeffrey Gantz, Penguin, 1976, ISBN 0-14-044322-3

The Mabinogion, pp ix-xliv, 3-24, 275-278, Gwyn Jones & Thomas Jones, Dent & Dutton, 1977, ISBN 0-460-01097-2. Can also be found online at www.donaldcorrell.com

Pwyll Pendeuc Dyfed, Lady Charlotte Guest, Mary Jones

Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed, Lady Charlotte Guest, 1877, Sacred Texts

Notes to Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed, Lady Charlotte Guest, 1877, Sacred Texts

The Mabinogion, Lady Charlotte Guest, 1849, Project Gutenberg

The Mabinogi of Pwyll, W. M. Parker, mabiongi.net. Notes at mabinogion.info

'The Lord of Dyfed', from Legends of the Celts, p.134ff, Frank Delaney, HarperCollins, 1991, ISBN 0-586-21151-9

Tales from the Mabinogion, Gwyn Thomas & Kevin Crossley-Holland, Gollancz, 1984, ISBN 0-575-03531-5

Celtic Myths & Legends, p.147ff, Michael Foss, Selectabook Ltd., 1998, ISBN 0-75252-402-X

Prince of Annwn, Evangeline Walton, Del Rey, 1974, ISBN 0-345-27060-6

Encyclopaedia of Celtic Wisdom, p.117, 156, Caitlin & John Matthews, Element, 1994, ISBN 1-85230-560-6

The Celts, p.211, Frank Delaney, Grafton, 1989, ISBN 0-586-20349-4

Women in Celtic Myth, Moyra Caldecott, Arrow, ISBN 0-09-955920-X

Celtic Heritage, p.41 ff, Alwyn & Brinley Rees, Thames & Hudson, 1978, ISBN 978-0500110089

Pagan Celtic Britain, p.288, Anne Ross, Constable, 1967, ISBN 0-09-472330-3

'Myth in the Mabiogion', from A Celtic Reader, p.151, John Matthews, Aquarian, ISBN 0-85030-935-2

Celtic Myths and Legends, p.356 ff, T. W. Rolleston, 1995, ISBN 978-1859580066

Celtic Folklore: Welsh & Manx Vol.2, pp 499ff, John Rhys, Wildwood House, 1980, ISBN 0-7045-0406-5

The White Goddess, p.215ff, Robert Graves, Faber, 1952

And, of course, the Awen - inspiration and imagination!

 

Additional Thanks

We also give thanks to Raincloud, battery Discharger, Jenga Lill and Ariel from the Druidic Craft of the Wise podcast for their superb reviews on iTunes!

Special Thanks

For Incidental Music

Kevin MacLeod, for String Impromptu Number 1, Not As It Seems, Water Prelude, & Minstrel Guild. See his website or our Contributor Page for more details.

Bach Cello Suite 1, Beautiful, & Dark Days from Free Stock Music.

Jason Shaw for A Moment's Reflection, & Renaissance. See his website or our Contributor Page for more details

Adragante for Resonance 3 from Resonance. See his website or our Contributor Page for more details.

Doc for Dancers in Mist from An Island of Joy. See his website or our Contributor Page for more details.

Kubi for Siempre Contigo and Mystery Dungeon. See his website or our Contributor Page for more details.

Therese Schroeder-Sheker for her track Longing from Rosa Mystica. See her website or our Contributor Page for more details.

Diane Arkenstone The Secret Garden. See her Contributor page for details.

Kim Robertson The Hangman's Noose. See her Contributor page for details.

Jigger Time Ticks Away. See her Contributor page for details.

For our Theme Music

The Skylark and Haghole, the brilliant Culann's Hounds. See their Contributor page for details.

Extra Special Thanks for Unrestricted Access to Wonderful Music

(in Alphabetic order)

Anne Roos Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of her masterful music to Anne Roos. You can find out more about Anne on her website or on her Contributor page.

Caera Extra Special thanks go for permission to any of her evocative harping and Gaelic singing to Caera. You can find out more about Caera on her website or on her Contributor Page.

Celia Extra Special Thanks go for permission to use any of her wonderful music to Celia Farran. You can find out more about Celia on her website or on her Contributor Page.

Damh the Bard Extra Special thanks go to Damh the Bard for his permission to use any of his music on the Show. You can find out more about Damh (Dave) on his website or on his Contributor page.

The Dolmen Extra Special thanks also go to The Dolmen, for their permission to use any of their fantastic Celtic Folk/Rock music on the Show. You can find out more about The Dolmen on their website or on our Contributor page.

Keltoria Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of their inspired music to Keltoria. You can find out more about Keltoria on their website or on their Contributor page.

Kevin Skinner Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of his superb music to Kevin Skinner. You can find out more about Kevin on his website or on his Contributor page.

Phil Thornton Extra Special Thanks go for permission to use any of his astounding ambient music to the Sonic Sorcerer himself, Phil Thornton. You can find out more about Phil on his website or on his Contributor Page.

S.J. Tucker Extra Special thanks go to Sooj for her permission to use any of her superb music. You can find out more about Sooj on her website or on her Contributor page.

Spiral Dance Extra Special thanks go for permission to use Adrienne and the band to use any of their music in the show. You can find out more about Spiral Dance on their website or on their Contributor page.

We'd like to wish you 'Hwyl fawr!', which is Welsh for Goodbye and have fun, or more literally Wishing a Good Mood on you!


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CMP Special 41 A Pint and a Chat with Spiral Dance
22 Jul 2015 @ 10:59 am

We go to the Pub with the fantastic Australian band - Spiral Dance!

This is the first of an irregular series of informal interviews that we'll be holding as the opportunities arise, and our first is a superb, epic Show with the fabulous Australian band, Spiral Dance. In this show, we all meet up at the pub and talk about where they have come from, how their Spirituality comes out in their music and what their plans are for the future. With five fantastic pieces of Spiral Dance magic, this is a great chat and includes a surprise appearance by some extra special guests!

Spiral Dance's Contributor Page

Running Order:

  • The Holly Lord ('Woman of the Earth') 2:41
  • The Gathering ('Over the Nine Waves') 26:26
  • Cerri Lee join us 51:43
  • Damh the Bard joins us 1:01:43
  • Fae Dance ('Through a Sylvan Doorway') 1:01:51
  • Through a Sylvan Doorway ('Through a Sylvan Doorway') 1:17:53
  • Wicker Man (single) 1:33:25
  • Promo - Christy Jackson Nicholas (travel books) 1:42:02

All the credits for this episode can be found in our show-notes at http://celticmythpodshow.com/firstbranch13

We hope you enjoy it!

Gary & Ruthie x x x

Released 22 Jul 2015, 1h 43m,97Mb

It's always great to hear from you! garyandruth@celticmythpodshow.com, Speakpipe


The Giant's Rest

Wilmington, East Sussex

The Giant's Rest Pub

We meet the guys at the fabulous 'Giant's Rest' pub in Wilmington, East Sussex on their 2014 UK tour. The pub has awards for being the most Druid-Friendly pub in Sussex!

The Holly Lord

from Woman of the Earth

Woman of the Earth

One of Spiral Dance's earliest albums, 'Woman of the Earth' is where Celtic folk rock meets pagan inspired tales of magick, myth and legend. It contains not only Holly Lord, but the Goddess and the Weaver, Into the Green, Hour of the Wytch, the title track - Woman of the Earth - and others. It is now sadly out of print but can be found as a digital download at CD Baby or Soundclick. One of our favourite albums.

Spiral Dance Band Members

The Band

The Band

The band was formed in 1992 as a project to explore some of the more mystical elements in life and has drawn its energy from the song-writing and vocal skills of Adrienne Piggott. Adrienne’s haunting lyrics are supported by Nick’s driving guitar work and Paul’s innovative accordion lines.

Adrienne Piggott

Adrienne Piggott

Adrienne hails from an immigrant family and grew up surrounded by stories and songs from Ireland and the British Isles that were part of every day life, ensuring her love of the music, legends and traditions from these cultures.

She began singing in pub sessions in her late teens and early twenties, then went on to sing in a cappella groups and folk bands. Her interest in the occult and magic led to the creation of the band Spiral Dance - her ‘dream child’- a passionate union of her voice and song writing gifts.

Adrienne has won awards for her vocal talents and wordsmith skills and has written most of the songs that appear on the Spiral Dance albums. [source]

Nick Carter

Nick Carter

Nick had always wanted to play guitar for as long as he can remember and says he would still love to know how to play. He started playing in his early 20s for fun and had a passion for rock and blues, Eric Clapton being the main influence. The blues was followed with lead guitar and a very short stint of heavy metal. He auditioned for Spiral Dance in late-1996, an ordeal that consisted of playing all the songs from the bands first album (Woman of the Earth) and then a live gig two days later!

And the best thing about being in the band? "The biggest thrill when playing live is watching the audience singing the words back to us, whether it is a gig in Australia or overseas!" [source]

Paul Gooding

Paul Gooding

Paul is one of the leading exponents of the button accordion in Australia, his skilled honed in the folk clubs and festivals of his native England. He moved to Australia in 1998 and joined Spiral Dance in 2000, bringing with him his love of English folk ballads and passion for European dance tunes.

In 2009, he was very proud to win "Most Outstanding Instrumentalist" at the South Australian Folk Awards. [source]

The Gathering

from 'Over the Nine Waves'

Over the Nine Waves

Over the Nine Waves was originally a song cycle featuring narration and songs. The narrative tracks and album artwork are available free at www.spiraldance.com.au. Based securely in Irish Myth, this album contains 10 superb tracks by Spiral Dance as well as some enchanting narration by Vince Brophy.

Tales told with song and narration of the legendary characters from the Irish Mythological and Ulster Cycles, which are the oldest surviving prose in western literature, memorised as they happened and handed down from generation to generation by bards before the introduction of literacy. You can still get this album from Soundclick with the narrative tracks as a free download directly from Spiral Dance.

Willyaroo, South Australia

Willyaroo

Adrienne mentions the town of Willyaroo which is near Adelaide in South Australia. We had to look this one up to get the right spelling for you! She also mentions the terrible injustices that the White Man inflicted upon the aboriginal tribes,in particular, the Peramangk.

Damh the Bard and Cerri Lee

& 'Oscar' the Dog

Damh and Cerri

Damh and Cerri

We are joined for a surprise appearance by Damh the Bard, Cerri Lee and Oscar the Dog!

Oscar

'Oscar'

Fae Dance & Through a Sylvan Doorway

from 'Through a Sylvan Doorway'

Through a Sylvan Doorway

Two tracks from the seminal work in the Spiral Dance discography. A fine collection of songs & tunes, pagan rhythms and folk ditties, all set in the latest and brightest, unique Spiral Dance double album.

Wickerman & the English Ale Festival

Wickerman

Wickerman

The Wicker Man burning at the English-Ale festival in Mylor, South Australia this year, 2015. The English Ale ('Ale' meaning singing, dancing and making merry) is a seasonal gathering to celebrate the historic customs of England. Free events include masked torchlit giants procession, bonfire, Morris dancing, Punch and Judy, traditional music, Beating The Bounds and more

The Burning Wickerman at Mylor

The Burning Wickerman at Mylor

As the English Ale Festival website says: The first of our winter rains has come; in the Adelaide Hills the creeks and streams trickle and begin to run, the European trees have lost their leaves and the beautiful eucalypts shimmer in the early winter sunshine. The seasons are changing.

Promo - Christy Jackson Nicholas

Books by Christy Jackson Nicholas

Books by Christy Jackson Nicholas

Ireland: Mythical, Magical & Mystical - Do you find yourself drawn to the magic of the Emerald Isle? Would you like to see places beyond the typical tourist traps? Come, join me on a journey through the mists of legend, into the hidden places of mystery. Immerse yourself in the legends and myths, the history that has made this island precious in the hearts and minds of millions.

Scotland: Stunning, Strange & Secret - Immerse yourself in the legends and myths, the history that has made this island precious in the hearts and minds of millions. Along with the tales and history, there is practical information on planning your trip, budgeting your costs, and finding the best places to while away the magical hours of your holiday.

Christy Jackson Nicholas can be found on Facebook, on her website or her blog. Ireland: Mythical, Magical & Mystical can be obtained from Tigearr Publishing here, and Scotland: Stunning, Strange & Secret can be obtained here.

To Finish Off!

Meal at ‘The Happy Dragon’

Meal at ‘The Happy Dragon’

Another occasion saw us all at the Happy Dragon - our favourite Chinese restaurant. You'll see Ruthie and Gary, Spiral Dance (Adrienne, Nick & Paul), Damh the Bard, Cerri Lee and Josh. A grand time and super nosh to boot!

Thanks again to Adrienne, Nick and Paul of Spiral Dance, Damh the Bard, Cerri Lee, Josh and 'Oscar' for taking part in our 'Pint and a Chat'!

We hope you enjoyed the show and we look forward to more of these wonderful 'chats' in the future! We'd like to wish you many, many blessings!

Extra Special Thanks for Unrestricted Access to Wonderful Music

(in Alphabetic order)

Anne Roos

Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of her masterful music to Anne Roos. You can find out more about Anne on her website or on her Contributor page.

Caera

Extra Special thanks go for permission to any of her evocative harping and Gaelic singing to Caera. You can find out more about Caera on her website or on her Contributor Page.

Celia

Extra Special Thanks go for permission to use any of her wonderful music to Celia Farran. You can find out more about Celia on her website or on her Contributor Page.

Damh the Bard

Extra Special thanks go to Damh the Bard for his permission to use any of his music on the Show. You can find out more about Damh (Dave) on his website or on his Contributor page.

The Dolmen

Extra Special thanks also go to The Dolmen, for their permission to use any of their fantastic Celtic Folk/Rock music on the Show. You can find out more about The Dolmen on their website or on our Contributor page.

Keltoria

Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of their inspired music to Keltoria. You can find out more about Keltoria on their website or on their Contributor page.

Kevin Skinner

Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of his superb music to Kevin Skinner. You can find out more about Kevin on his website or on his Contributor page.

Phil Thornton

Extra Special Thanks go for permisssion to use any of his astounding ambient music to the Sonic Sorcerer himself, Phil Thornton. You can find out more about Phil on his website or on his Contributor Page.

S. J. Tucker

Extra Special thanks go to Sooj for her permission to use any of her superb music. You can find out more about Sooj on her website or on her Contributor page.

Spiral Dance

Extra Special thanks go for permission to use Adrienne and the band to use any of their music in the show. You can find out more about Spiral Dance on their website or on their Contributor page.


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CMP041 Of Sea-Monsters and Golden Hair
25 Jun 2015 @ 08:11 am

A Prize Mare suffers a horrific fate every May Eve!

Part 12 of the First Branch of the Mabinogion. We shift our attention now to the Kingdom of Gwent and its' Lord, Teyrnon, who has a terrible problem with his Prize Mare. At the same time as young Pwyll and his Bride, Rhiannon, are being punished for the 'alleged' crime that Rhiannon has committed, Teyrnon and his wife are deciding to end the unspeakable horror that comes upon the Horse every year as she tries to give birth at Beltane. What comes next is a huge surprise..!

This episode is also the 12th episode of the First Branch of the Mabinogi.

Running Order:

All the credits for this episode can be found in our show-notes at http://celticmythpodshow.com/firstbranch12

We hope you enjoy it!

Gary & Ruthie x x x

It's always great to hear from you! garyandruth@celticmythpodshow.com, or call us using Speakpipe

Names Used in this Story

Listed in order of appearance

  • Pwyll
  • Rhiannon
  • Hevaidd Hen
  • Dyfed
  • Arberth
  • Gwent
  • Prydain
  • Hafren
  • Cantref
  • Gwent Is Coed
  • Teyrnon
  • Teyrnon Twryf Lliant
  • Silures
  • Gruffydd ap Llewelyn
  • Delwyn
  • Beltane
  • Calan Mai
  • Gwri Gwallt Euryn

Teyrnon fighting against the Sea-Monster

Teyrnon fighting against the Sea-Monster

From: The Mabinogion (Lady Charlotte Guest)

Teyrnon fighting against the Sea-Monster

Teyrnon (Pedair Cainc) From: darlun o'r gyfrol Chwedlau Cymru Fu, Merthyr Tudful 1906: llun gan Anatiomaros

Pre-Roman Wales

Pre-Roman Wales

The Map, circa 40 AD, shows the territiories occupied by the Brythonic tribes at the time. Our story takes place in Dyfed which is in Demetian lands.

By this time it was approximately 200 years after the death of Gruffydd ap Llewelyn, whom Gary wrongly calls Gruffyd ap Llewellyn in the Show. In 1056, he won another victory over an English army near Glasbury. Now a true King of Wales, he claimed sovereignty over the whole of Wales. By the 13th Century, the South was ruled by the Marcher Lords and the indigenous Brythonic Welsh who had retreated into the (Green) North of Wales. Later in the Mabinogi our stories tell us more about this area.

Political Lanscape of Post-Roman Wales

Political Lanscape of Post-Roman Wales

Listener Feedback

Ben

We play some lovely feedback from Ben in Adelaide, Australia. Thank you so much Ben!

Competition

Duncarron Medieval Village

The Lads of Saor Patrol

The Lads of Saor Patrol

Do you fancy winning a fantastic Hoodie in XXL size from the Duncarron Medieval Village run by the Clanranald Trust for Scotland Charity and Saor Patrol? If so, then read on for more details about them and listen to the end of the show for how you can enter! The Clanranald Trust is currently building a full-scale replica of an early Medieval Fortified Village. This will be typical of the Scottish Clan Chief’s residence throughout the earlier part of the last millennium.

Our Prize - The Duncarron Hoodie!

Our Prize - The Duncarron Hoodie!

Promo - Story Archaeology Podcast

Story Archaeology Podcast

Story Archaeology Podcast

Story Archaeology combines the breadth of knowledge and skills of the storyteller with academic exploration of ancient texts. We focus on the Irish tradition, peeling back the layers of modern folklore to unearth the potsherds and treasuries of our heritage. On StoryArchaeology.com, you will find regular podcasts and articles about Irish Mythology by the Story Archaeologists, Chris Thompson and Isolde Carmody. You can find the show in iTunes or listen/download the Podcast directly from the Story Archaeology website.

Music - Blessings of Beltane

by Cernunnos Rising

Nature’s Child

Nature’s Child

The beautiful and ethereal version of Blessings of Beltane that could originally be heard on their album, Wild Soul, has been re-mixed to include the lovely vocals of Carla Lewis and the beautiful harmonies of Katie Nicholas in the new track Beltane. This track is the first that we have played from their latest album which will be available on July 1st, Nature's Child, and you can find out more about Cernunnos Rising on their website or on our Contributor Page.

 

Additional Thanks

We also give thanks to AFS Fish, Natty Lizard King and John 7 Ash for their superb reviews on iTunes!

 

Special Thanks

For Incidental Music

Kevin MacLeod, for Peaceful Desolation. See his website or our Contributor Page for more details.

Heroic Struggle from Free Stock Music.

Jason Shaw for Antartica. See his website or our Contributor Page for more details

Densle for Dragon's Breath from Elatheria. See his website or our Contributor Page for more details.

Kubi for Siempre Contigo. See his website or our Contributor Page for more details.

Diane Arkenstone The Secret Garden. See her Contributor page for details.

Kim Robertson The Hangman's Noose. See her Contributor page for details.

Jigger Time Ticks Away. See her Contributor page for details.

For our Theme Music

The Skylark and Haghole, the brilliant Culann's Hounds. See their Contributor page for details.

Extra Special Thanks for Unrestricted Access to Wonderful Music

(in Alphabetic order)

Anne Roos Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of her masterful music to Anne Roos. You can find out more about Anne on her website or on her Contributor page.

Caera Extra Special thanks go for permission to any of her evocative harping and Gaelic singing to Caera. You can find out more about Caera on her website or on her Contributor Page.

Celia Extra Special Thanks go for permission to use any of her wonderful music to Celia Farran. You can find out more about Celia on her website or on her Contributor Page.

Damh the Bard Extra Special thanks go to Damh the Bard for his permission to use any of his music on the Show. You can find out more about Damh (Dave) on his website or on his Contributor page.

The Dolmen Extra Special thanks also go to The Dolmen, for their permission to use any of their fantastic Celtic Folk/Rock music on the Show. You can find out more about The Dolmen on their website or on our Contributor page.

Keltoria Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of their inspired music to Keltoria. You can find out more about Keltoria on their website or on their Contributor page.

Kevin Skinner Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of his superb music to Kevin Skinner. You can find out more about Kevin on his website or on his Contributor page.

Phil Thornton Extra Special Thanks go for permission to use any of his astounding ambient music to the Sonic Sorcerer himself, Phil Thornton. You can find out more about Phil on his website or on his Contributor Page.

S.J. Tucker Extra Special thanks go to Sooj for her permission to use any of her superb music. You can find out more about Sooj on her website or on her Contributor page.

Spiral Dance Extra Special thanks go for permission to use Adrienne and the band to use any of their music in the show. You can find out more about Spiral Dance on their website or on their Contributor page.


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CMP040 Betrayal in the Nursery
21 Mar 2015 @ 12:00 pm

Can Pwyll & Rhiannon provide an heir to the Kingdom?

Part 11 of the First Branch of the Mabinogion. Doubt begins to enter the minds of the people of Dyfed as their Lord and his Lady show no signs of producing an heir. The High Council of Druids put pressure on Pwyll to divorce his Fairy Bride and take a more 'fruitful' woman to his bed!

This episode is also the 11th episode of the First Branch of the Mabinogi.

Running Order:

We hope you enjoy it!

Gary & Ruthie x x x

Released: 21 Mar 2015, 43m, 42Mb

It's always great to hear from you! garyandruth@celticmythpodshow.com, Speakpipe


Sabbat by Damh the Bard

Damh the Bard

Damh the Bard

Damh tells us that this is an old traditional English folk Song, which has elements of a Scarborough Faire and another song, called Elfin Lover. The songs have become merged over the years.

Names Used in this Story

Listed in order of appearance

  • Pwyll
  • Dyfed
  • Rhiannon
  • Wales
  • Pendaran
  • Cantrefs
  • Cantrevs
  • Arberth
  • Preseleu
  • True Companions
  • Delwyn
  • Annwn
  • Fae/Fey
  • Ceryss
  • Calan Mai
  • Bychan

Map of Pre-Roman Wales

Map of Pre-Roman Wales

The Map, circa 40 AD, shows the territories occupied by the Brythonic tribes at the time. Our story takes place in Dyfed which is in Demetian lands.

Listener Feedback

Chris

St. Piran's Cross

St. Piran's Cross

We had a great question from Chris in South Australia about Celtic tattoos, specifically about any that are Cornish in nature. As we say in the show, there aren't many original and ancient designs from Cornwall. There are a few books that may help with more general Celtic knotwork or art. We recommend having a look at:-

We suggested either using a variant of St. Piran's Cross or a form of the Piskie - the little pixie unique to Cornwall. We have images of both (and the Tintagel Labyrinth) below.

Field Piskie by Josee Saurus

The Tintagel Labyrinth from the Cornish Store

 

Promo - Live Wire! Podcast Radio - Savvy

Live Wire! Podcast Radio

Live Wire! Podcast Radio

We think we've found Chris' podcast for you. He calls himself Savvy and showcases superb music on his Radio Podcast. You will not come across a finer Multi-Skilled Producer then SAVVY!! Skilled in Audio, New Media and Television Production techniques, Savvy has been a professional in the entertainment industry for the past 12 years in various markets from Live audio and sound design to music production and Television. He also does new media works which also involves video and editing. Join the sav each week on Live Wire! Podcast Radio. You can also email him - chrisontheradio@hotmail.com

Lindsey Stirling

Lindsey Stirling

We used the beginning of one of his superb shows (the amazing episode featuring Lindsey Stirling!) as a Promo for his Radio Podcast. Make sure you go and listen at Live Wire! Podcast Radio. Lindsey Stirling is well known as breaking the mould with her rocking violin and astoundly energetic stage shows! Find out more about Lindsey on her website.

Music - Sabbat

Damh the Bard

Sabbat

Sabbat

Sabbat, the opening track on the album, is a rousing song about the eight seasonal festivals of the year (known as sabbats to Wiccans). Whether in Druidry or in Wicca, or in our distant past these times of the year are special to the Old Gods. Damh celebrates these great community celebrations with this superb song. Make sure you check out Damh's new album and where to get it on his website or on our Contributor Page. He has also made a video about his feelings for this song (as well as the others on the album) which you can find on YouTube.

 

Additional Thanks

 

Kristoffer Hughes

Kristoffer Hughes

We'd like to send out a shout of thanks to Kristoffer Hughes for his help with some of the Welsh language used in this episode. Kris Hughes is a native Welsh speaker, born to a Welsh family in the mountains of Snowdonia in 1971. He lives on the Island of Anglesey, Wales, the ancestral seat of the British Druids. His love of Celtic literature and traditions guided his path into the exploration and practice of Celtic paganism. He is the founder and Head of the Anglesey Druid Order and studies with the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids.

The ADO

Badge of the A.D.O.

In 2012 he was awarded the Mount Haemus Scholarship for original research in Druidism and related subjects. Kristoffer frequently presents workshops and lectures throughout the United Kingdom. His love of Celtic heritage and culture caused him to pen his first book "Natural Druidry" in 2007 and he is currently writing for Llewellyn Worldwide publications in the USA. [source]

 

Huge Thanks to Special Guest Actors

 

Damh the Bard

Damh the Bard

Damh the Bard

Damh, taking on the role of Gwawl and other parts in the second half of our re-telling of the First Branch, is a musical storyteller who works within the world of myth that cannot be proved; where the Faerie really do dance on Midsummer's Eve, where the trees talk, and the Hollow Hills take you into the realms of Annwn. Where the Goddess rides her horse, guiding you to magic, and the Horned God of old calls us from the shadows of the Greenwood.

You can find out more about Damh and his work on his website at paganmusic.co.uk or on our Contributor page.

 

Cerri Lee

Cerri Lee

Cerri Lee

Cerri Lee, playing the role of Rhiannon, is a multi-talented visonary artist who can turn her hand to almost anything creative. She is inspired by nature, and the ancient Pagan myths and legends of many cultures, her beliefs as a modern day Druid as well as those around her. Cerri is equally in her element when she is up to her elbows in clay or painting one of her fabulous pictures. She is partner to Druid musican and long-time supporter of our show, Damh the Bard and can be found supporting him at many of his performances.

 

Emma Doubleday

Emma Doubleday

Emma Doubleday

Our dear friend, Emma, is an Essex girl, born and bred. As an actress and artist of some renown, we are privileged to feature her voice talents on this show as one of Rhiannon's Hand-maidens. Check out her work and biography on her Contributor Page.

 

Extra Special Thanks to Show Friends

 

Kevin Skinner

Kevin Skinner

Kevin Skinner

We are very proud to feature another dear friend, Kevin Skinner in this show as he sets the mood for the beginning of our story with his beautiful track At the Gates of Dinas Afferon from his album Fire Walk With Me. You can find out more about Kevin's wonderful music and services on his website or more details on his Contributor Page.

 

Our Sources for the Episode

Places Mentioned in the First Branch, Fascinating website.

Bullfinch's Mythology, The Celts, section 8.

The Mabinogion, pp ix-xxxvi, 3-21, 227-232, Sioned Davies, Oxford, 2007, ISBN 978-0-19-283242

The Mabinogion, pp 9-41, 45-65, Jeffrey Gantz, Penguin, 1976, ISBN 0-14-044322-3

The Mabinogion, pp ix-xliv, 3-24, 275-278, Gwyn Jones & Thomas Jones, Dent & Dutton, 1977, ISBN 0-460-01097-2. Can also be found online at www.donaldcorrell.com

Pwyll Pendeuc Dyfed, Lady Charlotte Guest, Mary Jones

Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed, Lady Charlotte Guest, 1877, Sacred Texts

Notes to Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed, Lady Charlotte Guest, 1877, Sacred Texts

The Mabinogion, Lady Charlotte Guest, 1849, Project Gutenberg

The Mabinogi of Pwyll, W. M. Parker, mabiongi.net. Notes at mabinogion.info

'The Lord of Dyfed', from Legends of the Celts, p.134ff, Frank Delaney, HarperCollins, 1991, ISBN 0-586-21151-9

Tales from the Mabinogion, Gwyn Thomas & Kevin Crossley-Holland, Gollancz, 1984, ISBN 0-575-03531-5

Celtic Myths & Legends, p.147ff, Michael Foss, Selectabook Ltd., 1998, ISBN 0-75252-402-X

Prince of Annwn, Evangeline Walton, Del Rey, 1974, ISBN 0-345-27060-6

Encyclopaedia of Celtic Wisdom, p.117, 156, Caitlin & John Matthews, Element, 1994, ISBN 1-85230-560-6

The Celts, p.211, Frank Delaney, Grafton, 1989, ISBN 0-586-20349-4

Women in Celtic Myth, Moyra Caldecott, Arrow, ISBN 0-09-955920-X

Celtic Heritage, p.41 ff, Alwyn & Brinley Rees, Thames & Hudson, 1978, ISBN 978-0500110089

Pagan Celtic Britain, p.288, Anne Ross, Constable, 1967, ISBN 0-09-472330-3

'Myth in the Mabiogion', from A Celtic Reader, p.151, John Matthews, Aquarian, ISBN 0-85030-935-2

Celtic Myths and Legends, p.356 ff, T. W. Rolleston, 1995, ISBN 978-1859580066

Celtic Folklore: Welsh & Manx Vol.2, pp 499ff, John Rhys, Wildwood House, 1980, ISBN 0-7045-0406-5

The White Goddess, p.215ff, Robert Graves, Faber, 1952

http://www.maryjones.us/jce/eufyd.html, Hyfaidd Hen as one of the Children of Don.

Mabinogi Study: Enlivening Y Mabinogi, Welsh Pronounciation for the Mabinogi

And, of course, the Awen - inspiration and imagination!

Special Thanks

For Incidental Music

Kevin Skinner, for At The Gates of Dinas Afferon from Fire Walk With Me. See his website or our Contributor Page for more details.

Zero Project, for Darkness Falls from Gothic. See his Contributor Page for more details.

Kevin MacLeod, for Pepper's Theme, End of the Era and Anguish. See his website or our Contributor Page for more details.

Tactical Warfare, Top of the World and Espionage from Free Stock Music.

Theresa Schroeder-Sheker for Ma Navu from Rosa Mystica. See his website or our Contributor Page for more details.

Diane Arkenstone The Secret Garden. See her Contributor page for details.

Kim Robertson The Hangman's Noose. See her Contributor page for details.

Jigger Time Ticks Away. See her Contributor page for details.

For our Theme Music

The Skylark and Haghole, the brilliant Culann's Hounds. See their Contributor page for details.

Extra Special Thanks for Unrestricted Access to Wonderful Music

(in Alphabetic order)

Anne Roos Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of her masterful music to Anne Roos. You can find out more about Anne on her website or on her Contributor page.

Caera Extra Special thanks go for permission to any of her evocative harping and Gaelic singing to Caera. You can find out more about Caera on her website or on her Contributor Page.

Celia Extra Special Thanks go for permission to use any of her wonderful music to Celia Farran. You can find out more about Celia on her website or on her Contributor Page.

Damh the Bard Extra Special thanks go to Damh the Bard for his permission to use any of his music on the Show. You can find out more about Damh (Dave) on his website or on his Contributor page.

The Dolmen Extra Special thanks also go to The Dolmen, for their permission to use any of their fantastic Celtic Folk/Rock music on the Show. You can find out more about The Dolmen on their website or on our Contributor page.

Keltoria Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of their inspired music to Keltoria. You can find out more about Keltoria on their website or on their Contributor page.

Kevin Skinner Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of his superb music to Kevin Skinner. You can find out more about Kevin on his website or on his Contributor page.

Phil Thornton Extra Special Thanks go for permisssion to use any of his astounding ambient music to the Sonic Sorcerer himself, Phil Thornton. You can find out more about Phil on his website or on his Contributor Page.

S.J. Tucker Extra Special thanks go to Sooj for her permission to use any of her superb music. You can find out more about Sooj on her website or on her Contributor page.

Spiral Dance Extra Special thanks go for permission to use Adrienne and the band to use any of their music in the show. You can find out more about Spiral Dance on their website or on their Contributor page.

We'd like to wish you 'Hwyl fawr!', which is Welsh for Goodbye and have fun, or more literally Wishing a Good Mood on you!

 


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CMP039 Prophecy of the Druid
26 Aug 2014 @ 01:00 am

When the happy couple return to Dyfed, they hear an unexpected prophecy!

Part 10 of the First Branch of the Mabinogion story. Pwyll and Rhiannon are finally married and enjoying the feasting in the Halls of the Otherworld. It is not too long before Pwyll and his Companions get homesick for the land of their Birth. Pwyll and Rhiannon decide to head back to Dyfed and an unexpected prophecy!

This episode is also the 10th episode of the First Branch of the Mabinogi.

Running Order:

  • Intro 0:26
  • News & Views 1:43
  • Recap 2:45
  • Story 3:25
  • Listener Feedback - Timothy 24:23
  • Song of Amergin Chant 25:00
  • Wickerman by Spiral Dance 27:17
  • Thanks for iTunes Reviews 35:13

More resources over at our main Website at http://celticmythpodshow.com

We hope you enjoy it!

Gary & Ruthie x x x

Released: 26 Aug 2014, 38m, 35Mb

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Names Used in this Story

Listed in order of appearance

  • Pwyll
  • Hevaydd Hen
  • Gwawl
  • Rhiannon
  • Delwyn
  • Fae Ones/Fey Ones
  • Dyfed
  • Arberth
  • Ceryss
  • Caer Hevaydd
  • Bryn Caerau
  • River Sea-Voice
  • Ceredigion
  • Powys
  • Gwynedd
  • Pendaran
  • Plant Cael
  • Plentyn
  • Changeling
  • Awen

Locations Visited in this Episode

 

The Court of Hefaydd Hen

The Court of Hefeydd Hen (or Hyfaidd Hen) is of unknown location, but, according to the Mabinogion, certainly not in Dyfed.

But according to some other traditions, Hefeydd was the first King of Dyfed. Gorsedd Arberth was his burial place and also the entrance to Annwn. Is this the enchanted castle we shall see in the third Branch?

A hero called Hefeydd Hir is found in the 6th century epic poem Y Gododdin (composed by a Briton named Aneurin who lived in a land which is now part of Scotland). In the second Branch of the Mabinogion he appears as one of the Seven Knights, King Hefeydd of Dyfed who died in 892 etc. Hefeydd was a common name in Mediaeval Wales.

The Kingdom of Gwent in Medieval Wales

Medieval Wales, showing the Kingdom of Gwent

Listener Feedback

Timothy

We send thanks to Timothy from Finland for his greeting and play a wonderful chant based on the Song of Amergin sent in to us by our long-time friend, Inish.

 

Music - Wickerman

Spiral Dance

Wickerman

Wickerman

Wickerman – a song to celebrate our annual English Ale held in the beautiful Adelaide Hills town of Mylor. We honour many of the customs of our English Ancestors; Morris dancing, hobby horses, blackened faced guisers, the fiery torch lit procession with our pageant giants and the burning of the Wickerman. Our ritual celebrates the turning of the year after harvest and honours the old gods, ancestors and spirits of the land as we move into the darker time – the time of the Crone. Find out more about Spiral Dance and where to get hold of this superb track on their Contributor Page.

 


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CMP Special 40 Druid Special #2
26 Apr 2014 @ 01:00 am

Part 2 of our Interview with Philip Shallcrass, Head of the British Druid Order

In the second of our unique Druid Interviews, we bring you the second half of our interview with the Head of the British Druid Order, Philip Shallcrass, aka Greywolf. He talks about Druidry, the BDO's Distance Learning Courses, the Ogham, the World Drum and much more. The show also contains 6 fantastic pieces of music, including one by Philip himself which he wrote for his three sons. Truly, an interview not to be missed! We've marked this show as explicit due to the subject matter of the 'out-takes' at the end - the body of the show remains 'Family-Friendly'!

More resources over at our main Website at http://celticmythpodshow.com

Running Order:

All the credits for this episode can be found in our show-notes at http://celticmythpodshow.com/druidspecial2

We hope you enjoy it!

Gary & Ruthie x x x

Released 26 Apr 2014, 1h 43m, 95Mb

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News & Views

News: The Banquet

The Banquet

The Banquet

The Banquet is the latest Album by The Dolmen. The 14 Track album is a sincere blend of Medieval Celtic Rock, unique to the Dolmen spirit. The band purposely composed 'Banquet' as a forerunner to "Nuada" a second album release due for this year (2014) in May. It was decided after they had finished their 2013 Euro Tour, that there were to many songs for Nuada, and more in production, so decided that Nuada should be split and Banquet should introduce an exciting yet bizarre theme of which the band are presently enchanted, hence laying a musical foundation for 2014 the "Nuada, God of the Sun Tour" and the adventure of musical discovery. You can buy Banquet on The Dolmen website.

News: The Four-Cornered Castle (Songbook)

by Damh the Bard

The Four-Cornered Castle (Songbook)

The Four-Cornered Castle (Songbook)

"This chord book contains the chords from my last three studio albums, The Cauldron Born, Tales from the Crow Man and Antlered Crown and Standing Stone". As with Songbook 1 there is no musical notation in the book - Damh doesn't read music himself - but the chord shapes and locations within the lyrics will show you more about his writing process, and how to play the songs as he does. He says: "As with my last songbook, I hope you enjoy singing these songs around your camp fires, in your covens and groves, or simply on your own or with friends." Get strumming! Order now on Damh's website.

News: Edge of Dreams 2

by Phil Thornton

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Edge of Dreams 2

Phil Thornton's first album for New World back in 1986, Edge of Dreams, developed from a 5 minute demo at the 'Enid' studio which at that time was based a few miles from Halesworth in Suffolk. The Enid's lead guitarist Stephen Stewart had by that time developed into a brilliant producer, so when New World gave me a budget to record an album for them it was a dream come true. Phil has let us know that he is currently working on a follow-up to this album. Keep your eyes on his website or Facebook page for further news! Good luck Phil!

500 Tub Thumps

by Pandora Celtica

The Band

Faerie Revel

Pandora Celtica is a Dark Celtic Faerie a cappella band local to Denver. Their combination of powerful harmonies and tragic subject matter have been thrilling audiences for the last nine years. Whether they're singing ancient tunes or original songs, their style has been described as dark and tribal - something that gets right into your heart and spirit. They are unique and distinctive. They are passionate. They are Pandora Celtica.

This complex and beautiful medley, 500 Tub Thumps, comes from their fifth album, Faerie Revel. You can find out more about Pandora Celtica on their website on our Contributor Page on this website.

Interview with Philip Shallcrass, aka Greywolf Head of the British Druid Order

PArt 1 of our Interview

Greywolf, the Chief 'Wolfsbody' of the British Druid Order (the BDO) created the Order from his realisation he was a Druid in 1974 and his simultaneous realisation that Druids were the shamanic folk of ancient Britain and Europe. He has been chief of the BDO since 1979, sharing the role with Bobcat (aka Emma Restall Orr) between 1995 and 2002. He is a writer, musician, singer-songwriter, artist, roundhouse builder and thatcher. He currently lives in Wiltshire with two of his three sons, not far from his beloved Avebury. He writes regular blogs on Greywolf’s Lair.

You can find his books and music on the BDO Website. You can find out more details about Greywolf on his Contributor Page on this website.

The Green Man

by Jonathan Kershaw

Bizarre Tales

Bizarre Tales

Jonathan is a guitarist/songwriter originally from Yorkshire in northern England but now based on the south coast. Although known in various areas for his rock playing, he has quietly been applying his talents to an altogether different sound. In his early 20s, Jonathan relocated for a number of years to Somerset in the Southwest of the UK. This was quite a rural area and provided his first insight into folk and Celtic style music.

Listen out for the incredible and powerful sounds of The Green Man, from Jonathan's brilliant album, Bizarre Tales in this show! You can find out more about Jonathan's incredible music on his Contributor Page or find out more on his website.

Philip Shallcrass

Part 2 of our Interview

First ceremony with the World Drum, on Dragon Hill in 2008 by John Whittlestone

In this part of the Interview Philip talks about the World Drum and many other things.

The World Drum in front of Philip's Altar, pic by Philip

The World Drum in front of Philip's Altar, pic by Philip

 

The Prayer for Mother Earth

We are all human beings,
all people, you, me, our neighbours.
No matter where you live in this world,
if it is in Africa or South-America,
if it is in Asia, Europe or U.S.A,
we are all sisters and brothers in humanity.
All people of the world.
Whether rich or poor,
whatever colour, religion or political thinking,
we are all residents of this one planet, Mother Earth.

The time has come to answer the questions.
Do we really want to destroy our home?
Do we really want war, hunger or disasters?
Do we really want to give our next generations
a planet in such a condition that there will not be any hope for survival?
Mother Earth is crying.

She is shivering in fear of losing all her entrails,
as we dig and drill to get hold of what we think is our right
towards a better wealth.

Mother Earth is crying.
Soon she will not have any tears left,
and then it will be too late.
The time has come to unite and stand together.
Please, I ask you,
take each other’s hands,
lift them high and make a prayer
while The World Drum sings her song
and we feel her heartbeat.
It is the heartbeat of Mother Earth.
It is our heartbeat,
from each and one all over the world.
It is the heartbeat of life itself.

Let us join together as one that this heartbeat may continue.

Morten Wolf Storeide, Norway 2006

 

Philip mentions the Screaming Blue Messiahs - they disbanded in 1990, but you can fnd them on YouTube or more details on their wiki page. You can find detaills about Philip's books and music on the BDO Website. You can find out more details about Greywolf on his Contributor Page on this website.

The Lament of Miach

by The Bards of FoDLA

Sacred Oaks

Sacred Oaks

The Lament of Miach is a wonderful harp piece by Eva Gordon of the Bards of FoDLA, inspired by the story of the Diancehct and his son Miach. Check out the tragic story in Episode 3, The Rule of Bres the Beautiful. This beautiful piece coems from their astounding album, Sacred Oaks.

The Bards of FoDLA are American balladeers inspired by the ancient Druids, the Bards of FoDLA celebrate the spirit of the sacred oaks with Celtic harps, guitar & voices. Traditional and original folk music join in a deeply mystical and joyful fusion of past and present. Check out the FoDLA Druid Order. You can find out more about the beautiful music of the Bards of FoDLA on their Contributor Page or find out more on their website.

Philip Shallcrass

Part 3 of our Interview

Greywolf with Ogham Cards

Greywolf with Ogham Cards

In this part of the Interview Philip talks about the Ogham Tree Oracle Cards that the BDO have designed. You can find more details out about the cards and where to buy them on the BDO Website.

Willow

by PerKelt

Dowry of a Troll Woman

Dowry of a Troll Woman

The band PerKelt was founded in 2008 in the Czech Republic, consisting of friends from the local Conservatory. After they found the shapes of their musical expressions, they started gigging, built connections in the industry, a fanbase, recorded two albums (PerKelt 2008 and Musica Mardania 2011) ... and then found another challenge, to move to UK and do the same once again.

The beautiful and yet rousing track, Willow, comes from their album Dowry of a Troll Woman. You can find out more details about PerKelt on their website or on our Contributor Page on this website.

Philip Shallcrass

Part 4 of our Interview

The BDO Roundhouse with visiting Norwegian shamans, picture by Morten Wolf Storeide

The BDO Roundhouse with visiting Norwegian shamans, picture by Morten Wolf Storeide

The British Druid Order, rekindling the sacred fires of Druidry as a living, breathing, Earth-honouring, life-affirming spirituality for the 21st century, drawing inspiration from the threefold stream of Awen’s flow from its source, the Cauldron of the goddess Ceridwen. They offer Distance Learning Courses as well as many Retreats and Workshops at the Spiritual Centre of Wildways on the Borle.

You can find his books and music on the BDO Website. You can find out more details about Greywolf on his Contributor Page on this website.

Philip, Joe & Us, pic by Mike

Philip, Joe & Us, pic by Mike

My Sons for Evermore

by Philip Shallcrass

Lord of the Wildwood

Lord of the Wildwood

My Sons for Evermore is a soulful tribute to the love a father carries for his sons, and the feelings that Philip experiences as he contemplates their venturing forth into manhood.

"Sitting at home one misty morning, gazing from my window at a grey, cloudy day, it struck me that soon my sons would be making their own ways in the world and I'd be rattling around at home alone much of the time.

"The words and tune of this song came into my head all in a rush and this draft version was recorded soon after via a Skype headset plugged into my computer. I'll re-record it 'properly' for my next CD (which will probably be called 'Lord of the Wildwood'), but I kinda like this rough and ready first take. It has a quality that the Welsh call hiraeth, a sort of melancholy yearning after times and things past."

Greywolf and his “Cubs”

Greywolf and his “Cubs”

Listener Feedback

David

We play some super Listener Feedback from David from California, who suggests The Secret of Kells as an additional to our Celtic/Fey films reference!

Under a Beltane Sun

by Damh the Bard

Antlered Crown & Standing Stone

Antlered Crown & Standing Stone

This beautiful track, Under a Beltane Sun, comes from Damh's latest CD - Antlered Crown & Standing Stone; a superb album that captures the feel of the land in every chord. You can get hold of Damh's new album Antlered Crown & Standing Stone from iTunes, CD Baby or his website at Pagan Music. You can find out more details about Damh on his Contributor page on this website.

Big Thanks

Big, big thanks for listening to our first Druid Special and we hope you enjoyed the show and we look forward to more of these wonderfuil interviews in the future! We'd like to wish you many, many blessings!

(And an extra, extra special thanks to Amielia - our Grand-daughter - for saying Hi!)

 Extra Special Thanks for Unrestricted Access to Wonderful Music

(in Alphabetic order)

Anne Roos

Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of her masterful music to Anne Roos. You can find out more about Anne on her website or on her Contributor page.

Caera

Extra Special thanks go for permission to any of her evocative harping and Gaelic singing to Caera. You can find out more about Caera on her website or on her Contributor Page.

Celia

Extra Special Thanks go for permission to use any of her wonderful music to Celia Farran. You can find out more about Celia on her website or on her Contributor Page.

Damh the Bard

Extra Special thanks go to Damh the Bard for his permission to use any of his music on the Show. You can find out more about Damh (Dave) on his website or on his Contributor page.

The Dolmen

Extra Special thanks also go to The Dolmen, for their permission to use any of their fantastic Celtic Folk/Rock music on the Show. You can find out more about The Dolmen on their website or on our Contributor page.

Keltoria

Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of their inspired music to Keltoria. You can find out more about Keltoria on their website or on their Contributor page.

Kevin Skinner

Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of his superb music to Kevin Skinner. You can find out more about Kevin on his website or on his Contributor page.

Phil Thornton

Extra Special Thanks go for permisssion to use any of his astounding ambient music to the Sonic Sorcerer himself, Phil Thornton. You can find out more about Phil on his website or on his Contributor Page.

S. J. Tucker

Extra Special thanks go to Sooj for her permission to use any of her superb music. You can find out more about Sooj on her website or on her Contributor page.

Spiral Dance

Extra Special thanks go for permission to use Adrienne and the band to use any of their music in the show. You can find out more about Spiral Dance on their website or on their Contributor page.

 

For Incidental Music

Gwilym Morus, for his specially composed pieces for our interviews. See his website at welshmythology.com for more details.

Diane Arkenstone The Secret Garden. See her Contributor page for details.

Kim Robertson The Hangman's Noose. See her Contributor page for details.

Jigger Time Ticks Away. See her Contributor page for details.

For our Theme Music

The Skylark and Haghole, the brilliant Culann's Hounds. See their Contributor page for details.

 


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CMP Special 39 Druid Special #1
10 Apr 2014 @ 01:00 am

Part 1 of our Interview with Philip Shallcrass, Head of the British Druid Order

In a ground-breaking show for us, we bring you the first part of an interview with the Head of the British Druid Order, Philip Shallcrass, aka Greywolf. He talks about Druidry, the Order, how he discovered his Path and he even tells us how he got the name 'Greywolf'. The show also contains 4 fantastic pieces of music, including one by Philip himself which re-tells his encounter with the Anglo-Saxon God, Woden. An interview not to be missed! The second half of this interview will be in our next Special show, SP40 Druid Special #2!

More resources over at our main Website at http://celticmythpodshow.com

Running Order:

All the credits for this episode can be found in our show-notes at http://celticmythpodshow.com/druidspecial1

We hope you enjoy it!

Gary & Ruthie x x x

Released 10 Apr 2014, 1h 2m, 57Mb

We love your feedback, please email us at garyandruth@celticmythpodshow.com, or call us using Speakpipe


News & Views

OBOD

O.B.O.D. Logo

We encourage you to listen to the wonderful Prof. Roland Rotherham as he gives a very stimulating talk on "Sacred Wells and the Beheading Game" in Episode 84 of the super Druidcast. Shownotes and a download link for the Episode can be found at http://www.druidry.org/druid-way/resources/druidcast-obod-podcast).

The Fith-Fath Song

Damh the Bard

Herne's Apprentice

The Fith Fath Song, a traditional folk story tells of the traditional Shape-shifting archetype and is wonderfully, engaging and fast-paced tale set to music! It comes from Damh's debut album, Herne's Apprentice.

You can find his music on iTunes, or from his website, Pagan Music. He is also the voice behind Druidcast, the official podcast of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD, for short) - modern day Druids. You can find Druidcast here and find out more about OBOD here. You can find out more details about Damh on his Contributor Page on this website.

Interview with Philip Shallcrass, aka Greywolf Head of the British Druid Order

Part 1 of our Interview

Greywolf, the Chief 'Wolfsbody' of the British Druid Order (the BDO) created the Order from his realisation he was a Druid in 1974 and his simultaneous realisation that Druids were the shamanic folk of ancient Britain and Europe. He has been chief of the BDO since 1979, sharing the role with Bobcat (aka Emma Restall Orr) between 1995 and 2002. He is a writer, musician, singer-songwriter, artist, roundhouse builder and thatcher. He currently lives in Wiltshire with two of his three sons, not far from his beloved Avebury. He writes regular blogs on Greywolf’s Lair.

The British Druid Order, rekindling the sacred fires of Druidry as a living, breathing, Earth-honouring, life-affirming spirituality for the 21st century, drawing inspiration from the threefold stream of Awen’s flow from its source, the Cauldron of the goddess Ceridwen. They offer Distance Learning Courses as well as many Retreats and Workshops at the Spiritual Centre of Wildways on the Borle. You can find his books and music on the BDO Website. You can find out more details about Greywolf on his Contributor Page on this website.

The Ancient Ones

Kellianna

Bizarre Tales

The Ancient Ones

Kellianna is an accomplished musician and performer worldwide. Her CD's, Lady Moon, I Walk with the Goddess, Elemental, The Ancient Ones and Traditions are being recognized around the globe as a must have for any lover of Goddess inspired folk music. Her live shows are a combination of acoustic guitar songs and chants to the God and Goddess.

In this show you can hear the title track from her iconic album. The Ancient Ones. Learn more about Kellianna on her website or on her Contributor Page.

Philip Shallcrass

Part 2 of our Interview

Greywolf inside Roundhouse

Greywolf inside Roundhouse

In this part of the Interview Philip talks about the Celtic connections of Druidry, shamanism and sweat lodges and reveals how he got the name of 'Greywolf'

Philip, Joe & Us - pic by Mike Shallcrass

Philip, Joe & Us - pic by Mike Shallcrass

Song at Wodnesbeorg

Philip Shallcrass

The Sign of the Rose

The Sign of the Rose

The Sign of the Rose is an album of songs, spells and invocations from BDO chief, Greywolf, aka Philip Shallcrass.

"Beginning with an invocation to the old Saxon gods of Britain, it moves into ‘Song at Wodnesbeorg,’ a song inspired by Greywolf’s meeting with Woden on an ancient burial mound in North Wiltshire. Next is an invocation of Awen, the sacred, flowing spirit of inspiration in our tradition. This is followed by a hymn to the divine feminine, ‘Lady of the Greenwood.’ Track 5, ‘Lover’ and the title track, ‘The Sign of the Rose,’ are lyrical love songs. ‘Autumn Spell’ is a prayer for healing, followed by ‘Hel’s Embrace,’ reflecting on the dark side of relationships, while the next track, ‘A Perfect Mirror,’ deals with love’s ability to find itself reflected in another’s soul."
"‘Slide’ is an out-and-out rocker with some bitchin’ slide guitar work. ‘Sacrifice’ muses on what we may or may not be willing to give, or give up, for love. ‘Thanks’ is an expression of gratitude for the sheer strangeness of being alive. The final track, the 12-minute epic, ‘The Sweet Sorrow,’ is a tragic tale of love and loss, based on a traditional Scots ballad of the same name, here given a makeover with layered harp, bass, percussion and strings." [source]

Listener Feedback

Sean

We play some super Listener Feedback from our old friend, Sean MacDhai! We mention that we started chatting to Sean on our Forums, but forgot to also mention that the forums have long since been taken down.

The Four Seasons

Blanche Rowen & Mike Gulston

The Dance Goes On

The Dance Goes On

Songs traditional and contemporary from England, Wales and France ... two voices in harmony, with guitar, octave mandola, laud and bowed psaltery. Blanche and Mike, formerly of Brocc (a much loved band on this show!), have a wide range of Celtic, Traditional, medieval, Welsh and French songs and tunes to their repertoire. Look out for more from this talented duo in future shows!

You can find out more about the superb Blanche Rowen & Mike Gulston on their website or on their Contributor Page on this website.

Big Thanks

Big, big thanks for listening to our first Druid Special and we hope you enjoyed the show and we look forward to more of these wonderful interviews in the future! We'd like to wish you many, many blessings!

 Extra Special Thanks for Unrestricted Access to Wonderful Music

(in Alphabetic order)

Anne Roos

Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of her masterful music to Anne Roos. You can find out more about Anne on her website or on her Contributor page.

Caera

Extra Special thanks go for permission to any of her evocative harping and Gaelic singing to Caera. You can find out more about Caera on her website or on her Contributor Page.

Celia

Extra Special Thanks go for permission to use any of her wonderful music to Celia Farran. You can find out more about Celia on her website or on her Contributor Page.

Damh the Bard

Extra Special thanks go to Damh the Bard for his permission to use any of his music on the Show. You can find out more about Damh (Dave) on his website or on his Contributor page.

The Dolmen

Extra Special thanks also go to The Dolmen, for their permission to use any of their fantastic Celtic Folk/Rock music on the Show. You can find out more about The Dolmen on their website or on our Contributor page.

Keltoria

Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of their inspired music to Keltoria. You can find out more about Keltoria on their website or on their Contributor page.

Kevin Skinner

Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of his superb music to Kevin Skinner. You can find out more about Kevin on his website or on his Contributor page.

Phil Thornton

Extra Special Thanks go for permisssion to use any of his astounding ambient music to the Sonic Sorcerer himself, Phil Thornton. You can find out more about Phil on his website or on his Contributor Page.

S. J. Tucker

Extra Special thanks go to Sooj for her permission to use any of her superb music. You can find out more about Sooj on her website or on her Contributor page.

Spiral Dance

Extra Special thanks go for permission to use Adrienne and the band to use any of their music in the show. You can find out more about Spiral Dance on their website or on their Contributor page.

For Incidental Music

Gwilym Morus, for his specially composed pieces for our interviews. See his website at welshmythology.com for more details.

Diane Arkenstone The Secret Garden. See her Contributor page for details.

Kim Robertson The Hangman's Noose. See her Contributor page for details.

Jigger Time Ticks Away. See her Contributor page for details.

For our Theme Music

The Skylark and Haghole, the brilliant Culann's Hounds. See their Contributor page for details.

 


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CMP038 Apple Orchards and Wedding Feasts
7 Mar 2014 @ 12:00 pm

Can Pwyll regain his Faerie Bride?

Part 9 of the First Branch of the Mabinogion story. Having been tricked at his own wedding feast, Pwyll returns to Dyfed in deep depression. There he has to wait for a year before he can return to the Otherworld. Only then will he see whether Rhiannon's plan will work and he can regain his Faerie Bride. But tricking the tricksters is never an easy task! In this episode we see exactly what happens when Pwyll returns on that fateful day!

This episode is also the ninth episode of the First Branch of the Mabinogi.

More resources over at our main Website at http://celticmythpodshow.com

Running Order:

We hope you enjoy it!

Gary & Ruthie x x x

Released: 6 Mar 2014, 30m, 28Mb

It's always great to hear from you! garyandruth@celticmythpodshow.com, or call us on Speakpipe


News & Views

Sacred Well found at Portsmouth

Roman Ring

Roman Glass Ring showing Neptune from Well in Portsmouth

We talk about the discovery of a Sacred Well n Portsmouth that is astounding the experts. It was found in Havant and Ruthie found it on the Portsmouth website.

Names Used in this Story

Listed in order of appearance

  • Pwyll
  • Dyfed
  • Mabinogion
  • Rhiannon
  • Sidhe
  • Gorsedd (Arberth)
  • Summerland
  • Pendaran
  • Beltaine
  • Calan Mai
  • Hevaydd Hen
  • (Heueyd Hen)
  • Delwyn
  • Gwawl
  • Son of Clud
  • Caer Hevaydd

Rhiannon

Locations visited in this Episode

Some wonderful information from Nantle about the locations seen in the First Branch.

The Gorsedd Arberth

Not from Nantle but from our own research..

The Court of Hefaydd Hen

THE COURT OF HEFEYDD HEN (or Hyfaidd Hen) – unknown, but, according to the Mabinogion, certainly not in Dyfed.

But according to some other traditions, Hefeydd was the first King of Dyfed. Gorsedd Arberth was his burial place and also the entrance to Annwn. Was this the enchanted castle in the third Branch?

A hero called Hefeydd Hir is found in the 6th century epic poem Y Gododdin (composed by a Briton named Aneurin who lived in a land which is now part of Scotland). In the second Branch of the Mabinogion he appears as one of the Seven Knights, King Hefeydd of Dyfed who died in 892 etc... Hefeydd was a common name in Mediaeval Wales.

The Kingdom of Gwawl fab Clud

Map of Scotland showing the Wall

Map of Scotland showing the Wall

It is said that the literal meaning of the name is “Wall Son Of Wealth”. “Gwawl”, according to the University of Wales Dictionary means:

  • The Vallum (Roman wall) between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde - the Antonine Wall, not Hadrian’s Wall
  • Man
  • Light

But his last name more than likely refers to the River Clyde in Scotland. Therefore he was one of the people of the Old North, that is to say they were Britons, like the Welsh.

Alt CLud - The Rock

Alt Clud - now called Dumbarton Rock

Their capital was Allt Clud – a huge rock on the further north bank of the River Clyde. [Now called Dumbarton (City of the Britons) Rock NS399745]. [source]

 

Listener Feedback

Helen

We play some lovely feedback from Helen (with a fascinating question!) from London and give thanks (at the end of the show to Andrew for his super donation.

Promo - Irish Fireside

Irish Fireside

Irish Fireside

Welcome to the Irish Fireside. They created the site for anyone dreaming about Ireland. So sit back, relax, and explore as we share our insight into the Emerald Isle’s destinations, culture, and items of interest to the Irish diaspora.

Liam & Corey

The Irish Fireside Podcast consistently ranks among iTunes TOP 100 Travel Podcasts, was named Best Blog of the Diaspora by Blog Awards Ireland, and it has been nominated for Best Podcast by the Irish Web Awards, Best Travel Podcast at www.PodcastAwards.com, and endorsed by the Indie Travel Podcast. The blog has been recognized by Lonely Planet, Go Overseas, and was nominated for multiple Irish Blog Awards.

In 2012, the Irish Fireside united over a dozen bloggers and Ireland enthusiasts to create the Ireland Travel Kit, a website and smartphone app designed to highlight Ireland’s offbeat and unique locations.

 

 

Huge Thanks to Special Guest Actors

 

Damh the Bard

Damh the Bard

Damh the Bard

Damh, taking on the role of Gwawl and other parts in the second half of our re-telling of the First Branch, is a musical storyteller who works within the world of myth that cannot be proved; where the Faerie really do dance on Midsummer's Eve, where the trees talk, and the Hollow Hills take you into the realms of Annwn. Where the Goddess rides her horse, guiding you to magic, and the Horned God of old calls us from the shadows of the Greenwood.

You can find out more about Damh and his work on his website at paganmusic.co.uk or on our Contributor page.

 

Cerri Lee

Cerri Lee

Cerri Lee

Cerri Lee, playing the role of Rhiannon, is a multi-talented visionary artist who can turn her hand to almost anything creative. She is inspired by nature, and the ancient Pagan myths and legends of many cultures, her beliefs as a modern day Druid as well as those around her. Cerri is equally in her element when she is up to her elbows in clay or painting one of her fabulous pictures. She is partner to Druid musician and long-time supporter of our show, Damh the Bard and can be found supporting him at many of his performances.

 

Extra Special Thanks to Show Friends

 

Phil Thornton

Phil Thornton

Phil Thornton

We are proud to feature Phil in this show as leads us into our story with the wonderful track Cloak of Darkness from his album, Shaman. You can find out more about Phil's wonderful music and services on his website or more details on his Contributor Page.

 

Portcullis

Portcullis

Portcullis

A special thank you to Jason, Sue and Haydon for the wonderful courtly sounds of Portcullis playing Welcome to Camelot from their brand-new album, The Messenger that can be heard as the Minstrels playing at the court of Heyvaydd Hen in this episode. You can find out more about Portcullis on their website or on their Contributor page.

 

Our Sources for the Episode

Places Mentioned in the First Branch, Fascinating website.

Bullfinch's Mythology, The Celts, section 8.

The Mabinogion, pp ix-xxxvi, 3-21, 227-232, Sioned Davies, Oxford, 2007, ISBN 978-0-19-283242

The Mabinogion, pp 9-41, 45-65, Jeffrey Gantz, Penguin, 1976, ISBN 0-14-044322-3

The Mabinogion, pp ix-xliv, 3-24, 275-278, Gwyn Jones & Thomas Jones, Dent & Dutton, 1977, ISBN 0-460-01097-2. Can also be found online at www.donaldcorrell.com

Pwyll Pendeuc Dyfed, Lady Charlotte Guest, Mary Jones

Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed, Lady Charlotte Guest, 1877, Sacred Texts

Notes to Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed, Lady Charlotte Guest, 1877, Sacred Texts

The Mabinogion, Lady Charlotte Guest, 1849, Project Gutenberg

The Mabinogi of Pwyll, W. M. Parker, mabiongi.net. Notes at mabinogion.info

'The Lord of Dyfed', from Legends of the Celts, p.134ff, Frank Delaney, HarperCollins, 1991, ISBN 0-586-21151-9

Tales from the Mabinogion, Gwyn Thomas & Kevin Crossley-Holland, Gollancz, 1984, ISBN 0-575-03531-5

Celtic Myths & Legends, p.147ff, Michael Foss, Selectabook Ltd., 1998, ISBN 0-75252-402-X

Prince of Annwn, Evangeline Walton, Del Rey, 1974, ISBN 0-345-27060-6

Encyclopaedia of Celtic Wisdom, p.117, 156, Caitlin & John Matthews, Element, 1994, ISBN 1-85230-560-6

The Celts, p.211, Frank Delaney, Grafton, 1989, ISBN 0-586-20349-4

Women in Celtic Myth, Moyra Caldecott, Arrow, ISBN 0-09-955920-X

Celtic Heritage, p.41 ff, Alwyn & Brinley Rees, Thames & Hudson, 1978, ISBN 978-0500110089

Pagan Celtic Britain, p.288, Anne Ross, Constable, 1967, ISBN 0-09-472330-3

'Myth in the Mabiogion', from A Celtic Reader, p.151, John Matthews, Aquarian, ISBN 0-85030-935-2

Celtic Myths and Legends, p.356 ff, T. W. Rolleston, 1995, ISBN 978-1859580066

Celtic Folklore: Welsh & Manx Vol.2, pp 499ff, John Rhys, Wildwood House, 1980, ISBN 0-7045-0406-5

The White Goddess, p.215ff, Robert Graves, Faber, 1952

http://www.maryjones.us/jce/eufyd.html, Hyfaidd Hen as one of the Children of Don.

Mabinogi Study: Enlivening Y Mabinogi, Welsh Pronounciation for the Mabinogi

And, of course, the Awen - inspiration and imagination!

Special Thanks

 

For Incidental Music

Armolithae, for Ignition from Artanis. See our Contributor Page for more details.

XCyril, for Jace and Eva's Love Theme from Stargate Odyssea. See his Contributor Page for more details.

Celestial Aeon Project, for The Old Wizard, Hidden Cove from Fable. See our Contributor Page for more details.

Temple of Baal from Free Stock Music.

Diane Arkenstone The Secret Garden. See her Contributor page for details.

Kim Robertson The Hangman's Noose. See her Contributor page for details.

Jigger Time Ticks Away. See her Contributor page for details.

 

For our Theme Music

The Skylark and Haghole, the brilliant Culann's Hounds. See their Contributor page for details.

 

Extra Special Thanks for Unrestricted Access to Wonderful Music

(in Alphabetic order)

Anne Roos Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of her masterful music to Anne Roos. You can find out more about Anne on her website or on her Contributor page.

Caera Extra Special thanks go for permission to any of her evocative harping and Gaelic singing to Caera. You can find out more about Caera on her website or on her Contributor Page.

Celia Extra Special Thanks go for permission to use any of her wonderful music to Celia Farran. You can find out more about Celia on her website or on her Contributor Page.

Damh the Bard Extra Special thanks go to Damh the Bard for his permission to use any of his music on the Show. You can find out more about Damh (Dave) on his website or on his Contributor page.

The Dolmen Extra Special thanks also go to The Dolmen, for their permission to use any of their fantastic Celtic Folk/Rock music on the Show. You can find out more about The Dolmen on their website or on our Contributor page.

Keltoria Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of their inspired music to Keltoria. You can find out more about Keltoria on their website or on their Contributor page.

Kevin Skinner Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of his superb music to Kevin Skinner. You can find out more about Kevin on his website or on his Contributor page.

Phil Thornton Extra Special Thanks go for permisssion to use any of his astounding ambient music to the Sonic Sorcerer himself, Phil Thornton. You can find out more about Phil on his website or on his Contributor Page.

S.J. Tucker Extra Special thanks go to Sooj for her permission to use any of her superb music. You can find out more about Sooj on her website or on her Contributor page.

Spiral Dance Extra Special thanks go for permission to use Adrienne and the band to use any of their music in the show. You can find out more about Spiral Dance on their website or on their Contributor page.

We'd like to wish you 'Hwyl fawr!', which is Welsh for Goodbye and have fun, or more literally Wishing a Good Mood on you!

 


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