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Spring 2011

Welcome to our Spring podcast. Once again Dillon Carlyon reads a tale from Scotland for us. He begins with the song Willow from the 2008 album Quieting from Lydia McCauley. Find Brimstone Music at: www.lydiamccauley.com.

Dillon reads the tale of the Sea-Maiden found in Popular Tales of the West Highlands Orally Collected with a Translation by the late J.F. Campbell, (New Edition Volume I, Alexander Gardner of Paisley and London, 1890,) IV The Sea-Maiden was told to Campbell by John Mackenzie, a fisherman, near Inverary. You can find this story at:  http://www.sacred-texts.com

Next we hear from Shira Kammen's album Music of Waters. The tune is Dark Tower [2002]. To hear more from Shira Kammen go to: http://magnatune.com/artists/albums/shira-waters

Dillon then completes the Sea-Maiden tale and closes with the harp of Diana Rowan. The tune is Warp & Weft from The Bright Knowledge [2008]. You may find Diana Rowan at: http://www.dianarowan.com.

Thank you for listening to our podcast. I hope you enjoyed it and may this season bring you one hundred thousand blessings.


Yule - Midwinter

Welcome the winter podcast of the Society of Celtic Shamans. May your Midwinter be a blessed season of renewal. Tira Brandon-Evans begins this podcast with the Yuletide Invocation, from Volume I of the Carmina Gadelica, by Alexander Carmichael. You may find this invocation at http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/cg1/cg1063.htm

Lydia McCauley regales us with The Moon of Wintertime from her album The Moon of Wintertime (2010). Find this at http://lydiamccauley.com

Dillon Carlyon reads Canto III from Gawayne and the Green Knight: A Fairy Tale by Charlton Miner Lewis (1903), found at http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/arthur/art097.htm.

From the album The Castle of the Holly King (2003) Shira Kammen sings the Counting Song. Find Shira's website at http://magnatune.com/artists/shira_kammen.

Dillon continues Gawayne and the Green Knight with the rest of Canto III and Canto IV through the Conclusion.

The Gloustershire Wassail -- Wassail Song performed by James Edwards from the Magnatune Christmas Compilation (2007) closes our podcast. Find James Edwards at http://magnatune.com/artists/james_edwards


Fall Equinox

You sowed in kindness, now harvest joy. May you have a full and rich harvest.

With this podcast Dillion Carlyon and I are announcing a change in our schedule. Due to our many projects we are not able to maintain a schedule of eight podcasts a year and are cutting back to four a year. We will be posting new podcasts at the Solstices and Equinoxes.

Tira Brandon-Evans begin this podcast with 'The Earth Breath'  from The Candle of Vision, by A.E., 1918 http://www.sacred-texts.coms/neu/celt/cov/cov04.htm

Next we hear Kate Fletcher and Corwen performing the medieval folksong the Soul Cake. You may find more music from Kate and Corwen at http://www.ancientmusic.co.uk/kate_fletcher.html

Dillion Carlyon reads 'The Voyage of Bran', in English translation by Kuno Meyer, first published in 1895. http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/vob

And finally Kate Fletcher sings Invocation / Strömming Boats from her album Fruit (2007) http://www.ancientmusic.co.uk/kate_fletcher.html

Thank you for your continued support of our podcasts and may you always be well, be strong, be free.


Lughnasadh 2010

Blessings of Lugh and Tailte to you and yours this Lughnasadh.

This month our producer Dillon Carlyon begins our podcast with "The Fiddler's Lament" from the Green Energy album by The Irish Experience. Find them at: http://www.myspace.com/irishexperience.

Dillon reads from the tale The Boyhood of Fionn, by James Stephens from the book Irish Fairy Tales, 1920. http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/ift/ift02.htm

We then present The Mist Covered Mountains from the album On the Salt Sea by Henry Martin. http://www.myspace.com/onthesaltsea

Tira Brandon-Evans reads Chapter 21 Times and Seasons and Weather, and the Days of the Week from Notes of the Folklore of the Northeast of Scotland by Walter Gregor, 1881 http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/nes/index.htm

At the last, Diana Rowan performs Grainne's Set/Glass of Beer from the Panta Rhei album, 2004. http://www.sirenharp.com


May the fires of Midsummer burn bright in your soul.

This month Dillon Carlyon completes the tale of Sir Gwayne and the Green Knight, which he began at Midwinter. The story begins at Midwinter when the Green Knight challenges Sir Gawayne to a duel. The rules are very odd. Sir Gawayne may take the first stroke. The Green Knight directs him to strike off his head, and at Midsummer they will meet so the Green Knight may take his stroke. Sir Gawayne, although a trepiditious, takes the first stroke. The Green Knight takes up his severed head and tells Sir Gawayne he looks forward to meeting him at Midsummer as he takes his leave of Camelot.

 This reading at Midsummer tells the second half of the tale.

He begins the podcast with music from The Irish Experience, with their medley Calliope House / Sligo Creek / Cooley's Reel, from their album Green Energy, [2008] http://facebook.dj/greenenergy

The first half of the reading is from: Gawayne and the Green Knight: A Fairy Tale written by Charlotte Miner Lewis, 1903 Canto II (from Lady Elfinhart's birth through her meeting with Sir Launcelot) http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/arthur/art097.htm

At the Intermezzo is Crossroads, performed by Jenna Greene, from her album Crossroads, [2007] http://www.greeneladymusic.com

The second part of the reading continues Gawayne and the Green Knight: A Fairy Tale by Charlotte Miner Lewis, 1903 Canto II (from Lady Elfinhart's arrival at Camelot through her meeting Sir Gawayne) http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/arthur/art097.htm

Dance With Me, from Crossroads [2007] by Jenna Greene provides the end note. http://www.greeneladymusic.com

Thank you Dillon for an excellent and entertaining Midsummer podcast.



Beltane, the full flower of spring is here. May you each and every one rebirth with the earth.

Our podcast opens with the song Fruit (2007) from the album of the same name by Kate Fletcher, which you may find at http://www.katefletcher.co.uk

Next Dillon Carlyon reads The Instructions of King Cormac, from the translation by Kuno Meyer. You may read this text yourself at: http://www.briargrove.us/the_instructions_of_king_cormac.htm

Tim Rayborn brings us Worldes Blis from the album Honey From the Thorn (2009). Find this at http://www.timrayborn.com

Dillion reads next The Visionary by William Butler Yeats from The Celtic Twilight, which you may read at http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/yeats/twi/twi01.htm

At the last we have the tune My Love Gave Me An Apple from the Sulis album Sitting on the Windowsill of Heaven (2009). Hear more from this artist at http://www.magnatune.com/artists/sulis

We hope you enjoy our Beltane podcast and may you and yours be blessed in this season.


Once again the Sun treads her path in to spring. For this Alban Eiler podcast we are pleased to present our Spring program.

First from Sora , the song Children of Lir, from the album Heartwood (2009). http://www.soramusic.ca   Dillon reads Oisin's Story from Gods and Fighting Men by Lady Gregory (1904). http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/gafm/gafm87.htm   Next we hear Hijaz Ilahi  from the album The Bright Knowledge by Diana Rowan (2009). magnatune.com/artists/rowan   Then Tira reads Oisin's Lament, also from Gods and Fighting Men. http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/gafm/gafm90.htm

We close with Cock Up Your Beaver, a tune by Carolan performed by Da Camera in the album A Celtic Celebration (2004). magnatune.com/artists/da_camera

We hope you enjoy the season and the our podcast. To learn more about the Society of Celtic Shamans visit http://www.faeryshaman.org .


Imbolc 2010

Once again we celebrate Imbolc, the hope of spring. Brighid's day is a very special day, though many days of winter remain the snowdrop and the crocus appear in sheltered spots. The hedgehogs come out of their holes as do the snakes. All these are signs that spring is on the way and coming soon.

With this Imbolc podcast we open with a recitation of Brighid's Mantle by Tira. This is followed by The Poet from Cheryl Ann Fulton's album The Once and Future Harp (http://magnatune.com/artists/fulton).

Dillon reads several excerpts about Brighid from Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms, and Superstitions of Ireland by Lady Wilde  (http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/ali/index.htm), including St. Bridget (http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/ali/ali183.htm), The Bride's Well (http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/ali/ali208.htm), and Kil-na-Greina (http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/ali/ali206.htm).

Next Diana Rowan performs The Celtic Sonata- The Star of Munster/Cremonea/Glenlivet from the album Panta Rhei - Celtic and Mediterranean Music for Harp (http://www.magnatune.com/artists/rowan), followed by Maiden in the Mor Lay by Tim Rayborn from the album Honey From the Thorn (http://magnatune.com/artists/tim_rayborn).