A Celtic Music Festival

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by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 22 September, 2018

A Celtic Music Festival

Welcome to a Celtic Music Festival featuring music from around the Celtic Lands, alongside music inspired by or expressing Celtic themes.

In the Northern Hemisphere it’s the Autumnal Equinox, known to neo‐pagans and others as Harvest Home, Mabon*, the Feast of the Ingathering, Meán Fómhair or Alban Elfed (in Neo‐Druid traditions). It’s a time for a ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and the God during the coming winter months. (*The name Mabon was coined by Aidan Kelly around 1970 as a reference to Mabon ap Modron, a character from Welsh mythology.)

Today you’ll hear a wide variety of Celtic and Celtic‐influenced material, with orchestral works like Shaun Davey’s Brendan Voyage; a wide range of performances by traditional Celtic artists; and music inspired by the Celtic heritage. There are also some large‐scale performances from artists like Celtic Woman, Celtic Thunder and even the Cincinnati Pops! And listen out for some of the Celtic/Goddess themed pieces from Nashville‐based artist Laura Powers’ Legends of the Goddess trilogy, along with Rutland Boughton’s seldom‐heard classic, first performed in Glastonbury between the wars, The Immortal Hour.

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. Click here to start your player if your browser is set up to pass streams to an external player. 

You can also listen via TuneIn, either with their web site or via the TuneIn App.

The image shows the goddess Freyja, by Arthur Rackham.



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