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, today (Sep­tem­ber 23) is 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. If you are in the Unit­ed States or Cana­da, please click here to launch the Stream Licens­ing play­er. To lis­ten from out­side North Amer­i­ca, click here to start your play­er .

This pro­gramme is also avail­able in enhanced-qual­i­ty AAC. Tune in here:

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