Music for Beltane

Yes­ter­day was May Day, also known tra­di­tion­al­ly as Beltane. In the mod­ern Neo­pa­gan cal­en­dar, Beltane is one of the cross-quar­ter days where the Sun is mid-way between Equinox and Sol­stice, and the oppor­tu­ni­ty for a Fire Fes­ti­val. It’s also a Sab­bat for the Wic­can com­mu­ni­ty, where it takes on some of the char­ac­ter­is­tics of a Ger­man­ic May Day fes­ti­val with an empha­sis on fer­til­i­ty and the inclu­sion of May­pole danc­ing.

We should also remem­ber that May 1 is also tra­di­tion­al­ly a day of cel­e­brat­ing the work­ing peo­ple of the world. The image shown here is an illus­tra­tion by Wal­ter Crane from 1895 which brings togeth­er both the tra­di­tion­al mean­ing of May Day and the impor­tance of the cel­e­bra­tion to work­ing peo­ple — and today’s pro­gramme is ded­i­cat­ed to work­ers around the world strug­gling for fair treat­ment at the hands of the pow­er­ful.

Today’s pro­gramme presents some music to help catch the Beltane mood — though it’s not as tight­ly focused as Gabrielle Riel’s fes­ti­val pro­gram­ming — with tra­di­tion­al danc­ing and pieces of music that evoke the time of year. It majors on the tra­di­tion­al dance, with some Celtic mate­r­i­al and oth­er music thrown in, and we leave it to oth­ers to delve deep­er into the Neo­pa­gan and Wic­can aspects of the fes­ti­val.

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 or can play audio streams direct (many can).

You can also lis­ten via TuneIn, either with their web site or via the TuneIn App, or on Online Radio Box — with a com­plete playlist for the past sev­en days

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