What a Year – and time for a break

At the weekend I played my last gig of 2014 and what a year it has been. 27 weekend gigs, and many more mid week shows, a monthly podcast, seven open rituals with one remaining, two Anderida camps, an Anderida conference, two OBOD gatherings including the big OBOD 50th Anniversary in the Summer, blog posts,

An Interfaith Experience

Yesterday I presented a reading at the Brighton and Hove Interfaith Contact Group’s interfaith service. I had been asked to read there about a month ago and was delighted that they were including Druidry and Paganism in their spectrum of spiritual paths. The Mayor of Brighton and Hove was there, Caroline Lucas (MP for Brighton Pavilion

A Map and a Compass?

Lost on an Endless Sea We once thought that technology would set us free. That it would create space in our lives for the things we know are important. Odd then that, for many, it appears to have done the exact opposite. I see some of my friends disappearing into a haze of work and some of

Favourites

At the end of a podcast I listen to the host always asks his guests a series of mundane questions. I really love it as it tells me some of the things about writers and musicians I like that I probably would never have found out. So for this blog I thought I’d answer some

DruidCast – A Druid Podcast Episode 92 – Alchemy

Shownotes for DruidCast Episode 92 Voice of the Land – Cephalodidge – http://jcaudwell.wix.com/cephalodidge Talk on Alchemy – Jeff Echu eo ar Mare – Emain – https://emianpaganfolk.bandcamp.com Newgrange – Clannad – http://www.clannad.ie DruidCast theme – Hills they are Hollow – Damh the Bard – http://www.paganmusic.co.uk For more information on the Druid tradition – http://www.druidry.org Direct download

From my METAL past

I was in a heavy rock band in the mid-late 80s called Targa. We had a typical 80s glam look and played music in the vein of Motley Crue, with melodic influences by other bands out at the time like Dokken (with a good dose of the heavier incoming bands like Metallica). It was a

The Power of Initiation

I was sitting alone in a darkened room. It was the Spring Equinox 1995. Outside, somewhere in the house, I could hear movement. I’d chosen this. I kept reminding myself that I had chosen this. Born June 16th 1965 and my whole life had been leading to this moment. Soon I would be initiated as

For my Great Grandfather Today

For my Great Grandfather Private Ernest Charles Lelliot 1882-1915. Died battle of Loos. The Soldier by Rupert Brooke If I should die, think only this of me: That there’s some corner of a foreign field That is for ever England. There shall be In that rich earth a richer dust concealed; A dust whom England

New Lyric – Living Traditions

It feels absolutely right to post this latest lyric from my new album on the day after bonfire night. Stepping outside under the moon last night, hearing the fireworks, tasting the smoke in the air, in an atmosphere of chaos was as amazing as ever. Our bonfire night is very Samhain. Some don’t like it,

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