Free Audio – The Colloquy of the Oak and Holly King

Just before the last Winter solstice I was asked by the people at Folkcast if I would contribute something from a Druidic perspective to the Folklore and Traditions of the Winter Solstice section of their December podcast.

I thought hard about what I could offer.

Cerri and I have been running open rituals at the Long Man of Wilmington since the Spring Equinox of 2000, so that’s a lot of Solstice rituals to write. One of the rituals we came up with was to do away with the normal Oak King/Holly King battle with swords, and instead make it a battle of words.

In ancient times this was a respected form of Bardic interchange called a Colloquy (the most famous being The Colloquy of the Two Sages). So Cerri and I wrote a piece of prose on honour of this ancient Bardic challenge called the Colloquy of the Oak and Holly King. Played out before us by two of Anderida’s Bards is always a moving and powerful experience. So why not  create an audio version for Folkcast? Well, that’s what we did.

The audio version of the Colloquy is for the Winter Solstice, but if you go to the Colloquy’s page on my website here, you’ll also find the words written to be used at the Summer Solstice.

You can download the audio if you like, it’s a freebie on us.

I know the Solstices have just passed, but to me we are still under the influence of the festivals until Lughnasadh, so enjoy!

2 Comments

  1. […] the Shakespeare article    and on the theme of the solstice listen to the amazing Colloquoy of the Oak and Holly King produced by Damh the Bard and Cerri […]

  2. John hoskins September 21, 2016 at 4:36 am - Reply

    I love the story between the two it takes me back to east ky when I was a boy I spent all of my times in the woods when I heard it it took me way back to a rock house high up on a mountain and it touched my heart so much I used to have it but I lost it did yall put it on youtube I’ve tryed to find it but it wasn’t having any part of Me I couldn’t find it but like all of your songs they come from the heart and my friend that is the best place for it to come from I really love all your music I’m a druid my self and your songs move me all the time please keep up the good work.if your eve in southeastern ky please look me up may the goddess bless not only your music by your soul. Such an uplifting person she has picked well with you do her proud

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