Mabinogion

Y Mabinogi – Pushing the Boundaries of those Comfort Zones

If you're a regular reader of my blog you'll already know that my current recording project is quite different from anything I've attempted before. It is a spoken word, musical, and dramatic presentation of the First Branch of the Mabinogion. This has been something I've wanted to do for many years, and it just feels

By | 2017-02-28T13:13:03+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Categories: Mabinogion, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |17 Comments

Y Mabinogi – Welcome, Arawn

Every Monday morning I have a ritual. I go to my studio/workspace, light some incense, sit quietly, then shuffle a Tarot deck asking the question, "What are the trends I should be aware of in my life this coming week?" I continue to shuffle the deck, focussing on the question until it feels right, I

Y Mabinogi – The Verve, Sawing, the Awen, and Autumn

Time for an update on the new album. The first words were written in May when me and Cerri travelled to Wales and hired a beautiful cottage. I wrote of the experience here and during that week the Awen flowed freely as words fell onto the page. My next album will be a retelling of

Y Mabinogi – Annwn

It's time to turn my gaze towards the Otherworld. The subject of the next song in Y Mabinogi is Annwn. Pwyll steps through the portal into that Otherworld, in the guise of Arawn, a King of that land. This is the point when the next song is sung. As with the first song I'll be

Y Mabinogi – A Story of Invocation

I was at an OBOD camp back in 1997. It was a Samhain camp and the evening was cold, crisp and the sky was clear. The camp was on a farm far away from the big towns of the South West so the stars shone bright above. All day we had been preparing for the

Y Mabinogi – Taliesin and Merlin

So the Journey has truly begun. The Four Branches of the Mabinogion are each a part of the Matter of Britain. They live within the very rocks, mud, and water of this ancient island, but they were born in the mid-western peninsula currently known as Wales. If these tales have the antiquity many of us

Y Mabinogi – Strange Things

It's true. It seems the moment I realised that I was only to focus on exploring and writing the story and songs for the First Branch of the Mabinogion (as I wrote about in this recent article) strange things began to happen. Dreams, strange synchronistic occurrences, big aha! moments, the melody to songs forming seemingly

By | 2016-10-14T11:00:21+00:00 April 21st, 2016|Categories: Mabinogion, music|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |9 Comments

The Old Tales are Calling Me

After both The Cauldron Born and Antlered Crown and Standing Stone I took a long break from writing songs. I was creatively wrung out and needed some time to be in stillness and reflect on what to do next. Not so this time... I want to take you back to September 2012 and the final song

The First Part, of the First Branch, of the Mabinogion

My good friends Gary and Ruth at the Celtic Myth Podshow are currently dramatising the Four Branches of the Mabinogion on their wonderful show. In this first section I play Arawn, the King of Annwn, and Cerri plays his wife. I think Gary and Ruth have done a great job with this dramatisation and I

Branwen’s Lament – The making of Antlered Crown and Standing Stone

Here’s the fourth in this series of videos. This one tells of the inspiration and story behind the song Branwen's Lament from my forthcoming album Antlered Crown and Standing Stone due out on 17th November and available to pre-order now from my website at www.paganmusic.co.uk Enjoy! The first three are here: Antlered Crown and Standing Stone Under a Beltane

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