I met the band Tuatha Dea last year at the Pagan Spirit Gathering in Illinois and I knew in that moment we were going to get along. The band emerged from a ritual drumming group into what is one of the finest and most entertaining Pagan bands around. They play a good deal of Irish music, but behind the musicians is always the drumming. It is the heartbeat of the band. I saw them play at the PSG three times and each time they held the audience in the palm of their hands – ending two gigs with members of the band walking into the audience and bringing people onto the stage to play along on the many drums. By the end I think the band could have even stopped playing and joined the remaining audience members and leave the now drumming audience to it! It was a great piece of stagecraft.
My last gig at PSG was at midday and to celebrate I invited Arthur Hinds, Celia, and Tuatha Dea to join me for Hills they are Hollow. The crowd loved it, and so did I. Singing along with Celia, and with Arthur joining on Bodhran and vocal, then behind us the powerhouse of the Tuath Dea drummers. It was amazing.
I’m delighted that I’ve been asked to play as one of the guests on their latest album. It’s a great idea – they have invited lots of other Pagan musicians to guest to create a celebration of Pagan music. So there’s me, Celia, members of Spiral Rhythm, and Murphy’s Midnight Rounders to name just a few. It’s going to be great album, and I’ve just received the song I’ll be playing on – it’s right up my street and I’ve been playing along, creating my new parts, already.
Here’s the thing.
The band want to make this a community funded album too, and they have created a Kickstarter campaign so that you lovely people can make a donation in return for some groovy rewards. The deadline to raise the finance for the album is 29th April, so if you would like to help with a donation, no matter how small, please go to the site and do it now.
But enough from me, let the lovely people of the band tell you more about it!
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