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Y Mabinogi – In Gratitude to the Christian Scribes

As I work my way through the process of creating this audiobook/musical/dramatised retelling of the First Branch of the Mabinogion I am becoming more and more thankful to the Christian scribe/s who wrote it all down. It's easy for me now to imagine those feet walking through

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

Initiation and the Power of Transformation

Initiations can often be very powerful experiences. I was initiated into the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids on the Spring Equinox of 1995, having joined the Order in April 1994. I hadn't rushed in. I wanted to be sure I had found my home. I remember the

A Dream Come True

In 1978 my parents dropped me and my friend off outside the Brighton Centre to see our first ever live concert. It was Thin Lizzy on their Black Rose tour. Our seats were on the left side balcony and I will never forget my first encounter with

By | 2016-12-01T12:49:08+00:00 November 28th, 2016|Categories: music, News|Tags: , , , , , , |16 Comments

Y Mabinogi – Just Listen!

In May Cerri and I went on a working holiday to Wales and immersed ourselves in the land from which the tales of the Mabinogion grew. I wrote about the trip in a couple of blog posts just after: Here and Here During that time I wrote the

DruidCast – A Druid Podcast Episode 112

Shownotes for DruidCast Episode 112 Elves and Fireflies - Solana - http://www.solanamusica.com Interview with William Ayot (http://www.williamayot.com) by Philip Carr-Gomm (http://www.philipcarr-gomm.com) I Wish I Were a Tree - Bran Cerddorion - http://www.paganbran.com Hippie Pocket - Ginger Doss - http://www.gingerdoss.com DruidCast theme - Hills they are Hollow -

Put the Instrument down and move away from the microphone…

I'm sitting here typing this in a state of nervousness and overwhelming excitement. Yesterday I sent off the master of my new album for production. Cerri is sitting at the computer about halfway through creating the album artwork. Once that is sent to the CD makers that is

By | 2016-10-14T11:00:38+00:00 March 13th, 2015|Categories: music, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |16 Comments

New Lyric – Iron from Stone

Scarborough Faire is an amazing song. Such a wonderful melody and lyric that tells of all of the impossible tasks a human woman would need to achieve to be with a man from Elfland. But I began to wonder... These wonderful folk songs have been left us

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

By | 2016-10-14T11:00:42+00:00 November 13th, 2014|Categories: druidry, paganism|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |8 Comments
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