As long as people have been telling stories, playing tunes, and singing songs, other people have had rather strong opinions about them. While we are fairly certain that Green Man Review has not been around that long, one of the oldest records in our archives is a scrap of parchment on which some unknown medieval scribe jotted down his thoughts on the character descriptions in Y Gododdin . (Also in our archives are Taliesin’s lament for Arthur and a reel by Queen Orphiana’s fiddling jack, both captured by the Sidhe in strands of twisted glass. We have yet to find a way to transfer these to a more modern audio medium without shattering the glass and losing the music. More’s the pity…)
In fact, our strong ties to both the past and the fey make Green Man Review a lively — and often tantalizing — combination of ancient and modern, darkly realistic and frankly magical. There’s a fiddling jack, a Sidhe archivist/librarian, and a changeling are also on staff. Our present office has a wooden handle on the street door to accommodate the fey, and we’ve developed a back-up set of tunes in MP3 to deal with the pixies who have migrated online and occasionally try to massacre our server.
We share our lease with a troll who lives under the bridge out back. Naturally, the Fair Folk have adapted themselves to industrial vacuum cleaners, street noise and water coolers, although they still demand fresh cream and cake set out on the alley step every night. And we have not only a Welsh dragon who serves as a set of very impressive living bagpipes, and a Celtic goddess who plays a mean set of small pipes. And did I mention the Neverending Session which as far as we know has been going on continually somewhere in the GMR building for centuries now? Not to mention Bela, the violinist who insists he’s from the Ottoman Empire…
Our musical focus, whether CDs or live performances, is on trad music in all its aspects, whether it be the Celtic and English traditions — even American roots music (such as cajun, contradance, bluegrass, old-timey, and country).
Classical music (and Early music and Baroque and Romantic music), or “new music” can be found over at Sleeping Hedgehog our sister site, where we also feature books related to culinary arts, mysteries, literary fiction that isn’t tied to one of the GMR genres, history, and poetry.
Our archives contain reviews of over twenty thousand items, including over nine thousand CDs, and far more than eight thousand books, as well as myriad films, live performances, and other cool stuff such as Hungarian tarot decks.
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