Music Matters: Some Sunday Morning Music for You

I’m out in the Courtyard on this warm Scottish morning watching a pick-up football match on the Greensward between Iain’s all female Library apprentices and an all male group from the staff that works for Gus, the Estate Head Gardener. (Gus has a number of female staff but they declined to play as they had . . . → Read More: Music Matters: Some Sunday Morning Music for You

Story: May Day

It’s a holiday, or about to be. More precisely, May Day at the Estate, which is tomorrow of course. So what’s planned for this very special day?

We lead off the day with music and a May Pole just after dawn in the courtyard. Roots and Branches, which consists of a violinist (Catherine, Iain’s wife), . . . → Read More: Story: May Day

Music Matters: Steeleye Span

So let’s have some music from what I consider the best electrified folk band that Great Britain ever produced, Steeleye Span. Over forty years of live performances have produced a treasure trove of excellent soundboard recordings.

Let’s start off with a perennial favourite of fans:‘One Misty Moisty Morning’M as performed at Fairport Convention’s . . . → Read More: Music Matters: Steeleye Span

Story: The Storyteller

She said, “A great storyteller has a talent for compelling narrative and an eidetic memory. And a good feel of the listeners.” So said Megan ap Owen, our Storyteller in residence for this Winter. It’s a tradition that we’ve been doing for centuries now — a storyteller that we knew is worth hearing and learning . . . → Read More: Story: The Storyteller

Music Matters: Up in The Air: Moonshine / Gavin Marwick: The Long Road and The Far Horizon

I’ve seen Gavin perform a half dozen times both in his native Scotland and down London. He never fails to anything but a stellar musician, be he solo or performing with one of the bands that he’s been in.

So what does our reviewer say about his two latest music undertakings? Quite a bit actually. . . . → Read More: Music Matters: Up in The Air: Moonshine / Gavin Marwick: The Long Road and The Far Horizon

On Kristian Blak and Faroe Islands music

Barb Truex penned this lovely commentary for us.

A few months ago I had my first exposure to music from the Faroe Islands, a small group of Nordic islands that lie between Iceland and the Scottish Shetland Islands. I reviewed three recordings from the group Spælimenninir. Getting to know artists better over time as . . . → Read More: On Kristian Blak and Faroe Islands music

Rambling House

Stephen Hunt wrote this review a decade ago but it’s well worth your time as it involves a certain writer and musician…

An unassuming little CD that (unusually) came my way by direct courtesy of Green Man‘s Chief Editor, Cat Eldridge. It’s a four-track ‘demo’ CD by an Australian band called Rambling House, whose membership . . . → Read More: Rambling House

A Listener’s Gude to Irish Music

Mackenzie’s off in Stockholm with his wife, Catherine, to check out residencies for the Several Annies interested in an immersion in all things Swedish so I’m doing the Sunday post which I’m writing up very late at night, as it was busier than expected in the Pub even for a Saturday evening. After my end . . . → Read More: A Listener’s Gude to Irish Music

Clannad Considered

Clannad, around 1970.

Clannad has been around since 1970, a run of over forty years, and they just released their newest album, Live at Christ Church Cathedral 2011. Founded in 1970 in Gweedore, County Donegal, they’ve been described as traditional Irish, Celtic and New Age. Just two years later with the release of ‘Theme From . . . → Read More: Clannad Considered

Literary Matters: Charles de Lint’s Digital Short Fiction

Cross-possted from Sleeping Hedgehog.

Being the Manager for the Green Man Pub here at the Kinrowan Estate and afternoon barkeep (as I’d be a piss poor Manager if I didn’t keep my skills up), I frequently (when it’s quiet) like to read short fiction as I can usually finish a story in ten or fifteen . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: Charles de Lint’s Digital Short Fiction