Gallowglass Opera Company

We do theatre here quite often, but haven’t done opera in a very long time — which is to say in at least a century — so we decided to do John Gay’s early eighteenth century Beggar’s Opera which is a favourite of many on this Estate.

Why Contradances?

I was asked the other day why we had contradances here and not some manner of English or Scottish folk dances. I had no idea why this was so, so I asked our Librarian if he knew. He didn’t know why so he said he’d read the Estate Journals and see what might us give . . . → Read More: Why Contradances?

Summer Queen 2015, S.J. Tucker: The Summer I Know

I grew up in the Mississippi River Delta in southeast Arkansas, where the state lines blur near the tops of Louisiana and Mississippi, and life still moves at a very calm pace for most folks.

I spent half my summers as a child outside playing softball, swimming, or riding my bicycle through my small hometown.  . . . → Read More: Summer Queen 2015, S.J. Tucker: The Summer I Know

Summer Queen 2015, S.J.Tucker

Any self-respecting lover of fairy tale, myth, and folklore winds up listening to music that can’t be found on the Top Forty charts (except, perhaps, the unofficial ones at science fiction conventions). There are, perennially, an astonishing number of efforts to merge music and myth that, while sincere, dedicated, and hopeful, are … well … . . . → Read More: Summer Queen 2015, S.J.Tucker

An Estate Ramble

Consider joining me for a ramble about the estate. I’ve always got plenty of tea and a bit of extra lunch to share with the local fauna, and you just never do know who’ll show up to share the day with us.

Digital Pixies

Excuse our look while we hunt down the digital pixies that are causing problems right now. I suggest you go over to Sleeping Hedgehog, our other publication, and muck around there for a few days.

Literary Matters: Charles Stross: Equoid

Our reviewers have been busy lately (probably all the rainy days — man, it’s been wet and gloomy), so we have some new reviews for you, starting with Richard Dansky’s look at Charles Stross’ Equoid.

Now, the title may be a stumper — what is an “equoid,” anyway — something not-quite-a-horse? A unicorn? My Little . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: Charles Stross: Equoid

Catching Up

We have reviews for you. Yes, indeedy, so, since it’s been a while, let’s get right to it.

Comics creator Joe Mignola ventures into the realm of “illustrated novel” with collaborator Christopher Golden in Joe Golem and the Drowned City.

Elizabeth Bear is back with another tale of Bijou the Artificer and her fellow adventurers, . . . → Read More: Catching Up

Celtic Colours: Free music events

If you were on a limited budget but still wanted to see and hear some of the world-class musicians who play at the annual Celtic Colours International Festival on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, you’d be in luck. Two daily events in Baddeck alone provide musical entertainment and education in intimate settings during the main . . . → Read More: Celtic Colours: Free music events

Brief Lines: Semi-Familiar Terrain

There’s nothing quite so unsettling as semi-familiar terrain. The landscape that we think we might know constantly throws up false positives in recognition, things that we react to in exactly the wrong way because we think they’re something they aren’t. The further in you go, the less you trust yourself, and the more fraught every . . . → Read More: Brief Lines: Semi-Familiar Terrain