Samhain Music

Samhain is a time to honour those gone before. Thalloween-candle-holder-in-evening-grass-picjumbo-comhis is especially so in New Zealand at this time of year as we celebrate ANZAC day, which honours our fallen soliders.

What better way to honour our ancestors than with some music, which reaches out to the soul. Here are my top favourite songs to listen to at Samhain, in no particular order.

      Hallow’s Eve ~ Show of Hands

 

      Scarecrow ~ Gilmore and Roberts

 

      Time to Rest ~ Heidi Talbot

 

    Old Soul ~ Thea Gilmore
      The Green Fields of France ~ Dropkick Murphys

 

    Hope you enjoy. Let us know what your favourite Samhain songs are in the comments below!
    ~ Mary
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Autumn Equinox Music

natural-wooden-fence-on-mountain-picjumbo-com Autumn Equinox or Alban Elfed is the time of balance as daylight hours become equal with the darkness of night. It is a time of harvest as we prepare for coming winter.

With Autumn Equinox approaching I thought it was time to share another list of songs that are enjoyable at this time of year.

 

  1. The Mabon ~ Damh the Bard
  2. Old Soul ~ Thea Gilmore
  3. The Beauty of the Rain ~ Dar Williams
  4. My Sister the Moon ~ Heidi Talbot
  5. Autumn Equinox ~ Paddy’s Allstars
  6. Harvest Dance ~ Gwydion
  7. The Darkening of the Day ~ Bella Hardy
  8. Health to the Company ~ Blackmore’s Night
  9. Harvest Moon ~ Cassandra Wilson / Neil Young
  10. Autumn’s Crown ~ Fairytale

Lugh Lamhfade by Moria

Here is the lyrics for the song we sing at Lughnasdh, Lugh Lamhfade by Moria.

Lugh, Lugh, Lugh Lamhfada
Lugh the shinning one
Lugh, Lugh, Lugh Lamhfada
Warrior of the Sun

God of craftsmen
Lugh of the long arm
All knowing all wise
LUGH!

Travelled to the West
With the Tuatha da Danaan
Celtic sun god
LUGH!

Lugh, Lugh, Lugh Lamhfada
Lugh the shinning one
Lugh, Lugh, Lugh Lamhfada
Warrior of the Sun

Slayer of Balor
The champion Formore
Warrior sun god
LUGH!

Lugh Chromain
Now called Leprechaun
Sleeping with the aes sidhe
LUGH!

Lugh, Lugh, Lugh Lamhfada
Lugh the shinning one
Lugh, Lugh, Lugh Lamhfada
Warrior of the Sun

Lugh, Lugh, Lugh Lamhfada
Lugh, Lugh, Lugh Lamhfada
Lugh, Lugh, Lugh Lamhfada
Lugh

Here is us singing it at Druid Camp 2017:

Here is Moria’s nephews band singing it:

Lughnasadh Camp 2017

Last weekend we had our annual Lughnasadh Druid Camp. We say that Camp starts on Friday, but really it starts on the Thursday as we all troop in to set up tents, pick up the shopping (which was ordered online this year!), unpack it and set up the kitchen in the barn. This year we had delicious meals cooked by our wonderful Joarn and Martha.

Camp always has a theme and this year wimg_4273as Head, Hands, Heart and Hallows. Every morning we start with a camp meeting, where we each share a word for the day, we chant Awens and go over the plan for the day.

Friday was our Head day, were we got to put our thinking caps on! We started by having a opening ritual which naturally went over time so we pushed back the tree workshop we had planned. The great thing about this year’s camp was all the gaps we left in the roster so we could be flexible (and have time for naps.) I won’t say much about the tree workshop because that will be a post for another day. It was a great starting workshop that helped us find a tree each for camp. We ended this day with a Eisteddfod about the meaning of The Druid’s Prayer which led to lots of meaningful debate and a greater understanding for all.

Saturday was our Hands day. Before we could get started using our hands we had a Skype call with Philip Carr-Gomm so he could give us his thoughts on The Druid’s Prayer which created further discussion and understanding of the prayer. There were lots of creative activities for us to set our hands to, wood carving, fibre weaving, painting, drawing, Harakeke weaving, bread making and crocheting! I had set out to learn to crochet. With lots of help and support from many of the other ladies at camp I learnt to crochet one granny square but came away with half a blanket thanks to the generosity of those who could already crochet!

Saturday evening we had much delight having a sing along of many of our songs. Some of these we recorded. You can hear our song Lugh that our talented band leader, Moria, wrote by going here or listen to it below.

Of course, a camp sing along wouldn’t be complete without a short telling of Bob the Sheep God before we sung our Bob version of Lugh. Bob has become one of my favourite camp traditions as it is full of inside jokes. It is a story about the creation of myths and legends that has taken on a life of its own. It is also extremely ridiculous, giving us all a good laimg_4260ugh.

Sunday was our Heart day. We celebrated Lughnasadah with a ritual. Unfortunately we had to have this inside because the wind, which had blown down all the tents during the night, had blown over a ‘sacred’ gorse tree onto the path way to the Grove! After our ritual, and a delicious lunch, we had a Poetry and Prose writing workshop to get us all connected to the heart of story telling, and seeing how easy it can be to get words flowing through us. We continued this story telling on at our evening Eisteddfod where we played a story telling game.

Hallows day was on our last day, Monday. In the morning we had a beautiful sharing circle about death and entering the Summerlands. This was followed by a discussion on how to be practical and prepared in the lead up to entering the Summerlands. Here are some links to the documents that were discussed:

That evening we had a Eisteddfod discussion on where you believe your power is coming from when you do your working. It was proposed that there was two different ways of believing where the energy comes from and that neither is wrong. It was an enlightening discussion that helped us think about our own beliefs and practices.

After Eisteddfod we trekked out to the Grove to preform the closing ceremony, as the sun died down for the day which seemed very fitting.

On Tuesday morning we packed up, with the knowledge that it was our last camp for a couple of years. According to our fabulous planner Nicola it was the fastest pack up ever. I love camp, but it will be exciting to spend time developing the endeavours we are looking to spend our time on in the future.

~ Mary

Lughnasadh Songs

With Lughnasdah approaching I thought I would share with you a playlist of 10 songs that are appropriastump-in-forest-picjumbo-comte to this festival. Most of these you can find on Spotify or Youtube, which I have linked where possible. I will also link to where you can buy the songs from. In no particular order, here you are:

  1. Lughnasdah ~ Damh the BardLet’s start of with a song from our Pendragon, Damh the Bard. This song is a catchy song from his 2002 album Herne’s Apprentice and it follows the story Corn King in the style of John Barleycorn songs.
  2. Lughnasdah Dance ~ Gwydion PendderwenThis song is by one of the first Pagan musicians, Gwydion Pendderwen, who released this on his 1975 album Songs for the Old Religion.  Damh the Bard features a version of this song on The Cauldron Born which is easier to buy.
  3. Scarborogh Fair ~ Various artistsTo be fair, I did spot this on Star Foster’s list of Lughnasdah songs and agreed. She listed the Simon and Garfunkel version of this traditional English ballad, which is arguably the most well known. However, Damh the Bard also does a cover on his latest album, Sabbat. I promise that this list isn’t just a list of Damh songs!
  4. Heartbeat of Harvest (Lughnasadh) ~ Cernunnos RisingThis song about the lessons learnt from the harvest. It is off Wild Soul by English singer/songwriter, Cernunnos Rising, aka George Nicholas.
  5. Harvest Song ~ Spiral Dance
    This Australian band’s offering starts of sounding like a Christmas carol before it beats up, which I like. This comes from The Quickening.
  6. John Barleycorn ~ Various artists
    Another British folksong, this song can be found in many places. There are 2 versions of this song that I really enjoy from the album John Barleycorn Reborn, which is a great album for this time of year. And yes, I am aware that Damh the Bard also has a version of this song.
  7. Lughnasadh ~ Threefold
    This song is from the British new age group, Threefold. Its found on their album, The Very Best of Threefold.
  8. Lammas Moon ~ Touch the Earth
    Touch the Earth are a tribal folk band, which is show cased in this song from their album Full Circle.
  9. Lammas Song ~ Inkubus Sukkubus
    Inkubus Sukkubus are a gothic rock pagan band. If you are put off by them being a rock band I would still recommend this song as it leans more towards gothic pagan song than rock song. It is from their album Wild.
  10. Rise of the Corn ~ Carolyn Hillyer
    This song has a tribal beat with beautifully sung lyrics over top. I couldn’t find where to buy this song but you can check out more of Carolyn’s work on the Seventh Wave Music site.

Let us know what your favourite songs for Lughnasadh are in the comments below!

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