Monthly Marker September 2020: Basia Bartz

Cover: Basia Bartz-A Girl At Dusk

📀Basia BartzA Girl at Dusk📀

A new month, a new monthly marker!

You may have already heard it streaming on the station (because yes, we’re a day late in announcing 😊 ) and we hope it has caught your ear as it did ours.

With a slow, almost timid opening of this rendition of an old Polish folk song, Basia draws you into a mystical world. But stay alert, as just before the first-minute mark she unpacks this track with an energy reminiscent of Martine Kraft Music! Where the remaining three minutes go I cannot tell, because I only come back to reality when my index finger tries to find the ‘replay’ button on my phone.

To go with the unmistakable emotion that permeates through the song, she explains its meaning as follows: “The song is a tribute to all those who have to work beyond their ability, often without any recognition or understanding for the difficulties they face, and the strength they must possess to persevere, despite their own exhaustion.”

Basia debuting this way with a solo project promises many more pieces of art awaiting us in the -let’s hope not too distant- future. At CeltCast we can hardly wait how she will progress, building of course on her many years of experience playing the violin in a myriad of bands.

Thank you, Duncan Menzies (of PerKelt) for bringing her music to our attention. Thank you, Ben Walker for your support in this endeavor. And most of all: thank you, Basia for your courage, creativity, and deliverance. You turned a traditional into an instant classic!

And to our listeners, please enjoy ‘A Girl at Dusk’ which we will happily play for you 5 to 6 times a day in the month of September.

– Alex 🎻

You can find Basia Bartz here:

Monthly Marker August 2020: Salt House

Cover: Salt House-Huam

💿💿💿 NEW MONTHLY MARKER 💿💿💿 AND review ✒️!

Salt House – Album: Huam (2020) – Song: Fire Light ⚡️

A couple of days ago, our reviewer Cliff de Booy (FB) posted his review about the amazing album of Salt House! We were playing that album on our radiostream already, but because our team is very enthusiastic about this album we want to tell you that this month we play the song Fire Light every four hours! 🕰

Take a seat in your hammock and dream away on the undulating tones of this album! ⛱

If you want to read all about this beautiful album, check out the full review!

You can find Salt House here:

Monthly Marker July 2020: SeeD Pagan Folk

Cover: SeeD Pagan Folk-Het Vergeten Volk

🎶 New Monthly Marker 🎶SeeD Pagan Folk: “Het Vergeten Volk” (The Forgotten People)

July is usually THE month leading up to Castlefest, but this year, everything is different, as we all well know. Though we could all cry and lament what is “not”…we feel it is more important to make sure “what was and will be” never gets lost. And that is the feeling behind SeeD Pagan Folk’s latest release: “Het Vergeten Volk” (The Forgotten People). 🧝‍♀️

Though the song is about the creatures and legends of old, the feeling of the song definitely applies to the living legend that is Castlefest and the emotions it, and all festivals like it, conjure up in all of us, addicted as we are to the (almost) spiritual high we experience together! 👣👣👣

So come and join us throughout the entire month as we sing the tales of the forgotten people and those not forgotten but dearly missed. “Sing our tale, go and look for us. We will never be lost.” 🥰

You can find SeeD Pagan Folk here:

Monthly Marker June 2020: Grumpy O Sheep

Cover: Grumpy O Sheep-East of Talisker

JUNE 🔎*NEW MONTHLY MARKER* – Grumpy O Sheep – Fox Hunter 🦊

Looking for something to dance to, to help brighten the world and lift spirits? Look no further! Our new Monthly Marker is Fox Hunter by Grumpy O Sheep! This song is a beautifully peated and powerful Irish folk tune, spiced up by some amazing southern European influences, which will have you on your feet in no time! 👣

Grumpy O Sheep is a duo originally from the Belfort region. They came together in 2017 and have played a year throughout the East of France before rocking the entire country all through 2019! In the fall of last year, they completed their first album “East of Talisker” from which we have taken this month’s Marker. 🐑

Please enjoy “Fox Hunter” all through June and show the band your love! 🥰

You can find Grumpy O Sheep here:

Monthly Marker May 2020: Myrkur

Myrkur - Folkesange (2020)

The Power of the Harp

New month, new monthly marker!

Many songs tell us about the magical beauty of harp play and the powers a skilled player can wield under the right circumstances. Previously I was captured myself by Kati Rán’s “Harpa Toner” which upon investigation turned out to be one of many renditions of the same tale that has been traveling throughout Europe, shapeshifting and scope-creeping, evolving in time to well-known versions like Binnorie, The Twa Sisters, The Bonnie Swans and Harp of Death.

Now, once more I am mesmerized by a harp-related song (or should I say ‘sange’? ) and this time as well, I simply had to know what was behind the softly sang lyrics brought across by the tempting voice of none other than Amalie Bruun, a.k.a. Myrkur.

Though mostly known for her Metal albums, Amalie has been diving deeper and deeper into the richness of Scandinavian traditional songs and clearly she came up with some pure Danish gold. As early as January of 2018, some of you may have been lucky enough to witness performances of Myrkur having struck new ground, touring together with other great artists of our scene, like Christopher Juul (Heilung, Euzen) and… you guessed it: Kati Rán. Fortunately her collaboration with Christopher did not end when the tour did. In fact, she stepped into his famous Lava Studios and recently proudly released her latest album Folkesange.

This work of art is a 100% match with our station’s format, which means we will be able to play each individual track and what’s more: we have chosen Harpens Kraft as our new Monthly Marker, meaning we will be playing it 5 to 6 times a day for the month of May!

You can find Myrkur here:

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