The first long list is online!

The first long list for the Fantasy Awards is actually a request for advise.

We want to know which categories we should have in the Awards 2019/2020. Should there be an award the Best Festival? Or do you think we should award a nominated volunteer? Or maybe you want us to give an award to the Best Merchant/Stand?

Follow the link to our long list where you can vote for multiple categories and add the ones you feel are missing!

https://fantasy-awards.com/peopleschoice

This long list is open until November 16th, 19:00h CET.

Alex explaining how you cast your vote

All beginnings are difficult, however, when working with Facebook gives us a whole set of additional challenges. Due to ongoing issues with Polls we have decided not to bother you with all these issues any longer.

From this moment on, voting for the long lists will happen on our website. The votes you have already cast will be added to the votes of the website, so don’t worry that your vote will get lost.

We have been working like crazy this afternoon to get it all up and running, here is Alex explaining how you cast your vote at:



BIG NEWS!

After setting up the official foundation and our fifth anniversary we have some more big news to share with you. Very big news, we dare say! After having organised the Fantasy Awards 19/20 for the past four years our friends of Bastaard have decided to pass the torch, so to speak, and we are extremely honoured that CeltCast was their choice on who they thought could carry the flame best. And so it is with immense pleasure and pride that we announce that next March CeltCast will organise and host the fifth edition of these Fantasy Awards!

Now, you are probably all very interested in the details. When and where will the event be hosted? Which categories will we be able to vote on? Who will provide the entertainment? Well, all we can say for now is keep an eye on our Facebook page, the event page, and of course check out our new website, designed specifically for Fantasy Awards 19/20 at https://www.fantasy-awards.com

We hope to see you all there!



MONTHLY MARKER

With our Monthly Marker we try to shine a light on something that we would like to see get some more attention. Sometimes this is a festival, sometimes a new album, or maybe a band. This month we would like to introduce you all to someone who has been living a life in the world of music for a long time, yet can easily be seen as a new face in the world of folk music. Mojra has studied music and has an extensive background in singing, dancing and musical education. This, combined with an artistic approach, led to her starting as a storyteller. Mixed in with these stories she adds beautiful traditionals that through the lovely sound of her voice carry the listener into a dreamstate. This, at least, is what happened to Alex when he saw her performance at the Castlefest Academy last summer. Right after the show he approached her to ask if she had any recordings, which she hadn’t. But it did get her thinking, and she does enjoy a challenge, so right after getting home Mojra dove into the studio and recorded An Raibh Tu ar an gCarraig, and we couldn’t be happier that she did, as Alex and Arjan were immediately blown away by the song and within seconds decided that this would be our next Monthly Marker!

The song itself also has a whole story behind it. It is an Irish traditional from the 17th century that appears to be a love song (Where you at the rock, and did you see my love there?) but it actually contains a secret message. “The rock” meant the altar and “my love” the priest, as this was a time when British Protestants were actively persecuting Catholics. In the second verse one could answer yes or no, indicating that it was or wasn’t safe to meet for worship that day. And since the song was sung in Irish, the English never had a clue!

Nowadays in most parts of the world religous persecution is fortunately not a big issue anymore, which leaves us with the ability to just enjoy the sheer beauty of the song. Please just sit back, close your eyes, and let Mojra’s beautiful voice carry you away, just like it did us.

Happy birthday Helen!

Some of our team you see at every festival, some are more the people behind the scenes. Our Helen is actually a bit of both!

As a part of our stream-team she helps out when we have too few hands to bring you all streams from the festivals.
However Helen’s work doesn’t stop there, this awesome lady is also responsible for keeping our website up to date and beautifully maintained!

So join us in wishing this essential member of our team a very happy and blessed birthday!!!

Helen







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