After his 2016 concept album The River and the 2018 folk concept album The Railway, former Back of the Moon multi-instrumentalist Hamis Napier released his third folk concept album The Woods last Friday -the 20th of March- in a spontaneous Facebook live community listening session, due to the corona restrictions preventing the originally planned release mini-tour to go through. We, as CeltCast did not let this opportunity to listen to the new album together with so many other fans pass by, and I can assure you The Woods has been spinning its rounds many a time at CeltCast HQ since that moment.
Just as The River and The railway before it, The Woods is a themed Celtic folk CD, in this case, sponsored by Cairngorms connect, a partnership of neighbouring land managers, committed to a bold and ambitious 200-year vision to enhance habitats, species and ecological processes across a vast area within the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland.
Hamish Napier himself writes about this album:
– “We humans are tree creatures. After the last ice age 100 centuries ago, the forests expanded across the barren landscape and with it the human population.
Woods and man evolved together. Let us regain the forests and our common knowledge of them. The 18 letters of the Gaelic alphabet were traditionally taught to children through the old names for the native trees (plus a few shrubs). I have written a tune for each letter and included all the native trees that can be found locally in the wild. There are 2 trees for each of the letters G, R and U. There are tunes for forest flora and fauna listed in Scots. I have included descriptions, facts and uses for each tree. All 26 tunes are rooted in traditional Scottish folk dance tune forms, woven in contemporary arrangements and enhanced with field recordings made in the woods. For me, this is an album of identity, exploring my native languages, music, folklore and natural environment. “
All this inspiration accumulated in a beautiful conceptual Celtic folk CD with equally stunning artwork according to our reviewer Cliff.
As you read this we are hard at work to try and add The Woods – as well as The River and The Railway – to our radio stream AND you can expect a full review of all three albums by Cliff in the coming weeks.
The Woods is available through Hamish Napier‘s bandcamp page.
We would like to know what you would like to see
It’s probably no surprise to you that we are always busy at CeltCast.
Right now, we are making lots of new stuff that we are very exited to share.
But we also want to know what kind of content you would like to see, so we’ve made a survey.
We would be delighted if you could fill in these eight questions for us.
You can find the survey here!
Right now, we are also making a series about forgotten folk instruments.
Is there a weird, forgotten or inspiring instrument you would like to see us make content about? Let us know by sending us an e-mail to: email@example.com!
Join the Quarantine Concert!
If you have nothing to do today, our friends from Plunder and Joint String Friends are giving a online concert. At 17:00h this afternoon, they will stream their ‘Plundered Friends Quarantine Concert’ from Twitch. Make sure to tune in here: Plundered Friends at Twitch!
Share the love and pain
Since earlier this week, having active social media channels has been hard. It is heartbreaking to read all the posts about cancelled and postponed festivals, concerts, and shows.
Not to mention all the people working in this business who are losing weeks of salary due to something as seemingly small as a virus.
Even though we are faced with similar issues, we at CeltCast want all of our friends to know that we think about you all and are there with you all step by step. Let us all hope the issues with this virus are solved quickly and that we can refocus on the joy and happiness music, concerts and festivals bring.
Let’s put our effort in this together, and let us hope that this is just a bumpy start to an awesome season!
Party time on the 13th of June 2020!
After the heart-breaking news of yesterday that the Fantasy Awards, planned for tomorrow, couldn’t continue, we have been working on what to do next. We had a number of scenarios in our contingency plan, but most of them were not really what we wanted.
Thanks to the awesome response we got from P60 and the entire Fantasy and Folk scene, we are very happy to announce that we are moving the event to a new date!
So mark it in your calendar, the Fantasy Awards will now be held on the 13th of June 2020!
By this time we hope the Corona outbreak is either gone or fully under control and we are free to party again.
We are aiming to keep the line up the same as much as possible, however, if one of our artists or bands are not able to move to this date, we will do our best to have an awesome replacement.
Tickets you have bought already will be valid, however if for some reason you can’t make it on the new date you can get your money back through TicketMaster!
We hope to see you at the Fantasy Awards 19/20 on the 13th of June 2020 in the P60, Amstelveen!