Holidays are coming…..
The holidays are coming and with it, a stream of folk albums are coming out, including two lovely Christmas records. The first one is called Wassail, Wassail! and is recorded by
Last year Imbue were asked to perform at a Dickens Christmas Fair, and the experience led them to venture out of their normal medieval/Renassaince repertoire, into the magical sounds of Victorian Christmas Carols. And what a treat Wassail Wassail! has become. The perfect gift to put under the Christmas Tree, or better yet, in it as the old Victorians did. In the tree? Yes, up till then the idea of giving gifts to each other was something you did on New Year, but in Victorian times it shifted towards Christmas, small gifts were hung in the tree; which was further decorated with dried fruit, candies in wrappers, cookies, nuts, strands of popcorn or cranberries and the odd tin and leather Christmas decoration.
Well, as we see it Wassail, Wassail! would be the perfect Christmas decoration/present, but of course you COULD go Victorian all the way, in which case you would hire in the Carol singers themselves and give them Wassail punch! it is ALL up to you. So
is that all-important link to read all about Wassail, Wassail! And furthermore? Merry Christmas!
A message of hope, The Castlefest Collective
X-mas is quickly approaching and in the coming weeks, we will be introducing 3 albums that would look great under the Christmas tree. CD’s filled to the brim with good cheer, a lot of love, and plenty of Christmas feeling. We start off with a true stunner: Hope is The Thing With Feathers by The Castlefest Collective.
Way back in March, when corona started reaping havoc, not only on people’s health but also on the whole music industry, a group of artists from our pagan/fantasy folk scene came together to share tips and idea’s to deal with the new situation. It started out rather practical, but artists wouldn’t be artists if music didn’t pop-up its head sooner or later. And sure enough it did. Guitar riffs became musical ideas, pieces of text became lyrics, and soon enough the first song was born called Hope Is The Thing With Feathers. But it didn’t stop there. Eight songs were born like that in the end, and they all found their way on a lovely album. Just as the single it is called Hope Is The Thing With Feathers and the group named themselves The Castlefest Collective.
I’ve been listening to this album for about 2 weeks now, and it really grew on me. Hopefully, the album WILL find its way to your Christmas tree and it will captivate you as much as it did me. For more info, just click.
Brother Sea; Celtic-folk with a salty touch
We mostly review albums on CeltCast, but we also keep our eyes on other media where music is uploaded. One of the more important ones is Bandcamp. More and more starting bands are uploading their first recordings on this platform before they commit to a full album.
One of those bands is the Cornish folk band Brother Sea. Since July 2019 they have gathered a nice little discography on their Bandcamp page. One mini-album and three singles all together. All filled with lovely Celtic-folk music, beautifully played and with stunning harmonies. A band well worth listening to.
So jump over to our review, have a read, and show your support to this promising new band. And remember, this coming Friday, the 4th of December, is the last time this year that Bandcamp will waive its revenue share on all sales to give musicians more money from each purchase.
As always the review is just one click away
The Magic Door, an album that is warm, kind and full of mystery
November has become a month of stories. First, we had the beautiful myths of the Sami people and North Germanic tribes put to music by the new duo
Gói, then we dived even deeper into the Germanic myths with
storyteller album GRIMA. And now we have one last myth. For this myth, we go to Italie. To Rome. To a magical portal that has been placed there somewhere in the 16th century and has become an inspiration for a trio formed by Athuan Rebis, Giada Colagrande and Vicenzo Zitello. Together they formed
The Magic Door
and they made an album that is warm, friendly and full of mystery. Click on the
and dive with me into the world of the alchemists. Poetic, beautiful….and strange.
Sowulo releases Grima! A storybook put to music
Alex isn’t that much of a writer. But sometimes, when he feels something deeply, the words just pour out of his fingers. That is exactly what happened when he listened to Fæcele, one of the two songs featured on the Grima, the newest album of Sowulo that is now available as a digipack:
‘Every time Fæcele passes on our music stream, I feel so proud that we are allowed to play this beautiful song as our Monthly Marker. The build-up, the emotion, the depth of the song. Hearing all this I am so looking forward to the release of the grima Digipack (and to a campfire somewhere deep in the Nordic woods, but that is another story). I just feel that Grima will give us a chance to (in our minds at least) return to the world before Corona, where we all felt safe.
This song touches the extacy I felt hearing
for the first time and I cannot wait to see Sowulo perform this live!’
High praise indeed! Want to know more about Sowulo’s latest release in a review written by our Cliff, as always just follow the link: LINK