A couple of months ago, our CeltCast photographer André asked me: “Have you heard Am Weltenrand? The new single of Katja Moslehner?” That’s how this story started! And today… is the release date of the full album! Because of that, we will play the second single So Frei on our radio station tonight. Personally, I love the sounds of the voila, violin, hammered dulcimer, guda drum, hurdy-gurdy, uilleann pipes, cello and harp. The perfect mix for this mythic pagan folk album. Katja was inspired by Taliesin (the famous Celtic bard), Swans, Valkyren, and annual festivals. The content of the songs goes back to ancient times, where bards spoke of the beings of the trees and Hildegard von Bingen sang of the life force. Do you love Loreena McKennitt and German folk music, then you will love this one for certain! The booklet contains all the lyrics and is decorated with stunning photos of Heiko Roith and Anke Seidel. My favourite songs are: So Frei, Mit Dir and Hexenlied.You can find this amazing album on Spotify You can find information on Katja herself at the following places: Her website: https://www.katjamoslehner.de/ Facebook: katjamoslehner.offical Spotify: Katja Moslehner YouTube: Katja Moslehner
NEW MONTH, NEW MONTHLY MARKER!
The minute we heard the first notes of ‘Am Weltenrand‘, Katja Moslehner’s) first solo single, it wasn’t a question IF we would make it a Monthly Marker, but only WHEN we would do it. Well, the simple answer was: as soon as possible!!!
Originally a Bulgarian circle dance, this version has all the energy of early spring in it. So it is the perfect song to celebrate the month of Ostara, the month of the spring Equinox!
Eagle-eared people may recognize it from another German band, Triskilian, who recorded this song on their 2012 album Neo. Katja’s German version is just as vibrant and energetic as the Triskilian version, a worthy Monthly Marker to bring some much-needed cheer and energy to these weird times we are all still in.
‘Am Weltenrand’ is also the title track of Katja’s upcoming solo album, which will be released on the 2nd of April. We were allowed to listen to it beforehand, and although we are bound to secrecy, I can tell you it is going to be a treat! Fans of Katja’s music will definitely not be disappointed, I can tell you that.
OK, enough of this teasing, let’s focus on ‘Am Weltenrand’. Obviously, it is a German translation put to the original music, and it combines the beauty of German folk, Katja’s love for Eastern European music that goes back to her days with the Balkanfolkband Savica, and the spirit of the native American chants, expertly woven into the music by Bernd Wendlandt.
You can dance to this beautiful song the whole month, 5 to 6 times a day, all the way up to the spring equinox.., and beyond. So throw off your shoes and let’s dance the whole night long…, until we can greet the morning sun and the start of a new day.
Photo given by: Katja Moslehner
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