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.
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
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
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.
2019m10 – Emian Pagan Folk – Spirit trail
Helen van der Jagt
With the new month coming up, so is a new Monthly Marker.
Watch to see Alex tell a bit about the song and the good times ahead and check out Berit’s part in it! 🙂
NEW MONTHLY MARKER
Helen van der Jagt
As we start the second half of the year it’s also time to introduce the new Monthly Marker! We’re very much looking forward to meeting our friends of
at the end of this month, so together with the organisation of this festival we chose one of their songs for the month of July!
We chose ‘Never Walk Alone’ which was released as a single in 2018 and is of course a part of Greenrose Faire’s latest album ‘Riders In The Night’. This upbeat folky dancing song will have you up and about, jumping and spinning in no time, so put on your dancing shoes (or go barefoot with us) and let’s hop our way towards
If you like the song and want more, you can find all of Greenrose Faire’s music on all worldwide streaming platforms, so there’s no reason not to sing along when you finally get to see them on stage!
MONTHLY MARKER TIME!
Helen van der Jagt
Do you remember that we told you about Rosanne’s talent and hard work providing us with custom banners for each upcoming festival? Sure you do, we told you that yesterday! Well, here’s another prime example of that, our new banner that will fly high above our Facebook page in the two weeks leading up to:
! Keep a close eye on our page as we will share more information on this awesome festival in the coming time.
But, the reason for this post is of course to announce our new Monthly Marker, and this time YOU were able to choose the song! Several weeks ago Alex joined
in his weekly livestream, and together they opened up a poll so that you could pick the song from
Rapalje Celtic Folk Music
‘s latest album “Scotland’s Story” for us to play as Monthly Marker, and also for Rapalje to release as their first single onto all major online platforms. And the choice you made? Drumroll please……”The Strayaway Child”!
This song will be playing five to six times a day, all through the month of June, enjoy! And remember, we will be at Zomerfolk in two weeks time, with some of those one of a kind collectables in the form of buttons. So as always, come join the party over there, and trade a hug for a beautiful new button!
!! GIVE-AWAY !! :-D
Helen van der Jagt
Keen observers will have noticed our new Monthly Marker already, but for those looking for more information: this month we feature
‘s latest single, and their first original song, ‘Fox and Bird’! And to celebrate this we have a special treat for you, so keep reading!
The song is featured on
Rob van Barschot
‘s album ‘Home’, and we have been offered three downloads of this entire album for this give-away! And as if that’s not enough to call you to action, how about the bonus prize, as provided by Rob: one very lucky person will win a seat at Rob’s
! There you will learn of the beauty of this instrument, with its soothing sounds and amazing melodic quality, straight from the master himself!
Now, to have a chance to win one of these prizes there are only a few things we would like you to do!
Step 1: tell us in the comments how much you would love to win one of these prizes.
Step 2: share this post, set to public, on your own timeline.
And that’s it! Take these two tiny steps before 18:00 CET on the 24th of May and your name will be put into the hat and you might just win!