28
Mar
2012

La Dame Verte

I am  pleased to share with you this nice Video edition on Youtube rendering of  my french friend Celine Grandidier,from Provence, France, of whom I have already published one of her works regarding the Moon Goddess on my Facebook Page:

"Love of Rhiannon - The Celtic Moon Goddess"...

Her favourite visual artists are Arthur Rackham, and Pre-Raphaelites . Other Interests Art, poetry, photography.

She is a confessed fan of Fairies, cats, pagan religions and mythology.

The music that accompanies this awesome video is written by myself upon a traditional arrangement of the renowned Irish tune "the Star of the Countgy Down".  It's called "La Dame Verte" from the "Awen" album recorded along with the celtic band BRAN .

The belief on enchanted groves had always allured me very much. Even more when I read about certain faerie ‘Green Ladies’ hidden behind trees , expecting for  wandering pedlars eager for elven dance. I felt that the theme of the Irish song ‘Star of The County Down’ made a nice set with my own. Hereby the quoted lyrics of this song:
"STAR OF THE COUNTY DOWN" (trad.irish)
Near to Banbridge town in the County Down,
one morning in July,
down a boreen green came a sweet coleen
and she smiled as she passed me by.
Oh she looked so neat from her two white feet
to the sheen of her red hair,
sure the coaxing elf, I’d shake myself ,
to make sure she was standing there.
Oh from Bantry Bay to the Derry Quay,
Oh from Galway to Dublin Town.
Ne’er a maid I’ve seen like this sweet coleen,
that I met in the County Down.
If you wish to know a bit more about her you can visit her awesome website: Le regard des elfes

Or her delicate art gallery site on deviantArt: Wiccancountess08

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28
Mar
2012

Awen

TCoverReMasteredEdition.jpghis is the first track of the "Awen"  CD with my folk band BRAN. On this album we perform some of the music close to our Celtic spirit.

Awen is the word bards employed to state their moments of trance, we chose it for the way and significance that tunes, facts, and people in and out of Bran gave birth to and made the whole project possible. We hope you’ll enjoy the following notes and vibrate with these pieces next to our heart.

This piece is composed by Xandru Reguera and myself. We found this term suitable since the tune came out in an instant of magical   contact between the basic idea of ‘Xandru’, our guitar player, and the flowing   notes that came out from my whistle on D ...the same occured to the rest of   the band while matching their music as a whole.

Feel free to find more information about my music and plenty of celtic reviews on my Celtic Sprite blog:

(c) Xandru Reguera/Eliseo Mauas Pinto

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28
Mar
2012

Annwn

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This is a composition is featured on the 1st EP with my folk band "BRAN".

Inspired by "The Annwn": the "Otherworld" in Welsh mythology, andRuled by Arawn, or much later by Gwyn ap Nudd, it was essentially a world of delights and eternal youth where disease is absent and food is ever-abundant. It later became Christianised and identified with the land of souls that had departed this world.

In the First Branch of the Mabinogi, entitled Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed, the eponymous prince offends Arawn, ruler of Annwn, by baiting his hunting hounds on a stag that Arawn's dogs had brought down. In recompense he exchanges places with Arawn for a year and defeats Arawn's enemy Hafgan. Meanwhile, Arawn rules Dyfed. During this year, Pwyll does not sleep with Arawn's wife, earning himself gratitude from Arawn. On his return, Pwyll becomes known by the title Penn Annwn, "Head (or Ruler) of Annwn."
In Culhwch and Olwen, an early Welsh Arthurian tale, it is said God gave Gwyn ap Nudd control over the demons lest "this world be destroyed." He led the Wild Hunt. A Christian story tells of the Welsh Saint Collen entering Gwyn's palace to banish him with holy water.
The early medieval Welsh poem Preiddeu Annwfn (“The Spoils of Annwn”), found in the Book of Taliesin, describes how King Arthur leads an expedition to Annwn to seek a cauldron. According to the poem: “ Three shiploads we went; save seven none returned.”
Feel free to find more information about my muisic and plenty of celtic reviews on my Celtic Sprite blog: http://branawen.blogspot.com
(c) Eliseo Mauas Pinto