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Thursday, May 23, 2013
Spoutwood Fairie Festival and The Maryland Fairy Festival!!!
Well, it was almost three weeks ago but Spoutwood Fairie Festival was amazing!!!!!
I went with my husband and son and played twice on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for a total of six shows. My friend, Ken Om Crampton http://www.eyeclopes.com/oracle/
accompanied me on his eclectic drums. It was so fun. So many people come to that one. We played Friday and one of the staff said,” you think that was fun? Wait til tomorrow, that’s when everyone gets here.” My big lesson for that trip was to respect the power of Red Bull and even though it helps you drive home at night, it really takes a toll. Nah, it wasn’t six shows in three days;) It was the Red Bull! Anyway, it was a great time and I loved it.
The next weekend, Mother’s Day weekend, I played at The Maryland Fairy Festival.
Ken and I played five shows in two days. One of which was a two hour set down by the stream… Alan and Deb O’Connor renewed their Handfasting vows and asked us to play for them during the ceremony and it couldn’t have been more synchronistic. We finished our 90 minute set and as I was retuning, Deb cascaded through the meadow on a white unicorn ( with pastel rainbow hair- the unicorn that is) and we launched into Everlasting Life. Then we played Cupid’s Arrow as they were reciting their vows to each other in front of a big crowd of costumed friends.
We shared the Stage with Frenchy and The Punk
and Telesma http://telesmaband.com/
on Sunday which was great.
I really enjoyed the event. My only regret was not having enough time in between all my shows to really check out the vendors but my husband and son brought me back a coveted pair of wire wrap elf ears right before my last show on Sunday on the Main Stage. I also got an amazing black leather vest from The Leather Lair.
It’s so beautiful!
I met so many cool new friends.
Last weekend I went with my husband and son to The Steampunk World’s Fair.
So now I set my sights on The New York Fairy Festival at the end of June
and then, FaerieWorlds in Eugene, Oregon at the end of July!
People ask me where I play and I say,” Fairy Festivals” and smile…
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The Tribes of Spoutwood
The Tribes of Spoutwood
In the time before time, people lived in family groups and friendship groups, supporting each other in times of struggle, rejoicing in times of celebration. They sought a balance between work, rest, and play, and they watched as the balance between day and night changed through the year. Because their lives were closely tied to the land and to the time of year, they celebrated each season in turn. And because they watched the sun rise in the east and set in the west, they noticed also the importance of the four directions to planting. Thus, a custom evolved of celebrating the coming of summer, with four tribes representing the four directions and the four seasons, each bringing a special gift. A King and Queen of the May were chosen each year, and all the tribes came to make merry, dance around the maypole, and sing.
This, then, is our mythic custom, and Spoutwood Farm has four tribes. Guests are invited to “join” a tribe and march with it to the daily midday ceremonies. There are no requirements, paperwork, or dues. Simply find the tribe that “fits” what your heart tells you and join in the celebration!
“Unite and unite and let us all unite, for summer is a-coming today, and whither we are going, we all shall unite, in the merry morning of May.”
These words echo on the winds in Britain at this time of the year, as people gather to sing in the May. Here in Glen Rock, we add our voices, and take joy in stepping into the light half of the year. The May festival is often thought of as the coming of spring, but as we see in this song, in earlier days it was the coming of Summer. In some communities, a May King and Queen were chosen. This ‘union’ may have been symbolic of the ancient marriage of the high king to the land. It was believed, some say, that when the leader lived in a right relationship with the land, all would prosper. Here at Spoutwood, we gather to celebrate this ancient rite, and our four mythic tribes come together to witness the oath of the Royal Court. If this is your first visit to the Fairie Festival, make plans to join the colorful throng as the tribes wend their way to the Royal Stage by the Maypole, carrying the ancient treasures of their peoples.
The River Tribe’s totem is the Salmon of Wisdom. Like the Danube in the heartland of the ancient Celts, or our own mighty Susquehanna, this mob of revelers threatens to overflow the riverbanks, for they represent the West and they carry with them the Cauldron of Youthfulness and Regeneration. This is the place of love, of community and prosperity. Their leader will recite an oath on Sunday upholding the virtues of the West. We the people can look to our own lives and ask: “How are we showing love to our communities? How are we fostering prosperity for all beings in our lives?”
The Mountain tribe marches vigorously into the assembly, with voices echoing on the winds of truth. Symbolized by a swift hawk, they carry with them the Stone of Destiny, the wisdom of the North. Their leader swears an oath to continue the arduous climb of self-development through life. Life on a mountain is beautiful and exquisite, but it is also a climb requiring strength and courage. All of us experience the struggle to start each leg of our ascent, going higher and reaching deeper within for strength. Are we willing to face the struggle against physical and spiritual gravity with courage and authenticity, and to speak truthfully of our ordeals?
The Meadow tribe sweetly skips into the court, bearing a banner with their totemic stag. Their number is small, yet they are no less impressive, for their song is rich. They bear the Flute of Inspiration, and their leader will swear an oath upholding the virtues of the East. This is the place of expression, of music, song, poetry, dance, laughter, and story. The meadow tribe reminds us of the stories of all our people, and unfolds them into a collective weave. Here in the East, we are challenged to live an inspired life: to dance, to tell our own story, and to live the vibrancy of each note in our unfolding poetic song.
The Woodland tribe bears Acorns of Oak Knowledge, a token gifted to all tribe members by their fearless leader. They twirl, jump, and wildly chant as they represent the South, and the Vision and Hope of all beings, seen and unseen. They carry the Staff of a Just Peace, and are symbolized by a mighty Bear. They swear an oath to hold in their minds a bright and passionate vision for a glorious future, and a resplendent present, which is the most important moment of our lives. They encourage each of us to ask: “Am I willing maintain my passion in the face of my own shadow, and follow that passion to attain my
In the center, where the Tribes gather, we hold our ceremony, looking in each direction at the horizon. We ask, “is there a land beyond the horizon, a place beyond the fields
we know?” We hope that each time we hold a ceremony, we will do so with a slightly larger “known world.” Yet we hope also that we will retain our desire to explore, to venture beyond the known. We need only pick a direction.
In the ceremony, our King and Queen will swear an oath to live their lives for a year, in a way that maintains balance in the world. In so doing, they will help maintain balance in
the world of faerie as well. As their oaths grace our ears, giving us all hope for ourselves and the children yet to come, we can all make an individual oath. We invite you to consider an oath along these lines: “I swear to serve my community, offering them the depth of my song and story, striving to create a vision of authentic truth in each life that I touch. I vow to strive for these virtues: the strength of a mountain, the passion of the woodlands, the inspiration of the meadow, and the love and compassion of the river. When I fall down and forget, I will climb up again, and remember to remember who I
-The Gathering of Tribes Ceremonial Text by Andrew Steed and Stephen Winick
A Message from the Tribal Leaders: Join a Tribe!
Come with us and gather in the meadow. Feel the soft grass beneath your feet, sit in the sunshine and be surrounded by the sweet smell of the new flowers. Laugh and play like a child, and giggle as the wind whispers its secrets into your ear. The Meadow tribe is a happy go-lucky bunch. We like to frolic and dream. We are led by Chrissy who, along with her family of fun-loving fae, sings and dances in the May! Before the coronation ceremony, members of the Meadow tribe gather by the brick home, on the edge of the meadow where the Gossamer Stage is located. Look for a banner depicting a Stag. We hope you will join us.
From the rugged high lands we come, the Mountain Tribe, bringing the faeries of the air and the Sacred Stone of the North. We are symbolized by the Hawk, who makes his nest
in the rocky heights. We welcome all who live in or love the mountains, all you hikers and environmentalists, all of you with a clear view from on high as the winter sun slants through the tree limbs on a brisk cloudless morning. Okay, so that’s the lofty stuff. We are also fun-loving and freewheeling. Our co-leaders are mother and daughter, Anne and Olivia. Anne (in addition to being a rowdy, card-carrying Appalachian) is a specialist in the care of magical creatures. Olivia is a time traveler who will welcome anyone of any era, or imaginary era, and each and every Time Lord. Join us as we march and chant, bearing dragons and our Stone and our timeless traditions. Let’s rock it on over! Mountain Tribe meets at the top of Frodo’s Hill, fifteen minutes before each midday ceremony, under the banner of the three mountains.
How loudly can you scream? Can you jump? Sing? Clap hands? Make silly faces? If so, this might be the tribe for you. We embody the motion and enthusiasm of rushing waters. We love the rush of movement and the joy of dance. Nothing is constant, and neither are the waters of the worlds around us. River Tribe is there when the music touches you deep in your soul and you have to dance, when your breath catches at the sight of the sunset, when you spin around a bonfire, and when you race for the sheer pleasure of the wind upon your face. The squish of mud between your toes, the scent of lilacs on the wind, the laughter you can’t choke back, that is all River Tribe. We meet prior to coronations by the stream across the bridge from Glimmer Court, under the banner of the salmon.
With acorns in hand, the Woodland Tribe comes from deep in the forest bring tales of enchantment and merriment to all they encounter. Come join us in the Woodlands and feel the peace and solitude that is found with the trees. The Fairies of the Woodlands can help you get lost or help you get found. Join Ticaleha the Woodland Tribe leader, dig your roots deep, and raise and shake your branches high into the beautiful sky. Be granted your very own acorn from Ticaleha to join the tribe and to discover that you are an acorn that has the wonderful opportunity to grow mighty as the Oak tree. Leaf to leaf we will march to the ceremonies to celebrate the bringing in of the May! The Woodland Tribe gathers in the woods near the habitats, under the Banner of the Bear, fifteen minutes before each midday ceremony.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Just for fun
Here is a taste of the fun we had at The Mythic Ball;)
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
My performance schedule at Spoutwood Fairie Festival
On Friday, May 3rd
I will be performing on
The Royale Maypole stage
at 2 and 4pm.
On Saturday, May 4th
I will be on The Sunshine stage
at 1:30 and 3:30
And on Sunday, May 5th
I’ll be on
The Royale Maypole stage again
at 2 and 4pm.
I’ll be playing with Ken Om Crampton on percussion!
We had a great time playing together at both Wicked Faire and The Mythic Ball this past winter/almost spring and I look forward to playing more music with him.
It’s funny how without even planning, we end up in costumes that kind of go together.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Happy Spring Equinox!!!
Today is the first day of spring! It’s mildly snowy here where I live in New York. I’m gearing up to play The Mythic Ball this Saturday down in Fredericksburg, VA with Ken Om Crampton, Frenchy and the Punk and the Satie Quintuplets!
My hair will be neo-gothic red under my black leather top hat. My boots will be black Victorian heels. My guitar, a black electric Gretsch baritone…. So excited! And my birthday is in one week:)
Thursday, March 07, 2013
Today I got the official invitation to return to the NeverWorlds stage at FaerieWorlds!!!
So, here it is, my festival line-up for spring and summer!!!!!
The Mythic Ball
Friday,May 3rd-Sunday,May 5th
Spoutwood Fairie Festival
Glen Rock, PA
Sat.,May 11th & Sun.,May 12th
The Maryland Faerie Festival
Friday,June 28th-Sunday,June 30th
The NY Faery Festival
Friday, July 26th-Sunday, July 28th
I am so excited and so grateful to be playing so many amazing festivals!!!!!!!!! Come! Make plans to be there and camp! It is soooo much fun. Why not add some magic and really EPIC experiences into your life? That’s what I decided to do in treading this path I’m on.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
I’ll be playing with drummer Ken Om Crampton at The Mythic Ball on Saturday, March 23rd!!!
I’m so excited to be playing the show with Frenchy and the Punk and Satie Quintuplets who are a Cocteau Twins cover band ( one of my all time favorite bands).
Come one!!! Come All!!! The more the merrier;)
Saturday, March 02, 2013
I’ll be playing at Spoutwood Fairie Festival!
Thursday, February 21, 2013
New York Faerie Festival 2013!!!!!
Come one, Come all!!!!!
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Post Wicked Faire
Ah, four shows in three days at Wicked Faire… Nice! I got some beautiful finery there too! A handmade skirt I’d seen at the Steampunk World’s Fair, a cloak, and a belt with skirt loops.. For cinching up your long skirt.. Ren fair style.
This path I’m on has taken a long time to manifest and show itself but currently I feel I’m starting to bloom. It’s a curvy path with lots of side roads and detours…
The Steampunk World’s Fair is coming! Brought to us by the same folks who put on Wicked Faire..
Friday, February 15, 2013
At Wicked Faire!
Wow. I played my first show here at Wicked Faire tonight and was accompanied by Ken Om Crampton on drums. It was great fun! This festival is huge and in two hotels! Tomorrow we play two shows; one on the main stage at 3:15pm and one on the lobby stage at 11:30pm;) so stoked. I have friends joining us, Deron Epstein and Jannet Quirk who are a music duo planning to bust out tunes throughout the Faire! We are videoing and hopefully soon I’ll be able to put some of these shows up for you all to see.
Be well, soon it will be spring!
Oh, remember; when you’re feeling strong and full of energy, take a moment to send your love and gratitude to your friends, family and people who are in your heart and mind…
Monday, February 11, 2013
My Wicked Faire show schedule!
Here is my show schedule for those of you attending Wicked Faire this weekend:
9:30 to 10:30pm, Salon C&D in the Hotel Somerset Bridgewater
3:15 to 4:00pm, Somerset Ballroom Stage at the Doubletree
11:30pm to 12:15am, Lobby Stage at the Doubletree
12:15 to 1:00pm, Terrace Ballroom Stage in the Hotel Somerset Bridgewater
Hope to catch you at one or all of my shows!
Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!!
Saturday, February 02, 2013
Greetings from Starville!
Wicked Faire is in TWO WEEKS!!!
I’m so excited to play music there!
I’ve been rehearsing with my new vocal effects box. It is so cool. It has over 200 different effects you can use on your voice… Everything from mild reverb to sounding like Bari White or an alien reptile… So cool. Of course the key I think is to learn it so well that you can use it subtly… Other news? I did it! I ordered the boots I’ve been drooling and fawning over for months. And they say Aries are hasty! They’re really pretty. Basically, think Mary Poppins. Practically perfect in every way;)
I’ve really been working on my song,“Black Bird” a lot. I’m using some cool vocal effects that go well with the song. I may have a drummer with me at Wicked Faire!
It’s snowy outside and there’s a fire in my hearth.
Good night sweet reader!
Monday, January 21, 2013
Whoohoo! So far I have three really awesome festivals lined up to play at and I am super excited!
On Valentine’s weekend I’ll be playing at Wicked Faire in Somerset, NJ- all weekend;) !!!!!
On May Day weekend, May 3rd-5th
I’ll be playing at the Spoutwood Fairie Festival in Glen Rock, PA!
And the last weekend of June I’ll be returning to play at the NY Faerie Festival in Ouaquaga, NY!
Make your plans and come celebrate with me and all the revelers!!!
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Happy New Year 2013!
Whew! We are currently en route to San Francisco after spending almost two weeks out here on the west coast. Last night I played my new baritone guitar at a house party in Ashland, Oregon with drummer, Michael Saint John. I really enjoyed playing music with him and my baritone! I also played Luna, my black acoustic electric. She is also a delight. So, Bari, my new baritone… We were walking down Haight street the day after we flew in to San Francisco and I had to go to Haight Street Music. I asked one of the guys there about what kind of guitar would play lower than a regular guitar and he said a baritone. He happened to have one and brought the most beautiful one out. The lowest string is a B under the low E on a regular guitar. It’s kind of a bass. You play it through a bass amp and the neck is longer and the frets are farther apart than a regular guitar. I love Bari. He’s heavy. Low and heavy and I love him. He’s a black electric Gretsch with silver sparkles… Love him.
We are almost at the end of our trip out here and we saw so many friends and fellow musicians.
Happy New Year all!