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Steve Patterson,
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Drawing Down the Moon

 

 

 

Medwyn Goodall

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Essence of Magic:
TWPT Talks with....Medwyn Goodall

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Medwyn Goodall (born in 1961) is a composer, musician and owner of record label MG Music. He is mostly associated with the New Age genre. He was born in Yorkshire, England. He lives with his wife Wendy in Cornwall, England. According to AllMusic, "Goodall began composing original songs as a teen, earning local notoriety with his band Trax; in the years to follow, he learned to play a vast range of instruments, including mandolin, piano, drums, harp, flute, glockenspiel, panpipes, vibraphone and synthesizer, and cut his first album at age 26". He is a prolific recorder, having recorded over 75 albums. He also topped the UK music charts twice and sold over three million albums. His first album was Emergence (1987), published by New World Music. His early albums were published also by Oreade Music. Medwyn Goodall started MG Music in 2003. This is a record label which specializes in New Age music. 

He produced albums on which he arranged, performed, mixed and mastered every song, although his album, OM (2007), was produced together with Terry Oldfield and OM 2 (2009), was produced together with Aroshanti. There is an updated list of his albums at MG Music and at AllMusic web sites. 

Many of Goodall's recent releases have been under the alias Midori. He explains that he chose this alias so he "could record projects that were more ethnic, eastern, or produced for the healing arts" without confusing fans of his other music. However, there are also other musical artists using or known by the name Midori (such as the jazz-punk combo Midori and the Japanese violinist Midori Goto).  

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Shikhee
aka Android Lust

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The Human Animal:
TWPT Talks with....Shikhee
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Born in Bangladesh, Android Lust auteur Shikhee has been exploringthe cutting edge of desire, rage, and panic in her songs since her first independent release in 1998. Borrowing elements from diverse musical styles, Android Lust presents a blend of electronic rock that is provocative, engaging, and fiercely emotional. Shikhee has been making quite the name for herself in the indie electronic music community. Her music evolves with each release, showing a greater musical range than the plethora of unoriginal and copycat bands in the scene.   


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October Project

 

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Different Eyes:
TWPT Talks with....Julie Flanders
of October Project

©2012 TWPT

October Project is its own Brill Building of spiritually-transformative pop. Like the famed American music landmark, the trio has its own distinct division of talents with Marina Belica’s sensually angelic vocals, Emil Adler’s imaginative and dreamy compositions, and Julie Flanders’ achingly beautiful harmonies, supportive counter-melodies, and revelatory lyrics that mesmerize as they illuminate. The three’s connection dates back to their teenage years and their richly storied history together fortifies their nearly 20 year professional career as October Project.  

The power of October Project’s emotional resonance lies in how lushly scenic its music is. "Always Wanted to You," from Uncovered, is rife with nature imagery that creates an openness where in a dreamy state the listener can superimpose his or her own moonlight romance. "If you go to songwriting class they tell you what makes a good song is concreteness, but when you use natural imagery, you give more room for the listener to enter the images," Emil offers. Julie adds: "This is music for you to live by, mark your transitions by; it’s a lullaby and embrace for your losses and celebrations."

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Adrienne Piggott

 

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From the Mist:
TWPT Talks with....Adrienne Piggott 
of Spiral Dance

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Adrienne hails from an immigrant family and grew up surrounded by stories and songs from Ireland and the British Isles that were part of every day life, ensuring her love of the music, legends and traditions from these cultures. 

She began singing in pub sessions in her late teens and early twenties, then went on to sing in a cappella groups and folk bands. Her interest in the occult and magic led to the creation of the band Spiral Dance - her ‘dream child’- a passionate union of her voice and song writing gifts. 

Adrienne has won awards for her vocal talents and wordsmith skills and has written most of the songs that appear on the Spiral Dance albums.

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Chad Kettering

 

Voices of the Ancients

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Chad Kettering's latest release Voices of the Ancients is filled with the pulsing rhythms of ancient tribal rituals and the hypnotic chants that act as a beacon to the deeper aspects of the listener stirring awake those emotions and feelings that have been forgotten by civilization through the passage of time. I guess it is the way of life that as we evolve as human beings those experiences that were important to our ancestors tend to be left behind and replaced by new rituals and rites of passage that seem just acceptable to us and our generation.

Chad's new album is a reminder that buried within each of us are remnants of these old ways and music such as Voices of the Ancients is one way to stir those embers of long neglected fires to life and experience what our ancestors must have felt as they allowed the drums and the chants to carry them away into altered states of consciousness.  

Chad has spent the better part of two years  allowing the music of Voices to gestate and mature within his mind and spirit so that when he finally brought it all together as the 8 tracks that comprise this album they would no longer be just a collection of songs related only by the fact that they are on the same CD but rather they would mesh as a complete statement  and speak to the listener with more power than they would have as individual tracks. I think that with albums like this one would do well to take it as a whole and set aside time to listen to it uninterrupted all in one sitting and not try to pick songs piecemeal off the album to listen to as individual tracks. Its not that you can't listen to the songs on this album ala carte but it does tend to diminish the overall effect when you do so.  

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Michelle Mays

Read a review of Fireleap
by Boudica  
click here.

The style of Singer/Songwriter Michelle Mays has been likened to a blend of Lorena McKennitt and Joan Baez. Michelle's music has a distinct style that is all her own.  Take a Jazzy Blues singer, a smidgen of folk music,  throw in an anthropologist, add a bit of an Earth Mother, and refine it with a strong sense of the spiritual and you then have a good base to describe her music.  However, when asked where her musical style comes from, she smiles and says, 'Mother Earth'. Incidentally, in an interview on Earth Radio International, Mark Kelly likened her music to.. Channeling the Goddess.  





Kellianna is an accomplished musician and performer worldwide. Her CD's Lady Moon and I Walk with the Goddess, are being recognized around the globe as a must have for any lover of Goddess inspired folk music. Her live shows are a combination of acoustic guitar songs and chants to the God and Goddess. She is a certified teacher of SpiritSong, a powerful tool for freeing your voice, for accessing the authentic sound that is you, and for entering into Spirit. Kellianna was trained by Shawna Carol in facilitating this unique approach to spiritual growth. Kellianna facillitates chant circles at festivals and shops all over the states She is a collector of chants and takes great joy in sharing these chants in her circles. She is experienced in the art of ritual chant, and uses the song to move energy, to celebrate the ancient mysteries, and to strengthen intention.

Visit Kellianna on the web at:

Kellianna's home page
Kellianna's MySpace page




With over 150,000 Albums of their music sold Worldwide, Llewellyn & Juliana are highly respected new age and relaxation Artists currently signed to The New World Music Label.

Much of their work is related to healing therapies and they have worked closely with therapists to produce the hugely successful MIND,BODY & SOUL Series for New World Music. (Some of Their Mind Body & Soul Titles include: Shiatsu, Reiki, Aromwatherapy, Crystals, Pilates, Tantric Sexuality,Tai Chi 2 and Colour Healing).

The Reiki album was a finalist in the New Age Voice Best Healing / Meditation category for 1999 and Crystals reached Number One in The July 1999 US Mystic chart. Aromatherapy was runner up in the 2000 Visionary Awards for Best Healing Album.

As well as their Healing Music, they are also known for their unique uplifting and more mainstream work. As vocalists, they have been likened to Enya and Clannad and often guest on other well respected Artist Albums. (Medwyn Goodall's "Comet", "The Scroll", and the Terry Oldfield Album "Across the Universe") Their mystical album "Ghosts" reached number 9 in the US New Age Chart.

"Moonlore" reached number 5 in the US New Age Chart and "Celtic Legend" was voted third as the most favourite Album on the New World Music Label.

Pure Peace (produced with Kevin Kendle) was voted by New World Music as the top album of 2000.

If you would like to learn more about Llewellyn and Juliana's music please click here to visit their Facebook page.




Emerald Rose 

 

Emerald Rose as a musical group came together sometime in 1996, with our first "official" performance on St. Patrick's Day 1997. We were friends first, working together on projects that varied from landscaping and stonemasonry to the study of ancient religions. At night, we'd play Magic:The Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, or other such creative pastimes, and gradually we found a synergy in our musical interests. Though our styles and backgrounds were diverse, we all shared a love for our ancestors' Celtic traditions, and a desire to see this musical heritage grow, thrive and evolve.

We started with a few "Silly Wizard" tunes and a few originals, and after a number of "campfire gigs" we were encouraged to get ourselves out in front of an audience. It wasn't long until we realized this was what our hearts truly wanted to do, and the band took on a life of its own...guided by the Muses of Inspiration!

Our first CD was produced in 1998 in two whirlwind studio weekends. This CD, "Emerald Rose", was very well-received by a growing and supportive community. CD sales (plus some serious gigging at pubs, festivals and small venues) allowed us to fund our second CD "Bending Tradition" in 2000. We expect this CD, along with our MP3.com efforts, to be a "springboard" to a much larger national and international audience for our music. We've found that we love performing nearly as much as creating the music, and we especially love the energy of an enthusiastic audience!

Emerald Rose is many things, a blend of musical style that's evolving in ways even we can't always anticipate. From Celtic tradition, to modern ballad, to folk, pop, rock & roll and even zany chicken songs...who know's what's coming next? We all just hope it continues to be as entertaining to you as it is to us!

Visit Emerald Rose's website by clicking here. 




Laura Powers 

 

Laura Powers spent much of her youth living in various parts of the world. She studied abroad and began singing professionally in college. She went on to land a recording deal with Carrere Records in Paris, France where she had several successful singles and appeared internationally on radio and television, including Radio Luxemburg. In addition to her background as a live performer, Powers' craftsmanship as a songwriter has made a name for herself in the music and film industries. Her songs have been covered by numerous recording artists, and is reaching an international audience with her songs recorded in French and Spanish.

If you would like to learn more about Laura's music please click here to visit her site.

For reviews of both of Laura's releases by Sunfell please click here. 




 Kiva

 

KIVA is a percussive, upbeat, worldbeat folk ensemble that celebrates the magic of nature and ancient bardic traditions with music that opens the heart and heals the spirit. The band blends strong vocal harmonies with rich and diverse folk style instrumentation, performing originals, traditionals, and covers. The musicians are inspired by many cultures, spiritual disciplines, and musical styles, including celtic-folk, folk-rock, blues, big band, traditional chants, and jazz. KIVA is based in the Washington DC metro area, and has been nominated five times (so far) for the Washington Area Music (Wammie) Award.

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Spiral Dance

 

Pagan Celtic music in Australia? Sure, and it works on all levels. Great narration by Vince Brophy, who spins the yarn about early Irish folk mingling with druids and demons. The famous "Cattle Raid of Cooley" is given a rousing flute and accordion duel/duet with bracing bohdran and bass. "Warrior Woman" may just be the first folk-rock feminist pagan anthem penned in Down Under. Good musicianship and attitude throughout on this journey across the Ulster Cycles. Horslips got there first, but Spiral Dance is nipping at their heels. TJM Visit their website by clicking here


Elvendrums

 

Evocative and mystical, Elvendrums songs unlock the magic of the faerie realm. This music fits no genre, but creates one of its' own, blending soaring Celtic harmonies with the exhilarating rhythms of Africa and the Middle East. With thoughtful lyrics and original melodies, Elvendrums takes you to a place where elves, fairies and dragons are real.




Gaia Consort

Gaia Consort sounds like a movie sound track for the gathering of the tribes. Imagine a thousand naked hippies dancing around bonfires in the woods to drums the size of Gallo’s fermentation tanks. Add to that some intelligent lyrics about evolution, sensuality, engaging the natural world, and then throw in a string trio. Imagine Ian Anderson dropping acid with Peter Gabriel and doing a mash-up between So and Thick as a Brick.

Christopher Bingham and Sue Tinney got themselves booked into Nudestock 97 and announced the new name, played some of the new stuff, and the crowd was on it’s feet . In 1999 and 2001 the Consort released Gaia Circles and Secret Voices to critical acclaim in all the major Pagan magazines and a fair number of “mainstream” music journals as well.

Their next CD, Evolve, was released in April 2004 and it continues Bingham’s musical and philosphical explorations within the framework of an expanding Gaian Culture. Friends and fans donated over $17,000 by “adopting” songs to help Gaia Consort record the disc. Evolve is as much a product of a supportive community as it an individual vision.

Backing Bingham and Tinney are some of the Pacific Northwest’s finest musicians. Gaia Consort’s current line up includes Larry Golding violin, Sunnie Reed viola, Dan Ochipinti drums, Matthew Burgess on hand percussion, Jay Kenney, keyboards, Roberta Downey and Betsy Tinney, cello, Dan Mohler, bass and Larry Murante and Amy Read on backing vocals.

Gaia Consort has never been about making it big in the music “industry.” Eschewing the usual venues of clubs and coffee houses, Gaia Consort has managed to quietly build an audience that fills rooms, playing house concerts and self-produced shows in halls around the Pacific Northwest. They’ve built enough of a following to have been invited to play a variety of festivals and events, including headlining the long running Heartland Pagan Festival (2000) in Kansas, and Canada’s Wic Can Fest (2002) outside Toronto. Their concert celebrating Evolve filled the 400 seat Meydenbauer Center.

Visit the Gaia Consort website.

Music to Listen For

From Love to Love
by Ginger Doss

 

Autumn Sky
by Blackmore's Night

 

Call of Love
by Peter Kater

 

Hunting My Dress
by Jesca Hoop

 

Immaculada
by ION

 

Elements
by Matthew Schoening

 

Tales from the Crow Man
by Damh the Bard
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Beltane
by Jaiya

 

Still Chillin'
by Gabrielle Roth
and the Mirrors

 

Mysts of Avalon
by Llewellyn

 

Code of the Goddess
by Laura Powers

 

Armagedon
by Kiva

 

Notes of Being
by Spiral Dance

 

Sin and Other Salvations by The Wyrd Sisters

 

Rants and Rambles
by Emerald Rose

 

Evolve
by Gaia Consort

 

A Part of Me
by Wendy Wylde

 

Instrumental Dreams
by Robert Gass