Occasionally, I get such a flood of Pagan-related music news, that I’m obligated to round them all up in a special music-themed post! So open your ears, and let’s get to it!
Pagan-friendly Canadian songstress Heather Dale has launched a new IndieGoGo campaign to fund an Arthurian-themed touring show, DVD, and educational youth program. Quote: “The CELTIC AVALON touring show. A big, gorgeous stage show that musically tells the legend of King Arthur… a story about finding hope & love in tough times. [...] As we tour CELTIC AVALON from city to city, I want to offer a special YOUTH EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM to teachers & schools. Our show’s cast members perform a special youth-oriented concert (either in-school or in-theatre), and talk with students aged 9-14 about inner strength, anti-bullying, using your unique talents & skills, embracing differences, and defending others positively. We give teachers a printed resource kit that ties our concert to various curriculum goals.” The goal is an ambitious $40,000 dollars. The campaign launched on Monday, and as of this writing she’s raised over $1000 dollars of her goal. You can watch the pitch-video here.
Anilah, a solo project from Canadian vocalist and composer Dréa Drury, has released its debut album “Warrior.” Quote: “She combines the shamanic and esoteric with modern elements, weaving a soundscape that is ethereal and yet solid with rhythmic pulse. For fans of Lisa Gerrard, Dead Can Dance, Wardruna, and Tool.” Her work is inspired by “traditional shamanic sound practices, invocation, and prayer,” and that’s apparent on the four tracks found here, many of which are long, expansive sound-and-voices-scapes that are meditative in nature. In a review, Wyldwood Radio says that the album “is something that will take you on a journey not only to another world, but deep within yourself. It is perfect for relaxing to, for meditating to, for anything spiritual. I am very much looking forward to hearing more from Anilah.” As the promotional blurb says, fans of Wardruna will like this, as will, I think, fans of Soriah’s work with Ashkelon Sain.
European Pagan-folk band Omnia has just finished recording their new album “Earth Warrior,” set to be released this Spring. Extensive photo updates, lyrics, and random thoughts on the album-making process can be found at their official Facebook page. Quote: “We are very happy with all the musick for the new album, we are sure that you will love it too. Last night, Stenny listened to half of the songs before going to bed, and couldn’t sleep for another 3 hours afterwards because of the energy it gave us. Yay! I can tell you, it’s going to a very interesting album, with many styles (as you are used to by now), some songs you might already know from live concerts last year, some completely never-played-live-before pieces, which we hope you’ll come to love just as much as we do, and some “oldschool-Omnia” pieces never released to our satisfaction, re-arranged ad re-recorded. You will find a few traditional melodies in there, but for the rest everything has been written by Steve and Jenny, arranged together with Rob and Daphyd. I am sorry you still have to wait for a while, but trust me, it’s going to be worth it.” For those who want to get their hands on the new album, and see the band perform live in the United States, they will be returning to the Faerieworlds Festival in Eugene, Oregon this coming July.
In Other Pagan Music News:
- The magical, romantic, sounds of Pagan band Woodland will be making it debut performance at PantheaCon in San Jose this coming Friday in a special Valentine’s Day show. Quote: “Woodland will headline a magick themed masquerade at 8pm at Pantheacon, the world’s largest and most indepth Pagan gathering this Winter on February 14th. Woodland’s Valentine’s night set at 8PM precedes the main Friday night ritual at 11PM.” In other Woodland news, the band will be playing several European festivals in the coming months, check out their website for more information.
- Did you know that 2014 is the 25th anniversary of the Pagan-Goth phenomenon that is Inkubus Sukkubus? In honor of their anniversary, the band has been uploading a special archive of images to their official Facebook page. Quote: “We thought, as 2014 is our 25th Anniversary year, we’d start compiling an archive folder of posters, reviews, photos, etc. We’ll add to this on a regular basis…” There’s some great stuff there for IS fans.
- For fans of the spiritual and poetic songwriting of Mariee Sioux, she and fellow songwriter Sean Kae have formed a new project entitled Salt Minds, and have launched an IndieGoGo campaign to fund a new album. Quote: “Our joint songwriting attempts to weave a diverse landscape of imagery that discusses the modern world and its predicaments. We hope to send a message of the severe necessity for our generation to start participating in supporting one another. Some songs fringe on apocalyptic references and touch on how disturbing and potentially irreversible the decimation of nature has been under the watch of man.” I’m a huge Mariee Sioux fan, so do check this out.
- Speaking of music and crowdfunding, cellist-singer-songwriter Unwoman is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund her forthcoming 2014 album “Circling.” For those on a limited budget, full album downloads start at only $1! So it’s an easy way to take a chance on an independent artist. Quote: “Songs of love, tragedy, and catharsis, brought to life with lush layers of cello, strong vocals, and sparse percussion.”
- If you’re a fan of Pagan music, don’t forget that FaerieCon West in Seattle will be featuring both Woodland and German Pagan-folk band Faun next weekend!
That’s all I have for now, have a great day!