Wickerman

by Spiral Dance

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Wickerman – a song to celebrate our annual English Ale held in the beautiful Adelaide Hills town of Mylor. We honour many of the customs of our English Ancestors; Morris dancing, hobby horses, blackened faced guisers, the fiery torch lit procession with our pageant giants and the burning of the Wickerman. Our ritual celebrates the turning of the year after harvest and honours the old gods, ancestors and spirits of the land as we move into the darker time – the time of the Crone.

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Remember the time of sickles and scythes
Beneath the blue of late summer skies
Greet the god of grain, mother of corn
The welcome brew of John Barleycorn
Share the bread, taste the ale
Of field and vine, hedge and vale
To the gods of old we sing Wassail
And gather for the burning of the Wickerman

Chorus:
Burn, burn, Wickerman burn
Fire in the night, feel the season’s turning
The kindred flame of winter’s return
Will rise at the burning of the Wickerman

The veil between the worlds is thin
Summer ends, darkness begins
The white owl in the eucalypt waits
As the crone opens the Summerland gates
And from her cauldron all is transformed
As the guardians of the past return
And from their shadowy realms are drawn
And are welcomed by the flames of the Wickerman

Along the pathway the Giants come
Walk the heartbeat of the earth to the rhythm of the drum
Hobbyhorses with bright ribbons fly
Wild green men weaving fire pass by
Painted faced mummers with bells on their feet
Move with the music as the Morris sticks beat
Out a rhythm of Bedlam, come we shall meet
And dance around the flames of the Wickerman

From the flames a spirit messenger flies
A serpent leaps into the dark southern sky
We stand with our clan under stars on this night
And ask the old gods to witness this rite
So to the fire with you flaming torch come
The wintering time of the land has begun
Now we’ll await the return of the sun
For all that’s left are the ashes of the Wickerman

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released August 19, 2014
Written by Adrienne Piggott
Melody Line by Adrienne Piggott and Nick Carter
Tune (The Landlord's Daughter) by Paul Gooding
Adrienne Piggott - Vocals
Nick Carter - Guitars, Backing Vocals
Paul Gooding - Accordion, Backing Vocals
Featuring:
David Bentley on bass & Rick Kearsley on drums and percussion
Arranged by Spiral Dance
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Nick Carter at BSS Light Audio Visual (thanks to Matt Dixon) and Red Dog Studios
Artwork by Louise Hewett

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Spiral Dance Adelaide, Australia

With a combination of haunting vocals, intoxicating guitar riffs and groovy accordion lines, underpinned with potent bass and dynamic percussion, Spiral Dance presents an eclectic blend of traditional folk-rock with powerful self-penned songs and tunes. Rousing melodies intertwine with tales of Magick, myth and legend - music that will rock your ancestors! ... more

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