Summer’s Farewell​/​Bó Mhín Na Toitean​/​Idbury Hill

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    Step through the Sylvan Doorway into the realm of the Goddess and the Green Man, where the horned one walks the leaf-dappled pathways and bright Áine dances in the greenwood at Midsummer.
    Feel the spirit of the trees and hear the stones whisper in a land where the Fae will sing you into another time and space.
    Come closer to the fire as the shadows lengthen and the beauty of the night surrounds you; dance to the tunes of your ancestors, hear the legend of Odin’s Wild Hunt and dark tales of immortal desire. And then remember the wise ones who have gone before.
    Spiral Dance bids you welcome.

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Memories of chilly nights descending at Samhain time and thoughts of the English Ale celebrations in Mylor, South Australia. We raise our glass to the Goddess and God as they change from their hot, dry garments of summer to the soft, moist robes of autumn.

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We’ll follow the old track way down to the river
Through knee long dew wet grass the robes of the dusk
At the pict stone we’ll leave the best milk and some butter
For the Old God who lives in the gold barley husk
Three willows there are that do grow by the river
Wild magick is locked in their knotted tree roots
We’ll gather together and summon that wildness
And dream of the Corn God’s bright green barley shoots
Oh honey comb maiden brown apple tree mother
We call on your power and sing you Wassail
Your radiant brow lights the dim days of winter
The sheaves that you cradle vow bread and brown ale
And low the old Inn and the lights and the fire
And the fiddler’s old tune and the shuffling of feet
Soon for us shall be quiet and rest and desire
And tomorrow’s uprising to deeds shall be sweet
The willow spreads leaf quilts upon the dark river
A summer brown hare bids the full moon farewell
See there the far lights of the village are shining
Where blacksmiths and bards have their own tales to tell
We’ll stop at the circle of stones near the river
Where a bonfire is burning its embers to ash
The pipes and the drums send us weaving and wheeling
A dance to reflect the blue night’s starry sash
Oh Hazelnut gardener old man of the forest
We call on your power and sing you Wassail
Your radiant brow is the life of the greenwood
The seeds that you sow are the heart of the ale
And low the old Inn and the lights and the fire
And the fiddler’s old tune and the shuffling of feet
Soon for us shall be quiet and rest and desire
And tomorrow’s uprising to deeds shall be sweet
We’ll follow the old track away from the river
To ale and good company to butter and bread
We’ll toast at the hearthside the long days of summer
And wend in the darkness our way home to bed
Our Lady of Leaf Bud now stands in the shadows
Her gown stained with blackberries rosehips and blood
The Green Man stands proud
In his crown of ripe acorns
That soon shall be hidden beneath winter’s hood
Oh Queen of the three crowns Oh mistletoe flower
We call on your blessing and sing you Wassail
The air’s getting cold and the night’s getting longer
But the King of the Wheel spins a magical tale
And low the old Inn and the lights and the fire
And the fiddler’s old tune and the shuffling of feet
Soon for us shall be quiet and rest and desire
And tomorrow’s uprising to deeds shall be sweet

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from Through a Sylvan Doorway, released July 15, 2012
Louise Hewett/Tunes Traditional

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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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