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Performers: 298

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Artists 2015:

Celtic Coral 11/25

Fritz Jung 10/27

Eric J. Blohm 10/18

Artists 2014:

Magicfolk and Kim Thompsett 11/15

Rev. Melissa S Burchfield 9/9

Fritz Jung 6/14

MaterDea 5/7

Asherah 4/29

Skyypilot 3/16

Artists 2013:

Sencha 9/15

Sable 7/29

Sencha 6/29

Sencha 6/29

Roger Helfrick 6/18

Abigail Spinner McBride 5/9

Artists 2012:

Magicfolk 4/29

Artists 2011:

Magicfolk 12/28

Magicfolk 12/18

Magicfolk 12/11

Abbi Spinner McBride 10/28

Sky also known as JD Aeon 8/30

Artists 2010:

Lady Isadora 11/5

Abigail Spinner McBride 8/11

Roger Helfrick 7/17

Sky also known as JD Aeon 4/14

Artists 2009:

Magicfolk 12/19

Abigail Spinner McBride 11/23

Hemlock Evergreen 11/21

Telling Point 6/23

Telling Point 3/31

Artists 2008:

Abigail Spinner McBride 11/2

Telling Point 6/29

Magicfolk 4/29

Artists 2007:

Magicfolk 12/16

Abigail Spinner McBride 12/11

Magicfolk 11/8

Magicfolk 10/8

Lady Isadora 7/7

Gaia Consort 5/9

Sky also known as JD Aeon 3/1

Artists 2006:

Gaia Consort 11/25

Lady Isadora 10/13

Lady Isadora 4/30

Tiffany Moon 2/14

Artists 2005:

Lady Isadora 12/21

Lady Isadora 10/31

Tiffany Moon 9/23

Sky also known as JD Aeon 7/7

Lady Isadora 6/21

Sky also known as JD Aeon 5/23

Artists 2004:

Gaia Consort 11/6

Isaac Bonewits 7/30

Isaac Bonewits 7/29

Gaia Consort 6/14

Loke E. Coyote 5/2

Moss Bliss 2/8

Tiffany Moon 1/5

Artists 2003:

Gaia Consort

Artists 2002:

Elaine Silver

Loke E. Coyote

Artists 2001:

Loke E. Coyote and Friends

Artists 2000:

Gaia Consort

Loke E. Coyote

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Beltaine (Calan Mai)
(words & music by Michelle Glover and Ben Glover)

On the eve of Summer’s dawn
when blooms the white hawthorn
two fires shall ye build
under Diana’s full moon

To the summer grazing lands
and green mountain grounds
send cattle down the hill
blessed by the fires’ hand

Calan Mai, Calan Mai
Lord and Lady’s holy day
Calan Mai, Calan Mai
Spring Lord and Lady May

Sunwise round juniper flames
leap the fire on this Beltane
and to the guardians of the hill
call their silent names

Those across the western sea
green mound or old oak tree
leave gifts and wait there still
for these - the People of Peace

Oak King and Holly King
the Old One, sun shining
wild is his domain
with antlered ring

Lady of the Moon
all creatures in your womb
we call at High Beltaine
with twigs of rowan strewn

Calan Mai, Calan Mai
Lord and Lady’s holy day
Calan Mai, Calan Mai
Spring Lord and Lady May

copyright 2012 Michelle Glover and Ben Glover

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Beltaine (Calan Mai)
(by Michelle Glover and Ben Glover)

Audience Count: 31,837

The Story...

"Calan Mai" is a new track from Magicfolk, written to celebrate Beltaine 2012.

This song combines various old celtic traditions as well as wiccan / pagan perspectives. It is a celebration of May Day and Beltaine, and the building of fires which confer blessings to the community.

One of the earliest references to Beltaine is in "Sanas Chormaic", an early medieval Irish glossary which describes the "lucky fire".

At one time, Beltaine bonfires were lit over most of Ireland. In the rural south in the 1820s, celebrations were held where the cows leapt over lighted straw to save the milk being pilfered by the "good people" or fairies.

Various traditions refer to two fires being built "with great incantations", and cattle being driven between the fires in order to confer blessings on them for the season ahead in the fields; the summer pastures.

Local spirits (often associated with the elven peoples) who abide in the surrounding trees and stones and things of nature, are also called upon and gifts offered to them, in order to appease them and ask their protection.

"This to thee, O hooded Crow! This to thee, O Eagle!"

The duality of the Lady of the Moon and the Horned One are invoked to bring spiritual balance to the rite.

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(Full version available as a download from iTunes and Amazon. See you on Facebook!)

Recorded: Ashwood Studios, Norfolk
Guests/Players: Michelle Glover - vocals, flute
Ben Glover - keyboards, percussion

Technical Notes: Recorded at Ashwood Studios, Norfolk

Artist Profile: Magicfolk combine traditional and modern influences, creating music with an otherworldly atmosphere. Their songs range from ethereal ballads and introspective acoustic moments, to progressive rock and psychedelia.

The band incorporates an array of instruments including flute, violin, EWI, guitars, keyboards, bouzouki, harp, drums and harmony vocals.

Magicfolk has performed across the UK, including 3 Wishes Faery Festival Cornwall, The Met Manchester, Masque of Orpheus London, Myddle Earth Summer Camp Wales, Conway Hall London, Stortford Music Festival, Priddy Folk Festival, Reedham Ferry Folk Festival, The Mercian Gathering Warkwickshire, Eastbourne Lammas Festival, Fairhaven Green Festival Norfolk, Druid Camp Gloucester, Jackdaw Essex.

Both of Magicfolk's two albums are available direct from their website and

"Hugely evocative"
Fireworks Magazine

"A compelling mix of quality female vocals, keyboards, flute, acoustic and electric guitars"
Classic Rock Society

“A raft of magical spells, a silver blade wrapped in lace”


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