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Performers: 298

Audience To Date

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

kaioni 4/8

Skyypilot 3/16

Artists 2013:

Blanche Rowen & Mike Gulston 10/15

Sencha 9/15

Sable 7/29

Kaioni 7/17

Sencha 6/29

Sencha 6/29

Roger Helfrick 6/18

Imbolc Fire 5/16

Abigail Spinner McBride 5/9

Daharja / Grupo Talliesin 3/24

Imbolc Fire 3/24

Imbolc Fire 2/11

Heartbeat 1/19

Artists 2012:

Magicfolk 4/29

Heartbeat 4/16

Artists 2011:

Magicfolk 12/28

Magicfolk 12/18

Magicfolk 12/11

Brocc 12/4

Abbi Spinner McBride 10/28

Brocc 9/29

Sky also known as JD Aeon 8/30

Cassandra Syndrome 5/25

Artists 2010:

Lady Isadora 11/5

Abigail Spinner McBride 8/11

Roger Helfrick 7/17

Sky also known as JD Aeon 4/14

Treblehawk 3/14

Artists 2009:

Magicfolk 12/19

Abigail Spinner McBride 11/23

Hemlock Evergreen 11/21

Heartbeat 9/16

Telling Point 6/23

Telling Point 3/31

Cassandra Syndrome 1/21

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

Diveena 5/27

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:

Loke E. Coyote

Artists 2001:

Loke E. Coyote and Friends

Artists 2000:

Gaia Consort

Loke E. Coyote

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(words & music by traditional, arranged by Brocc)


One morning as I rambled among the springing thyme,
I overheard a young woman converse with Reynardine.

Her hair was black and her eyes were blue, her lips as red as wine,
And he smiled as he looked upon her, did this sly bold Reynardine.

She said, 'Young man, be civil, my company forsake,
For it's to my good opinion I fear you are a rake.'

'Oh no, my dear, I am no rake brought up in Venus' train.
But I'm searching for concealment all on the lonesome plain.'

Her rosy cheeks and her ruby lips they lost their bloom so fine,
And she fainted into his arms there all on the mountain high.

He kissed her once and he kissed her twice till she came to again,
And at that she kindly asked him, 'Pray tell to me your name.'

'Well, if by chance you look for me, perhaps you'll not me find,
I'll be in my green castle, enquire for Reynardine.'

Sun and dark she followed him, his teeth so bright did shine.
And he led her over the mountain, did that sly bold Reynardine.

copyright 2011 Brocc

Bardic Circle Featuring...

Brocc ...

(by traditional, arranged by Brocc)

Audience Count: 25,631

The Story...

I've known and loved this song for many years. Here in Britain we don't have wolves, and haven't for some time - but we DO have foxes, and they're very vivid in the mythology of our land.
The story of Reynardine is one of the shapeshifter, the trickster. Its development is interesting, as the song started life as a ballad of an Irish robber, its roots lost in the mists of time, but it's gradually taken on a supernatural dimension. It tells the story of an encounter between a young woman and a seductively foxy character she meets while out walking on the mountain, and the transformation she experiences.

My partner came up with the main riff and it developed first into a duo piece, and then expanded into a Brocc number.

The song (in our version) plays with the boundaries between the mundane and the supernatural, the literal and the metaphysical. Sometimes he seems to be a fox, sometimes he's a man. Is he just fox-like? Or actually shapeshifting? Why does she faint - has she literally 'fallen under his spell'? After he kisses her, she's certainly entranced by him when she awakes. Some say that 'kiss' is a euphemism ...
The song conveys all the ambiguity of the trickster - their charm, their amorality, their dangerous nature.

Shortly after recording this song, I was fortunate to come across the work of a young artist named Jack Cole, who specialised in fox/human characters. He kindly gave me permission to use some of his artwork to illustrate a Youtube video I made, and even drew a special picture to include. (It's the one where they're seated on the grass.)

If you follow the link to you can see the video on the Gallery page.

Recorded: PipeDream Studio, England
Guests/Players: The members of Brocc

Technical Notes: Instruments: Voice, octave mandola, recorders, hurdy-gurdy, bass guitar

Artist Profile: Brocc is a six-piece pagan band based in Wales and the West of England. Their first album, 13 Moons, has just been released, and Reynardine is one of the tracks on it. If you'd like to see the video, follow the link to the Brocc website and you'll find it on the Gallery page.


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