PMP: Bone Poets Orchestra

Christopher Bingham and Sue Tinney of Bone Poets Orchestra joined RevKess and KaliSara for a fun conversation about their music and more. Right off the bat, at the request of several listeners, RevKess asked Sue if she is related to our musical friend Betsy. The answer is yes. They are sisters-in-law.

Even with some connection and technical issues, everyone had a great chat about the music, the history, and the future of BPO. KaliSara was quiet for the show as she was battling a head cold.

Chris and Sue spoke at length about the history of Bone Poets and the music that Chris writes for the eight piece band. Once called Gaia Consort, BPO evolved into what it is today. With a collective of talented artists and 40 years of musical experience behind him, Chris has developed a sound that is uniquely Bone Poets. You can find some of Chris’s early solo work at his own website. He’s also been working on an orchestral piece for the last 35 years. The Octava Chamber Orchestra performed the working piece last summer and he is looking forward to the opportunity to have it performed in its entirety by a full orchestra sometime in the near future.

When asked about touring outside of the Pacific Northwest, Chris and Sue said that the would love to. But, the expense of transporting all the instruments, the band members, and tech crew is rather expensive. Got $13,000 to spare? BPO will perform anywhere in the lower 48 for that fee. Not exactly affordable, but not entirely out of the question for a music festival.

All eight members of the band have a long background in music, many of them with degrees related to music.

  1. Bone Poets Orchestra – Seven Sisters – Ecstasy in the Ruins
  2. Gaia Consort – Cry Freedom – Secret Voices
  3. Bone Poets Orchestra – Yes Yes Yes! – Belladonna Smiles
  4. Bone Poets Orchestra – Why Can’t We Just – single
  5. Gaia Consort/Bone Poets Orchestra – Face in the Clouds – Vitus Dance
  6. Gaia Consort – Ravens (live 2007)

BPO is working on their next album. Six songs have been written, one has been recorded already. Check back with the BPO website frequently for updates and find out how you can adopt a track and help the Poets record their next album!

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PMP: Chronilus, bards adrift in the ether of a timeless human experience

Chronilus joined KaliSara and RevKess on the show. Focusing on their music and how they are using it to build a tribal feel in the Pagan community.

Chronilus released their first EP in December 2013 to rave reviews. They reached #1 in the Celtic genre for the Seattle area and nationwide at #16 and world wide at #25.  Their music has been peer reviewed on ReverbNation.com.

Their sound is their own. With influences from many musicians and genres, they combine Celtic flavor with Eastern European and African elements. They twist it creatively around the idea of traveling through time (and space) to seek out certain truths and archetypes that outlive civilization. They appeal to history buffs, sociology and psychology interests, sex-positive adults, time travel and sci-fi/fantasy enthusiasts and generally people of wall walks of life and love.

Chronilus were podcast virgins before their visit with PMPChannel.  KaliSara and RevKess were pleased to be the Chronilus bandones to pop their collective cherry for this avenue of social media. Bone Deep the Bard, Manfred, Caera and Sonia were a real joy to have one the show. They talked in depth about their inspirations, aspirations, and beliefs. Representing a true Tribe of people, this quartet of musicians bring their talents to the stage on a regular basis. They are deeply involved in their local community – not just as Pagans, but as members of the local poly community and environmentalists.

They sent along some wonderful music for the hosts to share during the show. Including three pieces that are not yet released on CD. They can be heard on their website, but are not currently available for sale. Heave Home, Longing and The Rede. Christopher Bingham of Bone Poets Orchestra (formerly Gaia Consort) has graciously given Chronilus permission to cover songs from his projects. The Rede being one of those. Longing is a love song, it is not until you reach the third verse that you realize that it is a lesbian love song. Heave Home captures a taste of what Chronilus is.

  1. Heave Home – unreleased
  2. Brigid – Prologue
  3. The Rede (written by Christopher Bingham of Bone Poets Orchestra/Gaia Consort) – unreleased
  4. Longing – unreleased
  5. The Wild Hunt – Prologue

Chronilus EPTheir EP Prologue can be purchased as a CD or digital download from CDBaby. You can find their music on BandCamp and ReverbNation.

On March 21, 2014 they will being doing a benefit concert for Willow Moon, former head of the Everett Pagan Meet Up Group, at Soul Food Coffee House & Fair Trade Emporium in Redmond, WA. For those who cannot make it to the benefit show you can go online and make a donation for Willow Moon. The night of the concert you can also watch it streaming live on the Soul Food site.

UPDATE 3/10/14: Just learned that our friends have reached the #1 slot for Celtic music in the Seattle area again!

Musica Pagani Celebrates Independence

RevKess would like to say happy 4th of July to all the listeners in the United States and all of those who appreciate the freedoms and independence that they have or want to have. Every year on the 4th of July, millions of people celebrate the freedom and independence that they have in the United States. Even with the inequities that barrage US citizens on a regular basis, people in the US have much more freedom than most other places around the globe. It is due to the long battle that the US people have waged for centuries that they can celebrate on this day, and any other day of the year. Religious freedom, sexual equality (a work in progress), workers’ rights, voters’ rights, property and inheritance rights, all those things that many in the US take for granted. They are all reasons to celebrate.

Though Musica Pagani is a music program, as the name suggests, RevKess wanted to share that Crystal Blanton is a new staff writer for the Wild Hunt. Her first article for TWH was published for the 4th of July and it pertains to the celebration in the United States as well as the major disappointment that many have with the Supreme Court of the United States after their decision to over turn Section 4 of the Voters Rights Act on June 25, 2013 – one day before their major decision regarding Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8. In the article she quotes such figures of the Pagan community as T Thorn Coyle, Peter Dybing, Yeshe Rabbit and Erick DuPreee.

This 4th of July, Musica Pagani celebrates freedom, diversity and independence with music and song.

The Music

  1. Celia – Lady Liberty 
  2. Fiona Joy Hawkins – Freedom – Live at the Q
  3. Stephen DeRuby – Freedom – Awakening
  4. Celia – Red Alabaster & Blue – Red Alabaster & Blue 
  5. Gaia Consort – Cry Freedom – Secret Voices
  6. Big Bad Gina – Freedom Connection – Lake of Dreams 
  7. Lis Addison – My Big Community – Grace of the Green Leaf
  8. Ian Corrigan – A Charm for Religious Liberty 
  9. Celia – Build the Wall – Military Religious Freedom Foundation 
  10. Celia – Symbol Song 
  11. Heather Dale – Brother Stand Beside Me – The Green Knight 
  12. Tron Syversen – Freedom Song – Piano Poems 
  13. Emerald Rose – Hills of America – Bending Tradition 
A special thank you to the editors and collectors of sound effects over at www.freefx.co.uk for some of the sounds you heard on this special edition of Musica Pagani.

Murphy’s Magic Mess, Summer Solstice/Super Moon 2013

ad bannerToday on KZUM‘s Murphy’s Magic Mess, Murf, *K8, and Phil celebrated the Summer Solstice and the Full Moon. *K8 diligently typed up the play list as we were going. Summer Solstice celebrations have been going strong all around the world. Doreen Valiente was honored in her place of birth with a “blue plaque” that declares her the “Mother of Modern Witchcraft.”

Click the plaque to see a video of the commemoration.

Click the plaque to see a video of the commemoration.

Included in the list of songs you will find links to videos, lyrics, the artists’ pages and other useful information about the songs. The format *K8 uses is slightly different from what you see on other play lists on this site. She uses “song title”, “artist”, “album”.

Playlist

  1. Isis, Astarte – Kate West & the Hearth of Hecate – Elements of Chant (word of caution when opening this link, it auto plays “Isis, Astarte”.)
  2. The Beginning – Takashi Suzuki – Hiroshima Eternal
  3. Blessings – Stephen DeRuby – Awakening
  4. Last Suitor – Al Conti – The Blue Rose
  5. Age of Wisdom – Lia Scallon – The Luminous Pearl
  6. Sunrise on East Mesa – John Huling – Ancient Canyons
  7. Ocean of Heart – Anima – Light of Aluna
  8. Jumproping – Dan Kennedy – Intuition
  9. After the Circus – Stephen Savage – Future Memory
  10. Goddess of the Sun – Beverly Frederick – Through the Darkness
  11. Strawberry Girl – Blackmore’s Night – Autumn Sky
  12. Hymn to the Goddess – Iris – Season of Song
  13. Magic Wheel (Green Grow the Rushes Oh!) – Chorus of Light – Gaia’s Voice (lyrics at http://www.paganlibrary.com/music_poetry/green_grow_rushes.php)
  14. Lady of the Silver Wheel – Damh the Bard – The hills they are hollow
  15. Children of the Sun – David Arkenstone – Celtic Book of Days
  16. Moon She Rises – Gaia Consort – Evolve
  17. Solstice Call – Gaia Consort – Evolve
  18. Venus Vina Musica – Corvus Corax – Venus Vina Musica 
  19. White Rabbit – Tuatha Dea – The Tribe 
  20. Willow, Water, Moon and Stream – Cernunnos Rising – Urban Druid
  21. The Truth about Ninjas – SJ Tucker – Mischief 
  22. Go Now – Kiva – Live from the Forest Inn

Be sure to tune in next week for Murphy’s Magic Mess as we celebrate Independence Day in the United States of America. Patriotic music, celebrations of freedom and much more!

Musica Pagani Ep 3

Episode three of the reboot of Musica Pagani has hit the interwebs. Hear music from Brian Henke, Omnia, Acoustic Ocean and many others!

The list of artists that we can play just keeps growing. Some of the artists in this edition you will be familiar with from earlier editions of MP as well as other programming on PMPChannel. The newest on the list below is Brian Henke. RevKess got hear him perform at Heartland 2013 and came home to find his latest two CDs in the review stack from KZUM. Needless to say, permission request was sent off right away.

Upcoming editions will have more NEW music from artists like Jami Sieber, Cernunnos Rising and Michael de Salem. Keep checking in with PMPChannel on BTR and iTunes for the latest in New Age and Pagan music as well as news, views, interviews, and information from the other programming on the channel. Don’t forget to check out Pagan-Musings on Saturday the 22nd of June to hear an interview with George Nicholas and his daughter Katie from Cernunnos Rising and again on the 29th of June to hear an interview with some of the Tribe of Tuatha Dea.

Music

  1. Blackmore’s Night – Sake of the Song – Autumn Sky
  2. Al Conti – Silk and Jasmine – The Blue Rose
  3. Al Conti – Sacred Space – Poeta
  4. Al Conti – Dans For Loki (Loki’s Jig) – Northern Seas 
  5. AeTopus – Alley of Dust and Soul – Angels and Machines
  6. AeTopus – Vast – Between Empires
  7. AeTopus – Reflections in the Glass – Angels and Machines
  8. Lisa Hilton – City Streets – Getaway 
  9. Lisa Hilton – Stepping Into Paradise – Getaway
  10. Lisa Hilton – Unforgotten – Getaway
  11. Leigh Ann Hussey – Greenmantle – Homebrew
  12. Leigh Ann Hussey – Rise Up Witches – Homebrew
  13. Leigh Ann Hussey – Witches Come Again – Homebrew
  14. Gaia Consort – Every Sacred Thing – Secret Voices 
  15. Gaia Consort – No Shadows – Evolve
  16. Gaia Consort – Face in the Clouds – Vitus Dance
  17. Brian Henke – Dancing with the Child in You – A Child’s Garden
  18. Brian Henke – Dancing in the Garden, Head in the Clouds – A Child’s Garden
  19. Brian Henke – A Boy Wizard – Seven Magic Spells
  20. Acoustic Ocean – Into the Mystery Landscape – Chimes of the Spirit
  21. Acoustic Ocean – Tsunami – Chimes of the Spirit 
  22. Acoustic Ocean – Midnight Rendnevous – Chimes of the Spirit
  23. Omnia – Taranis Jupiter – Wold Love 
  24. Omnia – The Well – Pagan Folk
  25. Omnia – Wytches’ Brew – Alive!
  26. Isaac Bonewits – Quarter Farewell – Avalon is Rising

While preparing the show notes today, RevKess stumbled across this site that is devoted to Leigh Ann Hussey. Her music is available for free download at www.motogrrl.org/Bands, but this site has details on her life, music career and her unfortunately and untimely passing. For those of you who enjoy Leigh Ann’s music and want to learn more about her, please visit the sites linked and share her life and love of music with others. Leigh Ann was also an author, you can hear Colin Hussey read her novella “The Lover of Lord Eithras“, or read the story. There doesn’t seem to be any videos on YouTube or elsewhere for Leigh Ann’s music, something just might have to be done about that.

Bonus Videos