The hawthorn tree behind the house is in full bloom, and the young Winter King hawthorn, planted in our garden three springs ago with buried offerings, is close to blooming. This evening I stepped out and tied ribbons on its branches in honor of Beltane.
After a long, difficult break, I am harping again. It has been a dark winter of illness: one I am grateful to put behind me.
Not long ago I ordered Simon Chadwick’s new CD, Old Gaelic Laments. He has assembled a selection of deeply moving and beautiful songs. Just now I am listening to The Clarge’s Lamentation. Watch for a review of the CD as soon as I have had a chance to listen carefully a few more times to each of the tracks. To pique your interest, here is a video clip of Simon performing King James’s March to Ireland/Lochaber/The Wild Geese about a year ago.
Beltane Blessings of good health, fine music, and the gifts of the otherworld to each of you.
In gratitude for returning health,