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Faerieworlds Winter 2011 Celebration: “Pirates vs Faeries” Masquerade Ball

Faerieworlds Pirates vs Faeries Ball .

Faerieworlds/Neverworlds Winter Celebration 2011: Pirates vs. Faeries Masquerade Ball
January 29, 2011: McDonald Theater, Eugene, Oregon

One of my favorite dances annually is the Faerieworlds Winter celebrations where they bring together the magical acts of Faerieworlds indoors to the McDonald theater in downtown Eugene, Oregon. Family and friends within the Faerie realms of Oregon, Washington, and beyond come together, dressed to the nines in Faerie and fantasy costumes ready to mesmerize one another in their frolick together. This year was the theme of “Pirates vs. Faeries” as they dance battled the two realms. It was a great display of art, theater, and magic. The magical band “Woodland” enchanted all with their otherworldly music and presence, as well as being hosts to the party. Drinks, festivity, dancing, friends, and family were blended into an amazing night. I was on a bit of jetlag as I soared the skies and roads with a rental car for a 36 hour visit to family coming from Colorado. It was worth every minute. Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Faerieworlds Pirates vs Faeries Ball. Photo by Thomas Baurley / Leaf McGowan / Technogypsie Photography (c) 2011 – www.technoypsie.com/photography – Read the adventure here: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=29943. For more reviews, visit www.technogypsie.com/reviews. Faerieworlds Winter Celebration 2011: Pirates vs. Faeries – http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=33053.

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Steampunk Art & Performance Snippets from Dublin’s St Patricks Day Parade 2012

The Saturday March 17, 2012 St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade in Dublin, Ireland. Video clips of various Steampunk themed art and floats presented in the Parade.

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Irish CORE Crew jamming at the effigy; Burning Man 2011



Wednesday, August 31, 2011 – the night before the burning of the regional effigy’s (all 21 – largest planned controlled burn on the planet outside of war) our CORE group – Ireland – got together for a small party and Irish jam session as our effigy – the Celtic Dragon to wish her farewell into the ether taking with her our dreams, prayers, petitions, joy, sorrow, hopes, and wishes. ~ Black Rock City, Nevada – Burning Man – Rites of Passage – 2011.

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“Whiskey in the Jar” – Irish jam session at the Dragon


“Whiskey in the Jar”

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 – the night before the burning of the regional effigy’s (all 21 – largest planned controlled burn on the planet outside of war) our CORE group – Ireland – got together for a small party and Irish jam session as our effigy – the Celtic Dragon to wish her farewell into the ether taking with her our dreams, prayers, petitions, joy, sorrow, hopes, and wishes. ~ Black Rock City, Nevada – Burning Man – Rites of Passage – 2011.

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Faun @ Faerieworlds 2010, Day 2 & Finale

Faun @ Faerieworlds 2010, Day 2 & Finale
* Faerieworlds 2010 * Sunday, 1 August 2010 * Mt. Pisgah, Eugene, Oregon *
The pleasure of the German band “Faun” taking the afternoon stage for the final day of Faerieworlds 2010. The weather was perfect, sunny, and warm – the green was littered with faeries old and young, dancing and frolicking to the mystical tunes of Faun. As would expect, Faun was fantastical and enchanting. The audience was ecstatic. Good times were had by all. As we reviewed previously: Faerieworlds 7/31/10; Faerieworlds 8/2/09; Faerieworlds 8/1/09; and Unplugged 2009 (Worms, Germany); Faun consists of Oliver Sa Tyr who does vocals, bosouki, nyckelharpa, celtic harp, and the jews harp; Sandra Elflein who also does vocals, and plays violin; Fiona Rggeberg also one of the important vocals, blended with her recorders, whistles, bagpipes, and seljefloit; Rdiger Maul the percussionist brings in the tar, riq, davul, panriqello, darabukka, timba, gaxixi and many other percussion instruments; while Niel Mitra as the only electronic instrument player spices the stage up with his sequencer, sampler, synthesizer, FL Studio, Buzz, Logic Audio, tascam us 224, boss dr 202, Korg Alpha, granular synthesis, folder synthesis, feedbacks, and sounds he has taken from nature and everyday life. Definitely a different experience under the sunlight vs. the darkness of the night making a completely otherworldly tale. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Faun @ Faerieworlds 2010, Bad Faeries Day

Faun
* Performance on Saturday, 31 July 2010 * Faerieworlds 2010 * Mt. Pisgah, Eugene, Oregon *
One of my longest running favorite bands that I’ve had the pleasure of seeing live in Worms Germany (2009) as well as their North American premiere at Faerieworlds in 2009. I was introduced to them from a DJ Ferret DVD from Hot Topic and the playing of their songs at local goth clubs in Seattle, Vancouver, Denver, and Colorado Springs. Another big draw to Faerieworlds 2010, Faun performed a spectacular encore performance again this year at Faerieworlds mesmerizing the crowds of Faeries, Pirates, and costumed folk at this years festival. The name of the band comes from the Ancient Greek-Roman mythology term for the Deity Faunus or Pan which is represented as a forested spirit and is why Oliver Pade, one of the main singers, is nicknamed Satyr as it is very related to Faunus.
Faun is a extremely talented German Pagan Folk / Darkwave band that was formed in 2002 by Oliver SaTyr Pade, Elisabeth Pawelke, Fiona Rggeberg and Birgit Muggenthaler. Faun takes extreme pride and admiration in the use and incorporation of ancient & Medieval instruments that they are quite well known for such as the Celtic Harp, Swedish Nyckelharpa, Hurdy Gurdy, Bagpipes, Cittern, Flutes, Drums, and assortment of stringed instruments; merging them with modern inspiration and in some instances, synthesizing. Singing of old tales, epics, and sagas are the heart of their music incorporating their very skilled grasp of many languages they use in their music, including German, Latin, Modern German, Middle High German, Old Icelandic, West Low German, Hungarian, Finnish, Ladino, and Scandinavian. The band is very proudly inspired and dedicated to nature bringing back much of the lost Pagan, Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance flavor of high-admiration for nature, mythology, folklore, and woodland spirits/faeries. Historical and folk tunes blended in world music with a folk twist, ranging from melancholic ballads, ancient Perso-Arab melodies, Swedish nyckelharpa, Middle High German lyrics, to exuberant dances like the Brittanic An Dro, and Medieval/Goth club tunes. Faun consists of Oliver Sa Tyr who does vocals, bosouki, nyckelharpa, celtic harp, and the jews harp; Sandra Elflein who also does vocals, and plays violin; Fiona Rggeberg also one of the important vocals, blended with her recorders, whistles, bagpipes, and seljefloit; Rdiger Maul the percussionist brings in the tar, riq, davul, panriqello, darabukka, timba, gaxixi and many other percussion instruments; while Niel Mitra as the only electronic instrument player spices the stage up with his sequencer, sampler, synthesizer, FL Studio, Buzz, Logic Audio, tascam us 224, boss dr 202, Korg Alpha, granular synthesis, folder synthesis, feedbacks, and sounds he has taken from nature and everyday life. The Former members as mentioned were Elisabeth Pawelke who sang vocals and played the hurdy gurdy (the instrument of which I believe Sandra Elflein has taken over); and Birgit Muggenthaler who did whistles, bagpipes, shawm, and vocals. Albums produced by this writing: Zaubersprche (2002); Licht (2004); Lichtbilder (DVD, 2004); Renaissance (2005); Totem (2007); Ornament (DVD: 2007); FAUN & The Pagan Folk Festival – Live feat. Sieben & In Gowan Ring (2008); and Unplugged (2009). They have performed at over 450 locations, festivals, concert halls, and churches throughout Europe including but not limited to Mra Luna Festival (Germany), Elf Fantasy Fair (Netherlands), Wave Gotik Treffen (Germany), Fiesta Celtica Biella (Italy), Zillo Open Air, Folkwoods Folkfestival (Netherlands), Arena van Vletingen (Belgium), Savari Karneval 2005 (Hungary), Palladius/Barcelona (Spain), Estragon (Italy). Between the distributor Curzweyhl / Rough Trade (Germany) and the Label Noir Records (USA) they have sold more than 80,000 CDs worldwide. Also their latest studio CD TOTEM reached rank 78 of the german (media control) album charts, rank 6 of the german alternativ charts and rank 1 of the german medieval charts. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

Previous reviews: Faerieworlds 2009 – Premiere; Faerieworlds Finale – August 2009; Worms Germany 4/3/2009.

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The Gypsy Nomads

Gypsy Nomads
* Performance at Faerieworlds 2010 * Saturday, 31 July 2010 * Faerieworlds * Mt. Pisgah, Eugene, Oregon * http://www.thegypsynomads.com/ *
On to the stage at Faerieworlds all the way from New York came a duo of Gypsy Nomads who shook the stage with a mix of cabaret, celtic, and neo-medieval flavored music meshed with folk, punk, and as they say in their bio – the vineyards of southern France and the spirit of gypsy sound. One of my favorite gypsy bands, this team will never disappoint. A definite blessing to the Faerieworlds festival. The duo consist of Samantha Stephenson who through bilingual vocals as being a French-born British chanteuse mesmerizes her audieces with her voice, percussion, lyrics, and drums. Matched in charm with Scott Helland who was quite popular in the punk scene merging in guitar, drums, and guitar loops. This duette whirlwinded together are a lively pair honoring the free spirit lifestyle with adlib juju, theatrics, and enchantment. An absolute pleasure to the eyes and ears. They boast of their wide array of musical styles from the sultry and cheeky French/English songs to Gypsy celtic inspired instrumentals to pounding drums reminiscent of Taiko and march-style choreography as they describe themselves on their website. Theyve hit over 175,000 miles of touring across the United States and Canada over the last five years. Theyve been licensed for Indie films and TV shows, including Oprah Winfrey show and WE TVs Gothic Wedding show. Theyve made appearances at Philadelphias Trocadero Theater, NYs Brushwoods Center, St Louis Focal Point Folk Theater, and INATS Trade Show in Florida and Colorado. Theyve also been on stage with Voltaire, Gandalf Murphy, Candice Night, Incendio, Dragon Ritual Drummers, Ego Likeness, Wendy Rule, Brian Viglione and the White Elephant Burlesque, Lunar Fire as well as amazing belly dance troupes across the U.S. Always enchanting. 5 stars out of 5.

Previous reviews of the Gypsy Nomads at Owlsleys, Denver, CO/6/29/09.

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Woodland (Faerieworlds 2010: 7/30/10)

Woodland
* http://www.woodlandmusic.net/ * Eugene, Oregon * Performance Friday 30 July 2010 at Faerieworlds *
The amazing inspiration and co-creators behind the world-famous Faerieworlds festival, the Band Woodland has weaved a living myth in the Pacific Northwest. Straight out of a faerie tale, Woodland brings together enchanting rhythmns, otherworldly music, inspirational lyrics, and mesmerizing ambiance. They are truly a Faerie Band straight out of Faerieland. As they performed opening night of their 2010 Faerieworlds, the gates between the worlds were seen and the mystical appeared. They blend together myth, faerie tale, Celtic and bardic poetry, folk and electric instrumentation into rock. The band is composed of amazing talent that is always worthy of grand applause. Emilio Miller-Lopez (harmony vocals, guitar, songwriter); Kelly Miller-Lopez (lead vocals, harp, whistles, flute, percussion, doumbek, dance); Kimmy Smith (plays a damn mean and enchanting fiddle and violin); Donald Brodsky (bass and didjeridoo); Markus Johnson (percussion/electronics, Udu, Talking Drum, Bells, Shakers, Electronica); and Ken Sokolov (drums/percussion, Tabla, Doumbek, Djembe). Bestowed with visuals of artwork by Brian Froud, their stage performance is no better described than otherworldly. The melding of their clan of performers and talent makes an unbeatable mix that will stun and rock any audience. Always a favorite. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Previously reviewed: Woodland @ the Faerieworlds Winter Good Faeries Masquerade Ball – 1/29/10; Woodland (final day @ Faerieworlds 2009 – 8/2/09); Woodland with Special Guests (Faerieworlds 7/31/09); Woodland @ Trolls et Legendes (Belgium) 4/11/2009.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpRwJLYVV-c

Live on Good Faeries night at Faerieworlds 2010 with a special dance performance by Ali Armstrong of Luminessah. Music and lyrics written by Emilio Miller-Lopez of Woodland.

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Tricky Pixie (Faerieworlds 7/30/10)

Tricky Pixie
* http://www.trickypixie.com/ * performance at Faerieworlds: Day 1 * July 01, 2010 * from 3:00-4:00 pm on the main stage *
One of the Pacific Northwest’s most whimsical and mischievious of musical trios that bring comedy and mayhem to Faerieworlds every year. They were birthed from the very root of Faerieworlds. The Guitarist and Vocalist S.J. Tucker, matching wits with Fiddler/Mandolin and Bodhran player Alexander James Adams, trying to keep up with the beautiful Pixie celloist/Bodhran player Betsy Tinney – this threesome definitely enchants and brings smiles to its captives. They formed their triad at Faerieworlds 2006. As some have billed them “Gypsy Celtic Folk Rock for Naughty Punk Faeries” they certainly live up to that label as they perform, joke, dance, and prance on stage. They are true pixies and sprites of elvish delight! Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

Also reviewed 7/31/2009 Faerieworlds and 8/1/2009 Faerieworlds.

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Faerieworlds Winter 2010 Celebration: “Bad Faeries” Masquerade Ball



Bad Faeries Masquerade Ball – Faerieworlds Winter Celebration 2010

Faerieworlds Winter 2010 * McDonald Theater * Eugene, Oregon * January 30, 2010 * 7:30-12:30 *

An amazing night following the Good Faeries Night at the 2010 Winter Celebration of Faerieworlds was the notorious “Bad Faeries Night”. For this celebration, it was by far my favorite of the activities spun for the three day event. The doors to Faerieworlds opened up around 7:30 pm, with several merchants in the hall hawking their steampunk and faerie wares; costumes galore with steampunk influence, and kids dancing in the theater awaiting the amazing acts. Blossomed forth from the infamously successful Summer Faerie Festival extravaganza – Faerieworlds – comes a rather new evolution of their festival – The Winter Celebration. Hosted indoors similar to a “Con” rather than a “Festival” – partakers of the merriment gathered together to celebrate Imbolc and the season of Winter with concerts at the McDonald Theater and a marketplace during the day with workshops, activities, and performances at the Lane Events Center in radical Eugene, Oregon. The second night of the event was the “Bad Faeries Masquerade Ball” held exclusively in the McDonald Theater. The Steampunk costumes were amazing. Adam Hurst did a fantastic performance warming up the stage afterwhich was taken over by Seattle’s Steampunk band “Abney Park“. Then Kelly and her bellydance troupe did an Amazing Dryad Imbolc Rite with mesmerizing tree spirits dancing in the moonlight. The evening was concluded with the ethereal and stunning performance of Zoe Jakes and Beats Antique. Simply Amazing Evening. Of course it ended too soon … just after midnight … but all good things must come to an end. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.






 





 





 





 





 





 




 





 





 





 





 





 





 




 




 




 




 




 




 





 





 





 





 





 




 





 


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Woodland @ the Faerieworlds Winter “Good Faeries Masquerade” Ball – 1/29/10

Woodland * Performance 1/29/2010 * Faerieworlds WInter 2010 Celebration * Good Faeries Masquerade * McDonald Theater * Eugene, Oregon *
One of my favorite Pagan/Faerie bands, Woodland is the mover/shakers behind the phenomena that is Faerieworlds. Highlighting the first night of the Good Faeries Masquerade Ball at the McDonald Theater that was part of Faerieworlds Winter Celebration 2010 brought to their audiences a stunning performance. Woodland played their ball from 9:00 – 10:30 pm. Woodland focuses around Earth based and Faerie themes in their music, with Celtic and bardic poetry as strong influences … they mix folk and electric instrumentation melded with improvisational festival rock music. The Chief songwriter, Emilio Miller-Lopez is harmony vocals, guitar; Kelly Miller-Lopez as lead vocals, harp, flute, percussion; Kimmy Smith on fiddle; Donald Brodsky plays bass and didjeridoo; while Markus Johnson is on percussion/electronics; and Ken Sokolov on drums/percussion. The band makes up a ecstatic group that has quite a local and international following. Often their music is accompanied by VJ imagery based on Brian Froud’s artwork. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Faerieworlds Winter Celebration 2010: The Good Faeries Masquerade Ball


Good Faeries Masquerade Ball

Good Faeries Masquerade Ball
* January 29th, 2010 * McDonald Theater * Faerieworlds Winter 2010 * Eugene, Oregon *
Blossomed forth from the infamously successful Summer Faerie Festival extravaganza … Faerieworlds … comes a rather new evolution of their festival – The Winter Celebration. Hosted indoors similar to a “Con” rather than a “Festival” … partakers of the merriment gathered together to celebrate Imbolc and the season of Winter with concerts at the McDonald Theater and a marketplace with workshops, activities, and performances at the Lane Events Center in radical Eugene, Oregon. The first night of the event was the “Good Faeries Masquerade Ball” held exclusively in the McDonald Theater. A spectacular event put on by members of the band “Woodland” and the arts phenomena known as Imaginosis combining together to create “Faerieworlds”. The weekend of art, music, and imagination came together beautifully as a select group of faerie artisans had tables in the lobby, a full-service bar downstairs and upstairs in the balcony, and a place to get the concert artists souvenirs and music. Everyone’s costumes were fantastic and appropriately creative to toss one into feeling like one is in the world of the fae. Doors opened at 7:30 pm, and Adam Hurst opened the stage with a great performance at 8:30. Following Adam was the ethereal melodic rhythmns of the Pagan folk band “Woodland” enchanting the audience in faerie bliss from 9-10:30. At 10:45, Vancouver’s (BC) hottest Celtic-India fusion band “Delhi 2 Dublin” took to the stage mixing Celtic and Dub flavors fusing tabla, celtic fiddle, dhol, punjabi vocals, and electric sitar and electronic beats. Dancing was fantastic. The audience was captivated until a little after midnight when the Ball ended. Great evening of enjoyment. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.


Good Faeries Masquerade Ball

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Faun (final performance * Faerieworlds 2009 * August 2, 2009)


Faun

Faun – Day 3 @ Faerieworlds
Faerieworlds * August 2, 2009 * 7-8:45 pm * Mt. Pisgah, Eugene, Oregon *
Somehow I didn’t come to expect that I’d be blessed and lucky enough to see my favorite band twice at this festival. This time, for the finale for Faerieworlds, they played in the daylight as evening was just arriving on Sunday August 2, during family faerie day. An amazing spiral dance was danced to them. So very empowering. I have never been more mesmerized and enchanted by a musical ensemble before until my experiences with “Faun”. The name of the band comes from the Ancient Greek-Roman mythology term for the Deity Faunus or Pan which is represented as a forested spirit and is why Oliver Pade, one of the main singers, is nicknamed Satyr as it is very related to Faunus. Faun is a extremely talented German Pagan Folk / Darkwave band that was formed in 2002 by Oliver SaTyr Pade, Elisabeth Pawelke, Fiona Rggeberg and Birgit Muggenthaler. The same year they released their first album Zaubersprche which included the guest musician Niel Mitra who later joined the band as the only member playing electronic instruments. They were joined by percussionist Rdiger Maul in 2004 replacing Birgit who joined the folk-rock band Schandmaul. They lost Elisabeth Pawelke in 2008 as she went to focus her studies in classical song in Basel, Switzerland and was succeeded by Sandra Elflein. Faun takes extreme pride and admiration in the use and incorporation of ancient & Medieval instruments that they are quite well known for such as the Celtic Harp, Swedish Nyckelharpa, Hurdy Gurdy, Bagpipes, Cittern, Flutes, Drums, and assortment of stringed instruments; merging them with modern inspiration and in some instances, synthesizing. Singing of old tales, epics, and sagas are the heart of their music incorporating their very skilled grasp of many languages they use in their music, including German, Latin, Modern German, Middle High German, Old Icelandic, West Low German, Hungarian, Finnish, Ladino, and Scandinavian. The band is very proudly inspired and dedicated to nature bringing back much of the lost Pagan, Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance flavor of high-admiration for nature, mythology, folklore, and woodland spirits/faeries. Oliver Pade said at the 2004 Summer Darkness festival in Utrecht, Netherlands We dont know ourselves what kind of music we play, so we call it paganfolk. Historical and folk tunes blended in world music with a folk twist, ranging from melancholic ballads, ancient Perso-Arab melodies, Swedish nyckelharpa, Middle High German lyrics, to exuberant dances like the Brittanic An Dro, and Medieval/Goth club tunes.


Faun

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Woodland (final day @ Faerieworlds 2009 – 8/2/09)

Woodland
* http://www.woodlandmusic.net/ * performance at Faerieworlds: Day 3 * July 31, 2009 * Main stage *
Another amazing performance of Woodland at their home fest. I much more enjoyed this performance than friday’s … not sure why, but amazed and enchanted on both days. To have them open for Faun and to transition the amazing performances from one favorite band to another was extroadinary and made my day. The kindred spirits of Faerieworlds in their amazing band named “Woodland” whom supernaturally crafts Celtic-inspired Faerie/Pagan trance-rock. Woodland was also founded by Faerieworlds producers/founders Kelly and Emilio Miller-Lopez. Woodland consists of Kelly Miller-Lopez (songwriter; lead vocalist; harp; flutes; percussion; and dance ), Emilio Miller-Lopez (songwriter; guitar; harmony vocals ), Kimmy Smith (Fiddler; traditional reel n’ jig arrangements), Donald Brodsky (bass, didjeridu, electric rhythmn), and reknown Cirque Du Soleil/Trillian Green fame Jarrod Kaplan (drummer/percussionist) . Always a prime feature of Faerieworlds who weave the magic that is the festival and the community. Woodland is most notorious for their album “Twilight” featuring enchanting and magical music about the Faerie realm. One of my all time favorite Pagan and Faerie bands, Woodland enchants all of their listeners. Listening to their music easily transports you to the Faerie realms, displaying the mystery and the beauty of the paradise that is Faerie. Mesmerizing mythic harmonies of the amazing husband and wife team Kelly and Emilio teamed together with Kimmy Smith’s sensational fiddling and jig, merged with Donald Brodsky’s electric rhytmn and didjeridu to the beat of Jarrod Kaplan’s trance inducing percussion makes this a ensemble that not only mesmerizes but ecstatically pleases its audiences, and has being doing so for over 9 years throughout the United States and Europe. Artistic backdrop and inspiration from reknown Faerie artists Brian and Wendy Froud (The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Star Wars) – together they have brought illumination to the world in the vision of Faerie. Co-founders of the production company “Imaginosis” brought to vision and fruition what we known of “Faerieworlds” today as well as it’s spin-offs of Faeriecon, Masquerade balls, and celebrations. Their performances are a living legend on the stage, with art, style, mystery, enchantment, and ritual merged with their music and art. The band naturally attracts all the woodland inhabitants and faeries from every little shadow of the forest to come play, dance, and frolick. Just like this evening performance, Woodland loves to share the stage and has done so with Faun, Qntal, Solas, Johnny Cunningham, Priscilla Hernandez, Susan McKeown, Trillian Green, Rasputina, Brother, Casey Neill, Phil Cunningham, Kevin Burke and many others. They are currently producing “Seasons in Elfland” as a 2-part compilation being released at FaerieCon 2009 (Part 1) and Faerieworlds 2010 (Part 2). I cannot more strongly recommend catching their performance, events, or festivals whenever possible. Kudos and many thanks to you all for the fantastic art, music, and work you do for us all. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Official Faerieworlds Photogallery of Woodland.

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Faun – North American Premiere at Faerieworlds 2009


Faun

Faun – Day 2 @ Faerieworlds
Faerieworlds * August 1, 2009 * 9:30 pm – 11 pm * Mt. Pisgah, Eugene, Oregon *
My current most favorite band remained ever-so-more my favorite after their amazing concert on the night of Saturday August 1st, 2009 during their premiere North American performance at Faerieworlds 2009. I have never been more mesmerized and enchanted by a musical ensemble before until my experiences with “Faun”. The name of the band comes from the Ancient Greek-Roman mythology term for the Deity Faunus or Pan which is represented as a forested spirit and is why Oliver Pade, one of the main singers, is nicknamed Satyr as it is very related to Faunus. Faun is a extremely talented German Pagan Folk / Darkwave band that was formed in 2002 by Oliver SaTyr Pade, Elisabeth Pawelke, Fiona Rggeberg and Birgit Muggenthaler. The same year they released their first album Zaubersprche which included the guest musician Niel Mitra who later joined the band as the only member playing electronic instruments. They were joined by percussionist Rdiger Maul in 2004 replacing Birgit who joined the folk-rock band Schandmaul. They lost Elisabeth Pawelke in 2008 as she went to focus her studies in classical song in Basel, Switzerland and was succeeded by Sandra Elflein. Faun takes extreme pride and admiration in the use and incorporation of ancient & Medieval instruments that they are quite well known for such as the Celtic Harp, Swedish Nyckelharpa, Hurdy Gurdy, Bagpipes, Cittern, Flutes, Drums, and assortment of stringed instruments; merging them with modern inspiration and in some instances, synthesizing. Singing of old tales, epics, and sagas are the heart of their music incorporating their very skilled grasp of many languages they use in their music, including German, Latin, Modern German, Middle High German, Old Icelandic, West Low German, Hungarian, Finnish, Ladino, and Scandinavian. The band is very proudly inspired and dedicated to nature bringing back much of the lost Pagan, Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance flavor of high-admiration for nature, mythology, folklore, and woodland spirits/faeries. Oliver Pade said at the 2004 Summer Darkness festival in Utrecht, Netherlands We dont know ourselves what kind of music we play, so we call it paganfolk. Historical and folk tunes blended in world music with a folk twist, ranging from melancholic ballads, ancient Perso-Arab melodies, Swedish nyckelharpa, Middle High German lyrics, to exuberant dances like the Brittanic An Dro, and Medieval/Goth club tunes.


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Louisa John-Krohl at Faerieworlds 8/1/09

Louisa John-Krohl – Day 2 @ Faerieworlds
Faerieworlds * August 1, 2009 * 7:45 – 8:45 pm * Mt. Pisgah, Eugene, Oregon * www.louisajohnkrol.com – Myspace: www.myspace.com/louisajohnkrol *
Faerie tales and mythic stories in poetic song in a faerie folk-Celtic influence and style in her presentation. Louisa John-Krol, came as a guest from Australia to the Faerieworlds festival for her first American Faerieworlds performance joined by Kelly Miller-Lopez with her harp and dancing, mesmerizing an audience with eager ears for her bardic flair. She is the main artist of the Prikosnovnie label in France, she is often described as a musician fairy to which I can only agree. She is influenced by Kate Bush, Dead Can Dance and Loreena McKennitt. Her musical enchantment mixed with Kelly’s flair brought to the festival on spectacular and mesmerizing show. I’m becoming quite a fan of her music. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.(read my review of her at Trolls et Legendes).

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Tricky Pixie (performance 8/1/09 at Faerieworlds)


Tricky Pixie

Tricky Pixie – Day 2 @ Faerieworlds
* http://www.trickypixie.com/ * performance at Faerieworlds * August 1, 2009 * 1 – 2 pm on the main stage * Mt. Pisgah, Eugene, Oregon *
Tricky Pixie is an amazing Faerie trio that came to be because of Faerieworlds. S.J. Tucker (guitar/vocals), Alexander James Adams (fiddle/mandolin/bodhran), and Betsy Tinney (cello/bodhran) formed their musical triad at Faerieworlds 2006. On July 31st, 2009 they took the main stage with mesmerizing bouncy and trickster beats to coincide with the release of their first studio album “Mythcreants”. Billed as “Gypsy Celtic Folk Rock for Naughty Punk Faeries” they fully live up to their name and embodie that spirit in stage presence, music, lyrics, and ambience. These three mischievious pixies mesh together various instruments of strings and drums with enchanting festive lyrics and voice. Amazing songwriters who create their own stuff, they also bring out the classics of original tunes. While a pretty new Faerie band … their first official show was in Redmond, Washington (July 2007) and they’ve been stomping the stages with some fantastical beats with an animated performance throughout the Pacific Northwest. Definitely some top talent to keep an eye on as spin out their Faerie melodies. I enjoyed the Saturday performance for some reason better than yesterday’s … perhaps because the Faerie spirit was definitely flowing by this time at the festival. Amazing band! Kudos! Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5.

My review of Tricky Pixie on the Music Herald for Friday’s performance
Same review on my Review site at Technogypsie.com


Tricky Pixie

Trixie pixie video on Youtube by allenmullen
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Faerieworlds 2009 (Mt. Pisgah, Eugene, Oregon)

Faerieworlds 2009
http://www.faerieworlds.com
* http://www.myspace.com/faerieworlds * July 31st – August 2, 2009 * Mt. Pisgah Arboretum * 34901 Frank Parrish Road * Eugene, OR 97405 * Just off I-5, exit 189
Each year towards the close of summer arrives and opens a gateway between the worlds allowing mortals and faeries to dance and frolick together. One such event is “Faerieworlds”. A unique festival, hosted by Kelly & Emilio Miller-Lopez (Woodland), Robert Gould (Imaginosis), Kimmy Smith (Woodland), crew, and volunteers; always with the artistic presence of Brian and Wendy Froud; has recently been held over the last several years in the grassroots & environmentally conscious haven of Eugene, Oregon. Themed over the celebration of Faeries, music, art, and creativity; Faerieworlds also has a very deep dedication and connection with nature. Embedded within the amazing plethera of talent that they bring in every year is also a magnitude of earth-based ritual and celebration honoring our ancestors, the spirits of nature, and the Deities of the world. Teamed together with the amazing talent of the Mythmakers these ceremonies are more than phenomenal and theatrically better performed than most festivals of its genre have ever offered from my Technogypsie wanderlust experiences. When Faerieworlds boasts that its often hard to tell the difference between the performers and the attendees, they aren’t kidding at all. Everyone dresses up and comes in Faerie, Fantasy, or period costumery that puts any Renaissance Faire to pity (especially since 90% of the attendees dress up); making the creative artistic experience of dressing up one of the biggest attractions of the event. According to Brian Froud: “To dress as a faerie, donning wings, is to actively join in the dance, to be connected to creative spirit. Graceful or ecstatic dance; the radiant, rhythmic heartbeat; friendship; music; all these move easily across the boundaries, transcending language, race, and time. Such activities extend a joyful hand across the threshold. At Faerieworlds, we ring the bells of faerie invitation. The people come. More importantly, the faeries come too.” The event organizers believe that ‘revitalizing, healing, and transforming spirit of faerie is alive and moving actively in our lives: faerie inspires and provokes, heals and reveals, illuminates and transcends.’ (Faerieworlds web site)

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Faerieworlds 2009: Day 1 – Good Faeries (7/31/09)


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Faerieworlds Day 1: Good Faeries Day : Faerieworlds 2009: July 31st, 2009
www.faerieworlds.com

We arrived late morning in enough time to register and set up camp before the larger crowds came rambling in, though there were already a plethera of attendees. The gates to the realms was opened at 2 pm. The Main stage brought the amazing performances of the Wicker Men (2:30-3:15 pm); an Opening Ceremony and Spiral Dance (3:30-4:00 pm); Tricky Pixie (4:15-5:00 pm); Gaia Consort (5:45-6:45 pm); Beats Antique with Zoe Jakes (7:30-8:45 pm); Woodland with Adam Hurst and Louisa John-Krol (9:30-11 pm); and the Summoning of the Fae/Howling at the Moon by the Mythmakers (11:30-midnight). Mark Lewis, one of the emcees told stories and led a storytelling workshop. On the Village stage throughout the day starred Gypsy Moon at 5 pm and Ghillie Dhu at 6:45 pm. As usual the vending village was full of arts, crafts, costumes, clothing, artwork, wings, ears, talent, cuisine, and artists. Highlighted this year was of course Brian/Wendy/Toby Froud, Amy Brown, J. Corsentino, Jen Delyth, Gris Grimly, Miss Mindy, and Carolyn Turgeon. The theme of the day was “Good Faeries” styled after Brian Froud’s book “Good Faeries, Bad Faeries”. So most peoples costumery were along that theme. The opening ceremony was nicely done with a pretty empowering spiral dance afterwards. The first performers were the Wicker Men who got the green stomping. Tricky Pixie enchanted the audience into mischievious frolick, followed by Gaia Consort who brought tribute to the Earth with their otherworldly tunes. We were then mesmerized by Beats Antique with bellydancer Zoe Jakes which was the highlight during the daylight; followed by legendary Woodland who were guested with the talents of Louisa John-Krol (Australia) and cellist Adam Hurst. As darkness took over out came the fire dancers/spinners and a getting into the faerie state rite performance by the Mythmakers who all highlighted night-time. Unfortunately since I hurt my foot earlier in the day, I was unable to dance the day and night away. But I was still enchanted hanging in the spectator zone praying that my foot would be better tomorrow as one should not miss even an hour of dancing to the amazing talents that Faerieworlds brings in. Regardless of the 94+ degree heat, there were water faeries throughout the dancing crowds spritzing and cooling off the attendees … that was a mighty nice addition. Day 1 official entertainment lasted until midnight, after which the attendees were guided out of the village and closed its gates. However, that was not the end of the activities for the night. Back at the Party camping area, revellers shared spiritual songs, dance, drumming, didgeridoo, glow-stick poi spinning, hanging out, and festivity with one another around the hearth that should have held a fire, but rather was only filled with glow-sticks since no fire seemed to be permitted. A fire would have kept the party going all night, and some did stay up to the rising of the sun, while others wandered back to their tents at an early hour. Apparently however, there were festivities and entertainment going on back at the village in the casbah teahouse tent; and unknown to many of the campers, some of the food vendors still were serving after-hours. The program guides were severely delayed in distribution as we didn’t get ours until the next day. (Guides were not ready when the gates were opened) Overall, it was a nice chill day of settling into the Faerie realm, setting up camp, catching up with old friends I hadn’t seen for ages, and figuring out what I wanted to get out of the festival this weekend. Tapping the Faerie energy and being charged with the blessings weaved by the Mythmakers, the spirit of Faerieworlds was invoked. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. Official Faerieworlds Gallery


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Woodland with Special Guests (Faerieworlds 7/31/09)

Woodland with Adam Hurst and Louisa John-Krol
* http://www.woodlandmusic.net/ * performance at Faerieworlds: Day 1 * July 31, 2009 * from 9:30-11 pm on the main stage *
The kindred spirits of Faerieworlds in their amazing band named “Woodland” whom supernaturally crafts Celtic-inspired Faerie/Pagan trance-rock. Woodland was also founded by Faerieworlds producers/founders Kelly and Emilio Miller-Lopez. Woodland consists of Kelly Miller-Lopez (songwriter; lead vocalist; harp; flutes; percussion; and dance ), Emilio Miller-Lopez (songwriter; guitar; harmony vocals ), Kimmy Smith (Fiddler; traditional reel n’ jig arrangements), Donald Brodsky (bass, didjeridu, electric rhythmn), and reknown Cirque Du Soleil/Trillian Green fame Jarrod Kaplan (drummer/percussionist) . Always a prime feature of Faerieworlds who weave the magic that is the festival and the community. Joined in this performance on Friday July 31st, was young Adam Hurst from Portland as a star cellist, guitarist, and mandolin player. This was his first Faerieworlds performance. Another first for Faerieworlds joining woodland in her premiere performance was Louisa John-Krol from Australia (read my review of her at Trolls et Legendes). Woodland is most notorious for their album “Twilight” featuring enchanting and magical music about the Faerie realm. One of my all time favorite Pagan and Faerie bands, Woodland enchants all of their listeners. Listening to their music easily transports you to the Faerie realms, displaying the mystery and the beauty of the paradise that is Faerie. Mesmerizing mythic harmonies of the amazing husband and wife team Kelly and Emilio teamed together with Kimmy Smith’s sensational fiddling and jig, merged with Donald Brodsky’s electric rhytmn and didjeridu to the beat of Jarrod Kaplan’s trance inducing percussion makes this a ensemble that not only mesmerizes but ecstatically pleases its audiences, and has being doing so for over 9 years throughout the United States and Europe. Artistic backdrop and inspiration from reknown Faerie artists Brian and Wendy Froud (The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Star Wars) – together they have brought illumination to the world in the vision of Faerie. Co-founders of the production company “Imaginosis” brought to vision and fruition what we known of “Faerieworlds” today as well as it’s spin-offs of Faeriecon, Masquerade balls, and celebrations. Their performances are a living legend on the stage, with art, style, mystery, enchantment, and ritual merged with their music and art. The band naturally attracts all the woodland inhabitants and faeries from every little shadow of the forest to come play, dance, and frolick. Just like this evening performance, Woodland loves to share the stage and has done so with Faun, Qntal, Solas, Johnny Cunningham, Priscilla Hernandez, Susan McKeown, Trillian Green, Rasputina, Brother, Casey Neill, Phil Cunningham, Kevin Burke and many others. They are currently producing “Seasons in Elfland” as a 2-part compilation being released at FaerieCon 2009 (Part 1) and Faerieworlds 2010 (Part 2). I cannot more strongly recommend catching their performance, events, or festivals whenever possible. Kudos and many thanks to you all for the fantastic art, music, and work you do for us all. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Official Faerieworlds Photogallery of Woodland.

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Zoe Jakes & Beats Antique (Faerieworlds 7/31/09)

Beats Antique with Zoe Jakes
* http://www.beatsantique.com/ * myspace.com/beatsantique * zoebellydance.com * theindigo.net * performance at Faerieworlds: Day 1 * July 31, 2009 * from 7:30-8:45 pm on the main stage *

One of my new favorites … Beats Antique with Zoe Jakes … what an incredible display of style, grace, tribal fusion, beats, and sheer art.
Zo Jakes & Beats Antique is a fusion trio of star American Tribal Fusion bellydancer Zoe Jakes teamed together with Electronic beats DJ’s/musicians David Satori (laptop DJ remix artist; guitar; violin) & Tommy Chappel (laptop DJ remix artist; hand drums). Zoe Jakes often dances with the “Indigo Belly Dance Company” with Rachel Brice and Mardi Love. Zoe specializes in ATS (American Tribal Style) and Tribal fusion mixed with hip-hop pops and locks. Beats Antique has produced a digital EP called “Contraption Vol. 1” composed of glitch-rock, dub, world music, electronic compilations. Since ATS and Tribal fusion are the styles of bellydance I’ve been learning over the last year, I was in utmost awe to see one of my favorite dancer inspirations. This is the first time I’ve been exposed to Beats Antique who definitely have made an impression on me. Major kudos for the mesmerizing and enchanting performance! Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Official Photogallery of Zoe Jakes and Beats Antique at Faerieworlds Continue reading Zoe Jakes & Beats Antique (Faerieworlds 7/31/09)

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Bone Poet’s Orchestra (Gaia Consort @ Faerieworlds 7/31/09)

Bone Poets Orchestra (formerly known as Gaia Consort)

* http://gaiaconsort.com/ * performance at Faerieworlds: Day 1 * July 31, 2009 * from 5:45-6:45 pm on the main stage *

One of my all-time favorite Pagan bands I’ve seen throughout the years from Pagan Spirit Gathering, Faerieworlds, and various local festivals in their home area of Seattle, Washington … played once again at Faerieworlds on the opening day for the 2009 festival. I didn’t realize it until doing a little internet research, but apparently the band has changed it’s name to “Bone Poets Orchestra” from “Gaia Consort”. I’ve only known them as the former. Gaia Consort first evolved as “Suddenly Naked Arts Collective” at Nudestock in 1997. You find Gaia Consort playing mostly spiritual gatherings, local parties, house concerts, and self-produced gigs in the Pacific Northwest. The band describes their music as “a movie sound track for the gathering of the tribes. Include some intelligent lyrics about evolution, sensuality, engaging the natural world, and then throw in a string trio. Imagine Ian Anderson with Peter Gabriel doing a mash-up between So and Thick as a Brick.” I can’t say I fully agree with their own description, but I can say they are an amazing earth blessing band. Weaving rhythmns and melodies about folklore, spirituality, and the natural world, mixed with some amazing dance concoctions, and this Orchestra will get you dancing in a trance you’ll never forget. With Christopher Bingham and Sue Tinney are the main vocals, currently backed up with Larry Golding (violin), Sunnie Reed (viola), TJ Morris (drums), Jay Kenney (keyboard), Betsy Tinney (cello) and Dan Mohler (bass), they have through the years had an amazing “orchestra” of the Pacific Northwest’s finest talent. Their music shifts you between the realms and into the past, transcending modern culture to the roots of human kind. Simply amazing and enchanting. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.


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Tricky Pixie (7/31/09 @ Faerieworlds)

Tricky Pixie
* http://www.trickypixie.com/ * performance at Faerieworlds: Day 1 * July 31, 2009 * from 4:15-5:00 pm on the main stage *

Tricky Pixie is an amazing Faerie trio that came to be because of Faerieworlds. S.J. Tucker (guitar/vocals), Alexander James Adams (fiddle/mandolin/bodhran), and Betsy Tinney (cello/bodhran) formed their musical triad at Faerieworlds 2006. On July 31st, 2009 they took the main stage with mesmerizing bouncy and trickster beats to coincide with the release of their first studio album “Mythcreants”. Billed as “Gypsy Celtic Folk Rock for Naughty Punk Faeries” they fully live up to their name and embodie that spirit in stage presence, music, lyrics, and ambience. These three mischievious pixies mesh together various instruments of strings and drums with enchanting festive lyrics and voice. Amazing songwriters who create their own stuff, they also bring out the classics of original tunes. While a pretty new Faerie band … their first official show was in Redmond, Washington (July 2007) and they’ve been stomping the stages with some fantastical beats with an animated performance throughout the Pacific Northwest. Definitely some top talent to keep an eye on as spin out their Faerie melodies. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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The Wickermen (7/31/09 Performance at Faerieworlds)

Wicker Men
http://www.myspace.com/wickermen * http://tribes.tribe.net/thewickermen * performance at Faerieworlds: Day 1 * July 31, 2009 * from 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm on the main stage *
A very talented band from California that bills themselves as “Gypsy Druid Folk Rock Voodoo” are a Pagan band who spins forth earth-based rhythmn that comes from deep within. They merge numerous traditional instruments with spiritual vocals to tell stories in their songs, paint Druidic imagery, storytelling, and gypsy rock that will make you dance. The band consists of duo … Patience Yanderling (Los Angeles) who is the main singer/songwriter armed with a double necked 6 & 12 string acoustic guitar; Hojji Firemaker (Nevada City, CA) who beats the percussion such as the djembe and a bell harp that he created. The music is definitely enchanting in its own rock-n-roll way. They are not new as an addition to Faerieworlds having appeared from 2006-2008 and premiering now on the main stage in 2009. I very much enjoyed their performance, spirit, and addition to Faerieworlds 2009. Kudos! Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Gypsy Nomads – 6/28/09 at Owsleys, Denver, CO

Gypsy Nomads * http://www.thegypsynomads.com/ *
From the heart of New York came the Gypsy Nomads blending cabaret, celtic and neo-medieval flavors rooted in folk, punk, and as they relish in their bio’s “the vineyards of southern France and the spirit of gypsy sound”. Simply amazing. Extremely rhythmic. The duo consist of Samantha Stephenson who through bilingual vocals as being a French-born British chanteuse mesmerizes her audieces with her voice, percussion, lyrics, and drums. Matched in charm with Scott Helland who was quite popular in the punk scene merging in guitar, drums, and guitar loops. This duette whirlwinded together are a lively pair honoring the free spirit lifestyle with adlib juju, theatrics, and enchantment. An absolute pleasure to the eyes and ears. They boast of their wide array of musical styles from the sultry and cheeky French/English songs to Gypsy celtic inspired instrumentals to pounding drums reminiscent of Taiko and march-style choreography as they describe themselves on their website is so right on to the truth based on my experience with them during this performance on 6/28/09 in Denver. They’ve hit over 175,000 miles of touring across the United States and Canada over the last five years. They’ve been licensed for Indie films and TV shows, including Oprah Winfrey show and WE TV’s Gothic Wedding show. They’ve made appearances at Philadelphia’s Trocadero Theater, NY’s Brushwoods Center, St Louis’ Focal Point Folk Theater, and INATS Trade Show in Florida and Colorado. They’ve also been on stage with Voltaire, Gandalf Murphy, Candice Night, Incendio, Dragon Ritual Drummers, Ego Likeness, Wendy Rule, Brian Viglione and the White Elephant Burlesque, Lunar Fire as well as amazing belly dance troupes across the U.S. I was quite blown away from their performance. Excellent! rating: 5 stars out of 5.
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2009 Boulder SolFest

Boulder SolFest 2009
http://www.bouldersolfest.com/ * SUNDAY, JUNE 21, 2009 * Double Rainbow Ranch * 6541 N 63rd St, Niwot, Colorado * 4-11pm, $12 *
This year I decided to try out the Boulder SolFest at the Double Rainbow Ranch. At first, arriving into someone’s backyard with only a few people around shortly after gates opened originally concerned me that no one was going to show up even though they had billed some great local talent. But as the clock ticked along, a good crowd showed up. They also had some local natural art/products vendor tables, and once the fear of rain dismissed, the talent took to the stage to provide a wonderful show that led to a brilliant Summer Solstice fire ceremony ritual and fire dancing. Pretty spectacular, home-feel community and connectivity. Lil Sum’N Sum’N with Tierro and Gilly from Kan’nal, Ariana Saraha, the Mountain Trance Medicine Band, and Shaela Noella mesmerized the comfy crowd with some wonderful music for the welcoming of Summer and the celebration of Father’s Day. I was quite pleased and thought the event went very well. I couldn’t stay to the bitter end as I had work back in Colorado Springs the next morning, but was very fulfilled with the beauty shared with us. Thank you! Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5.

Lil Sum’n Sum’n * http://www.myspace.com/lilsumnsumn
A artistic music project from members of Lunar Fire and Kan’nal that is composed of Lisa Wimberger, Tierro, and Gil Gonzalez blesses its audiences with improvisational psy-trance world beat haung drums, tablas, doumbeks, dounouns, congas, shakers, udas, guitars, drones, ballaphones, with tap dancing blending rhythmns and music from afro-cuban, african, middle eastern, and American influences. Simply amazing trio.

Mountain Trance Medicine Band * www.myspace.com/mountaintrance
The main act for the SolFest 2009 I attended as it was held at their ranch. I’ve been seeing quite a bit of this band lately and impressed with their music. Regressive TechnoBilly Bluegrass Funk. They bring together the banjo, drum, didjeridoo, and other traditional instruments influenced by the old claw-hammer dance tunes merging tribal beats of modal mountain melodies to trancy grooves, sanskrit ragas, and bluegrass harmonies. Very dance-able stuff. Mountain Trance is made up of Paul Temple, Hal Landem, Michael Krow, Jessee Layton, Damian Leuthold, and JVonD. Great performance and magic! Thank you!

Ariana Saraha * www.arianasaraha.com
Another great performer I’ve seen a bit of lately mesmerizing her audience with Middle East, Far East, Celtic and Flamenco flavored world beats blending together traditional with a natural soulful funk. Amazing rhythmns and vocals that inspires environmental healing through music. Very inspirational. Thank you Ariana!

Shaela Noella * www.myspace.com/shaelanoella
An amazing enchantress from Hawaii, Shaela Noella brought to SolFest spiritually strengthening and blessing acoustic songs to her audience. She was an amazing presence that made my Summer Solstice blessed. Thank you.

 
 

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Apogaea 2009


Volcano Burn at Apogaea 2009

Apogaea 2009
http://www.apogaea.com

Happy Ass Ranch, Lake George, Colorado * Annually each June * Colorado’s Regional Burn *

Every year the local Colorado Burner community puts together a regional burn in central eastern Colorado called “Apogaea”. An amazing festival of arts, sustainability, and community with leave-no-trace green thumbs on a wild ranch on 140 private acres of Rocky Mountain forested land blended with a community ethic to attain self-sufficiency, production of renewable energy, creation of agricultural base, and the development of mineral resources and mining reclamation. They possess a low-impact approach supportive of environmental preservation. The lands are surrounded by Pikes National Forest. Apogaea is a great testing ground for the local Burning Man community to set up and test their theme camp ideas for Burning Man. This year the theme was a sacrifice of the virgin offering to the Volcano Gods … incredible fire spinning and dancing, ritualized dramatic performances, and a festive dance around the bonfire. Dozens of theme camps and DJ booths, wild parties, workshops, and special events. Art installations and theme camps. Bodypainting. Contact Improv. Cuddle Camp. Safe Sex Play. Dancing. Hulahooping. Camel racing. Color book sessions. Multi-colored goats that you could learn how to milk. Pancake and bacon breakfasts and parties. Xpat Alien parties at the Crop Circle Cantina. Festivity, Friends, and Community. Apogaea is simply amazing. Highly recommended especially for any Burning Man enthusiasts and community. Galleries, photos, and items are located here: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?cat=233. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. [ Photos on Flickr ]


Crop Circle Cantina



View Apogaea: Day 1 [ Myspace ] ; Day 2 [ Myspace ] [ Technogypsie.com ] [ Techno-Gypsy.livejournal.com ] : Photogalleries: [ Myspace Photos (does not contain nudity) ] uncensored: [ ColoradoBurn.ning – Day 6/5/09 ] [ Rest on ColoradoBurn.ning ] [ FlickR ]

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DAY 2 and 3 of BELTANIA 2009

2nd Annual Colorado Beltania Festival: Day 2 and 3
www.beltanefestival.com * Parrish Ranch * Outside of Fort Collins, Colorado * Living Earth aka Highlands Ranch Pagan Meetup *
Friday-Sunday, May 8-10, 2009
“Living Earth” which is formerly known as “Highlands Ranch Pagan Meetup” has begun to host an annual celebration of the Pagan Sabbat of “Beltane” or “May Day”. On their 2nd annual run of the three day festival, this nonprofit event on a private ranch brings festivity to the season with open rituals, classes, workshops, children’s activities, and service projects. Beltania offered its attendees a large outdoor stage with some incredible acts, an indoor 3000 square foot lodge, hundreds of acres of outdoor space, restrooms with cold water showers, workshops, activities, rituals, a traditional Maypole dance, sweat lodge ceremonies, all-night drum circles, catered breakfasts/dinners, merchant area, RV/camper’s hookups, wild camping area, quiet camping area, skyclad areas, a swimming river, and much more. Over the course of the three days, the festival saw over 700 guests in attendance.

May Pole Procession:

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Trolls et Legendes: Day 2 – Concerts – 4/11/09

Trolls et Legendes Festival 2009 – Day 2 – Concerts
Lotto Mons Expo * Avenue Thomas Edison – 7000 Mons – Belgium *

http://www.trolls-et-legendes.be/2009/index-en.htm

Knowing its a shame that I could only attend 2 of the 3 nights of concerts, I was in extreme excitement about tonight’s line-up with the chance to see my second favorite band next to Faun – which is Qntal. In total excitement. Amazing group of performers on the middle concert night of Trolls et Legendes – Opening with a fabulous show by Ceili Moss, followed by the spectacular Louisa John-Krol, with the enchanting Daemonia Nymphe, and a mind-shattering awesome finale by Qntal. Trolls et Legendes outdid themselves with this lineup, placing myself in utter ecstasy with ritualized musical bliss and theatrical display. I was saddened to know I would be missing sunday night’s lineup of Nehl Aelin, Cecile Corbel, Woodland, and Omnia. On a mythic quest during this trip for my own self, the line-up tonight pushed it to epic proportions in the re-vitalization of my soul that occured during these performances. Thank you especially Daemonia Nymphe and Qntal for the magic you caused. Outright Amazing. Thank you. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Louisa John-Krol (Trolls et Legendes, Mons, Belgium) 2009

Louisa John-Krol (from Australia)
* Live Saturday, April 11th, 2009 – Trolls et Legendes Festival – Mons, Belgium *
www.louisajohnkrol.com – Myspace: www.myspace.com/louisajohnkrol

Faerie tales and mythic stories in poetic song in a faerie folk-Celtic influence and style in her presentation. Louisa John-Krol, came to Trolls et Legendes festival on the 11th of April from Australia, mesmerizing an audience with eager ears for her bardic flair. She is the main artist of the Prikosnovnie label in France, she is often described as a “musician fairy” to which I can only agree. She is influenced by Kate Bush, Dead Can Dance and Loreena McKennitt. Her performance this evening was spectacular and enchanting. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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