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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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Faerieworlds 2010

Faerieworlds 2010
* Friday, 30 July 2010 – Sunday, 1 August 2010 * Mt. Pisgah, Eugene, Oregon * www.Faerieworlds.com *

Every year the portals between the worlds of mortals and faeries open in Eugene, Oregon. For these last two years, this magical space has manifested itself at the Buford Recreation Park in the Mount Pisgah Arboretum just south of Eugene, Oregon. Every year, Faerieworlds becomes more and more spectacular – and this year was none-other. Faerieworlds has become re-designed with an inner circle of camping consisting of over 300 camp sites on its eastern end with night-time activities going from dusk and beyond to dawn’s sparkling lights. Every year, more and more mortals and faeries come together to dance, celebrate life, frolick, play, dress-up, make music, art, and tell stories. A health-conscious food court awaits those hungry souls for culinary delights; hundreds of artisans and merchants brandishing their wares for the shopper’s pleasure, and costumery, face painting, books, authors, and artistry awaits those intrigued by written and artistic beauty with ability to meet the world reknown faerie artists such as Brian and Wendy Froud and Amy Brown. Mesmerizing music from Faun, Woodland, Delhi 2 Dublin, Tricky Pixie, David Helfand, Brother, Man Overboard, Gypsy Nomads, Talesma, Tyler Fortier, Taarka, Stellamara, Mingushki, Marcus Fire, Ghillie Dhu, Vixy and Tony, High Priestess, Madrona, and SJ Tucker amongst others. A new addition of a sacred Celtic standing stone circle and a wishing tree to enchant wandering souls in Faerieland. More recycling and conscious attention to healing of the Earth. Fires for music jam sessions, spinning, and storytelling in the evenings; a dome with DJ’s and dance parties. Aerial arts, hullahooping, fire spinning, and belly dancing. Lots of activities for the kids and adults alike. Swimming and cooling off with the selchies and mer-people in the Willamette River and hiking trails full of woodland creatures and winged pixies. As always, Faerieworlds never disappoints and was a spectacular whirlwind of fun and otherworldly pleasure. Still hands down the best Faerie festival I’ve had the pleasure of attending. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

Faerieworlds: Day 1 – Good Faeries Day

Faerieworlds Day 2: Bad Faeries

Faerieworlds Day 3: Family Faerie Day

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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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Faerieworlds 2010: Day 3 – Family Faerie Day

Faerieworlds 2010: Day 3 – Family Faerie Day
* Faerieworlds 2010 * Mt. Pisgah Arboretum * Eugene, Oregon * Sunday, August 1st, 2010 *

The third and final day to the annual escape to Faerieworlds. The Final day is traditionally dedicated to children and families. Its a great day to see the children in their final costumery and fantastical outfits. The warm sun and clear skies, merriment on the dancing green, frolicking in the stone circle, final wishes being made at the wishing tree. Last minute shopping, greetings and farewells of friends, hula hooping, music, bubble blowing, and summer fun. On the Neverworlds stage beginning at 3 pm was Madrona, SJ Tucker, and the Gypsy Nomads. On the Main Stage beginning around noon was Tyler Fortier, Taarka, Faun, Woodland, and Stellamara. Unfortunately since we drove from Colorado and had a 23 hour drive home to get back to work in time on tuesday morning, we had to leave right after Faun exited stage. But from friends that stayed, was told of fantastical times that remained. Thank you Faerieworlds! Hope to see you again next year! Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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08.01.10: CSTL: Faerieworlds, Day 3, Return to the Mortal World

Day 4: Faerieworlds: Family Faeries

Sunday, 1 August 2010
* Mt. Pisgah, Eugene, Oregon, United States of America *

Sir Thomas Leaf and Lady Absinthe Alli awoke and headed to the main stage area to greet those who stated they were interested in Pirate Relief for a social meet and greet. Perhaps because it was at 10 am and everyone had partied pretty late through the night, that no one could awaken for the meet. Only Captain Leaf and Absinthe Alli were in attendance. Later socialized with some more friends and proceeded to get camp packed up before the Family Day activities began to take place. Absinthe Alli’s carriage packed up, the adventurers began to say their goodbyes as they had a 23 hour straight drive ahead of them back to Colorado. Unfortunately due to their timeline and crunch the adventurers were only able to see Faun in concert for the final day, missing several good acts. On to the road, around Portland the fatiqued explorers stopped at a rest area to make some Roadside Pad Thai for a hearty dinner before continuing onwards. Driving along the Columbia River, through Oregon, Idaho, into Utah, on through Wyoming and finally into Colorado after tag team driving. The adventure is done. It was a most excellent Faerieworlds 2010 Sir Thomas Leaf dreamt while catnapping in the carriage during his turn to rest.

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Delhi 2 Dublin @ Faerieworlds 2010

Delhi 2 Dublin
* Delhi 2 Dublin – Day 2 @ Faerieworlds 2010 * Saturday, July 31, 2010 * Faerieworlds * Mt. Pisgah, Eugene, Oregon *

One of my favorite bands, blessing the stages of Faerieworlds once again, and thereby throwing me into non-stop dancing and bouncing throughout the concert. Delhi 2 Dublin is an India – Irish modern fusion band bringing together the traditional music of Ireland with that of North India (specifically Bhangra). As in 2009, Delhi 2 Dublin had the Faerieworlds audiences stomping, bouncing, bobbing, dancing, whirling, and frolicking. Based from Vancouver, British Columbia, Delhi 2 Dublin consists of 5 musicians who mix up electronica and world music, heaavy on the Bhangra, Celtic, Indian, and Dub influences. They utilize the tabla, fiddle, dhol, punjabi vocals, and electric sitar with amazing electronic beats, global sounds, and synchronicities. They were formed for a one-time performance at Vancouvers Celtic Fest in 2006 and instantly became famous – their music took a life of its own. They went on tour of Eastern Canada and California playing a number of festivals including Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Shambhala, Salmon Arm Roots and Blues, etc. Their debut album spread throughout North America, Japan, and Eastern Europe. They played Canada Days large celebration on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on July 1, 2007. The band consists of Tarun Nayer (Tabla, electronics); Kytami (Fiddle); Sanjay Seran (vocals); Andrew Kim (Electric Sitar, Guitar); and Ravi Binning (Dhol, Tabla). A must see. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

Previous reviews at Faerieworlds 2009 and Faerieworlds Winter Ball Jan 2010.

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Man Overboard at Faerieworlds 2010

Man Overboard
* Performance, Saturday 31 July 2010 * Faerieworlds 2010 * Bad Faeries Day * Mt. Pisgah, Eugene, Oregon * http://www.myspace.com/manoverboardpirates * http://www.manoverboardmusic.com/ *
Another year the infamous pirates and scoundrels of “Man Overboard” hit the stage at Faerieworlds delivering a stunning performance. Man Overboard is an Oregon based band that meshes pirate music of the 1600-1800’s, with medieval song, nautical battle hymns, mixed with some modern genre punk. Everytime they hit stage the enamored audience Parties like its 1699. The band takes alot of influeces from the Dropkick Murphys, Luke Kelly, The Real McKenzies, Oscar Brand, The Pogues, Flogging Molly, and Tommy Maken and the Clancy Brothers. The pirates onboard the ship are Alika Inocencio as the Captain with lead and backup vocals, mandolin, guitar, tin whistle, recorder, and bodhran; The First Mate Johny Kyllingstad with lead/backup vocals, flute, tin whistle, winds, guitar, and wrecking crew; The Quartermaster Chris Leland as Lead Guitar, Tin Whistle, Bazouki, Mandolin, vocals, and Heathen-runt; Joel Kenny the Coxwain with bodhran, whiskey, vocals, and the dungeon master; Jake Beckwith as a gunner shooting lead and backup vocals, fiddle, and smokin rosin; The Navigator C Bass with bass, vocals, and shrek humor; Kimmy Smith – their Wendy Bird – with magic/summoning, fiddle, guitar, and vocals; Graeme the Deck Hand doing tin whistle fury; and finally Mark Mullaney the Warpipes and Morale of the crew with bagpipes, small piles, and highland pipes. This orchestra of mayhem aims to please and drives pirates crazy … Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Faerieworlds 2010: Day 2 – Bad Faeries Day

Faerieworlds Day 2: Bad Faeries
* Saturday, 31 July 2010 * Faerieworlds 2010 * Mt. Pisgah, Eugene, Oregon *

Bad Faeries Day is traditionally one of the most happening days at Faerieworlds. It is the day when the fae let go and welcome the mischief, the naughty, the friskyness, and fully enjoy the party. A time of shadows, of mystery, of hidden things. Occuring on the second day of the festival, its also the time when the party peaks, friends have re-acquainted, new friends made, and everyone is settled into camp – unlike Day 1 when everyone is tired from setting up camp or a weary road trip, or day three when they are packing up and preparing to return to the mortal realm. Bad Faeries Day is the day to let loose. Now with Faerieworlds having 24 hour activities onwards even through the wee-hours of the night, it is the time to completely unwind, celebrate, and frolick. My personal experience with this day was filled with photo shoots in the woods, swimming naked in the river, frolicking in the fields, dancing non-stop to the most excellent tunes of Man Overboard, Gypsy Nomads, Talesma, Delhi 2 Dublin, Faun, and a dark Bad Faeries Night Ritual: “When Darkness Falls”, more Tricky Pixie rocking us into the week hours of the night, and acrobatics, fire spinning, poi, and performance art. Fire side music jam sessions, partyings, and festive campfire enjoyment. This Bad Faeries Day was the best ever. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Faerieworlds 2010: Good Faeries Day (7/30/10)

Faerieworlds: Day 1 – Good Faeries Day
Friday, 30 July 2010

Faerieworlds 2010 pilgrimmaged back to the Buford Recreation Park at the Mount Pisgah Arboretum once again this year with a spectacular opening day on Friday with Good Faeries Day. Now with evening entertainment and camps all night long as they re-designed their main event site as an inner circle with over 300 camping sites on its eastern end and more camping 10 minutes hike away. This year was their biggest Faerieworlds yet. Beautiful additions from Woodland’s summer journey to England were incorporated including a sacred standing stone circle and a wishing tree. Chill out and hangout areas abound, a healthy food court, more recycling and trash areas, campfire pits with fires at night, and of course the cool relaxing river escape. Entertainment went from 2 pm until midnight. Friday saw Tricky Pixie at 3 pm, A mesmerizing opening ritual and welcoming ceremony revealing the stone circle, then 5 pm David Helfand and the Mystic Ensemble brought joy to the stage, Wendy Rule enchanted the audience at 6:30 pm, and Brother rocked the world at 8 pm, followed by the enchanting mesmerization of Woodland until the witching hour. On The Neverworlds stage Mingushki took off at 2:30, with Marcus Fire at 5:45, and Ghillie Dhu at 7:15. I did get a chance to see Tricky Pixie, Brother, and Woodland – What amazing bands and a dance exhaustion day. Always good to be in Faerieworlds, seeing friends, family, and clan; eating the forbidden fruit of the fae that keeps you in Faerieland, spinning around in circles with pixies and sprites, soaking with mermaids and selchies in the cool refreshing river, and hearing chilling tales from trolls and gnomes by the fire’s light. Good Faeries Day was everso mystical and a blessing. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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“When Darkness Falls” – Bad Faeries Night Fire Ceremony (7/31/10)

Faerieworlds Day 2: Bad Faeries Night Ritual: “When Darkness Falls”
* Lucretia of Serpentine; Kelly Miller-Lopez of Woodland; Connor Fenix Cobbledick of Kirkos * Saturday, 31 July 2010 * Midnight * Faerieworlds 2010 *

After a stunning performance by Faun, as the witching hour arrived, “as Darkness fell” for the mischievious bad faeries to do their biddings & fun – Kelly Miller-Lopez accompanied by members of Woodland and Faun came on stage for a musical and poetic invocation. Before the stage, corded off for safety, the exotic and mysterious Lucretia of the dance troupe Serpentine brought out her fire flamed fingers for tribal belly dance and fire play. The fire breathing Connor Fenix Cobbledick of the Kirkos fire troupe danced and pranced in playful prose with her. The magic was woven.


Faerieworlds Night Ritual: When Darkness Falls

A musical and poetic invocation spoken by Kelly Miller-Lopez, with music by performed by members of Woodland and Faun. The dance features Lucretia of the dance and fire troupe Serpentine, with fire breathing by Connor Fenix Cobbledick of Kirkos fire troupe. Poetry and music written by Emilio Miller-Lopez of Woodland.

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Woodland (Faerieworlds 2010: 7/30/10)

* 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.


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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Talesma (Faerieworlds 2010)

* www.telesmaband.com * Maryland * Performance at Faerieworlds 2010 on Saturday from 5:30-7 pm; 7/31/2010 *
A very intriguing American psychedelic electro-tribal rock band out of Maryland, Telesma pounded and tranced the fae on day 2 of Faerieworlds 2010. They played Faerieworlds in 2009 and came back for a repeat performance. Talesma brings together modern and tribal instrumentation with fusion of the primitive with the futuristic. Amazing drumming, primal beating, exotic music, and sensational dancing – Talesma blends the stage with the dancefloor. Didgeridoos, kubing, tribal drums, modern instruments, and mesmerizing vocals they create a indigenous form of polyrhyhmic rock and roll. Their lyrics has a mythological message. They have two full length albums “O(h)M” and “Hearing Visions: Live” that they produce on their independent lable “Strangely Compelling Music”. The bodypainted Ian Hesford (didgeridoo, kubing, dumbek, djun-djun, throat singing) stunned the stage; melded with the sounds of Jason Sage (keyboards, percussion, programmer, lyrics); Joanne Juskus (vocals, percussion, karatalas); Chris Mandra (guitar, analog guitar synth, his unique manDrum, and vocals); and Bryan Jones Jonesy (6 string MIDI & upright basses, theremin, percussion); Rob Houck (drum kit, percussion, electronic drums). Spiritual walkers between the worlds, these shamans know how to rock the worlds. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Brother (Faerieworlds 2010)

* http://www.brothermusic.com/ * Australia * Performance at Faerieworlds 2010 on 7/30/2010 from 8:00-10:00 pm *
An awesome Celtic mongrel rock band from Australia … Brother had the Fae spinning crazily on the main stage opening night of Faerieworlds 2010. Brother incorporates bagpipes, didgeridoo, vocals, and mashes Celtic and Australian rock to a unique sound of their very own. The band consists of the Richardson brothers – Hamish, Angus, and Fergus who grew up together in Bathurst while attending the Scots School. They started their band in 1992 touring pubs in Sydney Australia. They record on their own record label called Rhubarb Records having released their first album “Black and White” and then “2000’s THis Way Up”. Fergus left the band in 1996 for filmmaking and now resides in Arizona operating a boutique with his wife. Hamish left in March of 2007 and moved to New South Wales. Angus moved to Los Angeles. Today they primarily play in the United States and take numerous tours around North America, Japan, France, Egypt, and Australia. The Brothers consist of the sounds of Angus, Dalbo, and Drew today. An amazing combination who certainly contributed to the gates opening to Faerieworlds. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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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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07.30.10: CSTL: Faerieworlds, Day 1

Day 2: Faerieworlds : Good Faeries Day 1

Friday, 30 July 2010
* Albany-Eugene, Oregon, United States of America *

Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Absinthe Alli, and Princess Astranna awoke after a good night’s rest at the Motel 6 ready for their journey into Faerie. They donned their faerie gear and costumes, did makeup, and realized they were short of some crafting supplies so googled a craft shop. After checking out of the motel, they headed off to Joann Fabrics and Super K for stocking up on gear while in Albany, Oregon. By 11:30 am they finally landed in Eugene, Oregon with enough time to grab provisions for their quest at Trader Joe’s. They got in touch with Fairy Girl of the Emerald City and Lady Bonefinder of British Columbia to pin-point the gateway where they were all camping. They drove onwards into Buford Park at the nature sanctuary of Mount Pisgah. Thanks to Lady Kimmy, Sir Thomas Leaf was blessed into Faerieworlds and Lady Absinthe Alli and Princess Astranna picked up their passes. On into the Camping Area, the adventurers soon enough found Fairy Girl and Bonefinder, dropped off their gear and unpacked the carriage. Setting up a tent for Leaf and Alli, then borrowed a tent from Fairy Girl for Princess Astranna to get her own private quarters. Mead and Absinthe was then head before dressing up as Good Faeries and wandering off for the days entertainment. A mystical opening ritual was done gifting the “standing stone circle” to Mt. Pisgah and Faerieworlds for eternities to appreciate. A beautiful rite and circle spiral dance was enjoyed. Most amazing, Sir Thomas Leaf thought. As he had experienced Three Wishes Faerie Festival in Bodmin Moor upon the lake of Sir Arthur’s Excalibur … he was warmed with enlightened joy that Sir Emilio, Lady Kelly, Lady Kimmy, and their merry band Woodland brought forth some enchanting pieces of the Isles back home with them. Then the festive music took place on the main stage with first up on stage was “Tricky Pixie“, followed by “Brother“, and then “Woodland“. The Fae felt that “Brother” and “Woodland” did amazing performances and were fabulous choices for opening up the music of the weekened. Following the performance, the fae migrated over to Netherworlds for some stunning aerial arts. Mesmerizing performances were found throughout the inner circle of Faerieworlds. Mystical workings in effect and an enchanting night was had by all. Various parties all around as Faerieworlds embarked on all night entertainment camps through the night with a campfire with festivities in the camping areas. It was a late night for the travellers as they were exhausted from their long journey. A whirlwind of fun enjoyed by all.

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07.29.10: Chronicles: The Road to Faerieworlds

Day 1: The Road to Faerie

Thursday, 29 July 2010
* Wyoming * Utah * Idaho * Oregon, United States of America *

All night driving, tag team taking turns driving Absinthe Alli’s carriage across the plains of Wyoming on into Utah by 7 am. The Devil’s Slide and The Great Salt Lake greeted our adventurers. By 10 am the travellers were driving across the Plains of Idaho with a pitstop of a morning swim in the Snake River. The weary explorers finally hit Oregon‘s border by 5 pm. As the delvers followed the weaving Columbia River they found their way to American Stonehenge for solar alignments, ritual offerings, and a view of the valley. Sir Thomas Leaf, Absinthe Alli, and Princess Astranna then drove down the winding road from the bluffs atop which Stonehenge sits, pitstopping at a fruit stand for some provisions for their journey. They stopped in the Dalles for some seafood Thai. Exhausted, the day before entering the Faerie realm, while communicating with Lady Bonefinder of British Columbia and Faerie Girl from the Emerald City who were hours ahead trying to secure a camping spot decided to stop in Albany at a Motel 6 for a restful sleep. Meanwhile the adventurers they were soon to meet up with, Bonefinder and Faerie Girl were tenting under the wing of an Air Pixie’s plane. Exhaustion and a good night’s rest was had by all.

Sacrifices at American Stonehenge

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Chronicles: July 5-28, 2010: Pirates, Environment, Portal, Road to Faerie

Me and Faerie Twig

Journeys around Colorado, July 5-28, 2010

As we join back with Sir Thomas Rhymer Oisin Leaf McGowan on his journey between the worlds we see that much contemplations about the dimensions, wanderlust, adventures, and concerns about the Earth has been swarming around in his mind and his concerns. He begins to feel restless and out of place. He begins to feel change stir and action begin to ignite with new plans and adventures amidst.

Around the middle of July, Sir Thomas Leaf, accompanied Lady Absinthe Alli to view The Portal. A multimedia extravaganza of mystical lore, myths, legends, with sacred visions, and insight of times past to future events to become. Later that weekend, He joined Quartermaster Q, Absinthe Alli, and Lady Cristina to enter the village of Larkspur for their 2010 Colorado Renaissance Faire. The adventure party was beset on finding goods for their life journeys and style as well as much merriment to be had at the Pirate Pub for comedy, song, and festive mead drinking. Watching the knights joust, the Washing Wenches doing their shenanigans, and admiring fine garments. Barbaric devouring of turkey legs and roasted artichokes. Much much more mead was imbibed by the crew.

Before exiting the Renaissance Faire, Sir Thomas Leaf encountered the gorgeous and ethereal Fairy Twig who granted him a magical stone as a charm for his next journey. That evening, lucid trance dancing was had by Lady Cristina and Sir Thomas Leaf as they partook of the musical visions of Lunar Fire at Cervantes.

Discussions of projects to be had with Pirate Relief were set into forward action during these weeks as plans to adddress the great Pacific Garbage Patch (aka Trash Island), involvement in the upcoming Brethrencon, and travels for the road to Faerie for more omens and insight about Faerie Renaissance to come.

The world is coming to some transitions and levels of dangerous concern as its inhabitants are not being aware of sustainability, ecological awareness, recycling, and environmental disasters such as Garbage Island and The Gulf Oil Spill, wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Recessions, and natural disasters.

Ideas brewed between the crew of Pirate Relief as they learned the stories of Captain Charles Moore who had stumbled upon the monstrosity of the Vortex in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Not only are there several of these vortexes, but some of them are larger square acreage than the entire United States. No one seems to be addressing these issues, rather just mark and track them with no real set plans on addressing a cleanup. Pirate Relief not quite sure what they can do about it has beset to start investigating some ideas for implementing a cleanup. Ideas around the Plastic bottle island in Mexico and the successful arrival of Plastiki: the catamaran built of 12,000 water bottles that sailed from California to Australia set into much inspiration about future projects.

A weekend of camping and relaxing on the river outside of Leadville led to many contemplations about life, journeys, transitions, and quests. Accompanied by Lady Cristina and her son, fun adventures were had by all as merriment was found celebrating birthdays of dear friends, music, food, story, and song. Sir Thomas Leaf gained some vision about what he wanted out of his future and his upcoming quests.

Blessings of Lady Kimmy, Lady Kelly, and Sir Emilio made the journey possible for Sir Thomas Leaf to visit the land of Faerieworlds again this year. Discussions with his crew, Sir Thomas Leaf and Pirate Relief’s Booty Girl (treasurer – she who counts the booty) Absinthe Alli, and her daughter princess Astranna decided to make the trek to the land of Faerie. On Wednesday, 28 July 2010 after Sir Thomas’ work in the Curation lab and Absinthe Alli’s work in the accounting office – they set off on the road to Faerie late that evening as they drove in Absinthe Alli’s carriage from Colorado through the rolling plains of Wyoming ….

Colorado Renaissance Faire

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Faeries and the Fae …

The Tree Leaves’ Oracle icon flower fairy

The Victorian Flower Fairy or Nature Sprite
Flower Fairies are believed to be the fairy spirit essence of various flowers; they are portrayed as tiny creatures that rarely are larger than 20 cm. tall. Most of these depictions come from Victorian art and is a common ‘model’ for what most people think of what is a fairy. They live in tree tops, marshes, forests, gardens, fields, and waysides. It is believed by many that when a seed sprouts a flower fairy is born. Each flower fairy lives upon its host plant and not found too far from it. They sleep within the flower. As the flower grows so does the fairy. The flower fairy exists to tend and watch over the flower. If the flower dies, so too does the fairy. Disembodied spirits, elves, fairies or daemons; often the term used for the Air elemental known as sylphs, or as the name of the elementals of Spirit. Flower fairies are often also referred to as nature sprites or spirits. Some define sprites as a being who are beginning a course of evolutionary growth and in the elemental states of their growth. In some ways, this is the concept, in the life of a flower, what makes a flower fairy a sprite. Examples: http://www.flowerfaeries.com/flowerfairies.shtml; http://www.flowerfairies.com/US_version/home.html.

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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.




























Zoe Jakes and Beats Antique @ Faerieworlds Winter 2010

Zoe Jakes and Beats Antique
* Faerieworlds Winter 2010 Celebration * McDonald Theater * Eugene, Oregon * January 30th, 2010 * 11:00-12:30 *
* http://www.beatsantique.com/ * myspace.com/beatsantique * zoebellydance.com * theindigo.net *

Bad Faeries Masquerade Ball couldn’t be more spectacular then to end with a mesmerizing and enchanting performance by Zoe Jakes and Beats Antique. 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 DJs/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 Ive been learning over the last year, I was in utmost awe to see one of my favorite dancer inspirations. This was my second time Ive been blessed with seeing them perform. Major kudos for the mesmerizing and enchanting performance! Completely blessed my night. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Official Photogallery of Zoe Jakes and Beats Antique can be found at the Faerieworlds web site.

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Faerie Fashion at Faerieworlds Winter Celebration 2010

Faerie Fashion By Flux Magazine

Faerieworlds Winter Celebration * Faerie Marketplace * Lane County Event Center * Eugene, Oregon * Saturday, January 30, 2010 *

Talented student writers, interviewers, and photographers came to the Faerieworlds Marketplace to get a grasp on what exactly Faerie Fashion is. Here in this Youtube video is a few interviews from participants attending the event. The article can be found at : http://www.fluxstories.com/2010/03/fairies-do-exist/. I was honored to be one of the handful selected for interview and photos. The youtube and video encompassed only the daytime costumery and fashion that didn’t embrace the phenomenal steampunk influenced threads in the evening of “Bad Faeries” Masquerade Ball. The artists and interviewers did a great job and wrote a wonderful article that you can read above, or below where I’ve archived for my own collection of memories of the event.

Fairies Do Exist

Text by Bronwynn Manaois, Video by Rachelle Hacmac.

As I walk through the arches of the McDonald Theatre, I hear the words to an old Joe Jackson song in my head: I stepped into, I stepped into, into another, into another world. I am instantly bombarded by grown women wearing fairie wings .Men in top hats and goggles look as if they have just stepped off the time machine. Elven points adorn the ears of spritely looking fellows, and the bad fairies come dressed in black lace and even blacker stares. Angels walk the hall with dragons, and witches cackle from the corners. Everywhere is mischief and magic. This is Fairieworlds. The Bad Fairie Masquerade Ball, to be exact. I had prepared accordingly. Knowing that anyone daring to venture into this territory without the proper accoutrements would be scorned, banished, or maybe even pixie-led, I dressed as my natural world alter-ego, The Mobster Fairie. Complete with a gun belt on my thigh (packing only a childs water-gun, not loaded) and a flapper-esque dress, I was allowed to pass through the realm undetected.

The Green Man, the archetypal embodiment of nature in British-Isle lore, whistles at me from his perch on the stairs. Fairies fix their wings in the bathroom mirrors while gnomes and goblins imbibe in the bars. Its like a night-club for the otherworld, a scene straight out of Labyrinth with David Bowie singing to me from the balcony. I feel right at home.

For the past four summers, I have attended the Fairieworlds festival held outside of Eugene. The three-day event takes place on Lughnassah, an ancient Celtic rite marking the midsummer point. My own Celtic heritage is greeted warmly at Fairieworlds, where tribes of people gather from throughout the nation, and even the globe. This convergence of like-minded folks is a haven for those who choose to practice ancient, nature-based religions and for those who simply like to dress up.

The wild popularity of this gathering is matched by one in the rolling hills of my hometown, Glen Rock, Pennsylvania. The 20-year-old Spoutwood Farm Fairie Festival has been host to tens of thousands of nature spirits each May Day. The Spoutwood Festival is held on the first weekend of May, which is believed to hold the budding, fertile energy of all that is Spring. Both festivals draw international Celtic and mystical musicians, and a Renaissance fair-like atmosphere of artisans. The canvas tents, resembling a village from a time long gone, boast handmade treasures. Theres pottery, jewelry, fantasy art, and delicious food. Fairie wings, Pan horns, and clothing to satisfy even the sauciest wench pour from old wooden chests. There is a sense of history and place, but also of magic. The pennants flying in the breeze above the encampment whisper ancient secrets.

Revelers come to these festivals to pay homage to an old way of being that still has merit in our modern world. The dizzying pace of communication is slowed to a natural rhythm. Some folks attend as a sort of spiritual retreat, a respite from the everyday, a safe place to worship.
Here, imagination is alive and well and creativity is celebrated. You can come as you are or what you dream to be. Smoke pours from the stage as Zoe Jakes, the bellydancer accompanying Beats Antique, takes the stage. Her presence is electric, the crowd is mesmerized by her undulations. The music, a mix of ancient and modern, transforms the theatre into a swaying sea of glitter and feathers.

Prior to this, sound pirates Abney Park called the fairies to the dance. With an eclectic mix of instruments, they set the wheels in motion. The highlight of the evening was the mid-winter ritual. The symbolic crone passed her light on to the sleeping trees, whispering the prayers that stir them to life. The Green Man and storyteller Mark Lewis teach the audience to become like the rain. We listen as we start with a soft pitter-pat and swell to a deluge, sweetly finishing like the dew. There was magic that night, made through the intentions of the winged crowd.
When I step outside of the theatre, something in the air shifts. Maybe it was the wind caused by the rushing cars. Maybe it was my overactive, story-telling imagination. But maybe, just maybe, there was something else. As I walk down the city street, a soft mist forms, and I notice the first tiny buds growing on the trees. [see article link above for full text and photos ].


Faerieworlds Winter 2010 Market (1/30/10 – Eugene, Oregon)

Faerieworlds Winter 2010 Market

Faerieworlds Winter Celebration Market 2010
* January 30th, 2010 * Lane Center * Faerieworlds Winter 2010 * Eugene, Oregon *
Out of the two days of the Faerie Market, I was only able to do Saturday as I had a flight out of Portland on Sunday. Alot of the wonderful Faerie vendors one have come to know from Faerieworlds Summer were there, with I imagine a few new ones. Great art, clothes, jewelry, crafts, and gifts. I’ll be honest though, I’m not a fan of faerie arts being indoors … and while its understandable for winter (rain outside even on this date) and it was aimed for large attendance, having it at the fairgrounds exhibit hall / auditorium was just too “boxy” and hard to absorb the energy. Good bands and performances, but very few danced. There was a great kids activity center, and workshops amass, but unless you were focused on a shopping spree, it didn’t hold entertainment very long. Very little in the food and drink department too … they certainly should have had more food vendors and entertainment mixed around the marketplace. Its evolving I understand … so I look forward to its next evolution cycle. Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Kids Activity Center

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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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08.02.09: STL Cronicles/Hearth Quest: Chapter 24: ‘Family Faeries Day, Faun in North America!

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From the journal of Sir Thomas “Rymour Oisin” Leaf: Sunday, The 2nd of Sextilis (Julius Caesar’s “August”) in the good year 2009 of the Common Era

“Another day in the world of Faeries as I awoke in the blackberry brambles and stumbled out of the tent it was time to figure out today’s themed costume for Faerie Family Day. I half expected to see Fairy Girl and Adam to be still passed out on our patio tarp, but they were gone. I decided to go as a ‘celestial faerie’. Hanna was off figuring out her outfit as well. I wandered across the meadows and woods into the festival-land, found Godmother Faerie and hung out with her for a bit. I was so incredibly enchanted by the female wood dryad who danced along the meadows and then froze, only to repeat once again. Every other hour I was back in the river swimming like a merman, cooling off, and bouncing between food vendors – coconut curry, pad thai, lemonades, and the main stage. The late afternoon entertainment was blessed with repeat performances from Woodland and Faun. Danced up a storm. Danced a bit with Fairy Godmother. Hung out lots with Hanna, Kristin, and Adam. Did a bit of tarot readings. After Faun’s performance, the festival was ended. Took my last funds to go get a dvd and cd from them, and got all of Faun’s signatures on them. Bid the lovely band sweet farewells. After tonight, Faerieworlds will vanish back to its lovely and heavenly realms and we’ll have to settle into the human world once again. We said our farewells to all, watched as the vendors quickly packed up and pulled out, sad to see them all go. We wandered back to the party camp, and pretty much settled in for the evening. Eventually parties sprouted up with wild howls and laughter throughout the night. I slept more in the hammock and relaxed. It has been a long day. Before I knew it, I was out cold in the tent. Good night!”

Me swimming like a merman in the river at Faerieworlds

My Review of Faerieworlds 2009. Official Faerieworlds Gallery. Read about Faerieworlds Day 1. Read about Faerieworlds Day 2. Ready about Faerieworlds Day 3. My review of Woodland on August 2, 2009. My Review of Faun on August 2, 2009.

Me as a celestial faerie

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


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.


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

* 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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08.01.09: STL Cronicles/Hearth Quest: Chapter 23: ‘Bad Faeries Day, Faun in North America!’

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Me and Catherinna

From the journal of Sir Thomas “Rymour Oisin” Leaf: Saturday, The 1st of Sextilis (Julius Caesar’s “August”) in the good year 2009 of the Common Era

“Early to rise stretching out of the sleeping bag from the half-deflated air mattress that must have been punctured through the night from the blackberry brambles underneath the tent floor. Afterall, we camped in a blackberry thicket under the cover of the faerie woods at Mt. Pisgah. I wandered out, giving ample blood sacrifice of my legs to the blackberry thorns as I stumbled over to the hammock and laid out peering over and contemplating the branchwork designs that were above me. Knowing its early I contemplated what kind of costume to do for “Bad Faeries Day”. I summoned up something. A tribal Elf. Me and Hanna wandered into the village and perused the shoppes and the amazing costumes / creations people came out with. We wandered through the crowds and said greetings and blessings to all. I found Fae Magazine and had hoped Faerie Moe would be attending and watching the booth … but alas, she didn’t come. I did however have the absolute pleasure of meeting her kindred grandmother — Faerie Godmother who I got along with and wandered around with periodically through the day. We walked across the meadows to the river for a swim and met new friends. Dancing to wonderful music. We dropped in to see Kimmy to thank her for gifting me entrance to this wonderful festival who as an event organizer was running around crazy, wild, and busy. Hung out a bit with Kelly and met the members of Faun again (well some I met in Germany (Oliver), the remaining members I had yet to meet … Fiona, Rudiger, and Niel. Still have not met Sandra. Oliver recollected meeting me in Worms, Germany at their Unplugged performance back in March/April. That was nice. Excited to see their show tonight with the full band in their full glory (Niel didn’t play in Worms because it was an unplugged performance). Plus this is their first North American performance.

Me and Fiona from Faun at Faerieworlds

Chatted with Fiona and Niel again over by the river when I took a swim. (Periodic habit of mine at 2009 Faerieworlds …. consistently swimming and cooling off) Wandering through the festival, dropping by a lemonade for Faerie Godmother. Said hello to Brian, Wendy, and Toby Froud. Met Toby’s wife, and watched Toby frolick around through the festival grounds with his massive puppets. Did a Faerie meditation at one of the workshops and took Harp lessons. Dancing to Tricky Pixie, Adam Hurst, The Wicker Men, and Delhi to Dublin, Fiona joined me for a dance and showed me her amazing torque with rubies at the ends telling me I should travel the German Medieval festival circuit. Ran into my good friend Catherina and danced a bunch. Fairygirl Kristin and Adam hung out with us, hanging out on the blankets and catching up on old times. It’s been a very good day. Apparently there was a film crew shooting an independent movie called “The Otherworld” outside the main gates as they were not allowed into the festival to film and produce the production. At least that’s what we heard. Three young girls kept dancing around Catherinna almost like a fertility dance. It was a pretty magical act. Louisa John-Krol was amazing. When Faun came on I was in sheer ecstasy, they are my most favorite band. They did an amazing show. The Mythmakers finalized the evening with another ritual. Again, after the show, they closed down the village, and we headed back to Party camp expecting a fire. Even though fire suppression equipment and a large barrel of water was delivered to the hearth circle, everyone was too paranoid to light a fire – even though Catherinna and her friend gathered firewood. Everyone insisted that someone official be there for lighting the fire. I went back to the village in search of Kelly and Emilio, but couldn’t find them. The stage hands said to just light the fire. I went back to Party circle and again, no one was willing to let the fire be lit for fear of getting in trouble. With no hearth, no warmth, and no light – the partying around the hearth diminished and people vanished off to private parties at various camps. I went to bed early. Though throughout the night was hooting, hollering, partying, and howling. Still no fire. :: sigh :: Definitely a dampener. Kristin and Adam had passed out on the tarp in front of our tent after hanging out with them for awhile. I tried to fall asleep in the hammock, but woke up in the middle of the night cold and transferring myself back to the tent. New visions were received as to where I’m going and what’s going on with me … especially in the next few years to come. {to be revealed in the near future} Good night!”

My Review of Faerieworlds 2009. Official Faerieworlds Gallery. Read about Faerieworlds Day 1. Read about Faerieworlds Day 2.

Review of Tricky Pixie’s performance, Day 2

Review of Lisa Lynne’s Harp Lessons

Review of Delhi 2 Dublin

Review of Louisa John-Krohl

Review of Faun

Review of Mythmakers, Day 2

young girls dancing around Catherina at Faerieworlds

Bad Fae Day Crowds: video by pequenakid

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Faerieworlds – Day 2 – Bad Faeries Day – 2009

Faerieworlds Day 2

Faerieworlds Day 2: Bad Faeries Day : Faerieworlds 2009: August 1st, 2009

Day Two was “Bad Faeries Day” of the Faerieworlds Festival for 2009. As we were campiang, a nice restful sleep, and the ability to enjoy the nature at the Mt. Pisgah Arboretum in the fields and the forests, swimming in the river, and frolicking around the village absorbing everyone’s fabulous costumes and artwork. The gates opened at noon and on the main stage we enjoyed Tricky Pixie from 1-2 pm, Adam Hurst from 2:30-3:15 pm, The Wicker Men from 4:00-5:00 pm, Delhi 2 Dublin from 5:45-7 pm, and International favorites for their first performances at Faerieworlds : Australia’s Louisa John-Krol from 7:45 PM TO 8:45 PM, and Germany’s “Faun” from 9:30-11 pm. British Columbia’s Mythmakers stunned us afterwards with fireworks and ritual theater from 11:20 pm until midnight. What a fabulous day!!! Throughout the day we ventured around doing workshops and visiting friends, booths, and merchants; eating the fabulous culinary delights in the food court, and frolicking with the faeries. I personally did a Faerie Oracle workshop and learned to play Harp. On the Village stage at 2 pm the Milesians entertained us followed by Vixy and Tony at 3:15, Sharon Knight at 5 pm, and Man Overboard at 7 pm. This particular Saturday i was also able to meet some of the very unique and talented artists featured at 2009 Faerieworlds and peruse their amazing art: These included, but not limited to: Joseph Corsentino (Bogata, Columbia) who does photography, science fiction, and fantasy – well known for his “Time of the Faeries” mythos of faeries, angels, and vampires “between the stars and the streetlights” endure the chaos and tragedy of decaying modern cities. Then Jen Delyth whose Celtic Art ranges from egg tempura paintings to computer illustrations – also the author of “Celtic Folk Soul: Art, Myth, and Symbol”. Gris Grimly who is inspired by Poe, Gorey, and Lovecraft presenting a number of macabre children’s books suck as Wicked Nursery Rhymes, Little Jordan Ray’s Muddy Spud, and Where Madness Reigns. Miss Mindy whose illustration and art brings silliness to children’s books and her Miss Mindy’s Sassy Paper Doll Bonanza. Carolyn Turgeon who wrote “Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story”. Reknown Faerie artist Amy Brown with her collection of over 150 prints in watercolors, pencils, and paints. Brian and Wendy Froud – the artists well known for “The Dark Crystal”, “Labyrinth”, and “Good Faeries, Bad Faeries”, “Faeries”, and the “Lady Cottingham’s Pressed Fairy Book”; along with their son Toby who was the baby in Labyrinth with his puppet master talent. All the artists who inspire me to escape daily into the realms of faeries and fantasy away from the concrete jungle of commercialism and technology. Faerieworlds is such an inspiration on soo many levels. The days activities through the concerts were amazing. After midnight though, camping entertainment at Party camp wasn’t very exciting and unfortunately a hearth was not lit. That was a dampener to an amazing day and night – nevertheless, I escaped into the beauty of the woods, the mystical night, the awesome light of the moon, to frolick with the night faeries among the stars. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Official Faerieworlds Gallery. Read about Faerieworlds Day 1. Ready about Faerieworlds Day 3.

Review of Tricky Pixie’s performance, Day 2

Review of Lisa Lynne’s Harp Lessons

Review of Delhi 2 Dublin

Review of Louisa John-Krohl

Review of Faun

Review of Mythmakers, Day 2

Mythmakers at Faerieworlds, Bad Faeries Night

Bad Fae Day – Youtube Video by pequenakid

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