I can't help it... I love Pagan Folk, I know it isn't cool or fashionable but I don't care. Somethings we imprint on young and Folk music is, for me, just one of those things.
So I wanted to do a quick round up of my current favourites. 1. Sharon Knight and T.Thorn Coyle
- I felt for a long time that Pagan Chanting had been blessed with Z Budapest's work but there was little else out there. Sharon Knight
and T.Thorn Coyle have produced two amazing CDs of modern Pagan chants which are truly stunning.
2. Spiral Dance
- more classic folk but with fantastic lyrics which really draw on the Pagan experience. Spiral Dance
is one of the bands who are unashamedly writing songs about life as a Pagan. Given the lack of cultural expression Paganism has in the mainstream media, being able to listen to music with lyrics so clearly describing my life experience is a real joy.
- A dark folk band who draw on a diverse range of sources for their inspiration. The second I heard The Raven I was in love with Omnia's
work. Who doesn't want a bit of Edgar Allen Poe and Shakespeare set to music.
4. Damh the Bard
is a regular on the UK Pagan scene, host of the fabulous Druidcast
podcast and gifted musician. I don't mind admitting that every time he calls this home of mine Albion I am filled with and overwhelming sense of the land I live on.
5. Hagalaz' Runedance
- I was always going to enjoy music inspired by Norse mythology and Runes, but Hagalaz Runedance
introduced me to folk with a definite Scandinavian and Germanic twist which was fresh and exciting (fresh to a committed UK Folk fan anyway). I have found a deepening of my relationship with the runes and Norse Deities through their music which has been absolutely joyful.