NIGEL SHAW & CAROLYN HILLYER
Winter concert featuring new album plus songs to honour the cold months
by internationally renowned Dartmoor musicians
Carolyn Hillyer and Nigel Shaw
Saturday 14 December
“We create music albums and concerts, books and paintings, traditional flutes and drums, women’s workshops and instrument making weekends, small festivals and gentle gatherings on our ancient farm on Dartmoor, Devon…
We began to sense the arrival of this album a few years before its first song reached our door. After many travels in Arctic terrains, north has become scratched onto our bones and wrapped inside our music; over and again we have found ourselves dreaming, composing and writing about timeless ice, reindeer souls and the resonances of taiga and tundra. But the concept of north has always meant so much more than the geographical compass point or a turn within the flow of seasons and we wanted to explore north as a state of being; to ask ‘what is the north we can give you?… We are delighted to announce the release of our new album. We have been on a meandering journey during the winter and spring, seeking and discovering threads of tender myth and feral dream to anchor into this music. A couple of the songs have surprised us by their strange intensity, others have managed to be a close reflection of what we had in our hearts when we wrote them, our whisky song has made us laugh… So we are now dancing on our toes towards the summer with these new songs in our arms, ready to be released into your ears! We hope you enjoy them.
Nine Prayers North is available on CD or download.
Opening ceremony at 8.30 p.m. led by Bards Of Ynys Witrin. Performances from 9 p.m. – contact Nathan or Craig in advance (via the Assembly Rooms Facebook page) to book an open mic / floor spot slot of up to 10 minutes / 2 songs. Turning up early on the night may or may not secure you a chance to perform, depending how busy we are!
Confirmed acts so far: Silver Wiglets – Solstice Carols, The Avalon Free State Choir, Marty Ratcliffe, Craig McFarlane, Nick Ashron, Tim Raven, Nathan Lewis Williams…
Live music from some of the region’s finest folk / rock artists.
Kangaroo Moon are well known in Glastonbury, and on the festival scene for their trance psychedelic take on traditional tunes and songs, and are fronted by singer-songwriter Mark Robson on piano, didge and vocals. Mark and the band are loosely connected to the Gong family tree, as is Glastonbury legend Tim Hawthorn, who has played with The Invisible Opera Company of Tibet and Mother Gong, and here will present a selection of his finely crafted solo songs.
Cary Grace is a songwriter/composer, producer, musician, and analogue synthesizer maker based in the UK, and will be launching her new album at this event.
She was born in South Carolina, and lived in Nashville for many years, releasing her first album in 2004. 2005 saw her relocating to England, bringing only four guitars, her cat, and a couple of dozen boxes.
Since then, she has been working with various other musicians recording and and writing prolifically and releasing six more full-length albums and two EPs [ full discography > ].
Her first double album, 2009’s Perpetual Motion, is heavy on improvisation, but the improvisational aesthetic is blended with Cary’s distinctive songwriting to create something that is simultaneously both free-flowing and structured.
2010 brought a return to more conventional song-forms with the debut self-titled album by Monday Machines (a collaboration with Allan Coberly, backed by Andy Budge and David Payne).
The same year she began producing The Airtight Garage, a music-based programme and podcast (currently on hiatus).
In 2011 Cary acquired the exclusive American modular synthesizer brand, Wiard, following a lengthy training period where she learned how to build the hand-made 300 Series modules first-hand from Grant Richter, the founder of Wiard. During the same time period she released a single recorded in collaboration with Mauve La Biche after adding some Buchla 200 overdubs — a cover of the Amon Duul II classic “Archangel Thunderbird”, and recorded and gigged with Grant Richter’s spacerock band, F/i, in the USA. She now manufactures Wiard Synthesizers in England at Wessex Analogue, while continuing to use all available free time to make music.
Recently, Cary has made several appearances on releases by the seminal English vinyl label, Fruits de Mer, covering Pink Floyd, Amon Duul II, and David Bowie. Cary’s versions of “Black Country Rock” and “Sound and Vision”, (as well as Consterdine’s version of the latter) appeared on a very special limited edition 8″ lathe cut, Friends of the Fish 8, with a third David Bowie cover, “Queen Bitch”, appearing on 2016’s Fruits de Mer Members’ CD compilation A New Career in a New Town.
Following the widespread acclaim of 2015’s Tygerland, 2016 brought something new — a live album release. The Uffculme Variations was recorded at Kozfest 2016, when The Cary Grace Band was joined on stage by past collaborators (and Tygerland guests) Steffe Sharpstrings and Graham Clark for a dazzling mostly improvised set.
A festive feast for all that need a little christmas cheer this year.
Thanks to funding from Somerset Community Foundation and GoFundMe donations from our amazing community (thank you all so much) we are hosting a community meal this festive season.
If you would like to donate to a good cause and be entered for a chance to win an incredible prize, please click our gofundme link.
Details of prizes can be found in the discussion section as they are revealed 💚
24th & 25th of January 2020 (Booking open!)
10am to 7:30 pmEarth Resonance Ceremony:
26th of January 2020 (Booking open for those who have done C1-16)
10am to 7:30 pm
THIS WINTER IN GLASTONBURY we will be sharing a Ceremony on the Tor. A powerful sacred site that has been battled over, used and abused for hundreds of years. To suppress its strength and influence a Christian Monastic Church was built on top of it in the 14th century, the tower of which remains today. A replica of the Tor was erected and included in the Masonic ritual that opened the London Olympics. This is an indication of the potency of the Tor and the Isle of Avalon as an interdimensional gateway. As Guardians of The White Spring for 10 years ( we lived between the Tor and the Chalice Hill for 3 years) Jiva and myself can attest to the power of this portal. Our personal journey of many initiations in that portal makes us intensely excited to be returning this December to hold The Earth Resonance Ceremony on the Glastonbury Tor. And to hold Ceremonies 7-16.
The Earth Resonance Geometry has been ready for several months now. We now know it’s resonant Code. This Ceremony does not reconnect a circuit, it is a Ceremony to coalesce into a full body resonant response to the totality of Earths frequency. To breath with her consciously. To give and to receive electromagnetic Source Code data through biocircuitry. Sharing cognizance with our mother Planet we bridge the worlds becoming present as fractal aspects of the Maha Gaia Tantra of Creation. Phase locking into the eternal constant. Infusing the Grid and offering this harmonic resonance to all Earth’s sentient beings.
The Wollumbin Portal in NSW, Australia has proved time and again the phenomenal dynamic of worldbridging that can be initiated by conscious energetic communion within a portal. It was on Green Mountain, a portal that sits on the 19.5 degree hyper dimensional tetrahedral grid, that we experienced ourselves fully connected and utilizing the totality of our original Blueprint, experiencing the counter-resonant manifestation of Earth in her transcendental form. Every Template Code has been a component in the format of reverse engineering that experience.
I imagine most of you have recognized the recent acceleration of the agenda to restrict human freedom and sovereignty and the obvious shift in global power structures. Those who have tracked the progression of the warning signs are recognizing the implications on a domestic level. Considering what we have shared at every workshop in regards to the changeover of the term and dominion of the ruling forces that ultimately direct and manipulate the course of history in this mutant paradigm, it comes as no surprise. Nonetheless it is shocking.
There is a window of time through which we can collectively affect the field. If you have been studying the Template material you will have understood the interrelation between the reconnection of circuitry and the present planetary phase of transition. Regardless of how punishing this time is on so many levels it is the most ideal time to be here. Draw yourself up above the storm and witness the phenomenon as it began to unfold, as it reached its zenith and as it is now manifesting as the culmination of the epoch. You may be in it but you are not of it.
The reconnection of circuitry and the resulting restoration of the original Human Blueprint did not coincide with this treacherous timeline by chance. This passage from the 2012 Newsletter nails it…
“The emergence of the geometric and sonic codes which are intrinsic to the alchemy of the Template ceremonies are timely, consistent with and entirely relevant to the opportunity offered in this time of transformation. Functioning on the laws of resonant harmonics, The Template is a holonomic model of transcendence, a process through which the individual unit of bio-circuitry is resurrected: a system that recognises and is aligned with the higher physics of creation which reveals the unified field to be a holonomic tantric cohesion of Source Consciousness, fractally constructed in the language of light…the language of sacred geometry.”
The 2012 alignment was the Zenith within the phase that has rendered this planet in this timeline to be a portal of unprecedented opportunity ….
“For Earth, this alignment holds the promise of liberation. The displacement of the planets within our solar system, including the destruction of Maldek and the introduction of foreign satellites which scramble the data embedded in the light of our Sun, have rendered Earth a stolen planet functioning in a deviant temporal zone. Although the coming alignment will not create an immediate reintegration into the holistic continuum, it will activate the capacity of Earth and Her inhabitants to ultimately realise their place within the integrity of the universal holography.
The alignment of the torsion field structure of the universal holonomic design is eternally in synchronomic motion – a space/time continuum which is not a sequential binary signal-response pattern that exhausts a supply of energy resulting in entropy…but a fractally constructing self-referencing ocean of possibilities. The coming alignment is an opportunity to recalibrate to this holistic continuum”.
We have known for some time that the structure through which we have been able to offer The Template Codes would need to reflect the restrictions we are already witnessing.
in the last couple of years. Jiva and I have looked at the situation endlessly from every angle. We will continue to produce films with all Codes free on line. However there simply is not enough funding to get these film made quickly enough to meet the time frame the present global situation is defining.
In the last few weeks the solution has presented itself. We are not yet prepared to launch the full extent of what we have envisioned, however we will be presenting a version of the planned structure at the Assembly Rooms on the above dates.
Ceremonies 7-16 will be held in 2 days (24th & 25th of January 2020). On the morning of each day there will be the briefest introduction followed by a day of immersion in exquisite Sound, Geometry and Codes.
On the 3rd day (26th of January 2020) we will meet on the Tor for the Earth Resonance Ceremony… returning to the Assembly Rooms to gather informally. (To take part in the Earth Ceremony, you must have completed 16 Ceremonies)
The Template Ambassadors are also on board with the need for this new format. To experience 1-6 Ceremonies in 2 days check our website for an Ambassador.
Need I say it will be intense! Personally we are both looking forward to this… and at the same time we will miss the old format. However, it is time for change and innovation if we are to reach the critical mass of transformation needed to affect the field. I have always felt that it would be preferable if people attended Ceremonies after having researched and gathered their own understanding of what is occurring on their Planet at this time. Things have changed immensely since The Template began and the information is everywhere. Once people have studied the information we have supplied in books, films, CDs and newsletters they can achieve their own grasp of the relevance of the reconnection of circuitry in regards to what they are experiencing in their world, their lives and within themselves. And make a responsible, informed and empowered decision.
We will never forget that moment in the Assembly Rooms, delivering for the first time the information on the moon to 100 stunned people. It was well before it was being spoken about. It was honour to offer something so profound – and to follow it with the 5th Code – The Temple of Time Ceremony. There have been many such milestones over the years. Some of the all time best experience of our lives have taken place in Ceremony with some extraordinary Human beings. And somehow I feel there are many more to come.
COST & BOOKING DETAILS:
The cost will be £375 for 10 Ceremonies.
The price is the same for repeaters.
Earth Resonance Ceremony: a gift ⭐️.
To take part in it, you must have completed 16 Ceremonies.
Bookings by a deposit of £100 – no refund as space is limited.
Human Story Theatre in partnership with Turning Point presents
By Gaye Poole
Music composed by ARne Richards. Directed by Emma Webb. Originally directed by Anna Tolputt.
An edge of your seat drama about alcohol and the couple next door…
James and Ellen Wilson find themselves indulging in one dinner party – and one bottle of wine – too many. When supper talk turns from light and amusing to barbed and accusatory is it time for them to think about their alcohol intake? Observing all is Chloe, their teenage daughter, whose cello playing provides a live musical emotional barometer of the household.
One hour straight through. The performance is then followed by a Q&A session with guest professionals from Turning Point and other organisations.
The Desert Divas and Raheesha are delighted to return to the dance festival scene with Majma 2020, which will take place Friday to Sunday 13-15 March in Glastonbury, Somerset.
The website http://www.majmadance.co.uk/ is now open for you to enrol and book your workshops.
We have a wonderful finale festival planned with the theme: Be The Light. So don’t miss out on an “illuminating experience!”
The finest dance instructors from around the world and the UK come to teach and perform. Previous international guests include: Farida Fahmy, Morocco, Carolena Nericcio & Megha Gavin, Paulette Rees-Denis; Ava Fleming, Jill Parker and Rose Harden, Isidora Bushkovki, Meena Gorgese, Amel Tafsout, Raksan of Berlin and Hossam and Serena Ramzy.
Love and Light
Raheesha & the Desert Divas
Registration at Glastonbury Assembly Rooms: From 19.00 Friday and 9.00-9.30 Saturday (late arrivals)
Telephone: 07815 139981 (ansaphone)
If you are phoning from anywhere except the UK, use +44 7815 139981
Email: Send us an email
Gorsedh Ynys Witrin is a Bardic College based in Glastonbury. Our primary focus is to support, promote and honour Pan-Celtic culture, spirituality and creativity within the local community. To this end, we hold a yearly competition to decide the next Bard of Glastonbury and an annual Open Gorsedh ceremony at which the new Bards are publicly invested. We also facilitate irregular Bardic Circle meetings and poetry / music / storytelling evenings where members and guests can share their creativity and offer workshops and performances at various local festivals and events.
In the Celtic Tradition, the term Bard describes a wordsmith or linguist with particular skill in poetry, songwriting or storytelling. The original bards were Iron Age poet-mystics who kept the lore and history of their tribes, held high status and fulfilled an important cultural role. Glastonbury is one of a number of towns in England, which, according to tradition, can elect their own Bard to represent the local arts scene. The use of the word has continued through to modern times, Robert Burns, for example, is referred to as
The Bard of Scotland, William Shakespeare, who dramatised the lives of King Lear and Cymbeline is known as
The Bard of Avon, Robin Williamson has been honoured as the Chief Bard of OBOD and Billy Bragg is sometimes called
The Bard of Barking. More on the history of Bardism …
The Bardic Chair of Ynys Witrin
Each chaired Bard holds the post for one year and a day, before setting up a competition to elect a successor. The Chair refers to the position but, in some cases, as in Glastonbury and Bath, there is a physical ceremonial chair which is passed down from bard to bard. We also have a blue ceremonial robe and the ceremonial Silver Branch of Ynys Witrin, which are passed on with the title. Each Bardic Chair has its own Celticised name and is frequently associated with a specific location which is often, but not always, a natural or man-made mound or stone circle. Of course in Glastonbury the natural focus is the Tor.
The contest is open to Poets, Storytellers and Songwriters who compose on a given theme each year. We meet up over the third week in May to celebrate local arts & culture and share in creativity, performances & ceremony. The new Bard is Chaired at the Finals, which are held on St Dunstan’s Day (May 19th) every year.
The Institution of the Bardic Chair of Glastonbury is independent and belongs first and foremost to the people of Glastonbury, regardless of faith, background or politics. The position of Bard of Glastonbury is open to anyone who lives within walking distance of the Tor. We trust that anyone wishing to join us will be sympathetic to the Celtic Tradition from which it claims its heritage. See Rules of the Bardic Trials
Some previous years’ entries can be read in our Poetry archive.
Performers who wish to enter the contest for the Bardic Chair of Ynys Witrin this year must fill in an Official Entry Form, which is usually available from the Library of Avalon, Glastonbury High Street, Somerset. This year’s Open Gorsedh is being organised by the Gorsedh Committee of the Bardic Council of Ynys Witrin. Contact us here for further information.
|2006||Gwyn ap Nudd: King of the Faeries||Tim Hall|
|2007||The Nine Maidens||Dearbhaile Bradley||Merlin of the Woods||Steve Potier|
|2008||The Spirit of Trees||Ash||David Reakes||Theo Simon|
|2009||All that Glisters is not Gold||David Reakes||Tony Atkinson||Jo Waterworth|
|2010||Flight||Tony Atkinson||Phil Stretch||Kat Brown|
|2011||Twelve Giants: The Glastonbury Zodiac||Kali Roberts||Tim Hall||Oshia Drury|
|2012||The Initiation||Gerry Barnett||Harmony Davies|
|2013||The legend of Prometheus||Lisa Goodwin||Hugh le Provost and Harmony Davies||Graham Coles|
|2014||The Waters of Avalon||Therèse Liddy||Stephen Cole||Tim Hall|
|2015||The Twilight of the Gods||Wes White||Lisa Ceneri||Steve Leighton|
|2016||Tarot theme (The Magician)||Sarah Mooney||Bruce Garrard|
|2017||Silence||Billy the Celt||Silver Pen||Michelle Diaz|
|2018||The Virtues of Humility||Becki Nagle||Michelle Diaz||Jon Cousins|
The Bardic Crown was retired in 2016 as the function of Deputy could satisfactorily be covered by other Elders or prizewinners. A prize for written contributions, The Silver Pen, was subsequently proposed by Tony Atkinson and first awarded to Michelle Diaz at the 2018 Open Gorsedh.
After a very successful first show during the 2018 Solstice celebrations in Glastonbury, and a brilliant reception at 2019 Glastonbury Fringe, Glastonbury Assembly Rooms will play host to our play of lovers, faeries and players once again!
Join us on June 13th 2020 at the Assembly Rooms for an evening of laughter, entertainment and food for thought. Doors open at 6:30 for a 7pm start.
Ticket information coming soon.
Tickets will likely be sold from The Lords of the Wildwood Community Tea Rooms, Labyrinth Books and The Mystic Garden Gallery on Glastonbury High Street.