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January 12th, 2011

* 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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* 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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* 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


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: 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.

Faerieworlds: The Experience from Unreal Classy on Vimeo.

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January 7th, 2011

Lost Girl: Season 1
(Television NR: Showcase, 2010)
Creator: M.A. Lovretta. Starring: Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried and Ksenia Solo; and many others.

Its an expose of the Faerie world hidden within the human world where the season follows on the sensual charismatic Bo who never really felt at home with the humans tortured by not being able to experience love with them as she drains them to death during sex. She soon discovers she is a Succubus and is not alone, but in a world of the Genus Fae and without a tribe. She's pushed to choose a tribe with the Dark Fae or the Light Fae, and decides to stay neutral. She becomes a renegade and teams up with a gothy girl human sidekick who becomes an investigator for the abnormal while figuring out who Bo's mom is and her faerie origins. Falling in love with a Lycanthrope, at ends with the Morrigan, fighting off various species of Fae while keeping things secret from the human world. Full of mythology and faerie lore blended into the modern human world ... this is a treasure and an action packed series. A must see for any faerie enthusiast. Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Season 1:

  • Episode 1: It's a Fae, Fae, Fae, Fae World (September 2010)
  • Episode 2: Where There's a Will, There's a Fae (19 September 2010)
  • Episode 3: Oh Kappa, My Kappa (26 September 2010)
  • Episode 4: Faetal Attraction (3 October 2010)
  • Episode 5: Dead Lucky (17 October 2010)
  • Episode 6: Food for Thought (24 October 2010)
  • Episode 7: ArachnoFaebia (31 October 2010)
  • Episode 8: Vexed (7 November 2010)
  • Episode 9: Fae Day (14 November 2010)
  • Episode 10: The Mourning After (21 November 2010)
  • Episode 11: Faetal Justice (28 November 2010)
  • Episode 12: (Dis)Members Only (5 December 2010)
  • Episode 14: Blood Lines (12 December 2010)

December 29th, 2010

Chupacabra Sighting Times Two

by Mike Krumboltz
Jul 14, 2010

A barn in Hood County, Texas, has become ground zero in the hunt for the chupacabra. Earlier this week, animal control officer Frank Hackett shot and killed what was unquestionably one of the ugliest creatures to ever walk the planet. That much we know. What's less clear is whether or not the departed creature was the elusive goat-sucking beast. Interestingly, that wasn't the only chupacabra sighting around Hood County. A second creature was spotted and killed several miles away. Both appear to be either hairless coyotes, extremely ugly dogs, or, who knows? Maybe the thing they call el chupacabra. In the wake of the discovery, Web searches on "chupacabra sightings" and "chupacabra texas" both roared to life, as did Web lookups for "chupacabra translation" and "chupacabra definition." According to Virtue Science, the name literally translates to "goat sucker." Legend states that the beast would attack goats and suck their blood. Think of them as a less sexy version of "Twilight"'s infamous vampire Edward Cullen. Officer Hackett was careful not to say whether or not this is really the mysterious beast. He's going to wait for the DNA tests before he makes up his mind. There is one thing he does know: "It wasn't normal." And another officer on the scene commented that she'd "never seen anything like it." Below you can watch the locals discuss their findings, but beware. The images of the creature are quite nasty.

December 15th, 2010

Wishing Trees


Wishing Tree @ Brigid's Well in Kildare, Ireland

Wishing Trees
"Wishing Trees" are very common throughout Ireland, England, and Scotland. They are usually individual trees upon which "folk magic", "folk spells", "faerie offerings", or "prayers" are offered. Sometimes it is particular to a specific species, where the tree lives, or how it looks. Many times they are associated with faeries or a particular Deity. They are very common alongside sacred wells in Ireland and the UK. The practice usually involves petitions or offerings made to the tree, a nature spirit associated with the tree, a Saint, a God/dess, or the ancestors with a request for a wish to be fulfilled. Coin trees involve offering of coins to a particular tree. These are often hammered into an old trunk, branch, or small tree. Sometimes these are oaks, rowan trees, hawthorns, ash, or thorn trees. Some hawthornes serve for fertility magic such as a common one in Argyll, Scotland by the Ardmaddy House. Sometimes hundreds of coins are hammered into the bark and wood with the belief that a wish will be granted for each of the coins added. A similar one that is well known is by the sacred well of ST. Maree in Loch Maree, Gairloch, Scotland that has hundreds of coins hammered into it. Also all over the Yorkshire Dales, such as in the pictures shown here I took during a hike, are found with hundreds of coins offered to nature spirits and/or faeries for a granting of a wish. Clootie Wish Trees are found next to sacred wells throughout England, Scotland, and Ireland. This involves the practice of tying a piece of cloth, often called "clouties", "clooties", or "cloughties" to ask for a answer to a prayer, a wish, and/or a petition. One of the most well known "wishing trees" is the Madron Well in Cornwall. With the Madron well, a sacred well of healing, it is believed that as the cloth rots, the ailment that one is seeking a cure for disappears. Even Charles Darwin recorded the finding of a "wishing tree" in his travels in Argentina called "Walleechu" which was treated by the local inhabitants as a Deity. It was festooned with offerings such as cigars, food, water, and cloth hung from the branches by bright strips of colored thread. Popular wishing trees in Hong Kong is the "Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree" near the "Tin Hau Temple" in Lam Tsu where paper tied to an orange and thrown up in the trees that stick will grant the petitioner a wish. The wishing tree next to Brigid's Well in Kildare is a common tree for petitioning healing requests.

Penny offerings for good luck
and as gifts to the Fae

"Wishing Tree"
Yorkshire Dales, England

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December 10th, 2010

St. Brighid

The Goddess Brigid
a.k.a. St. Brigid of Kildare, Brigid of Ireland, "Brigit", "Bridget", "Bridgit", "Bríd", "Bride", "Mary of the Gael", or "Naomh Bríd"
As a Saint and Actual Living Person: St. Brigid - c. 451 - 525 C.E. (A.D.)
Goddess of Poetry, Magic, Healing, Smithcraft, Learning, Common People, Flocks/Stock/Yield of the Earth, and Inspiration.

Patron Saint of Ireland along with Saint Patrick and St. Columba. Early Christian Nun, Abbess, and Founder of several Monasteries.
Holiday: February 1st as "Saint Brigid's Day, Candlemas, Imbolc, or Oimelc.

"As the Goddess: " Throughout Europe, especially in England and Ireland, was the Pagan worship of the Goddess Brigid. She was the Goddess of Poetry, Magic, Healing, Smithcraft, Learning, Common People, Flocks/Stock/Yield of the Earth, and Inspiration. She is identified in Lebor Gabála Érenn as the Daughter of Dagda and a poet; a half sister of Cermait, Aengus, Midir, and Bodb Derg. In the Cath Maige Tuireadh she is responsible for inventing keening while mourning as well as the whistle used for night travel. Her British Counterpart Brigantia was the Celtic equivalent of the Roman Minerva and the Greek Athena. She is also the Goddess of all things perceived to be of higher dimensions such as high-rising flames, highlands, hill-forts, upland areas, activities depicted as lofty or elevated such as wisdom, excellence, perfection, high intelligence, poetic eloquence, craftsmanship, healing, Druidic knowledge, the home, the hearth, and skills with warfare. When the Celts came to Ireland in 500 B.C.E. they brought with them the Druidic religion. Druidism was polytheistic with many Deities who interacted with humanity for good and for bad. It was a common practice for various Deities to be assigned to certain regions or places where a cult site would be established. One was established, as early, if not earlier than, 500 C.E. in what is now known as Kildare. The shrine and cult was dedicated to the Goddess Brigid. In the Celtic cosmology, the chief God was The Dagda Mor (God of musicians, magic) who ruled over the people of Dana (the Tuatha de Danann or the Faerie folk). Dana was the Mother of Irish God/desses. She was also associated as "Brid" the "Poetess" which is identified with the Goddess "Brigantia" who ruled over the Brigantes - a powerful Celtic tribe in North Britain. Brigantia ruled over water and the rivers - the Brighid in Ireland, the Braint in Wales, and the Brent in England. "Brid" meant "exalted one". She is often referred to as a "Triple Goddess" - the Three Sister Goddesses named Brid: (1) Goddess of poetry and traditional learning; (2) Goddess of the Smith's Art; and (3) Goddess of Healing. Through time, these three Goddesses and their attributes were merged into one figure - the Goddess Brigid. With the coming of Christianity, Paganism became absorbed and purposely phased out by the mainstream populace until eventually it was not tolerated. The Gods and Goddesses of old were diminished down to the same rank as faeries, angels, Saints, and royalty. Many of the ancient Gods and Goddesses were converted to Christian Saints by the Catholic Church as a means to dissolve Pagan belief systems. In Christian times she was converted to a Saint, after the actual St. Brigid of Kildare.

    Ni bu Sanct Brigid suanach
    Ni bu huarach im sheirc Dé,
    Sech ni chiuir ni cossena
    Ind nóeb dibad bethath che.

    Saint Brigid was not given to sleep,
    Nor was she intermittent about God's love of her;
    Not merely that she did not buy, she did not seek for The wealth of this world below, the holy one.
    ~ Saint Broccan Cloen

"As the Saint and Historical Person:" St. Brigid was the "Mary of the Gael" and only second in popularity to the people of Ireland next to St. Patrick. She was primarily associated with Kildare, the Curraugh, and the whole region of the Liffey Plain known as "Magh Life". St. Brigid was born to Dubtach or Dubhthach, the descendant of Con of the Hundred Battles, a Pagan Chieftain of Leinster; and to Brotseach or Brocca, A Christian Pict of the house of O'Connor who was a slave baptised by St. Patrick. St. Brigid was believe to have been born somewhere between 451-458 C.E (453 most common) at Faughart near Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland. Some accounts state that Dubhthach, her father, was from Lusitania and kidnapped by Irish pirates and brought to Ireland to work as a slave in the same regard as happened with Saint Patrick. Her mother, Brotseach, was also believed to be a slave of Dubtach who was sold off shortly before Brigid's birth to a Druid who lived at Faughart a few miles from Dundalk. Apparently much of this regard in her life affected Brigid's views on things, especially with the concept of people being property.
Dubtach, her father, and his family, were natives of Leinster and Fr. Swayne, the late Parish Priest of Kildare, who claims they were from Umaras between Monasterevin and Rathangan in County Kildare. She was baptised in the Christian faith under the name of "Brid" or "Brigid". Legend has it though that she was weaned on the milk of a white red-eared cow, the color of the beasts of the Tuatha De Danann. Through her life Brigid was especially kind to the people she encountered and was notorious in legend for miracles to be associated with her. One legend tells of her as a child in charge of the dairy by her mother that she gave away so much milk and butter to the poor people where they lived that none was left for her family. She knew her mother would be furious so resorted to prayer. As an answer to her prayers, when her mother visited the dairy she found an abundance of milk and butter. She was also known to be a lover of animals and had many tales of her kindness to stray and starving dogs. In childhood she supposedly encountered St. Patrick. Supposedly she was brought to hear him preach and when she listened to him she fell into ecstasy. She was so dedicated to charity, taking care of common people, healing the sick, and her faith that when she reached marriage age, she instead decided to dedicate to religious life. Pagan lore states she was one of the guardians of the Sacred Flame and Shrine of the Goddess Brigid in Kildare.

Christian tales tell of her leaving home with seven other young girls and travelling to County Meath where St. Maccaille the Bishop resided. The Bishop was hesitant to instate the girls because of their young age into the order. During prayer, it was here that they experienced a column of fire that reached the roof of the church resting on Brigid's head. The Bishop gave the veil to the eight young girls upon hearing of this miracle. St. Maccaille's Church was on Croghan Hill in County Westmeath and it was here that St. Brigid founded the first convent in Ireland which attracted many ladies of nobility as postulants and it was here that Brigid and her sisters completed their novitiate. After completion, they journeyed to Ardagh where they made their final vows to St. Mel, the Bishop of Ardagh and nephew of St. Patrick. Brigid founded another convent here and remained for 12 years. At the Bishops request, she sent sisters to various parts of Ireland to establish new foundations including herself. As St. Brigid travelled around Ireland, she visited with St. Patrick when he was preaching at Taillte or Telltown in County Meath to obtain his blessing. Throughout her travels she conducted blessings and miracles along the way gaining Sainthood. The Leinstermen knew Brigid was from their province and constantly asked for her to return home amongst them and was offered any site in that province. She decided to make her foundation on Druim Criadh near the Liffey in what eventually grew into Kildare. She chose a spot on the ridge of clay near a large oak tree and decided to build her oratory beneath its branches. Purportedly there was already a Shrine to the Goddess Brigid here. The new foundation prospered and grew quickly. Girls from all over Ireland and even abroad came to St. Brigid's foundation to join the community. The foundation was named after the "Church of the Oak" or "Cill Dara" which evolved to modern day Kildare. The poor, the afflicted, the sorrowful came to Kildare for Brigid's healing, advice, and guidance.

Besides a church, Brigid built a small oratory at Kildare which became a center of religion and learning and developed into a Cathedral city with two monastic institutions, one for men and another for women with St. Conleth appointed as spiritual pastor for both of them. She also founded a school of art, including metal work and illumination that St. Conleth presided over as well. From this was produced the "Book of Kildare" which was praised by Giraldus Cambrensis as having every page fantastically illuminated with interlaced work and a harmony of colors that it was the work of Angels and not of Humans, but it has long since vanished since the Reformation.

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Faerie Trees


Fairy Tree, the Curraugh, Kildare, Ireland

Faerie Trees
United Kingdom and Ireland

Faerie trees are mythical hotspots of otherworldly and/or faerie activity. Faerie trees are seen as the haunts of Faeries. They are fiercely protected by the Fae. It is believed that any human foolish enough to pass by a host-tree late at night will find their arms bruised or pinched by small faerie fingers. Three thorn trees growing closely together are especially potent. Thorn trees hung with ribbons or rags are good gifts to faeries of the tree. Faerie trees are most associated with the Oak, Ash, and Thorn. Sometimes it is associated with the Rowan tree. Others claim its the Elder, Blackthorn, Hazel, and/or Alder. The trees most twisted together are the most notorious of faerie trees - and this is common amongst the Elder. If two thorns and an elder are found together it warns of great danger as do Oak, Ash, and Thorn. In the British Isles, the Rowan is believed to protect one from witchcraft and enchantment. Its berries opposite its stalk display tiny five pointed stars or pentagrams which are notable protective symbols. Color red, as in the flavor of the berry, is also seen as a protection against enchantment. The tree is believed to afford protection to the dwellings by which it grew and often people would take branches of the tree to be carried for personal protection from witchcraft. The belief in them go back to classical mythology, whereas legends tell us that 'Hebe', the Goddess of youth, once dispensed rejuvenating ambrosia to the Gods from her magical chalice. When she lost this cup to demons, the Gods sent an eagle to recover the cup. The feathers and drops of blood which the eagle bled in the fight, fell to the earth, whereas each one of them turned into a Rowan tree - the legendary Faerie Tree. It is because of this it is believed that the Rowan derived the shape of its leaves from eagle's feathers and its berries look like the droplets of blood. The Rowan is also prominent in Norse mythology as being the tree from where the first woman was made. The Mountain Ash were also associated as Faerie Trees which are the most well-known of the Rowan. The wood of the Rowan is often used for staves, wands, divining rods, and walking sticks. Berries are often used to make alcoholic drinks.

The Curraugh, Kildare, Ireland

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