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Suggested Albums: John McSherry, Tyler Duncan & Michael Shimmin- "the olllam" – 2012
November 29, 2012, 3:02 am
Filed under: Suggested Albums

Glad to share with you this updated Official Press from these outstanding musicians… Enjoy!

The exciting new album from John McSherry, Tyler Duncan & Michael Shimmin- the olllam – is now available on Compass Records worlwide 

New Album – New Band!

Greetings!
The exciting new album from John McSherry, Tyler Duncan & Michael Shimmin – ‘the olllam’ – is now available from theolllam.com / johnmcsherry.com 

/ iTunes / Amazon

the olllam – An Introduction 

–> Stream the album and drop a line on facebook!

Check out what some of the media is saying:

“… imagine The Bothy Band plugged into some celestial Lucy In The Sky with Diamonds vibe and you might get a sense of the creativeness of the recording.”Tradconnect.com

“If Lúnasa set the gold standard for traditional acoustic music, these guys are bucking for platinum.” – Irish Music Magazine

“… an exquisite combination of virtuosic acoustic music with electric instruments. ‘the olllam’ is an extraordinary Irish fusion album by three masters happily at work.” – World Music Central

About the olllam: 

Belfast-born uilleann piper John McSherry and Detroit natives Tyler Duncan (uilleann pipes, whistles, guitar, Rhodes) and Michael Shimmin (drums and percussion) have been dreaming of “.the olllam.” for the last decade. With a name inspired by the king’s own ollam bards of Irish lore, the trio wanted an ensemble that naturally represented their combined experiences in a multiplicity of styles. McSherry, one of the best uilleann pipers in the world and a founding member of legendary Irish group Lúnasa, has been dubbed “a true master” by Irish Music Magazine and has performed and written with a wide variety of artists, from Ornette Coleman to Nanci Griffith. Duncan and Shimmin, both holding degrees in jazz performance, have also been busy with their award-winning Irish-jazz crossover group Millish, Duncan doing double-duty in the dance-rock group My Dear Disco/Ella Riot.

In February 2012 the trio finally wrote and recorded an original album together, overcoming the Atlantic divide by means of the Internet. The result, their eponymous debut .the olllam., released Sept. 25 on Compass Records, is lush with trance-like melodies, stunning instrumental virtuosity and a magical marriage of tradition and technology, finding the listener somewhere between Radiohead and Planxty with the ambient emotionalism of Nick Drake or Explosions in the Sky. McSherry, Duncan and Shimmin have discovered a synergy within their diverse musical backgrounds – introducing a new Irish crossover group rife with creative brilliance and progressive appeal.

Visit www.theolllam.com for more info news, music, videos, and the touring schedule!

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Divinations for the Spirit Moon (11-13-12 to 12-13-12)
November 23, 2012, 5:52 pm
Filed under: Lunar Calendar, Meditation and Healing
 
 
This is a time for Power
 
There is a moon which… in some years but not every year… slips right in between the moons that traditionally host the final celebration of the old year and the first celebration of the new year.

This is one of those years.

We have come to the final phase of the Blood Moon and we are not ready to begin the first phase of the Spiral Moon.. and so this in-between time is a time of great power and opportunity.

A time of great strength of spirit.

A time we call the Spirit Moon

However you may know this moon, as the Spirit Moon, the Beaver Moon, the Oak Moon, or the Hogmanay Moon, you should know that this moon speaks to strengthened communication with the spirits, the elements, and the self in order to survive the transformation through the greatest darkness.

By the light of this moon shall we walk the spiral path in the endless journey of renewal and rebirth embarked upon by all earth spirits seeking to find their way through life.

By the light of this moon shall we signal of the end of one year and the beginning of the next.

By the light of this moon shall we let go of the past, reach for the future, and see the present moment fully within our grasp.

And, the power of the present moment is really what this moon is all about. Note how the deities holding sway over this particular moon all have an awareness of the present moment. Vesta, the Roman goddess and patroness of fire is an archetypal symbol of the eternal present. Ceres (from which we get the word Cereal), the Roman goddess and patroness of crops and the growth cycle of all grains, calls our attention to the need to preserve the harvest of the present moment in order to prepare for the barren season to come, Decima (for which the month of December was named) is the second of the three Fates and the very personification of the present moment. Cardea, who guards all doorways and portals, is known as the hinge of the door of the year and can be seen as the present moment that links the past to the future.

This attention to the present moment in the endless spiral that is the Wheel of the Year signifies a paradox of time and timelessness.

Youth in age and age in youth.

Life in death and death in life.

Light in darkness and darkness in light.

The power found in this time of transition and transformation… this time of change and creativity… the endless cycle of self-renewal… will be found at the heart of the greatest of all mysteries.

So, Sweetie, it may be best to observe this moon as the cocoon in which you will spin the best and most satisfying version of your fabulous future. A new year is turning into view and this presents a whole new opportunity to you. How is the big spirit within you guiding your journey through the spiral path? What will you choose as your first steps on this path?

While you ponder the wonderous mystery of your own personal transformation from last years same old same old… I’m gonna ask you to keep a couple of things on the leading edge of your consciousness.

The slate is utterly clean.

The page is totally blank.

The stone is entirely unmarked.

From this moment on you can create whatever reality you choose.

That’s right…. whatever YOU choose.



Lunar Calendar: The Spirit Moon
November 23, 2012, 5:47 pm
Filed under: Lunar Calendar, Meditation and Healing

This is a time for Power.

In the calendar system we have provided as an example, this moon is often typically named the Spirit Moon. This name refers to the return to the spiral path in the endless journey of renewal and rebirth embarked upon by all earth spirits seeking to find their way through life.

In many other belief systems there are already time-honored traditions for the establishment of a calendar. We have encluded a few examples here for you to consider.

In the Celtic Tree Calendar this moon is The Secret of the Unhewn Stone and is observed on December 23rd.

The Runic Calendar of Nordic traditions, (which is governed by half months rather than full months), this moon is known as Nyd (Necessity) from November 13th through November 27th, and Is (Ice) from November 28th through December 12th.

The Goddess Calendar names this moon of the year after Cailleach and runs from October 31st through November 27th.

However you know this moon, as the Spirit Moon, the Blue Moon, or the Hogmanay Moon, this moon speaks to Strengthened communication with the spirits, the elements, and the self in order to prepare for the coming transformation through the greatest darkness.

The deities holding sway over this particular moon all have an awareness of the present moment as a common thread in their desciptions. Vesta, the Roman goddess and patroness of fire is an archetypal symbol of the eternal present, and Decima (for which the month of December was named) is the second of the three fates and the personification of the present.

This attention to the present moment in the endless spiral that is the wheel of the Year signifies a paradox of time and timelessness, Youth in age and age in youth, life in death and death in life, light in darkness and darkness in light.

It is simultaneously a signal of the end of one year and the beginning of the next and in this time of transition and transformation change and creativity will be found the heart of the greatest of all mysteries.

So, with all that information to guide you, it may be best to observe this moon as the cocoon in which you will spin the best and most satisfying version of your life to unfold and reveal with the next turn of the Wheel of the Year.

If you select a personal name for this moon, it should be one that calls to mind the endless renewal of your evolving inner spirit as it prepares to begin again a journey through the spiral path.

Related Source
http://www.midnightmoonchild.com
(All rights reserved by the author and re-posted under her kind permission)



Standing Stones: Cromlech and Druid Stones
November 15, 2012, 5:21 pm
Filed under: Celtic Symbolism, Standing Stones


Loreena McKennit performing at New York’s Carnegie Hall – Friday, Nov. 30th
November 6, 2012, 4:43 pm
Filed under: Loreena McKennitt