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Le Regard des Elfes: A collaboration with Celine Grandidier
March 16, 2012, 2:45 am
Filed under: Bran, Faerie Lore

Le Regard des Elfes by Wiccancountess

I am  pleased to share with you this nice rendering of  my french friend Celine Grandidier,from Provence. of whom I have already published one of her works regarding the Moon Goddess on on my Facebook Page “Love of Rhiannon – The Celtic Moon Goddess”

Her favourite visual artists are Arthur Rackham, and Pre-Raphaelites . Other Interests Art, poetry, photography.

She is a confessed fan of Fairies, cats, pagan religions and mythology.

The music that accompanies this awesome video is written by myself upon a traditional arrangement of the renowned Irish tune “the Star of the Countgy Down”.  It’s called “La Dame Verte” from the “Awen” album recorded along with the celtic band BRAN

The belief on enchanted groves had always allured me very much. Even more when I read about certain faerie ‘Green Ladies’ hidden behind trees , expecting for  wandering pedlars eager for elven dance. I felt that the theme of the Irish song ‘Star of The County Down’ made a nice set with my own. Hereby the quoted lyrics of this song:

“STAR OF THE COUNTY DOWN” (trad.irish)
Near to Banbridge town in the County Down,
one morning in July,
down a boreen green came a sweet coleen
and she smiled as she passed me by.
Oh she looked so neat from her two white feet
to the sheen of her red hair,
sure the coaxing elf, I’d shake myself ,
to make sure she was standing there.
Oh from Bantry Bay to the Derry Quay,
Oh from Galway to Dublin Town.
Ne’er a maid I’ve seen like this sweet coleen,
that I met in the County Down.

If you wish to know a bit more about her you can visit her awesome website:

Le regard des elfes

Or her delicate art gallery site on deviantArt: Wiccancountess08

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Le Regard des Elfes: A collaboration with Celine Grandidier
February 15, 2012, 4:16 am
Filed under: Bran, Faerie Lore

http://www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/xo6dl5

Le Regard des Elfes by Wiccancountess

I am  pleased to share with you this nice rendering of  my french friend Celine Grandidier,from Provence. of whom I have already published one of her works regarding the Moon Goddess on on my Facebook Page “Love of Rhiannon – The Celtic Moon Goddess”

Her favourite visual artists are Arthur Rackham, and Pre-Raphaelites . Other Interests Art, poetry, photography.

She is a confessed fan of Fairies, cats, pagan religions and mythology.

The music that accompanies this awesome is written by myself upon a traditional arrangement of the renowned Irish tune “the Star of the Countgy Down”.  It’s called “La Dame Verte” from the “Awen” album recorded along with the celtic band BRAN

The belief on enchanted groves had always allured me very much. Even more when I read about certain faerie ‘Green Ladies’ hidden behind trees , expecting for  wandering pedlars eager for elven dance. I felt that the theme of the Irish song ‘Star of The County Down’ made a nice set with my own. Hereby the quoted lyrics of this song:

“STAR OF THE COUNTY DOWN” (trad.irish)
Near to Banbridge town in the County Down,
one morning in July,
down a boreen green came a sweet coleen
and she smiled as she passed me by.
Oh she looked so neat from her two white feet
to the sheen of her red hair,
sure the coaxing elf, I’d shake myself ,
to make sure she was standing there.
Oh from Bantry Bay to the Derry Quay,
Oh from Galway to Dublin Town.
Ne’er a maid I’ve seen like this sweet coleen,
that I met in the County Down.

If you wish to know a bit more about her you can visit her awesome website :Le regard des elfes

Or her delicate art gallery site on deviantArt: Wiccancountess08



New Video Release: "Annwn"
August 14, 2011, 12:12 am
Filed under: Bran, Celtic Harp, Celtic Symbolism, Memorable Data

Greetings to you all …

I share with you this recent release on video of a tune of my own … I composed this tune on praise of the “Annwn”, which is the “Otherworld” in Welsh mythology. Ruled by Arawn, or much later by Gwyn ap Nudd, it was essentially a world of delights and eternal youth where disease is absent and food is ever-abundant. It later became Christianised and identified with the land of souls that had departed this world.



In the First Branch of the Mabinogi, entitled Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed, the eponymous prince offends Arawn, ruler of Annwn, by baiting his hunting hounds on a stag that Arawn’s dogs had brought down. In recompense he exchanges places with Arawn for a year and defeats Arawn’s enemy Hafgan. Meanwhile, Arawn rules Dyfed. During this year, Pwyll does not sleep with Arawn’s wife, earning himself gratitude from Arawn. On his return, Pwyll becomes known by the title Penn Annwn, “Head (or Ruler) of Annwn.”



In Culhwch and Olwen, an early Welsh Arthurian tale, it is said God gave Gwyn ap Nudd control over the demons lest “this world be destroyed.” He led the Wild Hunt. A Christian story tells of the Welsh Saint Collen entering Gwyn’s palace to banish him with holy water.

The early medieval Welsh poem Preiddeu Annwfn (“The Spoils of Annwn”), found in the Book of Taliesin, describes how King Arthur leads an expedition to Annwn to seek a cauldron. According to the poem: ” Three shiploads we went; save seven none returned.”

This track was recorded along with Xandru Reguera (co-founder of my folk based band BRAN) and was included on the digital edition of BRAN’s EP – “ANNWN”

Personnel

Eliseo Mauas Pinto: irish lap harp, keyboards

Xandru Reguera: Acoustic Guitar, Sound Engineering

Recorded at Two Hound Studios

This is a Remastered Version from original tracks ( 2010 )

I am specially grateful to my Spanish friend Diosa(E.M.R.) for her collaboration on the edition and layout art of this video, which includes two of her own photomanipulation works plus free footages and the inclusion of excerpts of the film Legend [1985] by Ridley Scott (director’s cut 2pts)




The Celtica Magazine Review on BRAN’s "AWEN" album
June 1, 2009, 5:57 pm
Filed under: Bran, Memorable Data
Hi to all… On december 2001, the renowned Celtica Magazine decided to review the BRAN’s “AWEN” album. I would like to share you some memorable data such as fax from the editor and some session pics for this review. Two tracks were included on the CD Sampler that usually comes with the issue, in this case were: “La Dame Verte” & “Lion of Erin”.


I am posting hereby a translation of the review.

“A carousel of interventions and musical perspectives on Celtic roots. Real mature and peaceful masterpieces from Argentina” – Celtica Magazine 2001. All rights reserved.

In the early’90s in Buenos Aires there was a very popular band named Poitin,which was later dissolved to give birth to others. One of them was the group Lenda Gwyn, which in turn disintegrated to form Duir (gaelic for “oak”) during the New Year in the Celtic Samhain of 1993.

In their four years of existence the Duir introduced a new repertory and one of its leading members, Eliseo Mauas Pinto, left the band in the Samhain of 1997 to launch his solo career.

Shortly after the Duir dissolved. Meanwhile, the Eliseo’s project evolved while believing on the idea of a establishing a new band: Bran. Bran members shared a mutual love that they described as “a musical perspective on Celtic roots”. The band began uniting old Celtic harmonies and original harmonies, inspired by a present celtic feeling, always exploring new directions in collecting folk music and Celtic heritage that spreads from Europe to South America.

To enrich the project and to make this first album entitled “Awen” (published in 1998 by Willie Waught Records), the group met many musicians. The project received broad support and good reviews. This music is the result of an argentine land that tries to capture the symbolism born form f the marches of clans, the airs, the dances, the songs from the Celtic people.

One of the goals of this project was to record the first Argentine digital album, scoring in first place the gaelic harp. The Bran tried together to reveal the wonder and tragedy of cetic history, a fact which is particularly reflected in the musical arrangements. The group’s sound combines the harmonic dimension of the harp and singable melodies ( “lilting”) of fiddle and flute, with the beat of percussions and the lyric serenades of echoes, bells, splash, pickings , drops, and so many other small backgrond noises. It is the meeting “volatile” point among the powerful instruments and pathos inspired by their “other sweet half” more colloquial, coupled with the unforgettable feeling of Celtic songs. One way of conceiving music as a direct emanation of style “soft way” cute and sweet life of Celtic music with a dim twilight, and mood are awarded in each song.

We have chosen two. Two introspective battles that we believe, surpass the judgement of time. A small sample of an album that is completely live up to these compositions.

For more information: branawen@gmail.com




The Celtica Magazine Review on BRAN’s "AWEN" album
June 1, 2009, 5:57 pm
Filed under: Bran, Memorable Data
Hi to all… On december 2001, the renowned Celtica Magazine decided to review the BRAN’s “AWEN” album. I would like to share you some memorable data such as fax from the editor and some session pics for this review. Two tracks were included on the CD Sampler that usually comes with the issue, in this case were: “La Dame Verte” & “Lion of Erin”.


I am posting hereby a translation of the review.

“A carousel of interventions and musical perspectives on Celtic roots. Real mature and peaceful masterpieces from Argentina” – Celtica Magazine 2001. All rights reserved.

In the early’90s in Buenos Aires there was a very popular band named Poitin,which was later dissolved to give birth to others. One of them was the group Lenda Gwyn, which in turn disintegrated to form Duir (gaelic for “oak”) during the New Year in the Celtic Samhain of 1993.

In their four years of existence the Duir introduced a new repertory and one of its leading members, Eliseo Mauas Pinto, left the band in the Samhain of 1997 to launch his solo career.

Shortly after the Duir dissolved. Meanwhile, the Eliseo’s project evolved while believing on the idea of a establishing a new band: Bran. Bran members shared a mutual love that they described as “a musical perspective on Celtic roots”. The band began uniting old Celtic harmonies and original harmonies, inspired by a present celtic feeling, always exploring new directions in collecting folk music and Celtic heritage that spreads from Europe to South America.

To enrich the project and to make this first album entitled “Awen” (published in 1998 by Willie Waught Records), the group met many musicians. The project received broad support and good reviews. This music is the result of an argentine land that tries to capture the symbolism born form f the marches of clans, the airs, the dances, the songs from the Celtic people.

One of the goals of this project was to record the first Argentine digital album, scoring in first place the gaelic harp. The Bran tried together to reveal the wonder and tragedy of cetic history, a fact which is particularly reflected in the musical arrangements. The group’s sound combines the harmonic dimension of the harp and singable melodies ( “lilting”) of fiddle and flute, with the beat of percussions and the lyric serenades of echoes, bells, splash, pickings , drops, and so many other small backgrond noises. It is the meeting “volatile” point among the powerful instruments and pathos inspired by their “other sweet half” more colloquial, coupled with the unforgettable feeling of Celtic songs. One way of conceiving music as a direct emanation of style “soft way” cute and sweet life of Celtic music with a dim twilight, and mood are awarded in each song.

We have chosen two. Two introspective battles that we believe, surpass the judgement of time. A small sample of an album that is completely live up to these compositions.

For more information: branawen@gmail.com




DOWNLOAD 4 FREE THE "AWEN" REMASTERED EDITION FROM -TIME HAS TOLD ME-
November 18, 2008, 6:10 pm
Filed under: Bran


Hi to all!… I have the pleasure to anounce that you may now download for free a sampler (first 8 full tracks) of Bran’s “AWEN” remastered edition from the renowned Time Has Told Me blog. Hope the celtic spirit endowed in our music will spread further and further to unknown corners of the blogging world. Hit the logo and enjoy!



DOWNLOAD 4 FREE THE "AWEN" REMASTERED EDITION FROM -TIME HAS TOLD ME-
November 18, 2008, 6:10 pm
Filed under: Bran


Hi to all!… I have the pleasure to anounce that you may now download for free a sampler (first 8 full tracks) of Bran’s “AWEN” remastered edition from the renowned Time Has Told Me blog. Hope the celtic spirit endowed in our music will spread further and further to unknown corners of the blogging world. Hit the logo and enjoy!