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Songs Of Witchcraft And Magic CD


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  • Audio CD (7 May 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Wild Goose
  • ASIN: B000PC6YHQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,136 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Two Magicians - Bob Fox And Stu Luckley - Bob Fox And Stu Luckley
2. Broomfield Hill - Ruth Barrett - Ruth Barrett
3. The Bitter Withy - Tom Brown - Tom Brown
4. The Bells of Paradise - Alva - Alva
5. Willie's Lady - Martin Carthy - Martin Carthy
6. Young Orphy - Frankie Armstrong - Frankie Armstrong
7. Jumper Gentle And Rosemary - Magpie Lane - Magpie Lane
8. The Bold Astrologer - Keith Kendrick - Keith Kendrick
9. Thomas the Rhymer - Ron Taylor - Ron Taylor
10. The Brown Girl - Gill Berry - Gill Berry
11. The Laily Worm - Craig - Craig
12. The Selkie - Hector Gilchrist - Hector Gilchrist
13. Alison Cross - Malinky - Malinky
14. Nostradamus - Peter Bellamy - Peter Bellamy
15. The Chase Song (Bonus Track) - Graham - Graham

Product Description

This collection of songs reflects the significant part that magic has played in our culture. They connect with myths and folktales that take us back to the distant past; but they also represent a living and evolving tradition. The magic of these songs still exerts power over us today. They are a striking demonstration of the breadth and variety of magic – from the brutal revenge of "The Brown Girl", through the bizarre transformations of "The Two Magicians", to the haunting mysticism of "The Bells Of Paradise". Magic inhabits the borderland where the psychological and the spiritual meet. It can be severely pragmatic, but may also involve the mysterious depths of the mind and the liberation of the spirit. The world of these songs – the world of magic – is not remote or rarefied. It is a vivid and compelling world of powerful emotions and intense experiences. A world not just of humans but of animals – seals, serpents, hares, horses, and even mackerel. A world of anger, cruelty, love, fear and courage. A world of brilliant colours – scarlet, green, purple. Of silver wands, velvet mantles and tinkling bells. A world of moonlight, blood and the roaring of the sea. It is also a world of humour. It is surprising how many of these songs have a vein of dark humour running through them. Magic is obviously far too important to be taken entirely seriously. And both magic and humour centre on the unexpected.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Turner VINE VOICE on 30 May 2007
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this is a fine collection of folksongs compiled by the Boscastle Museum of Witchcraft, and on first play, I have to say I can't think why they haven't done this before! A variety of renowned artists such as Magpie Lane, Martin Carthy and Malinky feature on such tracks as Alison Cross, The Selkie and Thomas the Rhymer, all dealing with the subject of magic and witchcraft. There are 15 tracks in all, including a bonus track, 'the chase' which is my personal favourite... It's also very well packaged with some interesting exhibits from the museum itself and copious sleeve notes! My only (very small) reservation is that some of the more purist witches & pagans may not approve of a couple of christianized tracks... Nonetheless, superb value for money, makes me want to rush out and hie me down to Boscastle... so can we have Vol 2 soon please?!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. P. Duffy VINE VOICE on 4 Jun. 2007
If you're on this page, the chances are that you're a folkie like me, but even if you're not & are just interested in magical ballads, then you must, nay HAVE, to buy this compilation recently put together by those kindly folks at the Museum of Witchcraft.

It contains songs from all parts of the country, and features some of my favourite singers, such as Bob Fox & Karine Polwart (in her Malinky days with an excellent version of Alison Cross) - although my favourite version of The Great Selkie will always be by Fairport sound-alike 'Trees'.

The CD case is well put together & the booklet not only includes all the words so you can sing along in a drunken haze as you knock back your scrumpy, but also learn some of the background of these great songs, and of their source and meaning. It is also beautifully illustrated with some pictures of the museum's exhibits (and you should visit the museum as well, this I also command!).
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This is more like a collection of traditional folk songs than being specifically witchcraft, although all of the songs featured do have a leaning towards the supernatural side of folklore. If you like trad folk you will love it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Agent Ajax on 3 May 2008
How refreshing it is to hear real music for a change rather than that commercial pap we're all so used to. Even the so-called folk music these days can sound rather stilted with the rather intense studio productions they insist on putting out. After listening to this CD I really wanted to hear more and thankfully the source albums the compilation was taken from are all listed at the back of the booklet which comes with the CD. The booklet is interesting in its own right with illustrations taken from The Museum of Witchcraft and it is obvious some thought has gone into it. I also find it interesting that it was Boscastle, the home of The Museum of Witchcraft who compiled this CD, that was hit by that freak flash flood which practically destroyed the ground floor of the museum, closing it for months. An act of God perhaps or something man-made.........?
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By Carlo B. on 14 Oct. 2014
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Great CD...arrived very quickly and in perfect condition. Thank you
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