Imbolc Blessings, Friends! Winter is Half Over!

Photo by Thorp Perrow

Happy Imbolc, friends.

We are midway through Winter and Spring is around the corner (much closer here in Texas). Now is the best time to cuddle close to family and to connect with the things that make you feel at home. Now is the time to learn patience (for those of us without it) and take your energy to heal and be healthy (as much as one can). The Wheel of Life continues to turn regardless of our wants and wishes so take a moment to visualize the goals ahead of you and plant each step firmly into the ground moving forward (metaphorically and literally for those able). Stay warm and keep light in your heart as the sun shines longer in the sky each day.

“May Brighid the Shining One bless this day.
May the Light of the Gatherer of Hope,
the Bringer of Springtime,
the Brightener of Seasons
be upon you as you set forth today.
Laughter of the running hours be yours,
and with the leave of lightness, may you come home in joy.”

If you’re looking for an answer to something, maybe you’ll find it in the flames of a fire tonight. Tonight is Brighid’s night, Keeper of the Flames and Goddess of the Hearth. She’s guide to home and heart. She may have what you’re looking for. Think of her as the night fades and the sun rises to warm the world around you.

Blessed be.

Music of Gaelic Storm

So I went and saw Gaelic Storm in concert last night and they are phenomenal. Honestly. They rival my favorite band Great Big Sea (they tie with Flogging Molly though). They kept the crowd going and got a lot of people to dance (that might have been the beer though). Nothing like good old Irish music on a nice summer’s day to make life feel right.

I bought their new CD, Bring Yer Wellies, and I really love it. It’s got some of their best songs to date on it and they keep their style throughout the whole thing. They bring great beats that you can’t but jig to (or attempt to jig to).

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01. Scalliwag
02. Me and the Moon *
03. Never Drink ’em Dry (Johnny Tarr’s Funeral)
04. The Devil Down Below
05. De Luain, De Mairt
06. Bare in the Basin
07. Kelly’s Wellies *
08. Slingshot
09. Hello Monday
10. The Long Way Home
11. The Salt Lick
12. Don’t Go For “The One” *
13. Tornado Alley
14. Kiss Me I’m Irish

My favorite song on this album is Me and the Moon. It’s got a catchy tunes and some pretty cute lyrics too (“I’m gonna miss my friend moonshine”). Their songs are original and they’ve some instrumental stuff in here. One of my favorite sounds is the fiddle and the bodhran and they mix them beautifully in their music.

Gaelic Storm has been around for almost ten years now and they’ve remained true to their original sound. All five of the members of incredibly talented and know how to play their respective instruments to a level of genius. They’ve got a toe-tapping sound and I can’t wait to see them in concert again. They are fantastic.

If you download any of the three tracks I’ve upped for you, let me know. I like to see who’s interested in what kind of music (if anyone likes the stuff I enjoy). Also, if you like what you hear, make sure you head over to their website and check out their store. They’ve got all their CDs for sale there. Hope you like them!