Three fey Celtic-Australian minstrels united at the Autumn Equinox to bring you some of our most fairytalish songs. Enter North of the Moon: Three Australian Faerie Bards. We hail from three States: Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. Instruments on this album include flute, mandolin, accordion, charango, various guitars & harps, and bardic vocals, from folklorists honed in storytelling, mythology, poetry and Druidic / Pagan / Faery paths. Let we three whimsical balladeers carry you through seas and groves of the Faery Lands. We have our own little page on Bandcamp just for this compilation. Click here to view, listen, read lyrics and order the digital album.
Tune into Faeriecon Live From Home this weekend 11-13th Dec 2020. The new date accommodates legendary poet troubadour again, Donovan and his muse-wife, Linda! Flower power lives on, with proceeds to eco-spiritual charities. Yay for sweet whimsy and grace! Faeriecon is the East Coast answer to the West Coast festival Faerieworlds, by the same hosts, based in Oregon. I’ve been involved with this fey community a long time, and fervently recommend all their presentations, whether in music, storytelling, literature, illustration, puppetry, workshops, costumery, interviews or unique homecrafted wares of vendors.
Now my new digital album Hob and Bud, sequel to Wisp and Sentinel, is beaming at Bandcamp. It features the remaining songs from my Faerieworlds Live From Home 2020 set (‘The Seagiant’, ‘Tree’, ‘Blackbird’, ‘Birch Wandering’, ‘I Am the Djinn’ and ‘Waterwood’) + bonuses. These include a rare rendition of ‘Blackbird’ with my niece Lucy singing in English and French: serendipidous, since verse 2 repeats verse 1, and it was a French record label that brandished this song. Other bonuses are ‘Shed No Tear’, never on CD (my melody to Keats’ poem ‘A Fairy Song’) and ‘Hobnob’ from a future album, slumbering like Sleeping Beauty behind a closed border. All for $7! Soon I shall beam my entire discography at Bandcamp.
You can find my new digital album Wisp and Sentinel at Bandcamp.
I’ve kept the price low, only $9 for the whole album. (All 13 tracks are also available as singles at $1 each.)
Inspired by Faerieworlds Live From Home in which I performed recently, I threw together as many songs from my live set as I could find, and will do a sequel for the others later (update: now beaming – news above)! There are bonus surprises. The songs are by the main producers who’ve worked with me over the past 3 decades. Lyrics, notes and credits are all at Bandcamp.
Based in Oregon, USA, Faerieworlds is the world’s largest, longest-running fairy festival, established nearly 20 years ago. You can still catch the music via PORTL for free, or donate to an artist or eco-charity. Or purchase a $50 V.I.P. ticket for access to bonuses – a great way to express your wish for this beautiful gathering to continue.
What is Faerieworlds? Music, Art, Imagination… a gathering of tribes, who revel in costume to the call: ‘Live your Legend!’ dubbed a ‘bonnaroo for Middle Earth’, or a shindig for Elfland, a carousel of elementals, a faerie Rade!
Who: For the full line up & links to artists, visit Faerieworlds
Why: Amidst the world’s strife and sorrow, it is worth pausing to refresh our souls. Rekindle our kindred kin. Uplift our spirits. There are many more struggles ahead. Battles to save endangered forests, species, democracies. True faerie lore is not escapist. It’s about delving deeper into life – falling in love with the world, with renewed wonder. Tolkien gave us this metaphor: the Ents fought for their forests, alongside Hobbits, Humans, Wizards, Dwarves and Elves, those guardians of the arts. Time to unite.
After a long hiatus from performing, I enjoyed revisiting songs and memories to rejoin Faerieworlds Live From Home.
This Spring I’m emerging from the Australian Fairy Tale Society, having stepped down from presidency last year and, since then, co-edited an intercultural anthology South of the Sun – Australian fairy tales for the 21st century. Due on Serenity Press early 2021, its readership is YA. Our crowdfunding campaign exceeded all goals last Spring, attracting some of Australia’s leading authors and illustrators.
Now to delve back into the music of Faerie – and my own writing!
PORTL, the Faerieworlds Live From Home platform, is the most elegant, artistic online network I’ve encountered. I recommend it for those of you who miss physical meetings during the pandemic, or share my reclusive shyness of travel. Let Faerieworlds be your welcome portal (pun intended) to a new way of gathering our fey tribes. Long live the Faerie Realm!
Tree Change alert! Friends, we’ve left Melbourne. If chasing our new address, email me. I’ve awoken to a spooky realisation that this site won’t display on phone. For now, I recommend a larger screen such as desktop. Thanks for your patience.
After releasing music on indie record labels for two decades, we regrouped to bring you:
Torlan: ethereal ambient folk-pop water music, compiled from our albums. Torlan is Welsh for ‘from the riverbank’. Welcome water magic – nymphs, nixies, nereids! Between each song is a recording of water. Listen for waterbirds or mermaids. Discover wetlands or island witches. Dream of voyages beyond the estuary, rest by a well, trace a forest lane in the rain.
‘Evander the Unicorn’, a dream-pop song, is at Bandcamp here
Poet Bee Williamson published ‘Torment & Soul’ with my intro. Daughter of one of our long-cherished producers, Bee is an artist-poet of eco-literary-soulfulness.
We released a video in 2016. ‘The Green Lady’, a song from Elderbrook, features Rachael Hammond of Fantastical Fae Art, as dancer, as well as Melissa Rose Tonkin and Zeinab Yazdanfar, filmed by Ian Clarke.
Writers Victoria caught my pitch for a Fairy Tale edition of The Victorian Writer (Dec 2015-Jan 2016), featuring my story & articles by Dr Rebecca-Anne Do Rozario and Dr Kate Forsyth.
Australian Fairy Tale Society annual conference, NSW Writers Centre, Sydney. Honoured to be invited to sing for fairy tale researchers, folklorists, storytellers, exhibitors and fantasy authors. Theme: ‘Transformations: spinning straw into green and gold’.
The Monash Fairy Tale Salon celebrates the 150th Anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in Glen Eira Town Hall, Melbourne. I perform my song ‘Alice in the Garden of Live Flowers’ from CD Ariel (French record label Prikosnovenie). Accompanying my singing & mandolin is Dandelion Wine on shruti-box/ percussion, vocal harmonies & lute. Come as your favourite wonderlander!
I set up a Bandcamp page with new songs ‘Violin Velvet’ & ‘Talaria’ plus remixes and selections from our albums.
News 2012 – 2014:
I cancelled Elderbrook’s book-cd deal amicably with the label, to pace myself with a sick hubby & the creative ride itself.
Here’s a preview of my story & music Elderbrook: www.elderbrook.com.au with my first audio-reading & a song of Singing Fountains.
Another version appears on fairy compilation Graines De Berceuses on our label in France: prikosnovenie.com
Thanks for visiting! – Louisa.