Sunday, September 17, 2006

Gwydion Pendderwen
"Songs for the Old Religion" & "The Faerie Shaman"
(US Pagan-Folk 1975, 1982)


Text from Pandora's Bazaar blog:
According to my handy dandy Witches Datebook, Pagan bard Gwydion Pendderwen would have turned 60 this past weekend.

Let me begin by admitting that I'm not a big fan of Pagan music. It's usually too folksy, too goth, or too ethereal for my pop sensibilities. Yet for some reason, I like the music of Gwydion Pendderwen. It's very 60's, very folk-rock, the kind of stuff you might hear at a Renaissance Festival, but it's also so wonderfully pagan, almost liturgical.

Gwydion was born Thomas deLong on May 21 (or 22), 1946 in California. When he was just 13, he met and became a student of the blind seer and poet Victor Anderson of Feri Tradition and Gwydion became highly influential in establishing this tradition. In college, he majored in theater, displaying a real talent for storytelling.

Neo-Paganism was exploding in the 70's and in 1975 Gwydion released his first recording, Songs of the Old Religion. It included songs for the Sabbats and love songs to the God and Goddess. It brought Gwydion fame and standing in the Pagan community.

Deeply interested in the Celtic culture, Gwydion traveled to the British Isles in 1976. The trip had a profound influence on him. He met several important figures in the Wiccan movement, including Alex Saunders and Stuart Farrar, made pilgrimages to Ireland and Wales where he was honored for his music.

Gwydion returned to California, quit his job, and purchased a plot of the Greenfield Ranch in Mendocino County. He called Annwfn, after the Welsh underworld. In 1982, he released his second and final recording, The Faerie Shaman. Gwydion was killed in a car accident that same year. He was only 36.

More about Gwydion Pendderwen here: Psyche Van Het Folk

Sample pic: 1, 2

Download: Songs of the Old Religion (re-post)
Download: The Faerie Shaman (re-post)

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! I'm so glad to meet your blog..

08 October, 2006 03:30  
Blogger whadefu said...

thanx for this gr8 music...

24 April, 2008 02:51  
Anonymous zappahead said...

being welsh myself, I thought i had to listen to this......very interesting to...thank you.

01 July, 2008 23:53  
OpenID filmbbq said...

thanks!

09 September, 2010 21:14  

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