Telling the Bees has just released their third album, Steer by the Stars, and it's thoroughly gorgeous. Featuring ten brilliant new songs by my friend and neighbor Andy Letcher (with bandmates Jane Griffiths, Jim Penny, Josie Webber, and Colin Fletcher), plus enchanting art by another friend and neighbor, Rima Staines, I highly recommend it to fans of innovative folk music and folkloric arts.
Please visit the Telling the Bees website for more information on the band and their work. Their name comes from the old English custom of "telling the bees" about deaths, births, marriages, and other important events in their keeper's lives. It is also the name of a classic poem by John Greenleaf Whittier.
If I had to pick a favorite song from Steer by the Stars, it would be "A Puppeteer Came to Town" -- reminding me as it does of the puppet show below (created by Andy, Rima, my husband Howard, and artist Nomi McLeod) -- but all of the songs are wonderful. Listen to three more pieces from the album here and you'll see what I mean.
There are no videos for the new album yet, so here is "Blackbird" from two years ago. Enjoy.