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Away with the fairies, once again

Tunes for a Monday Morning

Dawn from the boat house window

In a time of political discord, strife, and disconnection from the wider world, let's start the week grounded in harmony, community, and the wonders of the earth we share.

Above: "Rivermouth" by Rising Appalachia (Leah and Chloe Smith), based in the southern Appalachian region and New Orleans. The sisters are activists as well as musicians, working with Mississippi River, Gulf, and Klamath water protectors and other Waterkeepers around the world to preserve drinkable, fishable, swimmable water for everyone, everywhere. The song is from their sixth album, Wider Circles (2015).

Below: "Rang Tang Ring Toon" and "AGT" by Moutain Man, an American vocal harmony trio (Molly Erin Sarle, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, and Amelia Randall Meath) from the mountains of Vermont. Both songs are from their new album, Magic Ship (2018).

Morning coffee

Sunrise on the River Dart

Below: "The Birds' Courting Song," a traditional song performed by the English vocal harmony trio Said the Maiden (Jess Distill, Hannah Elizabeth and Kathy Pilkinton), from Hertfordshire. The song can be found on their debut album, Here's a Health (2017).

River mist

Above:  "Order and Chaos" by the English vocal harmony trio Lady Maisery (Hannah James, Hazel Askew, and Rowan Rheingans). It's from their third album, Cycle (2016), with animation by Minha Kim.

Below: "Rivers Run" by the great Scottish songwriter Karine Polwart, from her fourth solo album, This Earthly Spell (2008). She's accompanied here by her brother Steven, and my Modern Fairies colleague Inge Thomson.

Writing on the the river

"Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does."

- Margaret Atwood (The Penelopiad)

Photographs: a favourite place of mine to hide away and write, on the River Dart.


Oh thank you! A couple of new to me artists to add to this month's discovery list. Such beautiful voices and the words of the Mountain Man song AGT are just so evocative.

Their new album is gorgeous; I highly recommend it.

Thank you, Terri for opening my musical world even further. I've been so delighted to explore the music and musicians that you feature in your Monday morning posts.
I've seen Rising Appalachian twice at our local four day twice a year music and dance festival in North Carolina. They're wonderful!
I've recently come upon an amazing singer from the U.K., Kerry Andrew, who goes by You Are Wolf. She sings a sweet version of The Birds Courting Song on her album "Hawk to the Hunting Gone", all bird related songs. Available on SoundCloud.

River birds, spiders, food from the garden and the communion of breaking bread together - this music is doing my heart good. I needed this today.

It's the eighth of January here in Manhattan, before sun rise on a cold morning and I come here for comfort. It never fails. Thank you.

Truly music for the soul. This is just what I needed to norish me and encourage sweet dreams. Thanks for creating this mood Terri.

I've started to use your musical tips to guide me into my writing. Thank you.

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