In the Wake of A Dreaming
~ Damh the Bard's Final Concert in Australia ~
(as published in The Australian Pagan Magazine)
~ Mystique Mish ~
The Magical, Musical Caravan winded it's way from the first concert by the magnificent Spiral Dance and their sensational guest, Damh the Bard, in Sydney down the many kilometres of open road to it's Melbourne concert.
Needless to say, this roaming troupe of Minstrels have captured the hearts, souls and imagination of all who attended their performances and left the audience wanting more.
From Victoria, they took on a splendid adventurous journey down and along the Great Ocean road to the three day spiritual gathering of the Beltane camp in the Adelaide Hills. Due to personal and financial constraints I was unable to attend this marvellous event. By all reports it was an up-lifting Gathering of the South Australian pagan community.
I must admit I felt a little devastated when informed by the organisers of the event that the opening Friday night concert was only for those who attended the weekend event.
The previous year of 2012, both my ex-partner and I were unable to attended the English Ale to catch up with our good friends, Damh the Bard and his lovely partner Cerri Lee. This cause a great deal of heartache for our little girl Madelaine who have adopted the couple as her “God” parents, so I volunteered to look after our son Liam for the day so both Dragonfly and Maddy could catch up for coffee in Hahndorf with the pair before they flew out.
It was during this meet-up that I had Maddy and Dragonfly introduce Damh to D.D.Rock, a little stuffed duck that I had my good friend transport to America to start his Magical Journey around the world - http://thecosmiccauldron.net.au/DDRock/
Yet there was still the yearning of seeing my friends again and so when I was informed that a Special concert had been arranged at the Singing Gallery in McLaren Vale, I leapt at the chance to not only see my good friends again but feel the Magic of the Music of the Bard from Albion.
I was also, overwhelmed that our family had been allocated table No. 1 and that my dear friend acknowledged from the stage that both Dragonfly and I, were instrumental in bringing both himself and his good wife to South Australia for the first time. Damh also mentioned, and rightly so, that in November 2009 he played his first concert here in the Singing Gallery, his last in Australia before heading home.
On that special night I felt humbled and stopped to pause and remember the event that Dragonfly and I had created which lured this great man to our shore and it has been far to long that I have failed to mention those who helped us make the Druid's Dreaming happen; to make Magic Happen.
It is in the context of this article, that I wish to set things right and acknowledge all those who had helped make the Druids Dreaming possible. It was with the Significant financial support from Ziggy Smith and my recently departed American friend Robert Victor Moroni, Financial and administrative support from Mystic Grove and the backup and support by positive people like Jamie McPherson, Caroline and Allan Peek and Mike and Kym Kuijpers as well as the Eternal Flame Coven(Vic)
As I sat there listening to the Maestro perform, his songs took me back to the first time I heard him perform live at that 2009 event and I felt a re-connection to all who was there, all who performed and all who helped.
The spark was rekindled.
On this night at the Singing Gallery he performed both old and new songs. In his second set after a break he performed a song which had had me and my ex-partner feeling overwhelmed with parental pride as our daughter Madelaine took to the dance floor and danced an Irish reel to the song “Hail An Tow” that she had choreographed herself. It was her gift to a man she has adopted and loved since she was four.
On this his last trip to Australia, Damh performed a song which he performed at all his gigs in 2013. A song he started to compose when he left our shores in 2009. It is a magical song which is dedicated to all us Australian fans and kindred called “The Dreaming” from his new album “Antlered Crown and Standing Stone” This is an album that everyone should purchase and can be obtained from”http://www.paganmusic.co.uk/
There is a massive difference between attending a regular music concert to that of a Pagan concert. At a regular concert, you pay for your ticket, sit down and listen to the music or stand and dance along to the music and then after the concert you leave. There is seldom any chance of interacting with the performer or performers.
A Pagan Concert is much more like a Gathering and a meeting of Kindred Spirits and even those there who may not know you or even like you are civil and seemingly accepting of who you are and the greatest joy is you do get to interact with those who have lifted your spirit through their magnificent music inspired by their deities.
This was not the first time that the Bard from Albion and the pride of pagan folk music here in Australia, Spiral Dance, had banded together to present shows which had energy pumping, feet tapping and hearts soaring and nor, we hope, will it be their last.