The sun's cycle has had a profound effect on humanity since the first moment of awareness. Hunter gatherer and later, agrarian festivals/seasons would have been roughly divided by the solstice and equinox events.
Whilst the higher spiritually of these moments were of obvious importance, other festivals, including the 'fire festivals' at Samhain and Beltaine were more concerned with human survival,the earth,its crops and animals. The Samhain track is announced with three notes depicting the importance of the number in celtic mythology. The sound evokes the image of a druid sounding the magical horn.
I was inspired by the recent local revival of 'Green Man' ritual, (releasing the spirit of summer etc.) on Mayday as well as the traditional Sussex 'Bonfire' festivals (Samhain), and in particular the fire shows at the 1998 Earth Spirit festival. These festivals mark the return of tribal drumming to the places of power and magic in Sussex.
Released 1999 by New World Music.
Music composed, arranged and produced by Phil Thornton except track 2 co-written with Grant Young.
Recorded at the Expandibubble studio, Sussex, England.
Mixed at the Expandibubble and Medium Moose studio, Sussex, England.
Produced by Phil Thornton.
Post-production (pro tools, finalizer, treatments, etc) Phil Thornton and Harvey Summers.