Itinerary

Spirit of The Marsh Beltane Gathering and Festival 2019

Take a look below to see what is happening at the 2019 festival!

Please note all times are subject to change.

Please see the noticeboards in the main entertainments tent for details and locations of workshops.

Sophia Woodcraft

Date: 03/05/2019

Time: 18.00

Sophia Woodcraft

Sean Rice

Date: 03/05/2019

Time: 19.00

Sean Rice

Born in Shaftesbury, Dorset in the 1950s, my interest in music was sparked by nights around the piano, with my mother playing along to the sheet music for “Old Faithful”, “The Yellow Rose of Texas” and “She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain”.

My Dad was a farm labourer from County Wexford, in Ireland. HOBO BLUESMAN2

Early years were sound-tracked by radio shows, eventually heralding in the Beatles, and the sounds of the sixties. Borrowing heavily from my older sister’s record collection, notably – Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel and Leonard Cohen.

Donning an old military Great Coat, and hair growing longer in an attempt to match George Harrison’s, I started to attend gigs by Led Zepplin, Jethro Tull and Free, dropped out of College, and headed for the Welsh hills to seek out New Age Hippies and cultivate an alternative life style.

Unable to hold down a steady job for very long, I drifted from town to town, spending time living on the streets and sleeping rough, before eventually returning to old friends and places and settling in Salisbury, Wiltshire, where I still live.

I am pretty much into all types of music, and the Arts in general. I have been writing songs and poetry for as long as I can remember.

“I used to take my guitar along to Folk music clubs and Irish pub sessions, and felt completely at home belting out songs for the clientele to join in with, usually in a very rowdy fashion. This then led to a bit of busking to supplement a frugal income!”

An early group that I was in were “Slainte”, an Irish word which was a drinking
sentiment. The band comprised: Sean acoustic guitar / vocals; Tim Madden – Acoustic guitar / vocals; Doug Sherriff – accordion, and Matt Carter – Tenor Banjo. Slainte were active around 1990.slainte

As I Roved Out

An increase in Song Writing output begat the idea to start a band to perform original music.
With Dave Marsh on drums, Simon Dickenson on lead guitar and Mark Torokwa on Bass, “Statues” were created. Later we were supplemented by the addition of Debs Fulton on guitar and David Wilds on Keyboard. Two albums were recorded “Banshees” and “Shadowlands”. The band folded in 1995.UNDERTREES1

Colour Me In

After Statues I Played in a variety of bands, several of which included Salisbury musicians Chris Walsh and Frogg Moody.

I put much of my creative energies aside whilst my children were still young.

Frogg then invited me to contribute lyrics and vocals to his new Rock Musical “Yours Truly – Jack the Ripper”. This led to an invitation to join the Cast. The “Midnight Theatre Company” was created, and performed in various venues, such as the Wimbledon Theatre in London, the Theatre Royal in Portsmouth and a Conference in New Jersey, USA.

I was then a member of “The Hereafter” – an “Indie” band featuring Ivan Bruss on Bass  and joint vocals / songwriter, Hugh O’Donnell on guitar and Colin Watteston on Drums.

This was followed by the “Hot Tamales”, featuring myself on vocals and Dave Bulgin on piano. Augmented at times with Pete Catlin on guitar, Alex Mundy and Phil Bryant on drums, Phil Mahony on bass.

I currently write and record my own material, and  to date I have recorded 8 solo albums

Lighting the Beltane Fire

Date: 03/05/2019

Time: 20.00

Lighting the Beltane Fire

Faeries Understand Kozmic Knowledge

Date: 04/05/2018

Time: 20.30

 

Faeries Understand Cosmic Knowledge

Faeries Understand Cosmic Knowledge were started at The Three Crane jam night and is a somewhat eclectic project with a rather unusual sound. Influenced by bands such as Hawkwind, Tangerine Dream, PFRP, Fear Factory, Aurora and Captain Roswell, to name but a few, we use synths, bass guitar and ethereal guitar sounds to produce a trance style dance beat.

While certainly there are a few festival bands creating similar music we are in no way mainstream and are constantly experimenting with our sound. We may use sample and backing tracks for part of our live sound while at other times relying on a full scale epic jam.

 

Spiral Navigators

Date: 03/05/2019

Time: 21.30

Spiral Navigators

Campfire Eisteddfod

Date: 04/05/2018

Time: 23.00

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fireCampfire Eisteddfod, bring your songs, poems, stories and music to perform around the fire.  If bad weather Eisteddfod will be held in marquee.  Sorry no drumming due to 11pm noise restrictions.

How to stand and breathe like witches, A Meditation by Ashley Mortimer

Date: 04/05/2019

Time: 9.30

How to stand and breathe like witches, A Meditation by Ashley Mortimer

Morning Meeting – Get together to find out more about the days events and how you can be part of the may queen ceremony

Date: 04/05/2019

Time: 10.00

Morning Meeting – Get together to find out more about the days events and how you can be part of the may queen ceremony

Alchemists, Falling Angels and Rising Apes, a Talk by John Licence

Date: 04/05/2019

Time: 11.00

Alchemists, Falling Angels and Rising Apes, a Talk by John Licence

Drum and Percussion Workshop, a workshop by Susan Marie Paramour

Date: 04/05/2019

Time: 12.00

Drum and Percussion Workshop, a workshop by Susan Marie Paramour

Anglo Saxon Heathens from Historic Sources A talk by Pete Jennings

Date: 04/05/2019

Time: 13.00

Anglo Saxon Heathens from Historic Sources, a talk by Pete Jennings.

Pete Jennings: born 1953 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England and now living just over the Essex border in his native East Anglia.

Pete has had three main careers: on leaving school he completed an apprenticeship and became an External Planning Engineer for PO Telephones (now BT.) After 7 years he quit to become a salesman and sales manager with blue chip companies such as United Biscuits, Esselte Meto and Coca Cola, where he won the prestiguous UK Salesman of the Year award in 1986. Finally Pete embraced care work and was sponsored through university to gain a BA (Hons) in social work. He still practices as a registered social worker. Previously he also studied as a counsellor / psychotherapist, gaining the BACP Diploma. Although not currently involved in formal practice Pete retains his MBACP status.

Pete is married to Sue and between them they have four adult offsping plus nine grandchildren and a rescued German Shepherd Dog called Sasha. Their two elderly springer spaniels Bertie & Charlie died in 2017 just short of their 17th birthdays.

To see details of Pete Jennings genealogy & DNA results click here.

Outside of work Pete has pursued many other interests: he was National Media Officer and then President of the Pagan Federation, the largest umbrella organisation for many Pagan paths across Europe. His spiritual interests have also led him to become a writer with over a dozen books published and he lectures across the UK and abroad.

As a historical re-enactor Pete leads ‘Ealdfaeder Anglo Saxons’, who until recently were the semi resident group at the world famous Sutton Hoo site and elsewhere, and writes and lectures on aspects of Anglo Saxon & Viking culture.

Starting at the age of 12 Pete became a mobile disco dj and progressed on to twenty years of broadcasting folk shows on local radio stations BBC Radio Suffolk, Radio Orwell, Saxon Radio & VIC Radio.

Pete was the Green Man every May Day sunrise for East Suffolk Morris for many years and is the Wren Bearer for the Cutty Wren ceremony enacted each Boxing Day by Old Glory Molly in Middleton Suffolk. He also founded the Magic Mummers and organised various folk clubs and festivals. Pete only recently quit fire breathing after a freak accident injured him.

Pete Jennings has also regularly sung with folk bands such as WYSIWYG, Bunkas & Rope and rock bands incuding Pyramid of Goats, Prof Keatons Experiment and Infra Red. Nowadays his entertaining revolves around re-enactment and, story telling as well as the odd bit of acting and filming. He recently retired from twenty years of guiding ghost walks around his native Ipswich.

Wicca and the Book of Shadows, A talk by Ashley Mortimer

Date: 04/05/2019

Time: 14.00

Wicca and the Book of Shadows, A talk by Ashley Mortimer

Title TBC, a talk by Kate Simpson

Date: 04/05/2019

Time: 15.00

Title TBC, a talk by Kate Simpson

The May Queen Crowning Ritual

Date: 04/05/2019

Time: 16.00

The May Queen Crowning Ritual

Arabian Delights

Date: 05/05/2018

Time: 17.00

Arabian Delights

Amber

Date: 05/05/2018

Time: 18.00

Amber

Greg Cook – Ukelele Vagabond, featuring Kev the Poet

Date: 04/05/2019

Time: 19.00

Greg Cook – Ukelele Vagabond

Susan Raven

Date: 04/05/2019

Time: 20.00

Susan Raven

Car Dia and the Raggle Taggles

Date: 05/05/2018

Time: 21.30

Car Dia and the Raggle Taggles

Campfire Eisteddfod

Date: 05/05/2018

Time: 23.00

Campfire Eisteddfod

How to stand and breathe like witches, A Meditation by Ashley Mortimer

Date: 05/05/2019

Time: 09.30

How to stand and breathe like witches, A Meditation by Ashley Mortimer

Talk / Workshop TBC

Date: 05/05/2019

Time: 10.00

Talk / Workshop TBC

Valkyries – A Talk by Pete Jennings

Date: 05/05/2019

Time: 11.00

Valyries – A Talk by Pete Jennings Pete Jennings: born 1953 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England and now living just over the Essex border in his native East Anglia.

Pete has had three main careers: on leaving school he completed an apprenticeship and became an External Planning Engineer for PO Telephones (now BT.) After 7 years he quit to become a salesman and sales manager with blue chip companies such as United Biscuits, Esselte Meto and Coca Cola, where he won the prestiguous UK Salesman of the Year award in 1986. Finally Pete embraced care work and was sponsored through university to gain a BA (Hons) in social work. He still practices as a registered social worker. Previously he also studied as a counsellor / psychotherapist, gaining the BACP Diploma. Although not currently involved in formal practice Pete retains his MBACP status.

Pete is married to Sue and between them they have four adult offsping plus nine grandchildren and a rescued German Shepherd Dog called Sasha. Their two elderly springer spaniels Bertie & Charlie died in 2017 just short of their 17th birthdays.

To see details of Pete Jennings genealogy & DNA results click here.

Outside of work Pete has pursued many other interests: he was National Media Officer and then President of the Pagan Federation, the largest umbrella organisation for many Pagan paths across Europe. His spiritual interests have also led him to become a writer with over a dozen books published and he lectures across the UK and abroad.

As a historical re-enactor Pete leads ‘Ealdfaeder Anglo Saxons’, who until recently were the semi resident group at the world famous Sutton Hoo site and elsewhere, and writes and lectures on aspects of Anglo Saxon & Viking culture.

Starting at the age of 12 Pete became a mobile disco dj and progressed on to twenty years of broadcasting folk shows on local radio stations BBC Radio Suffolk, Radio Orwell, Saxon Radio & VIC Radio.

Pete was the Green Man every May Day sunrise for East Suffolk Morris for many years and is the Wren Bearer for the Cutty Wren ceremony enacted each Boxing Day by Old Glory Molly in Middleton Suffolk. He also founded the Magic Mummers and organised various folk clubs and festivals. Pete only recently quit fire breathing after a freak accident injured him.

Pete Jennings has also regularly sung with folk bands such as WYSIWYG, Bunkas & Rope and rock bands incuding Pyramid of Goats, Prof Keatons Experiment and Infra Red. Nowadays his entertaining revolves around re-enactment and, story telling as well as the odd bit of acting and filming. He recently retired from twenty years of guiding ghost walks around his native Ipswich.

Journey Through the Celtic Realms, guided meditation by Spike Jones

Date: 05/05/2019

Time: 12.00

Journey Through the Celtic Realms, guided meditation by Spike Jones

The Care of Rivers Is Not a Question of Rivers But of Human Heart, a talk by Hadrian Cook

Date: 05/05/2019

Time: 13.00

The Care of Rivers Is Not a Question of Rivers But of Human Heart, a talk by Hadrian Cook

Kabbalah For Beginners, A talk by Pippa King

Date: 05/05/2019

Time: 14.00

Title TBC, A Talk by Roy Hunter

Date: 05/05/2019

Time: 15.00

Title TBC, A Talk by Roy Hunter

Grimsby Sambalada

Date: 05/05/2019

Time: 16.00

Grimsby Sambalada. Sambalada are a Grimbarian tapestry made of many different backgrounds. Taking influences from Punk, Heavy Metal, Drum and Bass as well as Brazilian Samba.

Sambalada produce an undeniably infectious percussive sound that registers with every human being. Drumming is deep in our souls, it is the rhythm of our own hearts that echoes the link between rhythm and life.

Sambalada has been playing for over 13 years providing foot stomping, body shaking sounds that really rock any event and get people up on their feet, feeling both the primal contact we have with the earth and what it is to be human. Sambalada will shake you to the core.

Tritor

Date: 05/05/2019

Time: 17.00

Tritor

Marshlander

Date: 05/05/2019

Time: 18.30

Marshlander

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Campfire Eisteddfod

Get together around the fire to share your songs, music, poems and stories with others. Sorry no drum past 11pm.

Workshops

Interactive workshops throughout the weekend including woodcrafts, headdress, facemask and garland making. See board on day for times and location.