Itinerary

Spirit of The Marsh Beltane Gathering and Festival 2018

The complete weekends entertainment for the Beltane gathering 2018 is still to be finalised but please find details of what we have for you so far.

Please note all times are subject to change.

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

Beltane Fire Lighting Ceremony

Date: 04/05/2018

Time: 18.00

Beltane Fire Lighting Ceremony by John Licence and Stephanie Harpin

Sean Rice

Date: 04/05/2018

Time: 19.00

Sean Rice

Nine Wells

Date: 04/05/2018

Time: 21.30

Nine Wells

Whisky Before Breakfast

Date: 04/05/2018

Time: 20.15

Whisky Before Breakfast perform a large varied repertoire of Traditional Celtic Folk Songs and Tunes. English,Irish,Scottish,Northumbrian Welsh,American Old Time and Morris dance tunes.

Campfire Eisteddfod

Date: 04/05/2018

Time: 23.00

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.

Tales of the Wodewose, a talk by Andy McGrath

Date: 05/05/2018

Time: 11.00

Tales of the Wodewose, a talk by Andy McGrath.

Andy McGrath, is a Crypto ‘Enthusiast’ with over 25 years of research and obsession about the unknown creatures living right under our noses here on this tiny island in the North Atlantic.

From a wildlife point of view, the accepted fauna of The British Isles were discovered and catalogued in their finite and immoveable state in the 19th century. Nothing has really been added to this list or considered worthy since and the continual reports of Water Monsters, Bigfoot, Mystery Big Cats and UFC’s (Unidentified Flying Cryptids) are largely ignored or used as newspaper fillers to entertain us.
Andy’s focus is on current research and recent sightings, pictures, videos and eyewitness accounts of the many cryptids of the British Isles.

Although vast advancements in science and technology have brought great discoveries in other lesser known parts of the world, our island lies largely under explored and overlooked. At night, outside of the busy cities and next to the unlit lakes and lonely mountains it is an island in darkness, where nobody ventures into the woods anymore and the pervading paradigm scares all but the most fool hardy scientists away from any serious investigation of the many yet to be discovered – Beasts Of Britain

Author of Beasts of Britain http://amzn.eu/3vqXVa6 he is also currently working on his own documentary under the same name, as well as being involved in the international groundbreaking documentary ‘Cryptozoologist’ by Matt Ralston and Brad Abrahams; which features some of the world’s most prolific cryptozoologists talking about their research and the reasons behind their passion for the unknown. 

For more information on ‘Beasts of Britain’ go to: Facebook Twitter Blog                 

Title TBC, a talk by Moira Hodgkinson

Date: 05/05/2018

Time: 12.00

Title TBC, a talk by Moira Hodgkinson

Title TBC, A talk by Ashley Mortimer

Date: 05/05/2018

Time: 13.00

Title TBC, A talk by Ashley Mortimer

Voices of the Land, a talk by Susan Marie Paramour

Date: 05/05/2018

Time: 14.00

Voices of the Land, a talk by Susan Marie Paramour, bring drums rattles and percussion

Beltane Ritual

Date: 05/05/2018

Time: 15.00

Beltane Ritual by John Licence and Stephanie Harpin

Corvige The Mythology, Folklore & Behaviour of Ravens, Crows and their Cousins A talk by Pete Jennings

Date: 05/05/2018

Time: 16.00

Corvige The Mythology, Folklore & Behaviour of Ravens, Crows and their Cousins, 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.

Title TBC, a talk by Graham Butcher

Date: 05/05/2018

Time: 17.00

Title TBC, a talk by Graham Butcher

Arabian Delights

Date: 05/05/2018

Time: 18.00

Arabian Delights

Greg Cook – Ukelele Vagabond

Date: 05/05/2018

Time: 18.45

Greg Cook – Ukelele Vagabond

Susan Raven TBC

Date: 05/05/2018

Time: 20.15

Susan Raven TBC

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

Journey Through the Realms, A Guided Meditation by Spike Jones

Date: 06/05/2018

Time: 12.00

Journey Through the Realms, A Guided Meditation by Spike Jones

Title TBC, A Talk by Ashley Mortimer

Date: 06/05/2018

Time: 13.00

Title TBC, A Talk by Ashley Mortimer

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Ritual – A Talk by Pete Jennings

Date: 06/05/2018

Time: 14.00

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Ritual – 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.

Title TBC, A Talk by Lou Meg

Date: 06/05/2018

Time: 15.00

Title TBC, A Talk by Lou Meg

Title TBC, A talk by Stacy Feast

Date: 06/05/2018

Time: 16.00

Title TBC, A talk by Stacy Feast

Grimsby Sambalada

Date: 06/05/2018

Time: 17.00

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.

Faeries Understand Cosmic Knowledge

Date: 06/05/2018

Time: 18.00

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: 06/05/2018

Time: 19.15

Spiral Navigators

James J Turner

Date: 06/05/2018

Time: 20.30

James J Turner.

James J Turner has a unique live solo style and is one of the most potent artists to emerge from the Acoustic music scene in recent years. James’s powerful voice and dexterous guitar playing provide the backbone to his passionate, carefully crafted songs.

James J Turner’s album How Could We Be Wrong? stormed the folk and acoustic scene, receiving incredible critical acclaim across the UK and Europe from mainstream media including being called “groundbreaking” and the “best folk-rock album of the year”. This helped him gain thousands of fans plus lots of UK and European radio play (mainstream and regional BBC stations, including BBC Scotland & BBC Wales plus specialist folk and acoustic shows), live BBC and specialist Folk radio sessions and key live gigs including performances at the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD) Summer and Winter Gatherings in Glastonbury Town Hall, plus lots of mainstream Folk festivals including Folk on the Dock, Liverpool, and Folk on the Farm, Anglesey.

In Summer 2016 James released his third solo album Spirit, Soul & a Handful of Mud to more fantastic reviews. Publications from the mainstream Acoustic Magazine (who also interviewed James) to the biggest Pagan journal in the UK Pagan Dawn have praised this “consistently outstanding”, “wonderful” and “cracking” record which “exceeds already high expectations many times over”.

Merlins Keep

Date: 06/05/2018

Time: 21.30

Merlins Keep. Merlin’s Keep are a four-piece folk band based in the fishing town of Grimsby. Their original music is rooted in the landscape and folklore of their Lincolnshire home, while at the same time reflecting the life, loves and dreams that are common to us all.

Sime Naylor, guitar, vocals, is the band’s front man and main lyricist. He has an uncanny ability to communicate with, and include every audience member in the band’s performance.

Sue Naylor, vocals, percussion, is responsible for creating the beautiful vocal harmonies which are characteristic of the Merlin’s Keep sound.

Tracey Smith, fiddle and vocals, combines her classical background with rock, folk and roots influences, and switches effortlessly from the most delicate melodies to driving fiddle riffs.

Amy Naylor, – cajon, percussion, vocals, adds a unique energy and groove to the band’s sound. She is an established singer songwriter in her own right, and has performed across Europe as a Taiko drummer.

Tony Smith, is the band’s in-house sound engineer, technician, driver and general dogsbody.

Campfire Eisteddfod

Date: 06/05/2018

Time: 23.00

Location: Campfire

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.