Sophia Woodcraft’s haunting voice cuts deep.
With a list of influences that runs from PJ Harvey to Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos, to Neil Young and Nine Inch Nails, Sophia has forged a unique performance style that is both vulnerable and powerful.
With a catalogue of soaring folk ballads punctuated with potent grunge tracks, her vocals and songwriting lay bare the whole human condition, exploring themes of love, loss, hope and fate.
Sophia’s singular voice has led to her headlining her own shows at independent venues and at grass roots festivals throughout the UK and opening the Equinox Festival in 2018.
Sophia also supported singer/songwriter Jack Broadbent on his 2017 UK tour playing The Jazz Cafe and The Lincoln Drill Hall.
Based in the Lincolnshire Wolds, Sophia is currently recording her first full length album, a follow up to her EP These Veins.
Marshlander acknowledges the splendid coincidence of a festival called “Spirit of the Marsh”. He describes himself as a songwriter/one-man band living mostly on a boat in a remote part of the Fens or sometimes with his French partner in the Alps.
In either case, between attending demos, lobbying Parliament and remembering to update his blog, there seems little else to do but make music and write and rehearse his story-songs of dissent, lust, blasphemy, death and rivers. He sings mostly to the accompaniment of guitar, acoustic footdrum kit and harmonica.
Recently he has been described by one promoter as “agi-folk”, but it was unclear whether said promoter was referring to themes from the songs or the appearance of Marsh’s beard. Another promoter has included him in an evening of “upbeat artists with an offbeat approach”. The weight of responsibility is too much.
The painting is by Mark Whittle who lives in the shadow of a windmill.
Want to stop over at Spirit of the Marsh but don’t fancy stopping in your tent? Why not stop at Greenfield Caravan Park, a short walk from the festival site.
Their modern, central heated caravans are an ideal base for the festival or indeed any other holiday on the fabulous Lincolnshire East Coast.
Greenfield Caravan Park and General Stores were kind enough to give us a donation towards 2018 festival costs and we thank them for their kind generosity.
For more information take a look at their website www.greenfieldcaravanpark.com
Queen of the May
The Maiden Goddess of Spring, flower bride, Queen of the May, The Lady of Flowers. She stands for purity strength and the potential for growth.
The May Queen begins the May Day celebrations. The May Queen is crowned by flowers.
So we are bringing the May Queen into our Spirit of The Marsh ceremonies. The May Queen will need attendants.
There will be one big ceremony on the Saturday this is to make sure everyone has arrived at camp and can join in. On Saturday morning there will be workshops in headdress making, mask making, drum and voice all leading towards taking part in the afternoon ceremony. The children are encouraged to paint masks make flower garlands and be part of the day.
Every one is encouraged to place a tea light or ribbon on the four quarters which will have branches like trees, whichever you are drawn to.
My name is Susan Marie Paramor and I will be the priestess leading the ceremony this year.
If you have any ribbons, elastic for the masks or feathers please bring along. The May Queen will be chosen and must be honoured throughout the camp.
I would like anyone who would like to be the May queen to friend me on face book
(https://www.facebook.com/susanmarie.paramor) and send me a few lines why they feel they would make a good May Queen. This will go on to a process on the day of choosing the lady.
Anyone who has a song, poem or story is most welcome to share it in circle, so it would be great if you all got creative through the winter months.
Sunday 6th May at 4pm
Stacy Keast – Who is your power animal?
Come and spend some time in the shamanic vibration learning how to journey through the shamanic cosmos and meet your power animals and shamanic guides.
We will journey down into the lower world (healing world) to meet the power animals that have been by your side since birth . You will learn who they are and how you can connect with them on a daily basis to enrich your personal life with guidance and knowledge from these guides.
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Faeries Understand Cosmic Knowledge @ Spirit of the Marsh 2018
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.
Faeries Understand Cosmic Knowledge will be playing on 6/5/2018.
We are very pleased to announce a new speaker at Spirit of the Marsh 2018, 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.
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