Album - Lady of the Fountain
A collection of winter season songs -
i decided to put together a few winter songs - some recorded live awhile back, others in corners of the music room, with the snowy wind for inspiration. Winter is my favorite time of year - actually it rivals with autumn, but still winter seems to always win my heart. i love the mystery of winter, the way it becomes the still, stark dream time, when all the roots and branches seem to be emptiest and forgotten, when in actuality they are thriving and flourishing with rebirth. And so born is Welcoming Winter - all with lots of love x
Songs taken from various recordings - they are like my dreams - landmarks of places i have travelled through songs over the years. Several of the songs are original recordings of tracks i recorded again over the years - a few of those different versions appear on albums also on this page. A very special thank you to those who have shared their talents over the years -Jake Conte (bass), Dynamike (bass and backing vocals), Clarence Ferrari (fiddle), Gina Tlamsa (flute), Dave Leszcznyski (harmonium), Tom Lenahan (percussion), John Mowad Price (fiddle) and Don Jennings (guitar).
Cigfa Song and Witches of Llanddona by Jodee James, Hiraeth am Feirion, Winter's Song - Traditional Welsh, English lyrics by Jodee James. What Passes and Never Leaves is based on poem by Welsh poet John Ceiriog Hughs - music and additional lyrics by Jodee James. Copyright Halo Moon Creations, Jodee - guitar, harp, vocals.
Melangell, the patron saint of hares and small animals, has always been near to my heart. It's said that Melangell came from Ireland to Wales sometime in the 7th century and lived a life of seclusion with the wildlife of Cwm Pennant, seeking shelter and solitude. One day Brochwel, a prince of what is now Powys, Wales, was out hunting with his dogs when they began to chase a rabbit, suddenly, the dogs stopped abruptly, and there before them was a small hare running to take shelter in Melangell’s cape. So touched by this, Brochwel granted her the valley to keep as her safe haven. Later, as an abbess, she founded a community of women where her memory and love of hares, often referred to as “Melangell’s lambs”, continues today. In the remote little church that stands in remembrance, there’s a 15th century oak screen carving telling her story. My mom painted this picture maybe twenty years ago or more, and it’s as special to me as if I was standing there today xxx
I always think of this song when mornings are filled with mist and the end of October slips into Celtic winter. It's a rough copy - I've lost the original around here somewhere but was anxious to share it. Thank you to dear friend Lesl Harker for adding her whistle. Lyrics are from a Welsh poem of the same title by William Jones of Bala, Wales (1896-1961). The melody is a variant of the Irish tune used from She Moved Through the Fair - and both with a haunting theme.
Spent the day playing new songs and listening to old ones :) This was recorded way back when (2003?) in the old house in Hackettstown, NJ during one of our rehearsals. It's the tale of a spinster trying so hard to find a mate. Finally she meets Sion Prys and her heart goes leaping :)
A hug and big thank you to Lesl Harker on flute and Dave Leszczynski on udu drum. The stable loft artwork is by my mom. The melody and first verse are traditional Welsh. Additional verses (originally all in Welsh) by Enid Parry. For lyrics, click on the info button to the right of the song - thanks for listening xxx
Taken from the Welsh legend telling of a mysterious boat full of women washing up upon the shore of the island of Anglesey - whether they were really witches i have no idea but seems there was a lot going on back then with the fairie folk, giants and ladies of the lake, this just another day in the life of beloved Welsh folk tales.
I recorded this awhile ago. The wind was howling the night I wrote it and the same wind was howling when I recorded the guitar part - I was able to use that for the wind in the background. Thank you to my pal Jake Conte for accompanying me on bass. A link on the bottom right corner brings you to the lyrics.