THIS IS THE CASSETTE; cd no longer available
Subtitled Spiral of the Celtic Mysteries, this unusual 1995 recording is a Druid Earth Rite, honoring the Great Mother manifesting as Bridget, that fuses chanting (in both Gaelic and English) with lush, sophisticated neo-classical music. No simple circle-singing here! Grayhawk David Gibney collaborated with magician Helene Hess in creating/ trance channeling this ritual of initiation, healing and blessings (we wish she were credited on the album jacket); he composed the music and conducts the Isle of Avalon Orchestra. Using Celtic Shamanism and the craft of Magical and Wicca practitioners from both North America and Europe, this is a powerful and transcendent album filled with the Bardic Mystery Choir's beautiful choral accompaniment, with solos by priestesses and priests, and music of wooden flutes, hammered dulcimer, David Darling's cello, and percussion from the Faery Drumming Circle.