This exquisitely crafted collection of tree myths, folktales and songs brings us around the world as we celebrate beloved groves of trees. Stories include Kansakura ~ Sacred Cherry Tree: a delicate tale of love about the cherry trees of Japan, The Dancing Spirit of the Birch from Czechoslovakia in which a young girl learns the power of dance and Three Green Ladies: a poignant legend about Midsummer Eve and the ancient tree spirits that dwell in Cornwall, England. Refreshing and lyrical each piece on the CD is surrounded by evocative music, natural sounds and songs from the given culture.
1. Verdant Groves: a Shaker Hymn
2. The Dancing Spirit of the Birch: a Czech folktale
3. The Birch Tree: a Russian folksong
4. Three Green Ladies: Legend from Cornwall, England
5. Y Gwcw Fach - The Little Cuckoo: a Welsh folksong
6. Kansakura - Sacred Cherry Tree: a Japanese Legend
7. Ash Grove: Traditional Welsh air / words by John Oxenford
8. The Voice of the Creator: an Australian Aboriginal Myth
9. Tree Planter's Round: a song by Dorothy Attneave
10. Verdant Groves (a Shaker Hymn) and Evergreen (a Cherokee Myth)
Story and Music - A Weave
With over twenty years of collaboration together, storyteller Diane Edgecomb and Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain are known for performances that combine rich story material with a carefully orchestrated underscoring of original and traditional music. Diane's vivid and carefully researched adaptations shed new light on the age old meanings inherent in each tale while Margot's early music background combined with her love of language and song brings a beautiful depth of culture and emotion to each piece.
About Diane Edgecomb: A master storyteller with over twenty-five years of touring nationwide , Diane's rich repertoire encompasses both folkloric and original stories, myths and true, anecdotal tales. Edgecomb is a trail-blazer in the use of storytelling to illuminate unusual venues, her annual Summer Solstice story and music journey through the Arnold Arboretum has become a beloved Boston event. (“It [the Arboretum event] was one of the most moving storytelling nights I’ve experienced. It reawakened in me, and perhaps all of us there, a sense of the spirit of things.” Jay O’Callahan) and her Millennium LabyrinTh performance, which brought the myth of Ariadne and the Minotaur to the Boston subway system, exemplifies what Edgecomb calls “Living Myth” wherein ancient myths are enacted to reflect on modern times. Recognized nationally by Storytelling Magazine as early as 1999 as a leader in linking storytelling with nature and environmental education, Edgecomb also pursues her love of nature by researching and bringing ancient seasonal myths to life for her theater audiences. Featured at storytelling festivals throughout New England including Three Apples Storytelling Festival, the JohnnyCake Festival in Rhode Island and the Connecticut Storytelling Festival, Edgecomb is as comfortable on a theater stage, such as Charlestown Working Theater where she regularly performs, to major coffee houses, including Club Passim, to radio appearances, such as her Wintertime tales produced by National Public Radio, to outdoor tellings under the stars. Her popular workshops have been requested every year at Sharing the Fire Storytelling Conference and have been presented regularly at colleges, storytelling festivals and nature centers.
About Margot Chamberlain: With a background in piano and choral singing, Margot Chamberlain moved to Boston in the 1970’s to study recorder with Marleen Montgomery and the Quadrivium, where she took up vielle and harp. In the time since she has been a member of LiveOak, Laura Sheppard & Co., Mistral, the Comedy Theatre Troupe, various Christmas and summer Revel shows, as well as playing weddings, christenings, parties, museums, and other community events. She has been accompanist for Diane Edgecomb since 1990, composing harp music and song for the performances, arranging numerous melodies for the flow of the stories and bringing in lovely material from cultures around the world to be sung and/or played.