Regulars on the US faerie festival circuit, The Gypsy Nomads play a toe tapping blend of gypsy punk folk tinged with cabaret, tribal beats and good old-fashioned bawdy storytelling. The duo consists of French born Brit Samantha Stephenson and veteran punk Scott Helland, aka Frenchy and the Punk. Since 2005 they have toured extensively, and 2010 is no exception with a countrywide US tour which sees them play Faerieworlds, World of Faeries festival and Faeriecon (amongst many others!). Their new album Happy Madness is out July 13th and is their 4th album to date. As you’d expect, it is an upbeat collection of songs which showcase Samantha’s wonderful voice and Scott’s excellent guitar work. They’re ridiculously catchy, even after just one listen I was humming them all day long. Dark Carnivale and Vaudeville Voodoo are for me the real stand outs (as in, the ones I have been humming most!), but the whole thing is exceedingly well played and produced.
We have a signed copy of Happy Madness to give away to one lucky reader. To enter, leave a comment. Just for fun, please share your favourite Gypsy Nomads song.
Please ensure you use a valid email address, and one entry per person thank you! All entries must be received by July 1st.
And the Winner is… Leah! Congratulations!
And thank you to everyone else who entered!
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Not long now until the faery clans gather in Celtic Cornwall for this summer’s 3 Wishes Faery Fest. It is our favourite faerie event of the year, and 2010′s show looks set to be absolutely enchanting. Performing this year are Woodland, Priscilla Hernandez, Brocc, Maple Bee, The Dolmen, and many more. Guest artists include Linda Ravenscroft, Myrea Pettit, Marc Potts, Kelly Martinez, Julia Jeffrey and Tamara Newman. There are also wandering performers, the excellent faerie market, fashion show, workshops, and this year there will be a special sunrise ritual on Monday 21st June to celebrate Midsummer.Filed under Events | Comment (0)
Those enchanting ladies, the Mediaeval Baebes have a repertoire which includes a number of faerie-inspired songs. They have been working on a new stage show called Temptation which brings their music to a whole new level, with gorgeous costumes, choreography, sets and lighting. This theatrical spectacular promises ‘fairytale whimsy, otherworldly enchantment, and supernatural allure’. You can show your support for this exciting project by voting in Barclay’s ‘Take One Small Step’ competition. You can also buy a special Temptation Show live album which includes an exclusive 20 page A4 glossy programme signed by the band. Written by the band, the programme will contain photographs from the show, the history, background and inspiration for the show.Filed under Music | Comment (1)
Prikosnovenie’s sixth instalment of their Fairy World music compilations features 16 tracks by artists from their Mandalia project. The music and accompanying book are themed around the 5 elements – earth, air, fire, water and ether. It is more ambient and relaxing than the previous CDs, but still has that gorgeous ethereal feel you come to expect from Prikosnovenie. The CD is a limited edition of 500, and is available to order now.Filed under Music | Comment (0)
There is a little bit of Midsummer faery magic in the current issue of Spirit & Destiny magazine (June 2010). The article features an interview with some of the people who have welcomed the inspiration of the little folk into their lives – including event organiser and FAE magazine editor, Karen Kay.Filed under Books & Magazines | Comment (0)
Chris Down will be having an exhibition of his fantasy art at the Moontree Gallery in Boscombe from 29th May until 24th June 2010. There will be a wide variety of framed pictures, originals, limited edition prints and open edition prints. Chris’ work comprises painted, pencil, pen and ink and has appeared in over 40 books. Among those are his Celtic and Fantasy titles in the Crafters Design Library series which have been published in English, American, French, German, Russian and Chinese editions gaining his work an international audience. Launch day for the exhibition is Saturday 29th May and Chris will be there all day from 10am until 5.30pm.Filed under Art & Illustration, Events | Comment (0)
Australian artist Michele-Lee Phelan has just published her first solo art book. Dreams of Magic collects together 100 colour and sepia illustrations depicting dragons, fairies, gods, goddesses, nature and more. There is also a selections of poems and short stories written by Michele-Lee, plus chapters on how and why she creates her paintings. The book is beautifully presented with a padded hardcover and is published by Blue Angel Publishing.Filed under Books & Magazines | Comment (0)
The summer issue of FAE Magazine is now out. This issue has articles by some of the world’s leading faerie artists and authors – The Froud’s talk about the Heart of Faerie Oracle and Doreen Virtue joins the FAE Team with her new Faerie column. There are articles by Lucy Cavendish, Orion Foxwood, Sally Morningstar, and art by Tytania Fairy (who also transformed Doreen Virtue into a merfaerie for this issue’s cover), and exclusive fashion with the Faeries of Avon, TPF, and Gaia Clothing. Learn about the Faerie Queen, how to make a faery crown, work practical faery magic, and ideas for faerie themed weddings. Plus there’s a chance to win a portrait by fantasy artist Helen Wells from Australia worth £1000!
I’d also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Rachel P, the lucky winner of the one year’s subscription to FAE giveaway we recently ran. Wel done! And thank you to everyone who entered!Filed under Books & Magazines | Comment (0)