Why Yew Tree Magic? Well, before we moved to Cornwall we lived in a small village in Gloucestershire, in 'Yew Tree Cottage', named for the twenty-foot high clipped Yew tree arch over its front gate. By a strange coincidence (or perhaps a quirk of fate) my first album 'Secret Trees'was already close to completion, largely inspired by the wind-sculpted trees we'd seen on Cornish holidays, but when I delved into the mysteries of the Yew tree I found an even stranger saga of immortality and rebirth, of churchyard trees that are older than the churches themselves, whose wood was used for the famous English longbow, and of ancient groves planted by the Druids. Yew Tree Magic indeed, and a perfect name for us!
The Yew - by Glennie Kindred
Belinda's Green Man imagery is wonderfully evocative, and you can see it both here on our web site and on my album 'The Greenwood'. But who or what is the Green Man? Well, he represents the spirit of nature, and usually consists of the head only, surrounded by leaves, or sprouting leaves like horns, or disgorging vegetation from his mouth.
Green Man - From wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Search For The Green Man - by Mike Harding
Rainwalker Studio - wonderful green man masks
Shapeshifter - Magickal Masks & Sculptures: Green Folk
Although we've explored other rugged coastlines including those of Devon, Dorset, and Pembrokeshire, Cornwall provides a unique combination of wildness and magic that was the main inspiration for 'Ancient Seas'
The Museum of Witchcraft - Boscastle
Cornwall Guide - North Cornwall
Back in the early 1980's we lived in Avebury, Wiltshire, just a short walk away from the famous stones. These ignited our interest in ancient stone monuments of all types, which eventually resurfaced in the music of'Moonhill'. In Cornwall we are blessed with a host of ancient circles, solitary standing stones, and sacred wells. There are also famous labyrinth carvings at Rocky Valley, a few miles from where we live, which Belinda incorporated into the large standing stone on the Moonhill cover artwork.
Rocky Valley - the labyrinth rock carving featured on our 'Moonhill' artwork
Cornish Ancient Sites Protection Network - a charitable partnership
Meyn Mamvro - Magazine of ancient stones and sacred sites in Cornwall
Labyrinthos - Labyrinths & Mazes Resource Centre, Photo Library & Archive
My collection of Chinese, Japanese, and Tibetan bells, gongs, and singing bowls feature strongly in my music, and enhance its feelings of spirituality. Bells mark the passing of time, call the faithful to prayer, are used to cleanse spaces, as amulets, and help induce a state of trance.
Gongs - From wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Steve Hubback - Maker of amazing custom gongs, cymbals and metal sculpture
Matt Nolan - Artisan Cymbals, Gongs and other Metal Percussion Sound Sculptures
Eventide Music - The Tranquil, Atmospheric Music of Kevin Kendle
ISHQ - The Ambient Music of Matt Hilllier, based in Cornwall
Seventh Wave Music - Nigel Shaw & Carolyn Hillyer
Judy Dyble - Martin features on Judy's Albums 'The Whorl' & 'Spindle'
Sound On Sound - The UK's Biggest Selling Music Recording Magazine
Audio Technology - The Magazine for Sound Engineers & Recording Musicians, Australia
Samplecraze - Audio Samples & Music Production E-books
Buddha Machine - A small plastic box playing meditative music