interview with MUSICAL DISCOVERIES
was the inspiration behind the album Sacred Circles?
To create an album of thought, dance, spiritual
uplifting and a raising of the energies to direct to one's
ambitions and goals. A theme based on the same young druid
girl that featured in my album Moonlore who is now into
womanhood and onto a path of self-belief by creating sacred
closely with Carolynn Clare Townsend (Pagan Federation),
I wanted to produce an album that not only takes the listener
away into a romantic world of Celtic mystical imagery
but essentially offers a visualisation journey. Like Moonlore,
it features many tracks that celebrate the feminine and
the Triple Goddess. Specially composed "working"
tracks and accompanying inlay notes by Carolynn Clare
Townsend offer another key aspect to the album.
Discoveries: The production
style on Sacred Circles sounds fresh, more modern and
commercial compared to Moonlore. Was this a major decision?
It was my intention to make Sacred Circles have the same
feel and imagery as Moonlore but not be afraid to move
forward musically and incorporate more modern sounds and
exciting forms of production with great performance. I
didn't want to fall into the safeness of just producing
another soundalike album. I think it's important for an
artist to always move forward and try new things even
if it means sometimes stumbling and potentially taking
is the meaning behind the lyrics in the opening track
from Sacred Circles?
The album opens with a soft chanting mystical song "Stardancing
- Into the Light". "Into the Light" prepares
the young woman to focus on specific goals in her mind
and direct the energy to them with love. The message in
this opening track is clear: work with this energy which
surrounds us all and whether it be through song, chant,
or dancing always do good and bring beneficial change.
village has long suffered with illness, poor harvests
and infertilty. It is her intention to change this. The
album was initially called Stardancing. I wanted to dedicate
the album to all those wonderful magical people who draw
energy down from the moon on those wondrous starlit nights.
To many they are known as the Stardancers.
Discoveries: You always
seem to include a lot of natural sounds in your music.
How important was the use of natural sounds in Sacred
In Sacred Circles the young woman seeks a feeling of oneness
with other living things, with animals, trees, the ocean,
sun, moon, and earth. She understands the forces of nature
created within our physical bodies and that it's creative
abilities and powers are ALWAYS within us. The more she
feels connected with her Goddess, the greater her belief
and making the seemingly impossible tasks for her village
come true. The worship of the Goddess (Moon) casts the
circle as an intrinsic part of ritual. The Circle cast
for this purpose is the only circle with four corners:
East - South - West - North or Air - Fire - Water - Earth.
natural sounds play a major part in the "Casting
the Circle" track. The piece took weeks to create
and mix. I wanted it to have a continuity with a strong
repeating musical refrain but intergrate the vibrations
of the key elements within the track. Natural sounds really
helped to achieve this. To me, it's one of the strongest
tracks on the album. Water sounds also played a major
part in the track "Release." The young woman
learns how to release her negativity through cleansing
and blessing techniques. She simply uses her mind to imagine
bad energy flowing away from her like water and releases
it into the universe without harm to any other living
Discoveries: The final
track on the album "Silver Wheel" is a very
celebratory and upbeat song. What exactly is the "Silver
After twelve months (The Wheel of the Year) the young
woman has learned much about the power of creating sacred
circles. Lady Silver Wheel is also known as Arianrhod.
She appears as a beautiful full moon and the young woman
gives thanks to this wonderous moment that she has been
waiting for. The village suffered much loss but now she
can see the positive changes that have happened. The village
is healthier and strong. The harvest was one of the best
on record and the church bells now often ring out in celebration
of another birth in the village.
the young woman, this moment is one of celebration and
a self realisation that much can be achieved by focusing
on specific goals in her mind and directing the Energy
to them with love.
Finally, I notice that Juliana
features vocally on many of your albums. How important
are the vocals in your music?
Juliana has a beautiful soft vocal. It is very pure and
clear. She has a natural gift for creating harmonies and
because her voice is so soft and gentle, the multilayered
harmonies create the most incredible soft choir sounds.
Her voice can literally raise the hairs on your neck.
Our voices also blend together well and we created a wonderful
'Clannad-esque' sound on "Stardancing."
love writing songs as well as instrumental pieces although
lyrics can nail down and limit the potential of the music
for visualisation purposes. Therefore I tend to avoid
lyrical vocals on my more healing/meditational titles.
However, you will still often hear Juliana multilayering
her charactristic "oohs" and "aahs"
in the reverberated and dreamy background.