This CD of Celtic Otherworld Stories is beguiling.
Winner of 2011 Storytelling World Award!
The cover softly depicts the gateway between This World and the Otherworld, inviting you to enter and listening to these entrancing Celtic stories.
The stories blend the history and heritage of Mary’s Celtic Countries of Scotland and Ireland. Mary Gavan is a professional storyteller of longstanding.
In these four stories, Mary uses her musical Celtic voice to weave the threads of mystery and magic along with humour and reality.
Between the tales, music drawn from a rich tradition of Celtic heritage supports the captivating spell of the stories.
The stories in this collection start with an unusual account of Robert Burns, the National Poet of Scotland. This story reveals the tale of his journeys to and fro the Otherworld. As recounted here, this tale presents his passing with humour and humane interest.
Mary follows this touching account with a silkie story. With help from a Celtic seal from the nearby ocean, this story provides the transition from grief and failed expectations to a life with hope and advancement to the lady of the story, Aioleen.
The Grandfather Story introduces the secret society which governed Scottish Horsemen in their training and work.
The final story is the poignant passing of the Auld Sailor into the Otherworld. This story addresses the awesomeness of allowing each person to have their unique passage in living and dying. This memorable account is a classic example of the magical art of Celtic storytelling.
Written and told by Mary, the stories show the range of her professional storytelling. Drawing deeply on her rich Celtic heritage, these stories skillfully interlace ordinary human situations with poetic understanding and quiet humour. Mary is one of the storytellers promoting Celtic heritage.