Joy Shannon Witch Hunt

Joy Shannon and the Beauty Marks are a Celtic pagan folk/neofolk band based in Long Beach, California and fronted by the Irish multi-instrumentalist singer Joy Shannon on Celtic harp, cello and harmonium.

Eerie, beautiful and coupled with a smattering of doom, their new album Mo Cara Anam, is scheduled for release on December 5th.

Anam Cara refers to the Celtic spiritual belief of souls connecting and bonding in the afterlife – and this is a celebration of that bonding.

Joy Shannon - black crêpe vocal - deeply sensual and thoroughly bewitching...
Joy Shannon – black crêpe vocal – deeply sensual and thoroughly bewitching…

We had a listen to Midsummer Witch Hunt – taken from the new album:

Waves of gently blowing strings greet you first.

These are like gusts of streaked breeze  – like air filtered through wetland grasses.

Then veils of black crêpe vocal moan into position.

This is a deeply sensual and thoroughly bewitching song.

A dark cello is like black bunting – hung across the death-bed.

Like drapery to celebrate a rite of passage.

The drama builds up – and a climax (of sorts) is reached – then we reach the moment of confession and the accusation of guilt.

There will be no reconciliation to be had here. In this sad place. Since this is a curse. And the culprits will be accused. Forever and ever.

An evocation of beauty and mystery – with a dark voice – and the subtlest of all arrangements – all dressed up in the black vestments of grief.

@neilmach 2014 ©

Main photo by Xun Chi



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