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Heathen...  Music eGroups   Labels    Albums   Online Music   Music Websites   Radio Stations   Podcasts   Music & Singing Resources

"Professional" Albums:   Reconstructionist, Revival, Folk     Metal & Co.

Norse Myths (Prose) as Readings:   Audiobooks     Online

Heathen Music eGroups

Asatru_musicians:
Yahoo-group for heathen composers, lyricists, instrumentalists, and lovers of music!
I manage this list - you are cordially invited to join and participate!

Heathen Labels & Studios

Runic Era Records  - A record label for heathens.

Heathen Albums

Hauk
"Path of Ice", "To Hear the Trumpets Call", "No Mercy for the Slain", "Love Songs, Lamentations and Lifthrasir". Hauk on MySpace.

Tru Spirit
"A Gift for A Gift", the second album by John Cyr and Ingmar Lauer. The first album, "Songs of Our Heathen Ancestry", is no longer available.

Hildr Valkyrie - "Deceitful Fate" (2004)
Songs mainly about battle, Valkyries and Einherjar. You can read most of her lyrics on Odin´s Gift
, and at her website.

Sveinbjörn Beinteinsson - "Edda",Sv. B.
By the founder of the Asatruarfelagidh, in Icelandic language & performance style. Four tracks: The Prophecy Of Seeress, The Saying Of Har, The Lay Of Sigrdrifa, Poems By Sveinbjorn Beinteinsson. 
My comment: Archaic and haunting. To our ears unusual style; nothing to hear as "background" music.

Freya Aswynn - Songs of Yggdrasil: Shamanic Chants from the Northern Mysteries
Including rune galdr and a rendering of the Havamal.

Tales of Stone and Ice -- Songs from a Heathen Perspective by Karen L.U. Kahan, Savagedaughter.net.

Skaldenhain - German Asatru Albums by Armin Knorr - with MP3 clips and all lyrics on-site
"Drachenboot":
Straightforward Rock with guitars, drums, bass, orchestra and choir.
"Perthro": Asatru Blues. "Stahlzeit": Asatru Metal

Hør mig Aser - Ritualsange 
Ritual songs with both modern Denish texts and Old Norse from the Older and Younger Edda, sung by Gudrun Victoria Gotved. Several artists accompany with lyre, percussion, rattles and hurdy-gurdy. Listen to all tracks online!

Heathen Online Music

Dano Hammer - Heartfelt Heathen Hip-Hop, e.g. "The Happy Heathen", "Way of Wyrd"

Piparskeggrskald Podbean - A place to hear Piparskeggr's poems and songs.

SolMånens Forlag  - (Denish) Dankward E. Nielsen´s chants and drumming. MP3 soundclips of his CDs available. Also, good articles.

Eddan

Based on a merge of various Eddic poems. The scope is a story from Ginnungagap to Ragnarök,
the red line being the invincible sword forged by master smith Völund. 
The project was finished in 2008 and first publicly displayed in Reykjavik/Iceland.
As of 2009, Edda is released on ELYZIUM classics and available there in high quality.

The Meadhall - Songs with lyrics &  mp3 by Alwynne (aka Hilla Hamasdottir)

Ragngautr Kindred - listen to several great instrumental pieces by Rob Crocker !

Triangle Heathens - Music instrumental & vocal pieces by Danny. Very professional.

Pip_Music - Piparskeggr´s Music on Yahoogroups, both as lyrics and soundfiles.

Gimle Kindred of Northeastern Connecticut features an mp3 of The Havamal - sung by Sveinbjörn Beinteinsson.

Ymir and Odin (as streaming), to be found in The writings of Albert Burger.  
He has recorded a number of norse myth themed songs (e.g. The Choosers, Road of Life, Spirit and Power, Daybreak).
Available on CD, or in mpu samples at Big Lake Recordings.

Heathen Music Websites

Viking Age Music Article on the Viking Answer Lady

The Songs of the Vikings What kinds of songs and sounds could be heard in Scandinavia 1000 years ago?

Viking music on Iceland From "A short history of Icelandic music to the beginning of the twentieht century" by Hjálmar H. Ragnarsson.

Anglo-Saxons Scops and Scopcraft: Origins, performance style, boasting, chronology.


Medieval Music
Interested in Celtic, Germanic, Theodish or traditional heathen music? AElfric sings Anglo-Saxon poetry in Old English, in the ancient European "Bardic" tradition of Scopcraeft, uses the elder poetic form called Germanic Alliterative Verse, (as in Beowulf) and sets it to old fashioned folkish European melodies, often accompanied by the Germanic Harp.

Heathen/Pagan Radio Stations and Podcasts

Ravencast - The Asatru podcast. Monthly half-hour episodes with interviews and seasonal topics. Also on Itunes
Interviews with the heathen musicians Hauk and Piparskeggr.

 

Raven Radio - New Heathen Radio !  www.ravenradio.info
Raven Radio will be a weekly show starting at 11:00 am Mountain Time, for the first time on air on Sunday February 7th 11:00AM. The show format will be 1 hour long set into 15 minutes blocks. Anything heathen goes.

Spoken Lore - Weekly Saga Readings.

The Cosmic Cauldron - Pagan Radio Broadcast

Music & Singing Resources

Yuletide Carols: Seventeen heathen carols, traditional and new  
Songbook with lyrics and sheet music, by Winifred Rose, Diana L. Paxson, Kveldulf Gundarsson, Jenny Blain and others. 18 pages, stapled - $2.50.

Contemporary Heathen Music: A Review (Nov. 2002)  - by Jordsvin on his Norse Heathen Pages

The Viking Music List Very detailed and comprehensive overview !

Choral Public Domain Library - with sheet music

Khoomei.com  Very good resource on throat-singing techniques.

Albums: Reconstructionist, Revival, Folk

Sequentia - "Edda", "The Rheingold Curse" 
The original Eddic poems chanted  in Old Icelandic, the pronounciation and style of performance reconstructed as far back as possible.String and wind instruments are sparingly used. Transports you back in time - haunting athmosphere, heroic and melancholy. My comment: A "must hear" !

Hagalaz Runedance - "Volven", "Frigga´s Web", "Laguz - Within the Lake", "The Winds That Sang of  Midgard´s Fate"
Female Folk/Goth/Rock band with Andrea Haugen as singer. Inspiring, dedicated, harmonious, a bit melancholy. Themes from mythology & the Viking world. My comment: Volven rocks !! The Winds.. is good but very melancholy.

Midgart - "Music between Fire and Ice: Songs from the Edda"
One man & one woman band from Germany. English lyrics paraphrasing Eddic Lays, plus own takes on Norse mythology. Harp, tin whistle, synthesizer. My comment: Nice, simple charm, but not overwhelming.

Hedningarna - 6 albums
The name is Finnish for "the Heathens"; they sing some songs in Swedish, some in Finnish. 
My comment: I have "Karelia Visa", very rhythmic and positive. I like it a lot!

Various Artists - Wizard Women of the North
A collection of Nordic traditional music revival, featuring a number of talented female vocalists and instrumentalists.

Kate Waterfield - "Runa Megin"
Experimental vocal techniques and healing sounds from around the world, fused with elements of Scandinavian folk and contemporary electronic music. Two tracks for listening online.

Erik the Red´s Asatru-related Music - Legends, Dreams, and Myths
64 minutes Lo-Fi Acoustic Guitar with Erik's singing. 18 tracks, 6 whereof deal directly with Odinist themes, and histories.

Valravn - "Valravn", "Koder På Snor "
Powerful interpretations of songs from ages past, in Faroese as well as Danish and Icelandic.
Valravn is flaming poetry, featuring elements of folk, rock, punk and electronica.

Albums: Metal & Co.

Therion - "Secret of the Runes"
Both female and male operatic vocals, lots of different instruments, many classical touches. Each song is based on one of the nine worlds.
- Therion´s older stuff is more black metal/death metal, and the newer more like dark opera with Norse and Atlantean themes.

Helangar - "Evening in Valhalla"
Concept album about Ragnarok and some Norse tales, self-produced German metal.

Grave Digger - "The Rheingold"
German metal, they sing in English. Concept album based on the "Rheingold" of Wagner´s Ring.

Rebellion - "The Sagas of Iceland"
Members of Grave Digger. Concept album about the sagas.

Leaves´s Eyes - "Vinland Saga"
Great female singer, concept album about the Norsemen´s discovery of America.

Wizard - "Odin"
Concept album about the sagas.

Tyr - "Eric the Red" , "How far to Asgard"
This band is from the Faroe Isles and is a mixture of Viking Metal, Folk and Progressive Rock. Almost like a Viking version of Dream Theatre. Heavy metal remakes of traditional Faroese folk ballads, as well as own songs in English about living the lore.

Borknagar - "Gods Of My World" and other albums
Viking/folk/progressive black-ish metal

Asatru - Viking heavy metal from the UK. Biography, band history, downloads, merchandise, and gig dates.

Stormwarrior - "Northern Rage"
Speedy Melodic Metal in the style of old Helloween with a Viking theme; is produced by Kai Hansen (Of Helloween/GammaRay) who even sings and plays on a few tracks. An entire album dedicated to the Vikings and their history.

Doomsword - "Resound the Horn", "Let Battle Commence"
Italian Doom Metal, very good singer with lots of viking themed songs. In the style of Candlemass/Black Sabbath with Viking Themes. 'Shores of Vinland' is a great catchy song.

Manowar - "Sign of the Hammer"
Many Norse themes among their songs.

Fire & Ice - "Runa"

Heimdall  - "Heimdall"
Heavy metal from Italy, their self-titled album is completely devoted to songs about, well.. Heimdall.

Burzum - "Hlidskjalf", "Daudi Baldrs"

Bathory - "Hammerheart",  "Blood on Ice", "Nordland I", "Nordland  II
Heavily into Nordic themes.

Sonne Hagal - several tapes, CD´s and LP´s
German band with heathen lyrics, more on the "tough/ready for battle" side. German reviewers describe their style as "apocalyptic-folkband", "dark folk music", "classic neofolk" in melancholy / gothic style.

Heidevolk - "De Strijdlust is Geboren"
From the Netherlands.

Odroerir - "Odroerir"
German. Viking & Power Metal and Folk Rock elements blended; complex songwriting, German lyrics culled from the Poetic Edda.

Menhir - 5 Albums
German Heathen Metal band.

Voxus Imp. - Idafeld
German heathen band, singing German. A unique brand of percussion driven neofolk/ neoclassical music that experimentally combines various musical elements.

Norse Myths as Audiobooks

P. D. Brown´s CDs - by Storyteller P. D. Brown, who draws inspiration from the tradition of skalds, scops and bards.
Two double CDs full of enthralling retellings of the Norse myths, also featuring a Yuletide ghost story,
a little-known folk-tale about Freya, and episodes from the Egilssaga.
MP3 clips online.

Tales from the Norse Legends 
Audio CD (Junior Classics,1995) by Edward Ferrie and Benjamin Soames.
An apt retelling of our myths, thrilling for adults and children alike, accompanied by classical music. 

Beowulf Aloud - 3-CD set with the reading of the entire Beowulf poem in Old English by Michael D.C. Drout. Includes introductory lecture.

Aergeweorc: Old English Verse and Prose - Audio Cassette

Norse Myths as Readings - Online

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.

 

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.

 

Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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