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Dans de les Marionettes - February/April 2005


For something completely different, Idlewild’s new recording is ultra-traditional, albeit the tradition in question is from France and Central Europe . David Sharp is the band’s central focus on mountain dulcimers, recorders, whistle, flute and mandolin. Carol Sharp adds hammered dulcimer, Celtic harp, Gothic Bray harp, bowed psaltery, whistle and tambourine while friends of the band contribute button accordion, guitar, hurdy gurdy, tenor recorder, clarinet, piano accordion and piccolo trumpet. There are a generous thirty-one cuts on “Dans de les Marionettes” and they are described as Breton, French, Italian, Dutch, Belgian, and German. This is courtly music, but it has a definite pulse to it as well. “Renaissance music with soul” is as good a description as any. Idlewild does a great job in playing all of the tunes with sprightly grace and imaginative arrangements.


Neal Walters

Dulcimer Player News

Volume 31, No. 1 – Feb. 2005-April 2005


This is a review of the article written on the album "Black Oak" in the Summer 2000 issue of "The Dulcimer Player News." It is a national periodical for mountain and hammer dulcimer players. The article is by Neal Walters.

David Sharp specializes in early music played on the mountain dulcimer. Black Oak contains mostly rare and unusual (to me at least) tunes from various European traditions including Ireland, Scotland, Croatia, France, England, Wales and the Isle of Man with the odd tune from Afghanistan and Shaker America thrown in for good measure, David also plays flute, whistle, bodhran, mandola, mandolin, tenor banjo, fiddle, guitar and bones with Carol Sharp on bowed psaltery, zils (before you ask, I have no idea but it sounds good!), and tambourine. That sounds like it could be a bit muddy but this is not the case. The mountain dulcimer is out front and the arrangements are, in fact, somewhat spare as you might expect a wandering minstrel to perform them. David's playing is straightforward and thoroughly evokes the feeling of the original settings of these tunes. This is clearly a labor of love and there is definitely a lot of good material here. There are several originals that fit nicely with the ultra-traditional material. Includes Garcons de la Montagne, Black Oak, The Helston Furry, Orientus Partibus, The Tight Little Island.

Neal Walters
Black Oak -


This is the review in the "Salt Lake Weekly" for the year 2000 top 40 local album picks.

Dal Riada - The Wild Geese

It isn't quite Riverdance and it isn't even Lord of the Dance, so what's up with the subtitle "Celtic music by Dal Riada"? It's traditional Celtic music played on traditional instruments. For the most part, 'The Wild Geese' is a peaceful affair. The duo making up Dal Riada can cut loose with a jig if the mood strikes - incidentally, creating a mood is a major reason to seek out Wild Geese, one of the area's loveliest discs. ----William Athey


From Ogden School district teacher Christian Fasy:

"Every time the tapestry of reality thins a little, those times that you're sure magic is leaking into our world, the times you'd expect to see faeries or goblins in the shadows....we think of you two with your harp and flute though expecting to hear your music floating, providing the measure to the dance of the will-o-thewisps in our minds."


The Salt Lake Tribune

A marriage of folklore and song mesmerizes audiences

Listen. David and Carol Sharp are telling a story. One voice is human, the others musical. David Sharp's Welsh accent, adopted for this particular tale, lilts its way through the adventures of David of the White Rock. There are pauses in the narrative to accommodate an illustrative tune, while bits of authentic folklore color the details of the words.


At David's side, in her plaid skirt and beaded cap, Carol Sharp plays her hand-carved harp. Her performing voice is as yet unspoken.


The music, and the pair's costumes, reflect the peasants of the 16th century. They would have been common in the Celtic countries, Tudor England and Renaissance Europe. This isn't formal court music, but rather the "Top 40" of its time.


The pair are surrounded by an array of instruments, including the bowed psaltry, Irish flute, whistles, recorders, dvoyanka, alto cortol, zills, bodhran, tambourine, and dulcimer.


Sometimes, participants willing, the Sharps pass out percussion instruments and teach period European dances. But with these two, the music is the star of the show.


No wonder, considering that the Sharps have been performing this music for more than 13 years.


"My husband and I met playing the music. We were married at Thanksgiving; by January 1st we had formed Idlewild," Carol Sharp said.


Idlewild and the Glastonbury Duo are the performing equivalent of Batman and Bruce Wayne - you'll never see them together on the same stage.


The idea for the Glastonbury Duo came after a performance during the annual Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, when their friend, Mark Gollaher, asked them to play music and sound effects behind some stories he was telling.


David Sharp, a habitual storyteller, saw it as an opportunity to expand Idlewild's scope. Like many storytellers, he writes his own material.


The Sharps have continued to appear at the Timpanogos festival. Debi Richan, programming vice president for the festival, explains the connection.


"Glastonbury Duo are the only performers ever formally booked to appear in both the music and the telling tents," she said. "Dave and Carol were wonderful to work with. The storytelling is a new addition to their repertoire, and like they have practiced and learned the craft of their other instruments, they will no doubt gradually hone this facet of their performance to a brilliant shine as well."


In the few years since its inception, the Glastonbury Duo has performed at numerous renaissance festivals, the Salt Lake County library system and Snowbasin. Other performing aspects of the duo are highlighted during performances at Pioneer Trails Park, where the pair showcases the songs and costumes of pioneer America.


Carol Sharp has a particular affinity for the renaissance festivals, though, since she attended them long before the Glastonbury Duo was formed. Performing at these festivals has added a new dimension to her appreciation.


"It looked like that would be a fun way to attend the fair, to be participating, to get to really know all the people there - and it is," she said.


Like any good story, interesting things keep developing for the duo.


"We keep getting different ideas as we go. Dave would like to add in doing puppet shows. He's done a lot of woodcarving and would like to carve some puppets. We do want to keep music really important in our sets. We think it's a good venue to show off the music, and music is our first love," Sharp said.



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Dave Sharp and Idlewild

Band Entertain/Educate

Us on Wednesday, May 14

Join us on Wednesday, May 14, at the Empire Room in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building for a delightful evening with David Sharp and members of his Idlewild Band.

The band will be in period costume with instruments familiar to our Pilgrim ancestors. We’ll hear and learn of the Playford Collection of 1640, and the Ravenscroft Manuscript of 1614.

Idlewild was formed nearly 20 years ago by David and Carol Sharp. Dave has played music with many ethnic groups from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and writes and composes music in a variety of styles. The musical group Idlewild performs Celtic music from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, and the Isle of Man. Audiences have also heard them play early and traditional music from various cultures mixed into their program, such as English, European, and French music.

Carol plays mainly the Celtic harp, Hammered dulcimer, Whistles, Tambourine, Zils, Limerbjack for performances. She specializes in the smaller lap harps and is a certified practitioner of harp therapy by the International Harp Therapy Program. Her music also takes her to the Primary Children’s Medical Center where she plays and works with the patients there. Carol has received a bachelor’s in human development and family studies from the University of Utah in 2002. She specializes in musical activities and therapy with children.

Dave enjoys researching and playing all kinds of ethnic and traditional tunes. Besides playing the Whistle, Recorders, Mountain Dulcimer, Epinette, German Scheitholt, Tenor Banjo, Mandolin, Mandola, Cittern, Clawhammer Banjo, Guitar and Fiddle, Dave has an extensive collection of world flutes that he plays. (Chinese Xaio, Dizi and Taipei Xaio, Japanese Shakuhachi and Shinobue, Cambodian and Thai Khloy, Vietnamese Sao Truc, Javanese Suling, Bulgarian Dvoyanka and Kaval, English Glastonbury Pipe, Alto Cortol, Hopi Flute, various Native American Plains Flutes, Bb Fife, Willow flute, Ohe Hano Ihu the Hawiian Nose Flute.

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I forgot all about this show on Utah NPR. I was honored to have my music with the Desert String band as part of the music to accompany the broadcast. this was a great Pioneer day treat for me since my Immigrant ancestor Colonel John Sharp commanded the 3rd Navuoo infantry in the campaign. His Brothers Joseph and Adam, delivered the ultimatum to then Colonel Johnson at Fort Bridger. Johns son James was also a Major in the unit stationed in Weber Canyon.

Desert News

Students relish Glastonbury duo

The musical couple are favorites at Jordan Valley SchoolTammy Wahl

A mood of excitement punctuates the students at Jordan Valley School, 7501 S. 1000 East, as they gather into a large room.

They have spent a number of hours here in the past week with the school's annual arts festival going on. Various performers, workshops and activities have taken place. Today they are listening to a duo who have become favorites of the student body: Dave and Carol Sharp.

The Sharps, who also refer to themselves as the Glastonbury duo, specialize in playing folk music from the Celtic countries, Tudor England and Renaissance Europe. Many of their performances are done in period costume and involve both music and storytelling, with elements of history and culture. Their repertoire of instruments is long and continues to grow but includes a Celtic harp, bowed psaltry, bodhran, dulcimer and tambourine.

Jordan Valley School serves 239 students from ages 5-22 who all have severe multiple disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, communication impairments, rare genetic disorders and syndromes — students who are born both deaf and blind and those who are medically fragile. Having an arts festival and concerts with performers, such as the Sharps, is good for the students, said Sue Corth, an audiologist with the Jordan School District.

"We love to play for kids, and I think these kinds of kids really appreciate it," Carol Sharp said.

The Sharps first started coming to Jordan Valley School 10 years ago and have enjoyed it so much that they keep going back. It is especially important to Dave, who connects well with the school's disabled students as his own brother is disabled.

"I grew up with kids just like this, so I know they like music, and I know it's therapeutic for them, so we make a point to put on shows like this every year," he said.

Christina King, a music therapist at the school, said the music has a good effect on the students.

"The music is very calming and relaxing," she said. "The kids enjoy this type of music."

Cheryl Argyle, a registered nurse at the school, said one of the reasons Jordan Valley keeps inviting the Sharps back is because of how much the students enjoy their music. As the Sharps played, students clapped their hands and one student stood up and yelled in delight.

"We just like them, and the kids like their music," Argyle said. "They're not intimidated by the kids bouncing and making noise."

Dave and Carol Sharp first started playing together after they met and married 15 years ago because they were both learning to play folk-type music. Their first performances were Irish wedding gigs, but after Dave gave Carol a small folk harp, they branched out into other types of music and venues. They now attend Irish, Renaissance, storytelling and other types of festivals, performing in full costume.

Carol's favorite thing about playing at Jordan Valley is reaching an audience that might otherwise not have the chance to hear the show.

"(The most rewarding thing is) being able to get live music to an audience that doesn't usually have the chance to get out and see us in another place," she said. "You can tell they don't respond in traditional ways, but you can tell they like it and they're having a good time, especially with these instruments, which aren't traditional ones they might see."

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West Jordan Journal 2018

Master carver, painter, creator

May 21, 2018 10:20AM ● Published by City Journals Staff

David on strings while Carol plays the limberjack. (Amy Green/City Journals)

By Amy Green  |

The third floor of West Jordan City Hall has a special upper room called The Schorr Gallery. It is located at 8000 South Redwood Road, and it’s available to visitors from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays. The room brings to view several artists throughout the year. Schorr Gallery is an open-house style display where all are invited to walk in and see diverse forms of art in one relaxed space. 

Recently, the gallery hosted works of master craftsman David Sharp. The art has a distinctive quality that Sharp describes as “modern primitivism.”

“I’ve always loved work by indigenous cultures: African masks and carvings, Meso-American stone carvers and Polynesian work,” Sharp said.

On May 3, Sharp brought his paintings, sculptures, music and limberjacks for an immersed-in-art  experience. 

A limberjack is a three dimensional wood carving—a nimble, limber, functional stick puppet. Sharp demonstrated his limberjacks in action. Some were hewn in the shape of wild moorland ponies. Walking into the gallery, Sharp’s wife Carol manipulated the marionette-like animals. The carved horses moved and clopped in a percussive gallop, while Sharp played string and woodwind instruments. He is proficient on the Appalachian dulcimer, Renaissance recorders and French epinette.  

Carol and David Sharp often perform in duo together as the artistic team “Idlewild.” They play Celtic and world music with an entertaining, soothing sound. David Sharp can make whistling through a pipe or strumming the banjo look easy. Their music has a faraway, fairytale quality.

“We’re storytellers with the Utah Storytelling Guild,” David Sharp said. “We appear frequently at the Viridian Center and with Story Crossroads.” 

Story Crossroads is an annual Utah festival with professional artists who can really perform, spin a yarn and incorporate music into storytelling.

Throughout the gallery, Sharp’s paintings set a welcoming mood along with the music he and Carol played. It was an interactive and easy attention-grabbing time for kids. Dancing seemed to be a natural response for the children who took part. Families listened to his folk narratives and were encouraged to ask questions or make observations about his works around the room. 

Rachael Hedman brought her children— Conner (10), Jaden (8) and Alexis (4)—to the gallery. It can be nerve-racking taking younger children to art exhibit.

“The more that kids come to events like this, the more they learn to respect art,” Hedman said. “It’s hard in the beginning, but it’s worth it in the end. Art is meant to be for all generations.”

Kids gathered at the feet of David and Carol Sharp to experience art up close. Even the tiniest of toddlers were allowed to test a limberjack unicorn and see what it’s like to be a master puppeteer. The Sharps were very warm and friendly. 

West Jordan Arts Councilwoman and professional artist Rebecca Klundt helped bring Sharp’s work to the Schorr Gallery. 

“The great thing about David is that his pieces all have stories,” Klundt said. “It’s really fun to get to talk to him. I really love the primitive people he carves.”

Klundt marveled over one of Sharp’s wood sculptures called “Primitive Man on the Block.” Klundt described the piece saying, “It’s got character. It’s got a story to it. It’s interesting.” She admires Sharp’s methods. 

“He takes different cultures and mythologies and studies them,” Klundt said. The art remained on exhibit through May 30. 

David Sharp also displayed his relief carvings intermingled with his paintings. Relief carvings are pictures and designs formed on a flat plane of wood. The Schorr Gallery exhibit case was chock-full of his human-image sculptures in different sizes and postures.

“The figures represent ancestor guardian figures,” David Sharp said. The sculptures reveal how deft a master carver he is and how much time he devotes to learning cultures and subject matter. There also might be magic in his timber craftsmanship tools. 

David Sharp has had a long career of study, practice and skill. He has an impressive resume and interesting life to hear about. He creates art even with his conversation, his prose and his presence.

Story Crossroads blog

Cap’s Off to You!–Dave and Carol Sharp – and Celebrating Story

February 1, 2019April 13, 2019


Featuring:  Dave and Carol Sharp – Idlewild duo aka Glastonbury duo

Story Musicians, Visual Artists, Supportive Spouses

Some people get to enjoy the arts with their spouse…not just as an audience member but as a partner in every way on the stage.  When I first met Dave and Carol Sharp, it was at the Olympus Chapter Meeting with the Utah Storytelling Guild.  People kept saying that “you have to meet them!”  They had so many performances, their showings at the Chapter Meetings were rare.  Yet, they tended to make the annual Chapter Christmas parties.  Normally, people bring a dish to share.  Dave and Carol brought their instruments.  I was enraptured as Carol played a harp carved herself with a majestic bird looking upon her as she swept her hands across the strings.  Dave added to the atmosphere and told stories with energy, delight, and–at times–tenderness.  We were glad to have witnessed the intimate and wondrous performance that night.

Since that time, I have seen Dave and Carol as advocates for anyone in the arts–especially musicians–as well as supporting interfaith performances.  They give of their time and talents freely while being a standard in performance.

Dave and Carol Sharp performed during the inaugural Story Crossroads Festival and have since told stories and played instruments at several fundraising house concerts for us.  In fact, they will be performing “Tales of Haunted Japan” in Ogden at the Tobin Home on Friday, February 1, 2019 from 7:00pm-8:30pm.  Come if you can.  See their February 1st House Concert and other monthly House Concerts here.

While usually delving in the performing arts, they both have sculpting abilities.  Carol tends to keep those skills to her instruments, while Dave also creates instruments and commissioned pieces with some sculptures taller than doors!  Dave has had many gallery exhibits with his carvings, paintings, and other 2-D and 3-D pieces.  One day, Dave surprised me with a remarkable raccoon mask that my family delights in whether on the wall or used for my own storytelling.

Let us find out a little more about Dave and Carol from them.  As usual for their performances, they did their answers in tandem.

What got you started in storytelling?

We got started in storytelling when fellow animator Mark Gollaher asked us to play Celtic music for his Irish Tales. We played music with the tales much like a movie score and did the sound effects for the stories. We toured with Mark and Terra Allen for Arts Inc, and one day I told Carol that “I would love to tell stories like Mark.” In the Animation studio, the animators were always doing character voices for one another. We had played Celtic and Old Time American Traditional music for many years and had introduced the music and its history to the audiences, often like a narrative story.

Why delve into storytelling?

Storytelling had the additional advantage of adding new performance venues for our duo or larger band. We performed Renaissance Fairs around the west with our music and stories and felt that the music enhanced the stories and stories the music. We were part of the Utah performing arts tour for eight years and often did our stories in our music gigs whereever it seemed appropriate or where we had a mixed audience of families.

What are you best known for and what will do do with storytelling in the future?

Our Celtic stories went over well and since we had famous Pioneer ancestors that took part in the building of the West we began writing stories in that vein as well. We’ve branched off most recently into Japanese ghost stories and Norse Sagas which we plan to write more of. We were planning to write and illustrate some children’s story books and make recordings and YouTube videos of each of them.

So toss, tip, or take off your cap to Dave and Carol Sharp!

Story Crossroads blog

Celtic Culture – A to Z Blog Challenge

April 4, 2016April 4, 2016


Glastonbury Duo-David & Carol Sharp

Versión en Español se puede encontrar a continuación o haga clic aquí para ir allí. Haga clic en mí para saltar a la parte española.  Come to the free Story Crossroads Festival on April 15-16, 2016 at the Viridian Event Center (8030 S. 1825 W., West Jordan, UT).

This post is part of the A to Z Blog Challenge.  See more at

Saying that a story is Celtic is as broad as saying that a story came from Africa as if treating the continent as a country or that a story is Native American without any hint to the tribe.

Celts were nomadic tribes with their own kings and rulers as opposed to having one empire or country covering areas of Western Asia, Middle East, and much of Europe.

The following is background and advice shared by David Sharp who performs these types of tales through music, song, dance, and stories.  We are pleased that he and his wife, Carol, will be performing for the 2016 Story Crossroads Festival.  See more about his performing art group here:

Three Key things about Celtic Stories and a Word about Celtic Culture by Dave Sharp (with permissions):

At the present time there are seven Celtic nations or cultural groups that have survived into modern times. Many have been conquered, incorporated, or absorbed in their past, but their people remain fiercely independent and have proven difficult to assimilate. Many have once again won their  independence or autonomy. In fact cultural identity in Celtic peoples is so strong that they have even been known to assimilate conquering peoples that have invaded them. They in turn becoming as Irish as the Irish in the case of invading Normans or Norsemen.

The seven nations are Ireland, Scotland, Wales, The Isle of Man, Brittany in France, Cornwall and Gallaecia in Spain. Celtic peoples migrated out of the Indo-European plain into Europe around the 5th Century BC.  Documented by Greek writers and geographers, they were written about and fought by Julius Caesar  in western Europe bringing them partially within the scope of the Roman Empire. Celtic peoples were gradually pushed westward into Britain, Wales, Ireland, and Gallaecia by other peoples migrating across Europe from the Indo European plain in their turn. With the Anglo Saxon invaders many small Celtic enclaves were surrounded and survived with a Celtic flare in what is modern day Britain as well. What we know as the Celtic people of today is in fact a blending of many cultural groups and races.

However in spite of all the diversity among Celtic peoples, the thing they have in common is a highly spiritual and imaginative mind, which gives rise to their amazing achievements in the arts. Celtic peoples are famous for their, Music, Poetry, Dance and of course Storytelling.  There is a distinct language (Gaelic, Gallic, Cornish, Cymraeg etc.) for each group as well as cultural differences yet they share many things from their past as well.

  1. Mythology in Celtic Cultures

Having been great converts to Christianity they still kept elements from their Polytheist past. Each culture had its own separate myths, but held many elements in common. Gods, Goddesses, Faeries, Mythical creatures, Enchanted items, Early Saints, all made for exciting stories. Lyr and Mannan the Irish Sea Gods, Morrigan the Phantom Queen, Lugh the Sun God, Water Kelpies, The Blue Men of the Minch, the Twyleth Teg of Wales  or the Tuatha De Danann of Ireland or Faerie folk are good examples.  I might add a few as well off the top of my head Dagda, Saint Bridget, Saint George, the evil Fomorians and Fir Bolg along with Brownies and Dwarves are more ideas.

  1. Hero Stories as Key Element of All Celtic Warrior Societies

Courage, Magic, Destiny or a great Quest,  figure greatly in the Hero cycles. Many hero’s would have curses on them, or magical weapons, seek the Holy Grail or have enormous strength and do great deeds that were admired by Celtic peoples. One only has to think of King Arthur, Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn MacCool), Cú Chulainn, King Llud, Bran the Blessed, Owain Glyndŵr, Rob Roy, William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, or Jack an archetypal Cornish and English Hero that has many an Appalachian counterpart to understand the Celtic admiration for their Hero’s.

  1. Stories of the People

The stories of the people. Historical, family and anecdotal stories of everyday people are some of the kinds of stories told as well. Having a gift for the gab is another common element of Celtic people. Telling stories comes naturally to many people in these cultures as does an audience that appreciates a good story.  David Owen or David of the White Rock, Turlough O’Carolan, Saint Patrick, Saint Columba, Michael Collins, Tales of Royalty, and of course neighbors and family make for many a story.

I should say that many real people are often combined or confused with imaginary elements as well. Celtic Harp players from history are said to have learned their Harp tunes from the Faeries. Ancient Kings are said to have magical powers, Irish Rebels and Ancient Hero’s perform superhuman feats of strength or Saint Patrick driving the Snakes out of Ireland. Often History itself is said to combine with myth, as in the Irish Book of Invasions. Many places and sites have histories that include story and myth throughout the landscape.

There are many collections of stories from back in the Victorian days of tunes, stories, dances etc. As traditional culture began to disappear many societies and groups began to collect in anticipation of the remaining generation passing away without a record of the rich folk material that was their heritage. Chief O’Niell’s 1001 Irish Tune book is a good example of such a project. As Police Chief of Chicago he wrote down emigrant traditional melodies as musicians from the old country showed up in Chicago. (Sometimes as guests of the Jail) Many contemporaries of William Butler Yeats also wrote down and recorded stories of their cultural heritage as well.

Stories that are too fantastic to be true have a real place in the Celtic imagination.  Truth in the Celtic sense is an object lesson and often not a literal interpretation. One quote I like is “that if it isn’t true, it ought to be true.” Truth in storytelling among these cultures has a wide and varied and often symbolic and allegorical meaning.  To this day one only needs to look at all the permutations of the Grail or Holy Chalice to get a number of ideas that were conveyed in this allegorical fashion.

Thank you to Rachel Hedman for asking me to write this BLOG. I just love the subject matter and would have happily blabbed for many pages.

Recommended Books  on Celtic Stories and Lore:

  • William Butler Yeats – From the Irish Literary revival he wrote many plays, folk lore collections and books of Poetry. “W. B. Yeats”  Selected Poems by Gramercy
  • Lady Gregory Augusta – Also from the Irish Literary revival she wrote many plays, books and theater works.
  • The Mabinogion – are the earliest prose literature of Wales. There are many translations and rewritten versions for contemporary audiences of this wonderful myth cycle.
  • The Ulster Cycle -Hero tales from northern Ireland with close links to the Irish speaking community in Scotland. Tales concerning Cú Chulainn the Hound of Ulster.
  • The Fenian Cycle – Hero tales from the main land area of Ireland. Irish Rebels later took their name from this group of Hero’s naming themselves the “Fenian’s” after the band of warriors led by Finn MacCool.
  • “Celtic Myths and Legends” by T.W. Rolleston, Great book for reading and studying the major stories and myths of Irish Culture.
  • “Classic Myths in English Literature” by Gayley – These are mostly classical Roman and Greek myths with a section on Nordic Myths, but everyone should have this in their library anyway. While we’re at it “Beowulf” is a good to have as well.
  • “The Lady of Shallot” by Alfred Lord Tennyson (Arthurian Poem)
  • “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” – there is a nice translation by J. R. R. Tolkien of this anonymous manuscript.
  • “The Story of King Arthur by Howard Pyle” – with some wonderful illustrations by Pyle as well.
  • “Le Morte de Arthur” by Sir Thomas Mallory
  • “Celtic Myths and Legends” by  Peter Berresford Ellis


Aquí lo tiene.


Glastonbury Duo-David & Carol Sharp

La Cultura Celta

Decir que una historia es celta es tan amplia como diciendo que una historia vinieron de África como si tratar el continente como un país o que una historia indígena americano sin ninguna alusión a la tribu.

Los celtas fueron tribus nómadas con sus propios reyes y gobernantes, en lugar de tener un imperio o país cubriendo las zonas de Asia Occidental, Oriente medio y gran parte de Europa.

El siguiente es el fondo y asesoramiento compartido por David Sharp que realiza estos tipos de cuentos a través de la música, el canto, la danza y las historias.  Nos complace que él y su esposa, Carol, va a realizar para el año 2016 Story Crossroads Festival.  Ver más acerca de su arte escénico grupo aquí:

Tres cosas acerca de historias celtas y una palabra acerca de la cultura celta por Dave Sharp (con permisos):

En la actualidad hay siete naciones celtas o grupos culturales que han sobrevivido en los tiempos modernos. Muchos han sido conquistados, incorporado, o absorto en su pasado, pero sus habitantes siguen siendo ferozmente independiente y han demostrado ser difíciles de asimilar. Muchos han nuevamente ganó su  independencia o autonomía. De hecho, la identidad cultural de los pueblos celtas es tan fuerte que incluso se han sabido asimilar conquistando pueblos que han invadido. Éstos, a su vez, convertirse en irlandés como los irlandeses en el caso de los invasores normandos o escandinavos.

Las siete naciones son Irlanda, Escocia, Gales, la Isla de Man, Bretaña en Francia, de Cornualles y Gallaecia en España. Los pueblos celtas emigraron de la llanura indoeuropea en Europa alrededor del siglo V A.C.  Documentado por escritores griegos y geógrafos fueron escritos sobre y luchó por Julius Caesar  en Europa occidental que ellos parcialmente dentro del ámbito del Imperio Romano. Los pueblos celtas fueron gradualmente empujados hacia el oeste en Inglaterra, Gales, Irlanda, y Gallaecia por otros pueblos de Europa migran a través de la llanura de Europa Indo en su turno. Con los invasores Anglosajones muchos pequeños enclaves celtas fueron rodeados y sobrevivió con una llamarada celta en lo que es hoy en día así como Gran Bretaña. Lo que conocemos como el pueblo celta de hoy es en realidad una mezcla de muchos grupos culturales y razas.

Sin embargo, a pesar de todas las diferencias entre los pueblos celtas, la cosa que tienen en común es una mente imaginativa y altamente espiritual, que da lugar a sus increíbles logros en el arte de los pueblos celtas, son famosos por su música, poesía, danza y por supuesto de la narración.  Hay un idioma distinto (gaélico, galas, Cornish, Cymraeg etc.) para cada grupo, así como las diferencias culturales no obstante, comparten muchas cosas de su pasado.

  1. La Mitología de culturas celtas

Habiendo sido gran convertidos al cristianismo, que aún conserva elementos de su pasado politeísta. Cada cultura tiene sus propios mitos, pero mantuvo muchos elementos en común. Dioses y diosas, hadas, criaturas míticas, elementos Encantada, principios de Santos, todos realizados para emocionantes historias. Lyr Mannan y el Mar de Irlanda, dioses, Morrigan la reina fantasma, Lugh el dios Sol, agua Kelpies, Los hombres azules de el Minch, el Twyleth Teg de Gales  o los Tuatha De Danann de Irlanda o Faerie folk son buenos ejemplos.   Yo podría añadir unos tan bien fuera de la parte superior de mi cabeza Dagda, Santa Brígida, San Jorge, el malvado y Fir Bolg Fomorians junto con Brownies y enanos son más ideas.

  1. Historias de héroes como elemento clave de todas las sociedades Guerrero celta

Coraje, la magia, el destino o una gran búsqueda,  figura mucho en el héroe de los ciclos. Muchos Hero’s habría maldiciones sobre ellos, o armas mágicas, buscando el santo grial o tienen una fuerza enorme y hacer grandes hazañas que eran admiradas por pueblos celtas. Uno sólo tiene que pensar en King Arthur, Fionn Mac Cumhaill (Finn MacCool), Cú Chulainn, Rey Llud, Bran el bendito, Owain Glyndŵr, Rob Roy, William Wallace, Robert Bruce, o un gato Cornish y arquetípico héroe inglés que tiene muchos una contrapartida de los apalaches para entender la admiración por su héroe celta.

  1. Las historias de la gente

Las historias de la gente. Histórico, familia y de historias anecdóticas de la gente común son algunos de los tipos de relatos. Tener un don para la gab es otro elemento común del pueblo celta. Contar historias viene naturalmente a muchas personas en estas culturas como sucede en una audiencia que aprecia una buena historia.  David Owen o David de la Roca Blanca, Turlough O’Carolan, Saint Patrick, San Columba, Michael Collins, relatos de la realeza, y por supuesto a vecinos y familiares que, para muchos, una historia.

Debo decir que muchas personas reales suelen combinarse o confundirse con elementos imaginarios. Arpa céltica jugadores de la historia se dice que han aprendido sus melodías de arpa de las Hadas. Los antiguos Reyes se dice que tienen poderes mágicos, rebeldes irlandeses y antiguo héroe realizar proezas de fuerza sobrehumana o Saint Patrick conduce las serpientes fuera de Irlanda. A menudo se dice que la historia se combinan con el mito, como en el libro de las invasiones irlandés. Muchos lugares y sitios tienen historias que incluyen la historia y el mito de todo el paisaje.

Hay muchas colecciones de relatos en el período victoriano de canciones, cuentos, bailes, etc. como la cultura tradicional comenzaron a desaparecer muchas sociedades y grupos comenzaron a recoger en previsión de la generación restante fallecimiento sin un registro del rico material folclórico que fue su patrimonio. Jefe O’Niell 1001 del libro melodía irlandesa es un buen ejemplo de un proyecto. Como jefe de la policía de Chicago emigrante escribió melodías tradicionales como los músicos del viejo país mostró en Chicago. (a veces como invitados de la cárcel) muchos contemporáneos de William Butler Yeats, también escribió y grabó las historias de su patrimonio cultural.

Historias que son demasiado fantástico para ser verdad tienen un lugar real en la imaginación celta.  La verdad en el sentido Celta es un objeto de lección y, a menudo, no una interpretación literal. Una cita que me gusta es que “si no es verdad, debe ser verdad.” La verdad en la narración entre estas culturas tiene una amplia y variada y a menudo significado alegórico y simbólico.  Hasta el día de hoy, sólo hay que mirar todas las permutaciones del Grial o Santo Cáliz para obtener un número de ideas que se transmitieron en esta alegórica de la moda.

Gracias a Rachel Hedman para pedirme que escribir este blog. Me encanta el asunto y habría felizmente blabbed para muchas páginas.

Libros recomendados  sobre historias de Celta y Lore:

  • William Butler Yeats -desde el renacimiento literario irlandés escribió muchas obras de teatro, folclore y colecciones de libros de poesía. “W. B. Yeats” seleccionado poemas de Gramercy
  • Lady Augusta Gregory – también desde el renacimiento literario irlandés escribió muchas obras de teatro, libros y obras de teatro.
  • El Mabinogion – son los primeros prosa literatura de Gales. Hay muchas traducciones y reescrito versiones para el público actual de este maravilloso mito de ciclo.
  • El Ciclo de Ulster -Héroe cuentos de Irlanda del Norte, con estrechos vínculos con la comunidad de habla irlandesa en Escocia. Cuentos sobre Cú Chulainn el sabueso del Ulster.
  • El ciclo de Fenian Héroe – Cuentos de la principal área de tierra de Irlanda. Rebeldes irlandeses más tarde tomó su nombre de este grupo de nomenclatura del héroe de sí mismos los “Fenian” después de que la banda de guerreros liderados por Finn MacCool.
  • “Mitos y Leyendas celtas” por T.W. Rolleston, gran libro para leer y estudiar las grandes historias y mitos de la cultura irlandesa.
  • “Los mitos clásicos en la literatura inglesa” por Gayley – estos son mayormente clásico romano y mitos griegos con una sección sobre los mitos nórdicos, pero todo el mundo debería tener en su biblioteca de todos modos. Mientras estamos en ello “Beowulf” es una buena también.
  • “La Dama de la chalota” de Alfred Lord Tennyson (Arthurian poema)
  • “Sir Gawain y el Caballero Verde” – hay una buena traducción por J. R. R. Tolkien de este manuscrito anónimo.
  • “La historia del Rey Arturo por Howard Pyle” – con unas maravillosas ilustraciones de Pyle.
  • “Le Morte de Arthur” por Sir Thomas Mallory
  • “Mitos y Leyendas celtas” por Peter Berresford Ellis

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