"Without our songs and stories, we are nothing." This one phrase tells you what you need to know about S. J. Tucker. Multi-instrumentalist, road warrior, front woman, songwriter and rallying point; yes, she is all of these things. More than most, though, more than anything, she is a storyteller. She is the voice of lore at the campfire and the sharp laughter of modern myth, a vanguard of the Mythpunk movement with a gypsy Celtic folk rock sound that cannot be ignored. With one hand on her art and the other held out to you, she is songs and stories,community and wit. Named "the face of neo-tribal Paganism" by Witches & Pagans Magazine, S. J. is honored to help weave some Spirit into Beltania this year.
Wild, passionate and empowering, Australian Visionary Songstress Wendy Rule, weaves together music, mythology and ritual to take her audience on an otherworldly journey of depth and passion. Drawing on her deep love of Nature and lifelong fascination with the worlds of Fairy Tale and Magic, Wendy’s songs combine irresistible melodies with rich aural textures and a rare personal honesty. With the recent release in May 2010 of her latest full length studio album, Guided by Venus, Wendy has firmly established herself as one of Australia’s most uniquely gifted and prolific artists. With an extraordinary voice that moves from soaring heights to intimate whispers, Wendy explores all facets of the emotional world.
Pandora Celtica Live at Beltania
"Hail to thee, Bright Beings! We are Pandora Celtica, a dark faerie Celtic band from the lands of dream and myth. We have been brought together by the kings and queens of the Fae for your entertainment, and we will transport you with our rich harmonies, tribal drumming and ancient songs of sorrow, loss and longing. Be you pirate or faerie, lord or lady, angel or demon, or some other kith… leave your mortal mask at home and revel with us as you truly are. Thank you for inviting us to be part of this celebration of joy and magic, Beltania! Please visit us at PandoraCeltica.com and Facebook.com/PandoraCeltica."
With electric guitars, fuzz pedals, reverb, echo, and a measured dose of performance art, FORESTS of AZURE weaves together neo-psychedelic threads of classic 60's and 70's psych rock with world music, dub, and trance dance tribal grooves to bring guests on a new journey - an adventure of sorts... Is everybody in?
Djembe Cowboys The Djembe Cowboys (& Pikes Peak Drum Tribe) is a West African percussion group made up of women and men from the Colorado Springs area. We feature new arrangements of traditional African drum rhythms. This high energy music is made for celebration and dancing. Drums, being some of the oldest known musical instruments with direct ties to ancient knowledge and energies, can be used to channel and direct your own course as you step forward.. dance forward to be the change!
Orpheus Pagan Chamber Choir has become a respected entity within Denver's Pagan community, receiving acclaim for its performances at the Denver Witches' Ball, Front Range Pagan Pride Day, and Beltania. "12th Night with Orpheus" has become an overnight tradition within the community and beyond, and its ritual based on the myth of Demeter and Persephone was a highlight of Beltania 2011. TWO performances at Beltania 2013!
Friday, May 10 3:15 PM at the Main Stage. Orpheus sings Pagan favorites, witchy tunes, and previews its upcoming “Gods and Monsters” concerts this coming June.
Saturday, May 11 5:00 PM at the Amphitheater. “Orpheus: a Hero’s Journey” From his adventures with Jason and the Argonauts, his tragic descent to the underworld to reclaim his wife from the dead, then to his own bloody death, Orpheus Pagan Chamber Choir sings the mythic tale of Orpheus’ heroic life with mime, masks, and music spanning over 300 years. From the Center of the Universe, the Amphitheater is a 15-20 minute walk or a 5 minute drive (limited parking available). Shuttle service available from the Mystic Grove parking lot from 4:30-4:50 PM.
Combining deeply introspective lyrics with exceptional ardency, Marcy Stonecipher always has a knack for the lyrical and a penchant for the peculiar. Using rhythm and rhetoric as her pigments and brushes, she invokes powerful images and feelings that are simultaneously confidential and cosmic like a bard of old. Marcy has been pagan for over 10 years, and while her songs are not specifically pagan, they are heavily influenced by her spiritual path. Of that influence, Marcy says: "I think the awareness of my higher self has really allowed me to pull emotions from life events and express that emotion in song in a unique way that audiences really respond to." This seamless blending of worldly experience and self-exploration combines visceral feeling and intellectual invigoration to make for a remarkable music experience.
Hailing from Blackhawk, Colorado, the Tribal Rock band, HEARTBEAT, tells a story in every appearance. This theatrical troupe employs costumes, unusual props, set decoration, lighting and author Marc Sylvir narrating the story to welcome the audience into a magickal event.
HEARTBEAT specializes in a world sound type of music. From there tribal sound with lots of drums to a Middle Eastern sound to jazz, classic rock, Spanish sounds and into Steam Punk. Their diverse sound has something for everyone. Their music touches and inspires both the new age and the curious. Celebrating the release of their second CD “Dragonfly” they are looking forward to sharing it with the Beltania festivalgoers.