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The Year is a Dancing Woman
Volume 1


The Year is a Dancing Woman - Volume 1
Cover Art "Spiral Goddess" by Mara Bosch
© 2000 Cat Track Studio

The Year is a Dancing Woman - Volume 1

Midwinter through May Eve

Music for the Goddess Spirit. Original chants by Ruth Barrett, Kay Gardner, Niki Harris, Carolyn Hillyer, Sue McGowan, Shekhinah Mountainwater, Kerry Noonan, and Starhawk, plus songs from traditional folk sources celebrating the seasons.

Featuring Warner Brothers recording artist Amanda Barrett of The Ditty Bops on vocals, with Dena Drotar, Diane Miller, and Kerry Noonan on chant chorus vocals and Harvest Brown, Holin Badger Shu-bad on percussion.

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Ave Luna (Prayer to the New Moon)
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Triple Goddess Chant
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About this Recording

Track Listing:

Lady of Three, Lucina Chant, On That Day, Invocation to Mother Holle, Invocation to Brigid, Ave Luna (Prayer to the New Moon), Way to the Well, Come into Our Dream, Peaceful Warrior Chant, Maiden Rising, Laughing Maiden, Invocation, Sacred Blood Chant, Staines Morris, Blessed Be the Fire, Weave and Spin, Free Ticket To Heaven, Triple Goddess Chant

Ruth says about this recording:

It has been my delight to present this musical offering that includes so many pieces by some of my favorite composers. I am deeply thankful to the talented crew of priestess singers and percussionists who brought their creativity, passion, and love to this project. Having the opportunity to sing with my beautiful daughter, Amanda, was a particularly wondrous and precious experience.

I had many intentions in producing this recording. Foremost, to provide you, the listener, with an enjoyable musical journey around a Goddess- and woman-centered Wheel of the Year. Secondly, to share these wonderful chants in a form that both teaches them and offers some suggestions for group singing and harmonizing. Last, but not least, I hope that these chants, songs, and invocations will help to bring you into a deeper understanding and resonance with Her seasonal Mysteries as they overlap and correspond with the cycle of women's lives. I hope that these offerings will be well loved, sung, and find their way into your personal and group rituals throughout the year.

Review

"We have come to expect no less than perfection from Ruth Barrett over the years, and her new two-volume set does not disappoint. Here is perfect accompaniment for your seasonal Goddess celebrations, whether solitary or with a group.

Many of Ruth’s original chants are here, like the Triple Goddess Chant, Labyrinth, and Invocation to Brigid. We also hear many wonderful works from some of our most beloved Goddess foremothers, including Kay Gardner, Shekhinah Mountainwater, Starhawk and Carolyn Hillyer. There are chants and songs for each turn of the wheel: Winter Solstice, Brigid, Spring Equinox, May Eve, Summer Solstice, First Harvest, Fall Equinox and Hallomas.

Ruth is accompanied by voice and percussion, courtesy of a beautiful chorus of Goddess women. These chants and songs perfectly invoke the spirit of each season and will have you singing and dancing your own praises to the Mother.

This is Goddess music at its finest – the music that Ruth was born to create.

Grateful blessings to Ruth and to all the sisters who share their invaluable gifts with us in this incredible set!"

~Marisa Young, The Beltane Papers, A Journal of Women’s Mysteries, Issue 32, Spring, 2004