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The Forked Stick

Jan 12, 2016

Show 17 – ‘Spirit Rising’


In this show, Jeff Stockton, Nikiah Seeds and John-Luke Edwards are led on a pilgrim journey of music, story and magic in this show as we understand through our guests the magic of dreamweaving and its relevance in the world today that seems to have lost this art of wonderment.


Kira Van Deusen is a cellist and storyteller based in Vancouver, Canada, and has performed extensively since the 1970’s. Her original music is inspired by imagery and movement, often from the stories she tells – stories leaned from Siberian storytellers she met on her own journey. Her creation ‘Mountain Journey’ represents a confluence of the two rivers of her creative life – music and story.


Bridget Boland, B.A., J.D., M.F.A., is a shamanic energy healer certified by the Four Winds, an award-winning writer, certified Forrest Yoga teacher, and spiritual birth, life and death coach. Bridget offers individual and group yoga, energetic healing sessions, house clearings, birth and death process work, and coaching for writers in fiction, creative non-fiction and business/academic writing.


John Cantwell is a co-director of Slí An Chroí, a healing, training and community organization rooted in the shamanic tradition of Ireland. Co-founded with his wife Karen, they have an established presence at home and abroad as keepers of their native lineage, which includes druidry and more. John comes from a family of healers, is a writer and speaker on Irish shamanism (pre Celtic and Celtic) and is widely sought as a ritualist and ceremonialist.


Karen Ward is a shamanic therapist, co-facilitator and co-teacher of Slí An Chroí. She is proud to be a Dublin woman of strong Irish lineage and draws inspiration from the sacred island that is home to her ancestry for generations. Karen is also a counseling psychotherapist, writer, storyteller and a holistic practitioner who presents talks, workshops and courses on all aspects of holistic health.


For details and information on the Sprit Rising Pilgrimage go to


“Dreamweaver” by Gary Wright, from the album, ‘The Dream Weaver’ released in 1975 by Warner Bros Records Inc. Taken from the album The Dream Weaver released the previous year, it features Wright on vocals and keyboards, and Jim Keltner on drums. In 1992, Gary Wright re-recorded a longer version of "Dream Weaver" for the Wayne's World movie soundtrack.

According to Gary Wright, the song was inspired by Autobiography of a Yogi, which was given to him by George Harrison. Paramhansa Yogananda's poem "God! God! God!" made reference to "the idea of the mind weaving dreams." The expression "Dream Weaver", was popularized by John Lennon in 1970 in his song "God", taken from his solo album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. This song depicts Lennon's declaration that he was the dream weaver of the sixties, breaking away from the influences and dogmas that influenced his life.

The song is widely considered the first synthpop hit song, with all instrumentation created by synthesizer except for the Keltner percussion.


"The Voice" by Eimear Quinn, was the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 1996, performed in English by Eimear Quinn representing Ireland. The music was composed, and the lyrics were written, by Brendan Graham, who had also written and composed "Rock 'N' Roll Kids," the Irish winner from the 1994 Contest. The victory, which was Ireland's fourth in five years, was their seventh Contest victory, which remains a record for the most contests won by a single country.

The single ‘The Voice’ is available from CNR Records, Ainm Records and Polydor


“Shyann Am!” by Kira Van Deusen, from her album ‘Mountain Journey’, released in 2003 is Musical storytelling inspired by the Tuvan story Woman of Steel. Origninal compositions with Kira on cello, Joseph "Pepe" Danza on percussion, and Jerry DesVoignes on vocals, including overtone singing.


“Handprint on My Heart” by Jeff Stockton is a traditional welcome song of the Sagh’ic Tradition.