Friday, 27 July 2007

Lady Olivia Robertson interview, 1993

As part of our ongoing project to re-publish some of the back catalogue of articles from ASH Magazine and The Lighthouse, it is my pleasure to reproduce an interview I did for The Lighthouse magazine, issue number 2, autumn equinox 1993, where I had the great honour of exclusively interviewing Lady Olivia Robertson.

Founder of the internationally renowned Fellowship of Isis, and long standing elder of the world wide Goddess community, Lady Olivia was born on Friday April 13th 1917, in London. Of Irish descent Olivia studied at the Grovesnor School of Modern Art in London before embarking on a very creative career as a novelist and artist before deciding to found the Fellowship of Isis in 1976. Now in her 90th year, she still tours all over the world and attends the Glastonbury Goddess conference each year. Lady Olivia Robertson has inspired countless millions of people to get in touch with their own personal goddess-centred spirituality.

Please bear in mind that the interview was held 15 years ago in 1992, so some questions and answers may seem a little out of context now. Enjoy!
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Lady Olivia Robertson

On April 29th 1993 I found myself sitting in the offices of Psychic News in central London. I was there to interview Olivia Robertson, co founder of the Fellowship of Isis. She had flown into London for the re launch of her book The Call of Isis, which had been re published by Neptune Press. I took the opportunity to speak with her before the party began.

Alex: Your book The Call of Isis has been described as a psychic autobiography. When did you first hear this call?

Olivia: I would say ever since I was born. You might say that going to the pantomime to see Cinderella, and seeing the fairy godmother throw off her black cloak and revealing herself was my first call, but it is always a secret call, you don't realise it is there. I really didn't think I would be doing all of this. I was a perfectly respectable Anglo-Irish writer. People used to ask if I was writing any more books, and I used to reply, yes I'm doing the Fellowship of Isis, and they used to reply, no, your books! They wouldn't accept it. When I first saw the goddess, or rather, when I use the word Goddess I mean there is a whole hierarchy of beings more evolved than we are, She was made of pure white light. I think in some ways they are connected to ancient chariots that go across the sky. People don't seem to like this idea, but why not? Then I saw the gold lady. She is the one you see when you go to sleep. She had long gold hair and a turquoise blue robe. I believe in the god as well, and i have seen male beings. I just feel that humanity at the moment needs the female aspect.

Alex: The FOI states that anyone can join no matter what ones other religion, creed or background, and more importantly, that they can retain their other allegiances and be a full and active member of the fellowship. How compatible is, lets say mainstream Christianity to the FOI?

Olivia: Well we do have a lot of mainstream Christians as members. We have Tony Grist, the clergyman who writes for the guardian and we have two Roman Catholic monks, one who works in the Vatican, he's a Jesuit, and a Benedictine monk, who actually got us into the Parliament of World Religions. We are the first goddess based religion that has been acknowledged. They have been all men up to now, nothing but long beards, bald heads and dog collars could be seen. We are going to give them a bit of a surprise I think!

Alex: (Laughing) What made you decide to initially set up th FOI?

Olivia: Looking back I am the most unorganized person. I am an author and a painter. I love solitary meditation. I love parties too, but I do like being on my own. I was guided by the goddess to do it, along with my (late) brother Lawrence who is an ordained clergy man and his late wife Pamela.

Alex: The FOI manifesto states that you have no rules. There are no vows of secrecy or regulations. In fact the FOI is probably the worlds only open occult society. Why did you decide to have this policy?

Olivia: Well we were and still are living in Ireland where Catholics and Protestants are still shooting at each other. This made us feel that we should have an organisation where people could find their own spirituality, there own path. You see people who join seem to have all there own ideas and backgrounds; a Jesuit is going to have all his own ideas, rules and regulations just as a member of an occult order has theirs. Therefore we couldn't have any rules because everyone else has there own! For instance the Nigerian members each have many wives. I got a bit puzzled when I got a letter saying Mr. this and Mrs. that and then a whole lot more Mrs!

(At this point the Tea arrives, and we take a welcome slurp or two...)

Alex: So why do you think the FOI has so many members in Nigeria?

Olivia: Well I think that perhaps Nigeria is more untouched than some other African countries, for instance there are less white settlers, therefore less missionaries to stamp out native traditions. I have no idea where they heard about us, word of mouth I suppose.

Alex: Why did you set up a priesthood in an organisation which appears to be non-hierarchical?

Olivia: We were asked by a lady who wanted to be a priestess. Nearly everything we do is because someone asks us to do it. The FOI is non-hierarchical because we are modern. I mean all this prostrating and bowing and occult orders bossing people around. We just don't like that.

Alex: The Druid Clan of Dana is one of the more recent formations of the fellowship. Why another Druid order when there are so many already?

Olivia: Because the poor Irish druids who are among the oldest seemed to be totally ignored. So we thought we could do something about this. We felt that although there are druids in Ireland anyway, we could enable something to manifest. My brother and I were initiated by an aged hermit called Mr. Fox. He actually saw the ancient race of Ireland in vision. He introduced me to the Sidhe. I was given an initiation by this holy man who lived by the river Slaney at an ancient site. It was totally overgrown and people wouldn't go there because they were afraid.

Alex: When was this?

Olivia: When I was a child of about 10, during the 1930s. Later on I began to see a white lady who told me that her name was Dana. At the time I didn't want to give her a name but she told me three times, so I had to accept it! She is queen of the whole earth. I am very against the racism of the Celts. I have a theory that the white race is going downhill rapidly, and feels it's being submerged. People actually pay Americans to adopt Irish children because they are not black. They actually try to bribe Irish mothers because there children are regarded as white Celts. Neo-Nazis no longer call themselves Arian or Nordic, instead they decide to be Celtic! Therefore Celtic racism can be a sort of gentile way, (rather like talking about the bog, instead you refer to the loo or the comfort station). The only sort of people who can be used as a subterfuge for racism is the Celt! Therefore we particularly want to say that Dana is queen of the whole earth, and we have no racism in the FOI. Anyone can join and use the holy spirits of their own lands. Do you know I have had people say to me that you cannot practice Druidry unless you are Celtic, and you cannot enter the Isles of the Blessed unless you are born of our sacred race. This is serious, just look at Bosnia.

Alex: Yes exactly! Racism has no place at all, ever in any religion or indeed anywhere! People need to become more tolerant and inclusive. On a lighter note my last question is this: what would you say a typical day at Clonegal Castle would be?

Clonegal Castle, foundation centre for the Fellowship of Isis

Olivia: Well I get up at 5.30 am every day and at 6.30 I go into the Temple of Isis and anoint my brow. Here I meditate until 8.30. Then in the evenings, again from 6.30 until 8.30 we have mediation in the temple. I feel these attunement times are important. Many people attune with us from all over the world at these times.

Alex: Thank you Olivia, it has been a joy to meet you.


Special thanks to Ronnie Hudson, priestess of Isis, for encouraging me to re-publish this long out of print interview.

Photographs taken from authors private collection, donated by Olivia in 1994.

For further information on the FOI click here: www.fellowshipofisis.com

Monday, 23 July 2007

Gwyn by Yuri Leitch: A review by Alex Langstone



Gwyn is a new book by long time friend and collaborator Yuri Leitch. Yuri has lived in the shadow of Glastonbury Tor for the past 5 years, and this superb new book is the creative result.

Yuri has thoroughly researched the legend of
Gwyn ap Nudd and his associations with Glastonbury Tor. He explores the Welsh origins of the legend, and looks at the Vale of Neath as Gwyn's ancestral home along with St Nectan's Glen in Cornwall, and interestingly discovers that Neath and Nectan are the same name, Nectan being the Cornish variant of Neath.


Yuri tells the story well, and draws us back in time, beyond the legends surrounding Gwyn and Glastonbury to reveal some of the original stories and puts it all in context, by re-telling the story of the Saxon invasion of Britain.

The book is beautifully bound and has exquisite illustrations by the author (a few of which are reproduced here) and an introduction by Paul Broadhurst. Gwyn is available as a beautifully produced numbered limited edition hardback direct from the publishers.

For me the best part of the book is the original, thought provoking and meticulous research that Yuri has done, and the results give us a fresh and interesting insight to the way that we approach the old gods of Britain. If more people, especially neo-pagans, fully researched the gods that they honoured, I believe that they would gain a far greater understanding of the true nature of the ancient and diverse living traditions of the islands that make up Britain.

Gwyn by Yuri Leitch is recommended reading, and whether you agree with Yuri's own vision of the past or not, this book should inspire you to look beyond the veil of ignorance and maybe gain a glimpse of what may have been? A brilliant job, Yuri!

Available now from www.the templebooklet.co.uk


Thursday, 12 July 2007

Rotherwas Serpent

Workers discover ancient 'snake'
An aerial view of the 4000 year old 'Rotherwas Ribbon'



Diggers constructing a new access road have uncovered a mysterious serpent-shaped feature, dating from the early bronze age.

The 197ft (60m) long ribbon of stones, found in Rotherwas, near Hereford, is thought to date from the same period as Stonehenge, roughly 2000 BC.

County archaeologist Dr Keith Ray said as far as he is aware the stone feature is unique in Europe.

"We can only speculate it may have been used in some kind of ritual," he said.

International significance.

The Rotherwas Ribbon, as it is being called, is made up of a series of deliberately fire-cracked stones and appears to have been deliberately sculptured to undulate through the whole of its length that has so far been uncovered.

"This is an exciting find, not just for Herefordshire and the UK, but apparently, so far, unique in Europe. It has international significance," Dr Ray said.

Archaeologists said although the practice of laying stones in small level pavements is known at sites in Pembrokeshire and elsewhere, the closest parallel to the Rotherwas Ribbon is the "Great Serpent Mound", in Ohio, USA, which is thought to have been built between 200 BC and 400 AD.

The Serpent Mound is a 1,330ft (405m) long effigy of a serpent.

Source: BBC News

The above was reported earlier this month and once again raises some important questions about road building, archaeology and our national heritage. This find surely has to be one of the most important recent finds in Britain? So what are they going to do? Bury it! Please visit the links below to help save this important site.Click here to sign the online petition now. http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/rotherwas/

Rotherwas Serpent campaign website http://www.rotherwasribbon.com


Friday, 6 July 2007

Reiki

The Sacred Path of Reiki

Dr Mikao Usui discovered Reiki in 1922 in his native Japan. Dr Usui, or Usui Sensei to give him his Japanese title was a Buddhist, and he trained as a Buddhist Monk in 1914.

Usui Sensei

Inspired by the healing stories of Buddha led Usui to study ancient Buddhist sutras in a quest for the secrets of healing.
This search lasted many years, and using meditation, physical research and intuition Usui was eventually led to Mount Kurama, a sacred Buddhist mountain near Kyoto. Here Mikao Usui was further inspired by the many Buddhist shrines that were situated on the mountain. This instigated a series of events in his life which helped Usui to make his decision to partake of a 21 day fasting meditation on the summit of Kurama. This must have been a very hard thing to achieve, but on the last day of his retreat Usui had a profound mystical experience. He received a psychic Reiki initiation directly from the source of the energy, immediately afterwards he realised the true nature of healing.
Following on from his amazing experience Usui Sensei continued to expand his knowledge by additional research and the word began to spread. People began to seek him out for healing, and this resulted in the formation of a healing society called "Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai" which was set up in Tokyo in April 1922. A clinic was also opened near to the Meiji shrine in central Tokyo where Usui started giving treatments and taking classes.
In 1923 a huge earthquake hit Japan and over 140,000 people were killed. Thousands of people were left homeless, and became emotionally traumatised. The demand for Reiki increased and Usui and his students worked day and night to help all they could.
In 1925 Usui Sensei opened a much larger clinic at Nakano, Tokyo and beagn travelling all over Japan to teach and spread the word. Usui did not want Reiki to be the exclusive practice of the few; he wanted it to be available to all and to be spread across the world. He felt that the path of Reiki was a way for anyone to experience the Divine and Usui hoped that because of this people would be more willing to help each other, to work more closely as a unit and to work towards a more unified and peaceful world for us all.
Usui Sensei died on 9th March 1926. His remains are buried at the Saihoji Temple in Suginami-Ku, Tokyo. Some of his students erected a memorial stone by his grave, describing his life and his work with Reiki.

Chujiro Hayashi
After Usui's death one of his students broke away from the Gakkai and set up his own group. This was Chujiro Hayashi, a medical doctor and Naval officer. He had decided that the time was right to send Reiki out from Japan into the world, so on 21st February 1938 he passed the master degree to Hawayo Takata, an Hawaiian lady of Japanese decent. It was Hawayo Takata who brought Reiki to the western world. From Japan, via Hawaii to the USA.
Hawayo Takata
Hawayo Takata initiated 22 masters during her time. One of these masters was a Swedish lady called Wanja Twan. Wanja passed the master degree to among others, Martha Sylvester, and Martha initiated me into the 1st degree on 31st May 1993. At the same time that I took my 1st degree, Martha made Joan Flashman a master. I took my 2nd degree from Joan on 17th October 1993.
Reiki Master Paul Weston initiated me as a Reiki Master on 31st October 1995 at the great spiritual centre of Glastonbury. It was Paul who had initially introduced me to Reiki in 1992. Previous to Reiki I had been involved in healing within the Druid tradition, as I still am today.

Thursday, 5 July 2007

Psychic Questing

What is Psychic Questing?
A personal perspective by Alex Langstone.


There are several good articles on the web now that answer this question from a very broad perspective. These can be found on sites such as PsychicQuesting.com, Meonia.com and The Red Pill, to name a few. But I feel that I need to answer the question from a more personal point of view.

Having been involved in Psychic Questing since 1985, and having attended the first ever Psychic Questing conference in 1986 I feel that I am well placed to give some opinions. Also a new book I am writing called SPIRIT CHASER will detail a psychic quest of a very personal nature. In 1992 I published a little booklet called Bega and the Sacred Ring, which was an account of a quest that I found myself on with others, searching for the sacred centre of the British Isles (amongst other things!). This story forms the basis for SPIRIT CHASER.
St Bega's Bassenthwaite, one of the central sites in Spirit Chaser

The basis of the whole story is, however the phenomena of psychic questing. So what exactly do we mean by this? There is no easy, or short answer to this fundamental question. It can be many things to many people. The standard description seems to be that Psychic Questing can be thought to be a psychically driven treasure hunt. Using intuitively inspired thoughts and information for creative purposes, whether it be the search for hidden history, sacred artefact retrieval or a quest for enlightenment. Basically for me, it is a creative process that can enable each of us to enter the "dreamtime" of our own environment, by way of visions, dreams or direct psychic communication with the "spirit of place" (be they site guardians, gods/goddesses, elementals, saints, or any other beings?). With the aim of gaining knowledge, wisdom and experience to further our own understanding of our place in the universe. This can be achieved by way of a deeper understanding of the environment we live in. We can begin this deeper understanding using psychic questing techniques, and by becoming involved in our own psychic quests. Obviously we need to be open to experiences, energies and the like, and looking at my own psychic quests over the years, if you are open to experience, psychic talents will certainly emerge with time, practice and patience. Many people ask me if psychic questing is the same as "new age channelling". The answer is a categorical no!

One of the precepts of psychic questing is, as far as I see it, to be able to verify the psychic information (channelled information?) by extensive physical research. Most of what is published under the psychic questing banner uses this criteria. There are exceptions (eg. the Heritage material in the Green Stone story), but I would surmise that about 80% of all psychic information would need to be verifiable in some way to enable it to be a genuine psychic quest. If you are seeking inspired messages with no basis in any sort of verifiable reality then by all means go check out your local channelling group. If however you are interested in genuine psychic phenomena happening out and about in the landscape, where people are able to check the information, which in turn inspires you to continue with your quest, then Psychic Questing maybe for you?

The Jewel in the Crown apport, manifested
at St
Bega's on July 15th 1992

There has always been a fair amount of psychic (channelled) information which cannot be authenticated by research. This material generally gets left out of any published material, unless it is felt that it would genuinely distract from the re-telling of the questing adventure. This information should always be presented as inspired and poetic, rather than verifiable fact. You will see type of work interspersed within the pages of SPIRIT CHASER, when it is published later this year. At heart I am a poet, and this material often gets used in my poetical ramblings, some of which will be evident in SPIRIT CHASER, and more of which will be seen at a later date in LUCIFER BRIDGE (an anthology of psychically inspired poetry). A lot of modern quests seem to involve the finding of artefacts that are symbolic in some way to the unfolding story. I have had direct experience of this phenomena, and this is where a lot of criticism is directed at psychic questing. I believe we need to look at Quantum Physics to be able to better understand what is going on behind the vast majority of these artefact retrievals. In my experience, all the artefacts I have retrieved have been apports. (The materialisation of objects by psychic means, from thin air.) I look at this in a little more depth in SPIRIT CHASER.

"When something inspires you, you may want to write something down about the inspiration. Or maybe investigate the inspiration. Or maybe keep a journal of ideas about the inspiration?" This best describes the beginnings of a psychic quest. The rest is up to the individual.


Be inspired!


Golowan

Golowan: The Feast of St John
a personal review by Alex Langstone
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FESTIVAL HISTORY
Golowan, the Feast of St. John, is one of Britain's greatest annual arts festivals, a bubbling cauldron of traditions thrown together in glorious chaotic revelry! Pagan Celtic traditions dance along side traditional civic pomp. Christian worship blends with the colourful and iconic street parades of Mazey day, and Penglaz (the grizzly headed 'Obby 'Oss of Penzance) leads the midnight serpent dance in celebration of the newly elected Mock Mayor of the Quay. This week long folk festival of music, dance, theatre, storytelling and film culminates in a two day spectacular weekend event. Saturday is Mazey Day, which in local dialect means a bit dazed and confused, and you will be after joining in! Sunday sees the traditional Quay fair day, where the sea is the focus and many activities are centred around the promenade and historic harbour and docks.

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The Cornish Fire Festival of Midsummer's Eve is generally acknowledged to stretch back to pre-Christian times. Originating as a festival of fertility and sun worship at the time of the summer solstice it owes its survival, in part to its Christian association with St John's Eve thus the name Golowan (Gol feast, (J)owan John). Its continuation as a living tradition into the 21st century is thanks to the efforts of the Old Cornwall Societies who hold bonfire ceremonies on ancient hill tops the length and breadth of Cornwall on Midsummer's Eve. References to the bonfires and Midsummer celebrations can be found in Bottrel's "Traditions and Hearth side stories of West Cornwall" (published 1870). For the town of Penzance, this time of year holds special significance as the town's patron saint is St John the Baptist, and the towns seal depicts the severed head of St John on a platter! For anyone walking around the town this seal can be seen on top of many of the directional signs.


Cornwall is one of the few places in Britain where the ancient observances of the summer solstice are still honoured as mainstream. As the last glimmers of the setting sun light up the western ocean, glimmers of light flicker; sacred fire beacons blaze upon hilltops from Lands End in the far west to Kit Hill on the Devon border. These bonfires are a celebration of the Summer with the sun at its strongest. Believed to be Druidic in origin, the ceremony is spoken in Cornish, and climaxes with the Lady of the Flowers casting into the now roaring flames a bunch of summer herbs. Festivals in Cornwall celebrated the Summer Solstice as the wedding of Heaven and Earth. Goddess manifests as Mother Earth and God as Sun King. Bonfires were lit to celebrate the Sun at its height of power and to ask the Sun not to withdraw into winter darkness. Midsummer Eve festivals in the countryside of Cornwall, would have firelight shining from every hill and peak. Dancers adorned in garlands and flowers jumped through the tall flames. This ancient Cornwall Summer Bonfire tradition has been revived during the 1920's and is still a popular festival. The spiral is a symbol associated with the Solstices and creation by the patterns of sacred geometry. Ancient dances follow the Sun's movement like a spiral. People joined hands weaving through the streets, winding into a decreasing spiral into the middle then unwinding back out again. The Sun moving from contraction at the centre of the spiral at winter solstice to expansion at Summer Solstice and back again. Midsummer is truly a celebration of the primal creative force of the universe. God at the peak of His powers and Goddess in Her manifestation as the Mother. 
 
Here in Penzance the week long celebrations of Golowan festival culminate on Mazey Eve, where the town spills onto the streets in party mood. Fireworks are set off at the sea front, and as midnight approaches, crowds gather by the docks to help the Golowan band entice Penglaz, the grizzly headed 'obby 'oss from her stable with music and dancing! Penglaz then leads the mysterious serpent dance through the ancient streets around the docks. This chaotic dance runs well into the small hours and is great fun to be a part of, as it sets you up for the following days festivities of Mazey Day.

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PERSONAL FESTIVAL
Saturday 16th June.
This years festival got off to a quieter start for Paul and I as we attended a performance of Rachmaninov's Russian Vespers. Performed within the somewhat austere surroundings of St Mary's neo-gothic harbour side church, by Truro Cathedral's Three Spires Singers. Stood beneath the stunning and colourful east window depicting Stella Maris, the choir sang beautifully, and despite the somewhat dilapidated interior of the church, their voices soared taking the audience to a more sublime place!
In the first two months of 1915, when he wrote Vespers, Rachmaninov was 41 years old and internationally famous. He led the hectic life of a touring piano virtuoso and a composer whose popular piano works were known all over the world. Restricted in his movements by the war and wanting to do all that he could for his disunited and threatened homeland, Rachmaninov turned to Russian liturgy and chant. In composing Vespers he created both a devotional masterpiece and a powerful statement of Russian nationalism.
Vespers, as a service of evening prayer, is observed in many Christian churches. The Russian Orthodox church went further and held an "all-night vigil" before major feast days, beginning at 6 pm. on Saturday and ending at 9 am. on Sunday. By Rachmaninov's time this was done only at major monasteries, and the liturgy of the all-night vigil had been condensed into a three hour service on Saturday evening. Rachmaninov titled his work All-Night Vigil, but Vespers is also an accurate title. Rachmaninov's great liturgy ranks among the highest achievements in the history of Russian church music.
Friday 22nd June.
Mazey eve saw us out and about around the harbour and seafront for the annual "summer fire" fireworks, which we observed from St Anthony's Gardens situated on the promenade. This area of the town is the heart of Golowan, with the funfair and festival marquee both close by. Nearby is the Dolphin public house which sits directly opposite the docks, and it is here that after the fireworks, crowds gathered to witness one of the towns more obscure and mysterious attractions. At the stroke of midnight the Golowan band's pipes, strings and drums stirred in a repetitive and catchy Celtic refrain. The crowd's excitement continued as we all tried to entice Penglaz from her stable. At once the stable door opened and out of the darkness appeared the skeletal form of Penglaz. Dancing, teasing and snapping her jaws she leads the crowds around the ancient maze of narrow and cobbled streets, under the pale and tantalising light of a half moon.

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Penglaz, is the towns midsummer 'Oss of fertility, always crowned with a posy of flowers and decked in greenery, she is at the heart of the ancient festivities. Many other towns in Britain have 'Obby 'Oss days. Notably at Padstow, in Cornwall and Minehead in Somerset who both celebrate their days on Beltane (May Day). Interestingly another very similar 'Oss can be found in South Wales in particular in Gwent and Glamorgan. Mari Lwyd (meaning Grey Mare) is, like Penglaz, a skeletal 'Oss, but whereas Penglaz is a midsummer tradition; Mari Lwyd is celebrated at midwinter! Mari Lwyd can still be seen today at Llangynwyd, near Maesteg, every New Year's Eve. The Llangynwyd celebrations also include a torch lit procession around the village.
This years Penglaz led Serpent Dance was the busiest I have ever seen. There were so many people wanting to join in, that the whole dance ground to a halt several times! Everyone involved seemed to be enjoying themselves though, and Paul and I had a great time.
MAZEY DAY. Saturday 23rd June.
This years Mazey Day was as colourful as always, but seemed busier than ever before; proving the popularity and increasing interest of all things Cornish and Celtic. After hearing the addresses given by the Mayor of Penzance and The Mock Mayor of the Quay (who was elected the previous night at the "Mock Mayor Elections" held in the festival marquee), the festivities began. Many local school children took part in three different colourful parades through the town centre, and the streets were lined with stalls selling local produce, crafts and music. Many musicians gave free and impromptu performances around the town, we witnessed many sounds from across the globe including native American fusion-folk by Pachamerica, the exotic beats and rhythms of Pensamba, the musicians and dancers of Tatters Border Morris, the pipes and drums of the Mid Argyll Pipe Band, the Acorn choir and many others.

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In the festival marquee local bands played through the afternoon, warming the place up in readiness for the main marquee event, when later that night the African beats of Lolou, an 8 piece Senegalese band took the stage for a fantastic and lively concert.

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Mazey Day was a truly amazing day, with a real cosmopolitan feel. And from it's Celtic roots; the wider festival of Golowan has become a cultural melting pot of pure pleasure. From the Cornish Serpent Dance, to the sounds of Scottish pipes. The chants of native Americans to the folk music and dance of English Border Morris. The soaring and ethereal sound of Rachmaninov's All Night Vigil to the beats and bass lines from Senegal. With jazz, silver bands, classical and rock music all thrown in for good measure Golowan and the people of Penzance have come up trumps with this fantastic community festival. But don't take my word for it, come see for yourself next June!