News October 2011
3rd December 2011
with music, merriment and performers including
bard Louisa John-Krol, Hot for Joe Morris Dancers
mythic-folk-rock band Spiral Dance
Open at 6.30 pm. $10 Entry (children free)
Australian Folk Centre
George St & South Rd, Thebarton,
picnic area. Full bar facilities.
Sunday 4th December, 4pm gathering for 4.30pm start
Where: Green Man Grove @ Wyndrush, Rosedale,
Cost: $15 (refreshments provided)
RSVP: Aphrodite Rose email@example.com
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poem ‘Twenty Ways to Greet a Tiger’ is published
‘2011 Award Winning Australian Writing’ (Melbourne Books)
with recital of the poem in October
& shows will be rare in 2012, due to a family medical situation.
book-CD is scheduled for release 2013.
– December 2010:
Spiral Dance perform with me, Dandelion Wine
& Sleeping Beauty, Endymion,
Green Wytch Grove (Louisa’s new name for any collaborative performance of her songs),
Storytelling Guild and Lizzy Rose presenting the Ritual of Bast.
Where & When:
Friday 10th Dec: Northcote Uniting Church
Saturday 11th Dec: Armadale Uniting Church
Feline Faery Fest, Melbourne. Design by Rachael
Hammond. Updates: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Our faery trail
parties on in Adelaide for the Summer Faery Ball,
Saturday 18th December: email@example.com
* Brooms are heading for the Witches Ball, Saturday 2nd
at The Dome, Crown Hotel, Sydney
I sing with Jenni
Heinrich, Dandelion Wine & Spiral Dance.
* Gilgamesh published my tale of Arachne’s encounter with Athena in their book “Contemporary
Fables Volume 1”; my stories or articles recently appeared in newspapers,
journals or magazines such as “Sphere”, “Woorilla” & “Small Tapestry”.
* My poem “Twenty ways to greet a Tiger” won
first prize, C.J. Dennis Poetry Award.
July whirled wonderfully with Bron Lloyd
(hurdy-gurdy, singing), Kim Brown (bouzouki), Adrienne Piggott (singing), Rick Kearsley (drums), Samantha, Liam, Skye & Brett Taylor
(flute, percussion, ocarina, keyboard), me (singing/storytelling, guitar,
mandolin) and impromptu participants such as Evi
(chimes), then mythic folk-rock band Spiral Dance.
|Nick Carter - electric guitar||Hayley Purcell, David Bentley - violin, bass
||Paul Gooding - accordion ||Rick Kearsley - drums|
|Adrienne Piggott - lead singer - with Spiral Dance|
* Thanks, Phantosea performers this March:
Richard Allison (keyboard)
Jenni Heinrich (classical guitar),
wiccan Wendy Rule, Cora Zon, JJ & JB Rowley
(Storytelling Guild), Anzo On Ze
Road (Women’s Circus), poet Hugh Mason and visual artists, led by Rachael
Mermaid by Rachael Hammond (pictured with Anzo on Ze Road)
To their right: Jenni
Heinrich, who’ll also play at The Sydney Witches Ball.
Louisa recently sang on American mythic folk-rock band Woodland’s album
“Seasons of Elfland – Shadows”, to be launched on their UK tour.
In addition, Louisa’s song “The Witch in the Wood” (performed with Woodland at Faerieworlds, USA),
from her fifth CD “Apple Pentacle”, will be on the next Faerieworlds compilation. Special thanks to Radio Ray of the Wheel of Wonder program on the west coast, USA.
News, January 2010:
Louisa in concert with Nehl Aëlin & band, Belgium 2009,
filmed by Olaf Parusel & Alexandra Fröb:
News, September 2009:
The Faerieworlds festival in Oregon, USA, was an enchanting gathering of 15,000 souls, involving ritual fire dancing, oral storytelling, lighting displays, organic cooking, visual crafts, book signings and music, headlined by Faun and Woodland. I was honoured to sing with the latter – in my set and theirs, all on the main stage – joined by greenman Billy, dancer Ally and a flurry of marionettes. Hugs to the musicians who learned my songs so superbly:
Kelly Miller-Lopez (Woodland): vocals, flute, dancing & harp;
Scotty Perey (The Sugar Beets): guitar & keyboards;
Jarrod Kaplan (Woodland & Trillian Green): drum-set & hand-percussion;
Sylvain DuPlant (various bands!): electric bass & acoustic double bass;
Donald Brodsky (Woodland): didgeridoo.
Thank you Faerieworlders, particularly my hosts Robert Gould, Stephanie Lostimolo and Woodland, for inviting me, flying me over and lavishing me with luxury, love and lore.
Here are some photos we took. See my Facebook gallery for more soon, or the faeriworlds website.
Kimmy Smith (Woodland violinist) with Billy Scudder (Greenman)
Billy Scudder, Green Man,
who appeared onstage
for “Escalder’s Tree Ride”
from my CD “Apple Pentacle”
Scotty Perey (musician) & Molly Niffin (actress/dancer)
Susan (puppet designer) in her guise as Narnian snow-sorceress
Jarrod Kaplan (drummer) with roving Faun
Kelly-Miller Lopez, harpist/singer of Woodland
News, May 2009:
A joyful storm of enchantment was the Trolls et Legendes festival in Belgium this April. I sang with Australian duo Dandelion Wine and French pianist/singer Nehl Aëlin & her band, who contributed to a magical show. It was great to meet so many kindred souls – collaborators, friends, exhibitors (especially Sabine-Adelaide from our label, and guests of honour Brian & Wendy Froud) - as attendees flocked by the thousands in costume, danced, or sang along. Especially moving to greet listeners who’ve supported our music for over a decade. We’re grateful to the drivers, cooks, technicians, sponsors and other volunteers, most of all host Frederic Cotton. Magical acts included Daemonia Nymphe and Woodland, with whom I’ve been invited to sing at another international festival, this time in Oregon! Faerieworlds happens 31 July – 1 August 2009.
Photograph by Olaf Parusel of Stoa
|Photo: Célie Guignery
||Photo: Peggy Van Peteghem
||Photo: Célie Guignery
||Photo: Célie Guignery|
|Alban on drums Photo: Grégory Lécrivain
||Alban on drums Photo: Aisling, Ad-Mortem-Festinamus
||Naomi Henderson on flute Photo: Jeronimo (flickr)
||Nehl Aëlin at piano Photo: Aisling, Ad-Mortem-Festinamus|
|Nicholas Albanis on bell cittern Photo: Jeronimo (Flickr)
||Sarah Photo: Aisling, Ad-Mortem-Festinamus
||Stephane, bass & electric guitar Photo: Grégory Lécrivain
||The audience! Photo: Moustix
Louisa’s new album, is released by French label Prikosnovenie
... from the fairy realm of cats!
Written with Mark Krol; produced by Brett Taylor & Harry
assisted by Theodore Wohng; featuring Keltia on harp,
Dandelion Wine on dulcimer & bowed psaltery,
with Louisa’s ethereal vocal & mandolin.
Visual art by Belinda John & Sabine-Adelaide.
Song titles include “Temples of the Jaguar”,
“Dulcinea”, “Cauldron of
“Fai” and “Chant of the Chimney
‘A cat's eyes are windows into another world’-
Movie by Toby & Brian
Froud for my
song Which of these Worlds
in Concert in Belgium 10-12 April 2009
Collector's edition of "Alexandria", on American label Forest
of the Fae,
features bonus tracks,
Louisa's illustration and poetry, painting by Karan Wicks, and - for
the first time in 3 editions
(including that of German label Hyperium), entire lyrics in print.
A paradox of quirkiness and sleek lushness is this 8-panel digipak:
We also announce 2 new songs, "Fai" and "A Retinue of Mandrakes", on 2
faerie samplers by our French label
News, September 2007:
acclaimed illustrator Brian Froud chose Louisa’s song “Kunmanngur”
(collaboration with Frederic Chaplain & Brett Taylor) for the
collector’s edition DVD with his book “World
Kunmanngur is a serpent from a tale by Kianoo Tjeemairee of the
Listening to Louisa’s music, his publisher at Imaginosis
experience…returned me to the inspired, sensual musicianship
poetic lyrics that were so unique about Kate Bush's early work. But
here was something more singular:
clearly the expression of one artist's deeply heartfelt vision of the
world and denizens of faerie.”
To read more:
Car made of Glass” (song by Louisa / Matt Grassow / Dirk
is out on “Little People, Big Noise” , by Greek
th album, now in production, is anticipated 2008 on Prikosnovenie:
Green Pentacle", from
Louisa's 5th album Apple
chosen for Effleurement,
a compilation of ethereal voices from around the world,
including Loreena McKennitt.
collaborator and childhood friend,
Jenni Heinrich (pictured below with
songwriter-husband Graeme on their Bendigo farm)
composed the song
and performed classical guitar and viola, arranged by Harry Williamson.
and lyrics are by Louisa, based on the medieval romance "Sir Gawain and
The collection box contains cards and
texts for each song, like faerie tarot:
love to see you there!
More reviews & news will be uploaded soon....I apologise for
behind behind in correspondence/promo, due to the new member of our
family, a gorgeous black cat called Djinn. She is a Cuddle Addict, who
has given her own meaning to the word 'laptop'.
Sessions 2”, Louisa’s collaboration
with Italian Francesco Banchini on the French label Prikosnovenie,
is released with live video of their 2003 European tour.
singing features on a new German film on MDR with
Konrad von Wettin (soundtrack by Olaf Parusel of Stoa)
in the Geschichte
Mitteldeutschlands series, now
on DVD. This follows an earlier soundtrack with Louisa’s
released by MDR in 2004 and accompanies another film with fellow
Melbournian Liz Van Dort.
released on Prikosnovenie
include viola, hammer
dulcimer, harpsichord, mandolin, hurdy gurdy…..
Williamson, Brett Taylor.
musicians: Jenni Heinrich,
Richard Allison, Bronwyn Lloyd.
Man (Robin Hood...The Face
in the Leaves), with his fey consort, the Witch in the Wood.
info, including folklore behind the album: http://louisajk.ekishnugal.com/
2005 News: After success of
Hermann von Salza's documentary "Geschichte Mitteldeutschlands" on
German tv, MDR,
In May/June, four new
collaborations with Louisa's voice were released
on various labels, with Love
2 to follow.
featuring Louisa's singing with Stoa, Louisa recorded more vocals by
invitation for another Stoa soundtrack.
Her new solo album with producers Harry Williamson &
Brett Taylor is in mixing.
October News 2004
TV station MDR includes Louisa's singing on a soundtrack by
Christian Wolz on a new CD by Spyros Giasafakis, out now: www.cynfeirdd.com
French author Alyz Tale published a book of stories with faerietale
"Louisa", who transforms into ablackbird, inspired
by Louisa's song.
Booktitle: "Mon Dernier Thé". Publisher: Yunnan www.celiableue.com
Louisa's music is sampled on “WinterSilence” by
Mathias Grassow on Weird Amplexus: www.amplexus.it
recited poetry on “Asphodele”by Artemis:
Brett & Louisa's remix (with additions) of Hungry Lucy's song
"In the Circle" is out on their Belgian label:
in the new release "To Kill a King"
be on the Primal Valley River project by US label Latex Records: www.latexrecords.com
Louisa's latest albums with Francesco
Banchini + Daemonia Nymphe/Nikodemos,
recorded 2003 in Europe, coming soon on their French label: www.prikosnovenie.com
Current / New
Ikon, Jenni Heinrich,Keltia, Ashera, Stella Maris / Das Zeichen.
continues on Louisa's 5th
album with Brett Taylor & Harry Williamson.
December 2003 - Tour Report
tour with Francesco Banchini garnered encores across
Italy, Belgium and France for 6 concerts, a 7th show with Daemonia
Nymphe in Greece
and 4 radio performances including national broadcasting in
Thessaloniki and Bruxelles.
On this tour Louisa also recorded 3 albums: with Lys / Gor in France;
from Dae Nym & Los Tromos in Greece; and with Stoa in Germany.
There were meetings
with other artists including Ataraxia, Oophoi, Keltia, Mandragora,
The Aleph, Georgos Christianakis, The Dirge and Swedish legends Arcana.
Thanks & Mementos:
his family & friends; everyone at the label (Fred
Chaplain, Sabine-Adelaide, Arno Pellerin),
concert organisers (Elisabeth of La Rose Noire, Frederic Cotton
& Filip Van Muylem of Lefantastique, Guillaume Michel,
Arno, Peppino, Mariaelana, Spyros & Evi), all our hosts, DJs,
translators, photographers, lighting crew, engineers,
studio owners (Fred, Olaf, Nikodimos), magazines (esp. Khimaira, D-Side
& Elegy), and listeners,
some of whom drove - or flew! - hours to see our shows. It was great to
meet so many of you!!!!
I was fortunate to experience the Toone Theatre De Marionnettes in
Bruxelles, a Neapolitan wedding with traditional
dancing of Pozzuoli, the tombs of 10 kings in Petersberg and many other
magical places. Please forgive me if I've
neglected to name anyone, and if some mail was mislaid on my travels,
please email me again via this site.
I wish you all warm tidings of Yule and a New Year of magic! - Louisa.
dates confirmed so far:04/10/2003 Castello
del Vescovo - Bologna(Italia)11/10/2003 Le
Botanique – Brussels (Belgium)
La Locomotive - Paris(France)
Louisa is featured
in a new hard-cover A4
with 256 pages on the international gothic scene,
entitled "Carnet Noir", available for 35 Euros.
For info go to the official