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The Hills they are Hollow

by Damh the Bard

Acoustic Bardic folk music by one of the UK's best musical storytellers. Pagan, Wiccan, Druid folk music - songs of the sacred land, and ancient mythology.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Hills They Are Hollow
5:58 album only
2. Lady of the Silver Wheel
4:46 album only
3. John Barleycorn
4:51 album only
4. Grimspound
4:56 album only
5. Ever With Me
4:38 album only
6. Only Son
5:43 album only
7. The Mabon
6:26 album only
8. Voyage of Bran
5:04 album only
9. Samhain Eve
7:03 album only
10. The Greenwood Grove
5:07 album only
11. Merlin Am I
6:13 album only
12. The Land of the Ever Young
6:44 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
The second album from Damh the Bard.

The Hills they are Hollow is a Pagan anthem about the land and our relationship to it. A celebration of Pagan Ways and belief. “The Hills they are Hollow and home to the Fey who dance on Midsummer’s Eve, some people don’t understand when I say, these are the things I believe!”

The great Goddess Arianrhod is the weaver of the Web of Life, initiator and patroness of Bards and her Spiral Castle ‘Caer Siddi’ is a place where all Bards must travel. A Priest of Arianrhod, Lady of the Silver Wheel is Damh’s song in dedication to her.

John Barleycorn is a traditional British folk tune that tells of the life of the Spirit of the Corn, from birth, to it’s ultimate sacrifice to feed the people in the form of bread and brandy.

On a hill deep in the wilds of Dartmoor lies Grimspound. The remnants of an Iron Age village complete with roundhouses, and a huge surrounding wall. Damh sat within the remains of the main roundhouse, communed with the Spirits of Place, and this song was the result.

Ever with Me is a song about friendship and love, to our loved ones, and the Guardian Spirits that watch over us.

An old man walks into a woodland with his Only Son, there to spend the last few hours of his life, talking together, and being with Nature.

The Mabon is born at the time of the Winter Solstice. The Divine Child who represents the Green Man and John Barleycorn, hears his song neing sung all over the world, as the Sun rises on the Shortest Day.

The Voyage of Bran is an instrumental that takes us on that epic journey from Celtic myth – the story of Bran Son of Febal, as his ship glides through the waves towards the Otherworld. But when he returns he finds that a thousand years have past, and that the crew can never again set foot upon our world.

Halloween, or Samhain is the ancient Druidic feast of the dead. On this night the Wild Hunt, led by Gwyn ap Nudd/Arawn rides across the sky to take the souls of the dead into the Otherworld, and in this song one of the living waits inside, listening to the call of the Cailleach, asking for the Hunt to pass him by.

The Greenwood Grove is a Bardic nmemonic that describes the 20 trees of the ancient Ogham alphabet, and their meanings.

There are many stories of Merlin. Merlin am I tells of the ancient Druidic Shaman, not the Arthurian Merlin. It tells of his birth, his childhood, and the madness after the Battle of Arderydd, and his ultimate retreat into the Caledonian Forest.

The Land of the Ever young is a celebratory, and autobiographical song.

Damh is a Bard whose spirituality is expressed through his music, storytelling and poetry. Drawing on the Bardic traditions his performances are both entertaining and educational, weaving a tapestry of myth, peace, and anthems that speak directly to the heart, but never without a good splash of humour. Damh works within that world of myth that cannot be proved; where the Faerie really do dance on Midsummer's Eve, where the trees talk, and the Hollow Hills take you into the realms of Annwn. Where the Goddess rides her horse, guiding you to magic, and the Horned God of old calls us from the shadows of the Greenwood.



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Annika Baty

Amazing CD
Every song is a perfectly crafted masterpiece. Amazing, beautiful CD, one that can be listened to over and over, and that I for one never tire of.


Excellent cd!
One of the first cd's I discovered of Damh's and fell in love with the music, the words and the voice. I have played this over so many times I think I might wear it out. I have all of his cd's and they are all fantastic! Check out his new ones, you will want those as well.

Margaret Walker

The Hills They Are Hollow
I stumbled upon Damh the Bard one day while searching for Samhain music - what a treasure! I immediately purchased "The Hills They Are Hollow" CD and plan to purchase his other CD's. As co-facilitator of an Earth-Based Spirituality Circle, I have forwarded his website to the entire circle. The CD is in my car and I've been playing it on my hour-long commute to school. Thank you! Oh, and CD Baby - love your e-mails and notes!

Andrew Bernard

Damh the Bard: The Hills they are Hollow
CD Is a wonderful mixture of songs. Damh has a very warm personality that really comes across in his songs. The Hills they are Hollow is one cd that you can just listen to over and over. If you buy one cd you will end up buying them all.

Sue Aberle

The Hills They Are Hollow
This is wonderful - I can't stop listening to it. Except when I want to listen to "The Cauldron Born". Or "Spirit of Albion". The Ballad of John Barleycorn will be great at Lughnassadh. What a great way to learn the old ways!

Tina Merrybard

love them all
I have all three of Damnh's earlier cds now, and have bought one again to give to a friend. I think Damh is possibly the first ever artist I have ever wanted to listen to exclusively forever! So many wonderful songs that stick in my head and keep me humming even when I am not listening to them! The best thing about this state of affairs is that I am constantly reaffirming my beliefs, and constantly remembering to stay present and see the beauty and spirit around my wonderful Aussie forest home. Thanks Damh!


Makes one think....and feel!
Another great collection of songs by Damh the Bard. The title track has become an anthem of sorts for the pagan movement. John Barleycorn was my favorite. An ancient folk song with new sound and feel. I am looking forward to sharing this with friends.

Dee Dee Massey

Another Great Album
Great to tap your toes to and to sing along. Quite moving and a motivational piece.


Wonderful, Magikal, Enchanting music..moves your soul!

Michael kennedy

The hills they are hollow
I just love all three of the Damh the Bard cds and would recomend them to anyone.They are so relaxing.Thier not enough room to say as much as I could.
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