Carolyn Hillyer

This album is formed around drumming songs and chants. A guide for those undertaking their own drum journey and a collection of powerful chants for song circles and ceremony. Featuring a range of rhythms and techniques played on deer, horse, salmon  and reindeer drums crafted by Carolyn.

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This album is formed around drumming songs and chants. The ancient triad of sacred sound created through percussive beats, rhythmic rattling and the use of breath is represented here by handcrafted drums, ritual rattles and the singing voice, both solo and as many-layered group harmonies. Here is a guide for those undertaking their own journey with a drum, as well as powerful chants for song circles and ceremony.

Using a broad range of rhythms, techniques and drums – including red deer stag & hind, fallow deer, reindeer, wild horse, buffalo, salmon, all crafted by Carolyn – she describes four ways to journey with the drum: travelling drum songs (the passionate flow and dance of life), bright drum songs (the measured rhythm of prayer and ritual), dark drum songs (the secrets of the dissolving night), silent drum songs (hidden magic).

SONGS: Song Rivers, Gift of the Heathen Hills, The Old One’s Hand, Marsh Labyrinth Song, Illuminating Drum, Sweet Wonder, Cauldron of Crows, The Long Return, The Shrines of Our Mothers are Singing, Draw Us Down, Hollowing Drum, Winter Book, Many Sister Moons.

Released in 2007.