Myke Hutchings is a professional musician and Lay Minister for the Rowan Tree Church, a practitioner of the Lothloriën tradition of Wicca. As an Earth-based religion, we celebrate the seasons and the cycles of life. We recognize that Truth is found in many cultures around the world and draw our archetypes from many paths. What makes Lothloriën unique is our acceptance of all people regardless of their culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion or sexual orientation.
Myke’s work with the church includes curating and maintaining historic recordings of the Rowan Tree Church and its founder Rev. Paul Beyerl as well as bringing the church’s musical and bardic traditions into the future.
Ride the Wave of Energy
Sue, the drummer here
I first started Primal Rhythm in 2005 as a brand for my solo records, drumming workshops and facilitating drum circles. I recorded 2 solo drum workshop discs to enable the opportunity for people to simulate a drum circle in their living room. The first record Primal Rhythm 1 was featured in the Cleveland documentary “Return of the Cuyahoga” which aired on PBS. I decided to create drum band in 2011 to bring the Primal Rhythm discs to the stage. I thought how cool it would be to have all chicks on stage pounding tribal rhythms and thunderous vibes. The Primal Rhythm Ensemble toured 2011-2013.
Once upon a time in 2006, at a science fiction convention in New York, author Catherynne M. Valente (the Fairyland series, Space Opera, Deathless) introduced herself to unsuspecting songwriter S. J. Tucker.
Soon after, they hit the road as fast friends to share combined book launch-concert performances across North America. These shared shows often combined art auctions and guest dancers or circus arts acts with live music from Sooj & readings from Cat, and they ran from October 2006 to October 2013, across road maps, train tracks, and many a narrative arc.
Since her first album, Zero, was released in 1996, Australian Visionary Songstress Wendy Rule has defied categorisation. Combining elements of gothic, folk, world, ambient and cabaret, her music is woven through with mythological and magical themes that honour her Pagan spirituality. With her extraordinary voice, and live shows that blur the line between music, ritual and theatre, Wendy is renowned in the global Esoteric, Goddess, and Pagan communities. Her latest double album, Persephone, is a musical re-telling of the Ancient Greek Myth. Singing in the voices of the three Goddesses who feature in the Myth – the maiden Persephone, her mother, the Earth Goddess Demeter, and Hekate, the wise Goddess of the Crossroads, (with Hekate’s parts chanted in Greek!) – Wendy guides us through this extraordinary tale of Life, Death and rebirth. Become part of Wendy’s magical world by joining her each month for her renowned Full Moon Magic concerts on Patreon. Membership starts at only $1 a month!
Betsy Tinney is magic and story expressed as song. With her sweet smile, nimble fingers, and swaying body, she coaxes tales from the depths of her cello and gifts them to her listeners as a rich musical experience. Her songs inspire feelings that are tender, mournful, contented, intensely fierce, excitedly joyful, calming, or silly–sometimes several of these all in the same song!
The world of Neofolk Romantique is a world of animism; where the spirit of the mountain watches silently with ancient eyes, while the wind whistles and shrieks above, where a storm takes human form and comes to us as a lover upon the roiling sea. Where porcelain dolls come to life at loves first kiss, and portals to magic and wonder open up on streets we’ve walked a hundred times.
Renée Janski can not remember life without music. She’s been a composer, music teacher and performer for over 25 years. Janski has toured internationally with classical ensembles, with Big Bad Gina and works with Muses on the Road. She has 5 albums and is working on her 6th. She is a celebrated composer and arranger.
Janski resides in the Ozark mountains of Arkansas with her wife, RJ and their dog, Theo.
Mojo Kemp is Canadian singer/songwriter and drummer originally from a small town in Ontario now residing outside of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Mojo is a former member of the pagan bands Parnassus and Chalice and Blade and for the last 13 years has been co-hosting The Wigglian Way, a pagan podcast with his wife and High Priestess, Sparrow.
Mojo has been a Wiccan for over 20 years and is working towards becoming a legal Minister in BC.
He is currently working on his first solo album, Human Zoo.
“Without our songs and stories, we are nothing.” S. J. Tucker has been the glad captain of her own independent music career since 2004, when she left the workaday world behind to travel the continent, singing songs and changing lives. Named a vanguard of the Mythpunk movement and even “the face of neo-tribal Paganism” by Witches & Pagans Magazine, Tucker is the voice of lore at the campfire and the sharp laughter of modern myth. With one hand anchored in her art and the other held out to you, she is songs and stories, community and wit.
With over fourteen full-length releases to her name and several more currently in the works, Tucker has received awards for both songwriting and performance, and has traveled the United States, Canada, and Europe with her music. S. J. (called “Sooj” by fans and friends) believes that there’s more than one way to be a rock star. If you’re chasing your dreams and living your life in a way that keeps you happy and healthy, Sooj believes you’ve got it made. You may often find her on tour with similarly hard-working artists and groups who believe in giving their fans all that they’ve got, such as Toronto’s Heather Dale Band, Seattle cellist Betsy Tinney (often with their shared project, Tricky Pixie), or Northwest Arkansas’ own Renée Janski.
A dynamic live performer known for her willingness to follow an evocative ballad with a tune about ninjas or pirates, Tucker is never in danger of taking herself too seriously. She lets it be plain on stage that she loves her job, but she also shows grace and calm, courting and cajoling her audience. Reviewers compare her voice to that of Joni Mitchell or Tori Amos, her guitar work to that of Emily Saliers. Apart from writing lyrics and music, S. J. loves fire dancing with poi and hula hoop and has given fire performances & workshops across the country. Additionally, she has worked as a professional audiobook narrator and an indie film score composer.
Spring of 2014 marked a big milestone on Sooj’s career timeline: ten solid and joyful years of touring and performing full time as an independent artist. In the years since, she has written over 150 new songs, released her jazz-and-blues influenced Stolen Season record, participated in The Green Album‘s efforts to help Rainforest Trust conserve over 10,000 acres and counting of irreplaceable rainforest habitat, and co-created Heather Dale’s Arthurian stage musical Queens of Avalon. Last year she launched a rousingly successful Patreon site, produced & narrated the audiobook of Daughter of the White River by Denise Parkinson, and successfully birthed her first flesh-and-blood child, a son. On her plate for the near future are such treasures as a long-awaited follow-up to her spiritually focused Blessings album, a return to full-time touring, monthly online concerts, and a record of songs all inspired by her adventures closer to home. Sooj hopes to keep successfully straddling the line between touring, presenting online shows, and producing new musical content as all the coming chapters unfold like vibrant leaves.
“Tucker is not only fantastic; she’s like a character out of a fantasy novel. She weaves myth and magic into her lyrics as easily as a strain of cello, a lick of something electric, the chuffing of a train engine…Tucker has a knack – no, a genius – for weaving old ways with new.”
–C. S. E. Cooney, blackgate.com
“S. J. Tucker sounds like no one else out there. I’m not sure if she is fairy, shape-shifter, otherworldly, or just a super intelligent, super perceptive young woman…Critics have compared her voice to Joni Mitchell and Tori Amos, her guitar style to Emily Saliers. I believe she is a complete original coming straight from Neverland where Magick is real.”
—Phil King, Audiofuzz.com