Captivated by the realms of myth and dream, Pandemonaeon fuses Celtic, Scandinavian, and Middle Eastern folk traditions with driving rock, powerful vocals, and metal accents, imbuing their songs with rich archetypal imagery and creating soundscapes both modern and timeless. At times haunting and stark, at times driving and passionate, the result is deeply evocative.
Pandemonaeon’s archetypal themes and otherworldly sound have made them popular among neo-tribals, neo-Pagans, Tribal Fusion bellydancers and lovers of dark fantasy. Their album Dangerous Beauty was chosen as the number one Pagan music release of 2010 by Jason Pitzl-Waters (The Wild Hunt, Numinosis). Their music has also been featured in the cult horror film, “The Commune” (2009) and a Gothic Fusion bellydance DVD “Dark Imaginations” by Anaar (2009).
“Dangerous Beauty offers a dark and exciting vision…from the very outset Pandemonaeon draws the listener in with a captivating sound.” -Tony Cannella, Femme Metal Webzine
For the first time ever, Sharon and Winter flesh out their Neofolk Romantique duet with a full band, featuring Betsy Tinney on Cello, Alexander James Adams on Fiddle, and a mystery percussionist! (Even we don’t know who it is yet!)
Festival Favorites Sharon Knight and Winter are internationally touring musicians in the mythic-Celtic vein. Their penchant for combining fierce and gutsy bravado with ethereal beauty, a hearty dose of fantastical lyrics, and an obvious love of storytelling has inspired their own style, “Neofolk Romantique”. This often sound less Celtic and more “Folktales that ran away with the Faeries at the turn of the century and took cover in an old trunk bound for the circus, which was then commandeered by pirates.” This suits them fine.
They have shared stages with mythic music favorites such as Faun, Omnia, Corvus Corax, SJ Tucker, Tricky Pixie, Heather Dale, Wendy Rule, Stellamara, and many more.
Alexander James Adams, inheritor of the Heather Alexander legacy, brings us his fairytale folk songs, which have been well-loved on the Con and Renn Faire circuit for many years! A charming and dapper fellow, he shall whisk you off to the land of faery before you’ve even fastened your dancing shoes.
Bonus: Such is Alec’s charm, that Sharon features him as the “Fiddle of Dubious Intent” in her song Crimson Masquerade.
Betsy Tinney is a cello storyteller. Using her cello and an electronic looper, she weaves rich, complex and varied tapestries of sound; her original cello compositions paint pictures and tell tales, from thunderstorms and skeletal mice to dancing elephants and humpback whales.
As faerieland’s most sought-after cellist, she is a member of of Tricky Pixie, a longtime collaborator with SJ Tucker and Heather Dale, and will be joining Sharon and Winter for their first ever full band performance!
Gothic-tribal fusion dancers Sydney Miles (Belladonna Atropa) and Didi "Doreet" Gordon will host our dance day at Hexenfest! There will be several classes throughout the day, and a student performance in the evening. Get ready to move your body in ways that are both sensual and badass!
Sydney Miles Presents: "Sensuality in Dance", an accessible, basic technique class to add a little extra shimmy for beginners, where we'll be learning a simple, sensuously divine choreography that can be used at my second offering, Sacred Dance to Aphrodite.
"Sacred Dance to Aphrodite" is a Come-As-You-Are, Dance-As-You-Like group dance offered up to the Lady in Red.
Sydney Miles (Belladonna Atropa)
Photo credit: Ari Adair
Tranquil Sound Gardens
Tranquil Sound Gardens returns to Hexenfest with their Saturday morning sonic temple! Start your morning bathed in sound!
Wonderful for meditation, yoga, or play, this sound bath will wake you up gently and beautifully, giving you a musical tuneup to set a wonderful tone for the day.