• Background instrumental harp music as you and your guests enjoy your meal.
    If I bring my PA then I can offer vocal music for this slot.
  • You choose the Music.
    I have an online database that you can use if you wish, or you can leave it me to create a varied playlist for you and your guests
  • Right up to the Speeches
    will keep playing until the venue starts to circulate the bubbly in readiness for the speeches. NB. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOU LET ME KNOW IF THE SPEECHES COME BEFORE THE BANQUET.
  • Obligatory Harp Selfie
    Before I go it would be lovely if you can come over and we can have a photo together, you two and my harp & I.

Thorn Lore

The Thorn stands at the gateway to Faery, and can be found by wells and springs also gateway places. The flowers are said to help prayers reach heaven. Also known as the May Tree for the time of year when it's white blossom appears, the young folk would go out a-Maying to gather blossomed branches to hang above the doors, although it was considered bad luck to bring blossoming branches inside the house: Hawthorn bloom and elder-flowers, will fill a house with evil powers. 

Thorn is associated with heart health, and is considered to clear negativity and stimulate love and forgiveness. As such it is used in spells for fertility, happiness, love, marriage and good luck. Thorn is a powerful symbol of the start of summer, masculine energy, young love and fertility, as well as the union of sun and moon, the male and female principles.

The Thorn is said to be under the protection of the Fae, and traditionally bad things happen to those who disturb the Faery Thorn. As recently as 1982, workers in a Northern Ireland car plant claimed that one of the reasons the business had problems was because a faery thorn had been disturbed during construction. The management had a similar bush brought in and planted with all due ceremony!

A hundred years I slept beneath a thorn
Until the tree was root and branches of my thought,
Until white petals blossomed in my crown.
Kathleen Raine


The Faery Tree

Gaelic: Huathe (pron. Hoo-ah) / Latin: Crataegus Oxyacantha

This is from the Druidic Tree Alphabet dating from 300CE known as, Ogham (pron. Oh-um), a simple system of lines carved into wood and stone.

Thorn Magic 

  • Protection Spell: Gather some thorns (Do ask the tree first) and on a piece of paper, write the name of the person or situation from which you seek protection. Wrap it around the thorns and bury in the ground near the donor tree.
  • Beauty Spell:  The fair maid who, the first of May / Goes to the fields at break of day / And washes in dew from the hawthorn tree / Will ever after handsome be.

Other Associations

              • Planetary body: Venus & Mars
              • Element: Fire
              • Seasonal Festival: Beltance (May Day)
              • Celtic Celebrity: Olwen, the White Goddess
              • Stone: Lapiz Lazuli
              • Fauna & Flora: Blackbird & Owl