My old friend, Sandy Nys from Belgian Ritual/Industrial music band, Hybryds visited me over the August Bank holiday and we took a road trip that we’ve been planning for ages.
Our “magical journey” took us down to the West Country to visit Silbury Hill, West Kennet Long Barrow, Swallowhead Spring, Avebury and finally Glastonbury with visits to the Abbey, Chalice Well and the Tor.
I love these ancient sites and have many childhood memories of passing Silbury Hill as we visited my grandparents in North Bradley, Wiltshire. Amazing as these sites are, my parents never once stopped the car to explore the walks and atmospheres of these places. So, being able to explore them as an adult is very fulfilling.
With the Gene Pool radio show in mind, I took my recording gear with me and captured material for an episode of the show while we were on the road, including a interview with these people who we met in the West Kennet Long Barrow. Seeing my recording equipment, they asked “have you heard the voices?” and told us a tale of frequently heard murmurs from inside the burial mound.
We had a great trip and the “searching for magic” theme unfolded as we talked and journeyed. After weathering a truly heavy rainstorm we made it to Stonehenge, whereupon a double rainbow appeared across Salisbury Plain and stayed for most of our time there.
The Gene Pool show made from the trip airs on SoundArt Radio 102.5FM next Weds 14th Sept as the first show of the new Autumn season and will then appear on the podcast feed and the Gene Pool iTunes Channel.
Sandy has published some of his photos from the trip on his Facebook page (apologies in advance to any FB refusniks)