Songs of Witchcraft and Magic
Songs & Ballads compiled by the Museum of Witchcraft
This collection of songs reflects the significant part that magic has played in our culture. They connect with myths and folktales that take us back to the distant past; but they also represent a living and evolving tradition. The magic of these songs still exerts power over us today. They are a striking demonstration of the breadth and variety of magic – from the brutal revenge of The Brown Girl through the bizarre transformations of The Two Magicians, to the haunting mysticism of The Bells of Paradise. The world of these songs is not just of humans but of animals – seals, serpents, hares, horses and even mackerel. A world of anger, cruelty, love, fear and courage. A world of brilliant colours – scarlet, green, purple. Of silver wands, velvet mantles and tinkling bells. A world of moonlight, blood and the roaring of the sea.