From the Neolithic
to the Postmodern: The Ancient Matriarch
RIME OF THE ANCIENT MATRIARCH features Mark Graham's High and Lonesome, the story of a DJ who finds that life after death is not what he expected. Online Romance and Lily of the Net address the loneliness of the long-distance computer nerd, while Victim of Them expresses a frequently-whimpered whine. Humboldt Wassail celebrates one of Northern California's best-loved agricultural products; the Wailing Wall Wail is a prayer sent to God at his fax machine in Jerusalem. And three of the Entities whom Holly channels (Archdruid Seamus O'Blivious, Nahuatl sorcerer Don Nojué José, and Herr Professor Angst Weltschmerz) wail on the Song of the Suburban Shaman.
- Rabbi Margaret Holub
"A blowtorch aimed at every sacred cow in the spiritual strip mall"
"Holly Tannen sings in purest Judy Collins style, often to centuries-old melodies, and then all of a sudden you notice she's singing about the Internet, or Beavis and Butthead, or Northern California marijuana growers... Tannen sings these songs as if the ancient ballads were always about things like that and, in a sense, they were."
From the depths of the primeval Mendocino pygmy forest, Holly
Tannen channels Entities from the Half-Astral Plane. Her previous albums
include Invocation and Between the Worlds.
RIME OF THE ANCIENT MATRIARCH