Phiona is a Seanachaidh ( pronounced Shan-ah-kee), A Whisperer and reciter of ancient lore and the clans histories. Her family clan hails from the Celtic lands of Scotland and Ireland. Phiona’s bardic story telling comes from the ancient Isles of Mona and Avalon and of the ancient ways.
The Seanachaidh are hereditary bards where the gift of storytelling through poetry , song or words was passed down through the generations. The gift of the Seanachaidh cannot be learned and is only found within the family clan.
They would hold the histories and legends of the clans throughout the descending generations. Holding the clans inner most knowledge and wisdom and reciting it for those who were of the listening ear. They would educate the children of the clans histories and making sure that the myths were kept alive. Nothing was committed to the pen. Only ever spoken the Seanachaidh would speak the histories .The Seanachaidh were held in high respect as the advisors to the clan elders and would often hold the Lores of the clan and rousing the warriors before fight.
The Seanachaidh hails from the Irish Celts and the bardic tales and ways were brought over in 500AD with the invasion of the Irish. Settling their clans with the Picts of the Scotts and also in Wales. It was the heart of the Celtic ways and kept the culture alive even when it became stripped bare. The Seanachaidh fled to the forests and became the wild ones of the woods. Taking the histories underground and keeping them safe.
The People of the old ways would come together in the celtic lands at the Cèilidh (pronounced Kaylee) The gathering of the people. Old and young alike would gather around the fire. The air filled with music and chant. Dance and enchantment within the air. The Seanachaidh would recite the tales of their people, tales of Magic and enchantment. Tales of battles of conquers and loses and document those events within memory. Tales of love and death. They brought the clan together weaving them throughout time and generations. The brought the myths and fairy tales of the clans histories into being weaving words through the reality of time and bringing them into reality and being. They held the knowledge of the ancient beasts and mythical beings that walk and dwell alongside our reality. These were handed down through the generations of the Seanachaidh. The next holder of the oral story telling tradition carefully being given all the knowledge of the clan to carry into the future generations.
They spoke in a forgotten language, that us of the modern world have long forgotten, yet modern day Seanachaidh’s still are able to hear and to speak in allowing the words of the ancient to fall upon the ears of those who seek them. Phiona has been told that she speak in the forgotten form of fairytale. A way of speaking from another time and place, that would weave the words into reality and bring the truths home with a familiar way of speak that allows you to feel safe to listen and understand .
Today Phiona continues this tradition bringing the whispers and truths of the ancients , the elders and of the Lady herself.