King James and the Devil

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King James VI of Scotland and 1st of England, while most commonly known for the translation of the English bible commissioned during his reign was also rather obsessed with outbreaks of witchcraft in his homeland, possibly due to the fact that they were always cursing him and he regularly required great efforts to thwart them. After the publication of the broadsheet ''Newes From Scotland'' which described some of the nefarious practices, James wrote/commissioned his other great work ''Daemonologie'', which describes in dialogue the powers associated with witchcraft, and the ways to assess a potential victim of their inquisition.

''The fearefull aboundinge at this time in this countrie, of these detestable slaves of the Devil, the Witches or enchanters, hath moved me (beloved reader) to dispatch in post, this following treatise of mine to resolve the doubting both that such assaults of Satan are most certainly practised, and that the instrument thereof merits most severely to be punished.''

The chorus comes from an older story wherein St. Patrick encounters some of the Daoine Sìth and tries to drive them away with psalms and prayer. Their leader replies that his words have no power over them, as they are not of that order...


from Cungaidhean Leighis, released June 12, 2017



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Corvid Vancouver, British Columbia

An avid student of Celtic music and culture since birth, David James McCallum has hitch-hiked coast to coast and to the Yukon and back (twice). The son of a long line of gifted singers, poets, preachers and scholars, Corvid has honed his lyrical craft over two decades of travel and study. A proud father, and medicinal cannabis provider, Corvid currently resides in East Van. ... more

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