Necromancy Radio – Wendy Rule – Interview #25 2019
This week on Necromancy Radio, I interview Australian witch and musician, Wendy Rule. Wendy is about to launch ‘Persephone’, the new double-album from this visionary songstress and is the culmination of over twelve years work, and although drawing on Wendy’s musical journey over the past 2 decades, is unlike anything that she has done before. This beautifully evocative retelling of the Ancient Greek myth of the Goddess Persephone’s descent into the Underworld is almost like an opera, designed to guide the listener through this ancient tale of the cycles of Nature. With subtle textures that reference her early life as a jazz singer in her home town of Melbourne, and the trademark dark, gothic soundscapes and souring vocals of her previous 7 major albums, ‘Persephone’ is an ambitious and unique 24 track journey through the realms of Life, Death, and human emotion.
But then again, Wendy has always carved a unique and individual path. Since the release of her first album Zero in 1996, she has defied categorisation, always walking to the beat of her own drum. Combining elements of gothic, folk, world, ambient and cabaret music, and crossing over into Pagan and New Age catagories with her many mythological, esoteric, and ritual references, Wendy is as individual as she is prolific. A dedicated live performer, Wendy has toured extensively since her first album’s release – starting in Australia, then branching out with her first international tour in 2001. Renowned for her extraordinary voice and live shows that blur the line between music, ritual and theatre, Wendy has gained a loyal following in Australia, the USA, Europe and the UK. From the most intimate solo house concerts, to festival gigs with her band (featuring long term musical collaborator Rachel Samuel on cello), Wendy takes her audience on an otherworldly journey of depth and passion. With the help of her loyal fanbase Wendy continues to maintain her musical independence, unbound by the confines of the mainstream. Two hugely successful crowdfunding campaigns have helped bring both Persephone, and her previous album Black Snake (2014) to life. In the past few years she has continued to grow her audience, not only with her dedicated touring schedule, but also with her performance as ‘La Llorano’ in the 2016 feature film Boys in the Trees by director Nicholas Verso (now screening on Netflix), and with her popular monthly Full Moon Magic live-streamed concerts. In 2014 Wendy relocated from Australia to the USA, and is now living in the beautiful High Desert city of Santa Fe, New Mexico – allowing her an even stronger connection to her ever growing US fanbase, and providing daily access to the wild Nature that inspires her unique and transformational work.
THE STORY OF PERSEPHONE AND DEMETER
Persephone is picking flowers in a meadow with her friends. Beloved daughter of Demeter, the Earth Mother and Goddess of the Harvest, she is simply known as Kore (maiden). Unbeknownst to either Goddess, Hades has fallen in love with Kore and has obtained the permission of Zeus, her father, to take her into the Underworld as his bride. When Kore picks a magnificent flower that Gaia (The Earth) has created to aid Hades in his plan, the Earth splits in two and Hades emerges in his golden chariot. Seen only by Helios (The Sun) he whisks her away and the Earth closes over them. When Demeter realises that her daughter is lost, her grief is all consuming. Long she wanders forlorn, the withering crops reflecting her sorrow and causing famine on Earth. With the aid of Hekate, ancient Lunar Goddess of Witchcraft who heard Kore’s cries, she finally reaches the town of Eleusis. Disguised in her grief, the inhabitants nurture this suffering woman. Revealing her identity, Demeter demands that a temple be made in her honour. When Helios tells Demeter what he witnessed – that her brothers Zeus and Hades conspired to ensnare Kore – Demeter’s grief is coupled with rage and she demands of Zeus her daughter’s release. With his people starving on the withered Earth, Zeus is forced to comply. He decrees that if Persephone has not eaten in the Underworld, she may be released. But meanwhile below ground a change has taken place. Kore has willingly eaten six pomegranate seeds offered to her by Hades, and has become Persephone, powerful Queen of the Underworld. On discovering this, Zeus decrees that she shall spend one month in the Underworld for each seed she has eaten: six for the darkness and six for the light.
Visit www.wendyrule.com for the official launch date to purchase Persephone on February 2, 2019 and check out the Australian tour dates for tickets. Don’t miss out!
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