“Martin Shaw’s work is so very beautiful. A new animal. His love of images is deep and contagious. In the passion of his search he makes up new worlds that seem as though we’ve always known them. His language is tasty and surprising. This elegant combination of very fresh, free verse storytelling, and a deep untangling of myth feels so alive. What will it do next?” —Coleman Barks
“Martin Shaw is a teacher of profound cultural knowledge, and is a master artist at transmitting it. Those transmissions are subtle and profound. We desperately need his work.” —Tony Hoagland
Created after our scheduled spring in-person event was cancelled due to the pandemic, Whetstone and Shaw got together remotely to record this special myth and music event for LCE.
Dr. Martin Shaw is a mythologist, storyteller, and wilderness rites-of-passage guide based in Devonshire, England. Shaw gave up a lucrative music contract to pursue the study of myth while living for four years in a tent in the wilderness of Wales. An international teacher, he tours the United States and Canada annually and is visiting lecturer on Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s Leadership program at Oxford University and leads the Oral Tradition and Mythology program at Stanford University in Northern California. He is the author of many books including Courting the Wild Twin, Cinderbiter: Celtic Poems, and the award winning A Branch From The Lightning Tree: Ecstatic Myth and the Grace in Wildness.
David Whetstone is one of the most active sitarists in the United States, and a disciple of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan. He has collaborated and toured extensively with poets Robert Bly and Coleman Barks since 1974. David lives in Minneapolis, MN.