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Andy Letcher
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Folk, paganism, psychedelics, animism and all manner of wyrdlore.
Folk, paganism, psychedelics, animism and all manner of wyrdlore.

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The English Magic Tarot
The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that my name, and my face, are attached to a new tarot deck, the English Magic Tarot . The Fool from the English Magic Tarot by Rex Van Ryn, Steve Dooley and Andy Letcher The story of my involvement goes like this....

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Bagpipes and borders
Some people hate the bagpipes. Fair enough. But when they tell me this I remind them that in all probability it's the Great Highland Bagpipe they don't like. For all its skirling power to move people to tears or to battle, the GHB is inarguably loud and com...

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Bagpipes and borders
Some people hate the bagpipes. Fair enough. But when they tell me this I remind them that in all probability it's the Great Highland Bagpipe they don't like. For all its skirling power to move people to tears or to battle, the GHB is inarguably loud and com...

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The Way of the Morris
More neatly than marmite, bagpipes or the EU referendum, the question of Morris dancing divides the nation. For many it is, as folk musician Chris Wood puts it, the thing you cross the road to avoid. I've always been rather fond of it. I like the formal Cot...

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Shroom: ten years on
I find it hard to believe but it's exactly ten years since my book Shroom: A Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom was published. Though the occasional sentence makes me wince, and I blush at the florid dedication to my soon to be ex-partner, I remain imme...

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The Green Scythe Fair
Rumours that the Green Scythe Fair has lost its edge have been greatly exaggerated. You'll be hard pressed to find a more bucolic and delightful English Country Fair.  Competitor at the Green Scythe Fair, Muchelney, Somerset 2016 Held near Muchelney on the ...

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Towards a sustainable music
Over the Christmas period I made one of the hardest decisions I've had to face and I chose to leave both my treasured bands, Wod and Telling the Bees. The tensions and contradictions between raising a family in Devon and playing in bands in Oxford forced me...

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Spiegel Online
This very blog got cited in the German magazine Spiegel Online . It seems I am now an expert on fly agarics and reindeer piss, so perhaps my time has come.

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On the Liberty Cap - your help needed!
I'm just embarking on a new piece of research about the Liberty Cap, Psilocybe semilanceata . I hope it will be published next year. However, I need your help. If the Liberty Cap is or has been a part of your life, I'd love to hear from you, wherever you ar...

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Voice of the People
Yesterday, I was lucky enough to be invited up to Broadcasting House, in London, to take part in a forthcoming documentary on Radio 3, about folk-song collecting, past and present. I was there to talk about how the early collectors, like Cecil Sharp, were l...
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