Here’s something different for your listening pleasure. Faun is a German group, self-described as “pagan folk”. They’re in the tradition of many other modern groups who interpret old folk music styles (and occasionally original songs and tunes, as well as their own compositions) in modern rhythms and settings. The group’s name is derived from the German Faunus, the name of the mythical ancient Roman horned god of the forest, plains and fields, analogous to the ancient Greek god Pan.
Here are three songs from Faun to whet your appetite. The first is “Hörst du die Trommeln” (“Do you hear the drums?”), the band’s entry in the German preliminary round of the 2015 Eurovision song contest. It wasn’t selected to represent Germany in the finals, but is still a rousing piece in its own right. I’ve chosen to leave the video in its full form, including the introduction and comments in German, to set the scene for those of you who speak the language. The lyrics, including an English translation, may be found here.
Next, here’s “Sonnenreigen” (“Sun Dance”), a song for the ancient festival of Lughnasad, which marked the beginning of the harvest season and was traditionally held on August 1st. Lyrics may be found here.
Finally, here’s “Federkleid” (“Feather Dress”), a song in praise of birds and the urge to fly like them. Lyrics may be found here.
I find their music relaxing and entertaining, and I hope you did too. You’ll find many of their songs at the group’s YouTube channel, and more information at their Web site. Much of their music is available on Amazon.com.