The Enchanted Chalice Renaissance Faire, celebrating its 5th year anniversary, is a community event held at the grounds of the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. This year our Friday night entertainment includes: Alchemy Improv, Tim Tv and the Secret Cirkus, Carolina Ceili and Tuatha Dea. On Saturday, we’ll have all the above plus Jennifer Goree, Discordia Arts, exhibitions, demonstrations, games, turkey legs, meat on sticks, drinks and plenty of magical fun!
Our headliner, Tuatha Dea is A Celtic, Tribal, Gypsy rock band/ tribe/ clan from the misty Appalachian mountains of East Tennessee! They are a father, wife, daughter, son, daughter in law, sister and brother family bound by blood, the power of rhythm and the universal language…Music! Drawing from their deep-rooted Celtic and Native American heritage they began integrating a myriad of vocal styles with traditional and unconventional instrumentation and 3 generations of variant influences from Blues to Rock to traditional Celtic and World vibes into eclectic blends that defy genre….but is always Tribal!
Their name is taken from Celtic mythology and the legend of the magical race of the Tuatha de Danaan who invaded and inhabited ancient Ireland and gave birth to the still vibrant myths of the Fae and the “Wee Folk”!
During their travels, they met Author Alex Bledsoe who introduced them to his recent trilogy of Tufa novels and subsequently discovered an incredible correlation and relationship to this wonderful world he has created! Without giving away too much “The Tufa” (The name a derivative of “Tuatha”) are a musical magical clan of folks living within the Mountains of East Tennessee ….could it be they are descendant from Celtic Myth? This chance meeting inspired Tuatha to create an album based on his amazing trilogy – One song for each novel, “The Hum and the Shiver”, “Wisp of a Thing” and the “Long Black Curl”.
Along with Tuatha Dea, we will have author Alex Bledsoe at our Faire. He plans to do readings from his Tufa novels and promote the next book in what is now a series! Chapel of Ease, the 4th book is complete and will be released in September 2016. Also, he’s currently working on the 5th book, yet untitled. We hope he’ll drop some tidbits about these 2 books while at the Faire.
While Tuatha Dea was inspired by Alex Bledsoe, Alex was first inspired by Jennifer Goree. Jennifer is a singer-songwriter from Six Mile, SC whose songs became the titles of the Tufa Novels. Alex names her “The Voice of the Tufa” in his blog and our event will be the first time they have ever met in person.
For the first time ever, we’ll have the music that inspired the Tufa, and the music inspired by the Tufa, at the same place as the author who writes about the Tufa. As a celebration of all things Faery, our theme this year is the Appalachian Fae. The Wee Folk will be out riding the night wind at this year’s Enchanted Chalice Renaissance Faire!