Snatching the sound of Manannán's song on the bite of a northwesterly wind
Jan. 1, 2021

Greet the New Year

For most people, 2020 has been a stressful year of frustration, disappointment, fear and anxiety. It is not surprising that we look forward to welcoming in 2021. Join me on Narrowboat 506812 as we reflect on the significance of new beginnings (no matter how arbitrary), and the importance of having opportunities to re-evaluate and reset our lives.  

Journal entry:

“New Year’s Eve, 31st December Thursday.

Another frosty and icy start. This morning, in the dark as I got off the boat, I heard the ice sing. 

The dawn is softened and blurred by fog. Smudged and half-formed, it feels as if I am walking through a drawing that someone has tried to rub out with an eraser. 

The cronking call of two distant ravens snuggle into the muffled sky.” 

Episode Information

May your coming year be filled with summer light and puddles to jump. The warm hum of bees and the sting of frost. Of courage and companionship. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

General Details

In the intro and the outro, Saint-Saen's The Swan is performed by Karr and Bernstein (1961) and available on CC at

Two-stroke narrowboat engine recorded by 'James2nd' on the River weaver, Cheshire. Uploaded to on 23rd June 2018. Creative Commons Licence. 

Piano interludes composed and performed by Helen Ingram.

All other audio recorded on site. 

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