Author Archives: Reynard

About Reynard

I’m the Pub Manager for the Green Man Pub which is located at the KInrowan Estate. I’m married to Ingrid, our Steward who’s also the Estate Buyer. If I’m off duty and in a mood for a drink, it’ll be a single malt, either Irish or Scottish, no water or ice, or possibly an Estate ale or cider.

I’m a concertina player, and unlike my wife who has a fine singing voice, I do not have anything of a singing voice anyone want to hear!

A Kinrowan Estate story: My Snuggery

Snuggery is informal British slang for a comfortable or cozy space. And that’s what my office is, behind the Green Man Pub. It’s actually a space specifically designed by me when I took the job as Pub Manager here at … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 19th of June: fey ethnography courtesy of Terri Windling, a song from Peter Beagle and other fascinating things.

“I am no king, and I am no lord. And I am no soldier at arms,” said he. “I am none but a harper, and a very poor harper That has come hither to wed with thee.” Peter S. Beagle’s … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: A Green Man

The Neverending Session was off elsewhere one quiet night in the Pub recently and Finch was tending the bar, so I stepped outside to play a few tunes to clear my head after several hours of doing the Pub accounts. … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 22nd of May: Billy Pigg, Border piping, Whiskey, A Children’s Literature Tour of Great Britain, Crow Girls, a trilogy from Jane Yolen, Northumbrian music surveyed, Moroccan Folktales, Kathryn Tickell plays for us and other interesting goodies…

“Well,’ the Goddess said, ‘your heart didn’t heal straight the last time it broke. So we’ll break it again and reset it so it heals straight this time.” —  Jane Yolen’s  The Books of Great Alta I see you found me … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 8th of May: Joni Mitchell sings of Coyote, Corridos from the Arizona-Sonora Borderlands, Tex-Mex Celtic music (!), live music from Calexico, R. Carlos Nakai, a bevy of novels set in the desert Southwest USA and other things for your consideration…

What draws a Green Man into the desert? Melodies, bones, and ghosts, I’d say. We go on these pilgrimages from time to time, searching for our heart’s home, and often it’s the border country of the American West that calls. … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Waltzing Matilda

Her full name was Matilda Anna Grace O’Reilly. Her friends called her Maddie, but many knew her simply as a fiddler named Waltzing Matilda. Her passion was waltzes, both playing existing ones and composing new ones. Her tale is like so … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: May Day

Or, more precisely, “May Day at the Estate,” which is just a few days away. So what’s planned for this very special day? Well, if past years are any clue, this is the way it goes: I lead off the … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 24h of April: Pogues perform ‘Streams of Whiskey’, medieval lives and medieval mysteries, a century of Welsh myth in children’s literature and buckdancer’s choice on other things…

Last night as I slept I dreamt I met with Behan I shook him by the hand and we passed the time of day When questioned on his views On the crux of life’s philosophies He had but these few … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Irish coffee

Let me tell the tale of Irish coffee while I fix you one. It is said the very first Irish coffee was invented by Joseph Sheridan, a barkeep at an airbase located in Foynes, a small town in the West … Continue reading

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A Travels Abroad story: Amsterdam Street Food (A Letter to Gus)

Dear Gus, We’re in Amsterdam now, as Ingrid’s seeking out those botanical bulletins that Tamsin and you wanted. (Be glad that the endowment fund for the Estate is a fat one, as these will be costly, says my dear wife.) … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 27th of March: Franco folk music, organic chocolate, a black sea otter puppet, ‘Tennessee Flat Top Box’ is performed by Rosanne Cash, a bevy of books and films on witchcraft and other goodies!

Under the earth I go, On the oak-leaf I stand, I ride on the filly that never was foaled, And I carry the dead in my hand. Scots Traditional, author unknown (maybe) We had a party here last week to … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Nessie

Surely you’ve heard the story of Nessie, the creature that lives in the Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands? Though there be scant proof that he or she or it, or whatever gender it is, actually exists, save very blurry photos and … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Eggnog

A Québécois band introduced eggnog to this Estate back in the Fifties by its French name lait de poule (literally, “hen’s milk”). Eggnog’s a deceptively easy drink to make and consequently a bit hard to get precisely right. They were … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 17th of January: railroad diner food, Josepha Sherman on her fav tune, a Horslips biography, Grateful Dawg music, music from the Old Blind dogs and much, much more!

There were two sisters
 came walkin’ down the stream Oh the wind and rain The one behind pushed the other one in Cryin’ oh the dreadful wind and rain ‘The Wind and The Rain’ by Red Clay Rambers There’s nothing … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Travelling (A Letter to Ingrid)

Dear beloved, I’m headed to meet you in Saint Petersburg this coming Monday as my flight leaves this Sunday evening. I’m looking forward very much to being back together with you, as it’s been too long that we’ve been separated, … Continue reading

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Folk and Trad Gone Electric

Crop handle carved in bone, sat high upon a throne of finest English leather. The queen of all the pack; this joker raised his hat and talked about the weather, All should be warned about this high born Hunting Girl; … Continue reading

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