September 21 is the autumnal (or fall) equinox, the day when the sun crosses the celestial equator and the earth has the same amount of daylight as darkness. For the ancient Irish this day was sacred, celebrated with thesymbolof the cornucopia as all the harvest is collected and the stocks for winter– it is hoped – will be plentiful.
Over 5,000 years ago, before the Pyramids in Giza in Eygpt, the ancient Irish had built structures, such as Carnbane West, Carnbane East, and Patrickstown, Loughcrew, all of which have been found to align with the rising sun of the spring and autumn equinoxes.
BassPipes brings you a ceremony that honours the autumnal equinox, full of spoken word; drones; pipes; whistles; and other soundscapes of ancient instruments. This musical experience is 90 minutes long and includes produced recordings of Canadian artists.