Was delighted to see the latest issue of Fiddler’s Green land on the doorstep, with cover art by yours truly. Perfect summertime reading for “tea-drinking anarchists, convivial conjurors & closeted optimists”. Comes with a free flexi ancestor spell also! Thanks to Clint for asking me to contribute - happy to be part of the Peculiar Parish!
Thanks to my good friend & neighbour Mac who agreed to be the model for this piece - and also for introducing me to the existence of Lisnabreeny Rath ("Fort of The Fairy Palace") just up the road. This hill fort set on a vantage point overlooking Belfast city seemed the perfect spot to shoot some reference (whilst of course taking care not to offend the "good folk" who dwell there).
The fiddle player has a particularly strong connection to the Otherworld in Irish folklore, with noted fiddlers even in recent times attributing their musical prowess to interactions with non-human entities, or attendance at "fairy weddings". The Devil himself also takes the form of a fiddler in many folk tales worldwide.
*I also ended up flipping the reference and making the fiddler left handed in the final illustration - mainly as a design necessity but it seemed appropriate in the end as left-handedness was another trait often associated with witches, changelings and a general "otherness".