Morag Northey is a cellist, singer, songwriter, composer, teacher, pianist and poet, based in Calgary, Alberta
“From River Jordan to the Prairies – thank you for the journey, Morag.”
“Morag’s quintessential talents and graceful presence are tonic for the soul. Her angelic sound enriches one’s spirit, filling it with tranquility, gratitude and a sense of surrender.” – Tracey
“It has been a while since I was so completely lost in sound, Watching and listening to the complementarity of Morag’s voice and strings, there was nothing else but just pure beautiful sound. For an hour everything else simply just left. There was only wondrous sound.” – Erik Howell
Over the past three years, Morag Northey has shared her voice and cello with thousands of people from Calgary to Vancouver and the heart of the Cariboo. What began as a personal calling, has propelled Morag, with cello on her back, to walk the Camino de Santiago trail ~ a historically symbolic spiritual pilgrimage, where she will spread her encouraging, loving message: “Walk On!” one step and then the next, when faced with life’s inevitable difficulties. She encourages us to reach out, come together, and move forwards right beyond what yesterday seemed impossible ~ through our living example, we inspire others to do the same! Check out her blog posts as she walks the trail!
Throughout this past year Morag, and The Ranche at Fish Creek Restoration Society, has hosted a series of Full-Moon walks in Calgary’s Fish Creek Park. Come rain, shine, or most recently a Summer snow storm, she has lead groups of brave followers on Walks, all the while sharing each month’s Full Moon themes, positively motivating ideas, her Cello, Voice and Song.
December 6 @ 10:00 pm - 11:55 pm
Recent Blog Posts
Day 7 – Los Arcos
The Hospitalero´s of the Albergues volunteer their time, and are generous, helpful, and insightful people. They see many tired souls cross their doorsteps, searching for answers, greater meaning & understanding of life – pilgrims can be emotionally sensitive and raw.
This evening the Hospitalero asked me to please play for him. About 15 of us gathered around the balcony and I sang and played as honestly as I could. He took my face in his hands and wet my cheek with his tear…
Here we met Danny – a Spanish production manager who has walked many Caminos, and suggested our next day must-stop…
Day 8: Los Arcos to Logrono:
In Torres de Rio, there is a 12th Century, octagonal, Templar Sepulchro… very small, historically and acoustically special. We were forewarned that a protective Spanish Grandmother would be suspiciously presiding over it´s well-being and sure enough, when we arrived she was at the door. We chose to have a café con leché and Danny appeared! (he had spend time with Grandma in the past, and she liked him).
I was invited to play, and dove into an open, willing, listening… my desire to find the right voice, melody, and harmony for that particular moment and place – to believe in the voices that whisper.
At close, Grandma´s face was transformed and beaming! I was gifted a kiss on the lips by that big,solid, slightly intimidating Woman, and Danny was beside himself having watched the whole thing.
Thank you Oasis Tea Room, for the wonderful Pilgrim´s Welcome! A lovely American couple opened this space for meditation, tea and cookies – a stop unique to the culture, and a restful, positive, environment. The owner saw my cello as I enjoyed a beer across the street, walked over and said “I´ll give you tea and cookies if you play your cello in my store!” Of course I did, and received great stories, Logronos Pinchos/Tapas guidance, and we left with a dinner donation in hand.
Tired, needing basics and a day off from the grind: laundry, writing, practice, sleep, pharmacy, groceries, and batteries (the standard list)
I rest this entry, as we rested a day in Logronos.
Despite inconvenience, and tremendously thankful to my Angel Jeff, carrying extra weight, I am grateful to have my cello here, and for all
the lessons and gifts it provides us.
A quick note – we are tweeting at the end of each day @MoragCello. We do this through Jeff´s inReach satélite GPS which broadcasts\plots our progress across this beautiful land.
Highlights Day 6: Estrella – Los Arcos
While getting into Estrella had been a ´by sheer will´ experience, leaving the city we were blessed with Motrin, Tylenol, gentle countryside and a quick arrival at ¨Fuente de Vino¨(a location I would have happily remained). Here the Monastero Irache welcomes all Pilgrims with a fountain of the region´s delicious red wine – salve for tired travels. Yum!
Perhaps the wine, perhaps Mother Camino´s guidance, this day brought Jeff and I to a choice: path to the right; shorter but straight up then down, gorgeous scenic viewpoints… path to the left longer, pretty, but flat, following over from, but along the highway. Despite my two sore knees, I chose to give Jeff the mountainous experience… 30 minutes down the path he noted how right it was that I took the longer path… No!!! having viewed the map, having consciously made the choice, she turned me the wrong way – though, the right way for self-care, endurance and longterm success.
Noteworthy: the Bocatera Bar in the middle of nowhere, incredibly hot, desert, sun, end of day and BEER!
Day 7: Los Arcos – Logrono
Inglesia de Santa Maria XII: With the exception of the Grand Cathedral in Burgos, the detailed work in this church took my breath away. I have been invited, and hope to return and play again, in this 12th-century wonder.
We set-up at the municipal albergue and I went to the river to warm-up…
(an aside… it´s fascinating to walk this path without music yet find when the mind, body, & spirit, align with the rhythm of nature, walking, and let go of all … music I thought I´d lost, is remembered and sings to me. It has remained in there, clouded by the busy mind)
The Mass was set for 8:00 pm, and our group of pilgrims would not miss it. As we entered the church, town folk exited, sharing something we didn´t understand. I took out my cello, and played and sang to the spirit of that richly ornate temple. Acoustics floated sound through the highest places – the pilgrims closed their eyes, it was a Sacred time.
The Priest came out, listened, left, his lady helpers moved about, and 30 minutes later the lights were turned off… Jeff and I readied ourselves for the Grand Mass entrance! I ended my playing, notes ascending off the fingerboard, and…
The Priest thanked me and went home – Mass had been moved to 7:30 on Mondays!
Walk the vibrant journey of Life with a little Cello and Voice to spur you on!
Walk On ~ Move On
~ Breathe ~
~ Simple ~
Be accompanied by Morag Northey’s Cello & Voice
~ By Donation ~
All donations will help me purchase a Lewis and Clark Graphite Cello, a Coda Graphite Bow, and a lightweight cello case, capable of withstanding varied weather conditions of on foot daily travel. This instrument will enable me to walk the El Norte, Camino de Santiago Trail in Spain, scheduled for October 2014!
Thank you very much for your donations, every penny makes a difference.
I wish all Walk On Concerts/Events to be by donation only as they are for Everyone, Anywhere, Anytime!
Hope ~ Just taking one foot, and then the next!
Full Moon Walks take place at Calgary’s Fish Creek Park 10:00 p.m.
Park at the Ranch Restaurant Parking area, Fish Creek Park, Bow Bottom Trail SE, Calgary. Please see map: http://goo.gl/maps/nLPji
February 14 – Snow Moon
March 16 – Worm Moon
April 15 – Pink Moon (Eclipse)
May 14 – Flower Moon
June 12 – Strawberry Moon
July 12 Buck Moon
August 10 – Sturgeon Moon, Super Full Moon!
September 8 – Harvest Moon
October 8 – Hunter’s Moon
November 6 – Beaver Moon
December 6 – Cold Moon
Please pre-register through Eventbrite &/or email@example.com.
Things to Consider:
- Dress according to the weather and for your comfort.
- The trails can be slippery in the cold so I recommend shoe grips which help minimize slippery conditions. You can find these at MEC and Canadian Tire.
- Water bottle
- Small foldable chair in case you choose to rest.
- Hiking Poles.
- All walks are manageable, and all levels are welcome. In case of very cold weather we can still walk a brisk, picturesque 10 minutes out, have a quick play, howl, and back to share a warm drink together and say, We did it!
Evenings close at 11:30 pm. as we must be out of the park before midnight.
Bouquets of thanks to: The Ranche at Fish Creek Restoration Society, for participating and sharing in these evenings. Thanks also to The Ranche Restaurant, for graciously providing hot chocolate or apple cider following each Full Moon excursion. Let us plan for you!
There’s a Place
“There are places of non-division
where Peace floats on wind and song,
There are places where there is only Love
No battles, divorce, no angry voices,
Where there is Prayer and there is Silence ~
Where Long Slow Moments rest in stillness ~
Let’s spread our wings and we fly!
We’re Movin There!”
New New Day Day!
Oh it’s a New Day
and I’m seeing the world, on the backside of a Fog
Sun is shining, and it’s clearing away
the heavy ol’ clouds of yesterday
Come on and dance now, let’s shimmer and shake
big smiles across our face
come on and dance now ~ Let’s laugh and play
Celebrate the gift of this New New Day!
Oh it’s a New New Day Day,
New New Day Day,
New New Day Day, New!
When life gets you down
when you feel you can’t go on
be gentle ~
right foot then left
right after left
Mother Earth will engage you
the wind breathes with your breath
the river reminds you
these times too shall pass
Sky sings of vastness and mouse sings of small
mountains ground you as trees protect all
stars shine their brilliance ~ your spirit resurrects
one step after step after step after step
miraculous nature egoless and pure
be simple, exist ~ you can endure
walk on, breathe, move on
right foot then left
right and then left
walk to return back home to yourself
For strength, love, hope, and fresh will
come together, in unison ~ in natural communion
walk on, walk on