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.
Recent Blog Posts
Day 1: Roncesvalles-stellar day, so rocked the Walk On! Playing for Mass 2nite@ Cathedral #mamagonnabesore2mor
Day 2: Zubri-after playing 4 Mass in 13th c. Church & private tour, playing in Crypt last night, early start, mostly downhill.Like walking down a table of marbles
Day 2: Feet sore, shoulders wondering who we are, culture of Spain sinking in. Don’t be surprised if I join a band of gypsies #rememberthesecretpocket
Day 3: Pamplona-Cafe Iruña.Early morn path berry lined,river,hot, Happy! Body sore, Medieval bridge entering town square, beer&people watch #perfect day
Day 4: Puente La Reina-a true world experience. Drew strength from African head basket carrying women-posture/alignment along path critical #walkingqueenly
Day 5: Estella-painful reminder of the marathon called The Way. Field of snails in hot sun – surreal. Walking on 2000yr old Roman road #whoseideawasthis #Ow
Day 5: After a day of low batteries…who knew it was so hard to find fresh ones in Spain? We are back on the air. Buen Camino #fuentedelvino #yum
Day 6: Los Arcos-fate chosen option, relief from blistering sun. Gift from the guide spirits in the form of Ibuprophen. Oasis in the middle of nowhere #650mg
Day 7: Logroños-longest day yet. 28k over 9 hours walking. End of day shower/vinoycerveza well deserved. Much thanxs to Oasis teas for a Pilgrim’s Welcome
Day 8: Logroños – much needed rest day. Enjoying our city stay, catching up on laundry, resting aching feet & figuring out this Tapas/Pinchos thing #ahhhh
Day 9: oops, no spell check for Spanish cities. Leaving LOGROÑO today for an epic 31k day. All blessings accepted, Check in when done
Day 9: Nàjera-Finally here. Feet well tenderized, back w friends met along The Way. Early morning mist, lunch under shade of tree in Autumn, vines #<3Dawgz
Day 10: Santa Domingo de LaCalzada – cold of Fall has hit this CDN 9.8C. Hay bail lunch amidst Farmer’s harvest. grapes give way 2 root veg Mnt
Day 11: Belorado-Hell’s gates opened 6:30 am, fresh walnut-lined walk Way, sun-soaked, Cervezas, Cuatro Cantones fed/housed us like Royalty! #mamaneedsherpinchos
Day 12: Agés-Rainy Spanish day w a drummer. Meditate, Contemplate, Polyrhythmic Kegels!
28k, 8.5 hrs end:sun filled foot pain #colourful mushrooms
Day 13: Burgos – Winter in Spain 8.7C, rain is So on the Plain. Red roads of mud, pig fertilizer, back street graffiti. Shout out 2 Hotel Norte y Londron & laundry peeps
Day 14: Burgos (rest day) A nite w ghostly guests led 2 a day of pious past. Spires, arches, tombs, sepulchre Missa Proper, Santa Maria Cathedral #hamberguesa
Day 15: Hontanas-32k longest yet. 6.7C@start. .30 € parque baño Oasis, Noon bells welcoming Perigrinos, new insoles. Camino blessing, minimal rain, bellisima skies
Day 16: Frómista-34k/10.5 hrs, yet another milestone set. Walking meditation saved all, Castrojeriz not to be missed. Rewarded w a glorious sunset along canals.
Day 17: Carrión de Los Condes-Virgen del rio playing in the Sun-Heaven! #unrelentingwind # therearenoeasydays #WaspsLoveCello
Day 17: I was invited by the lovely Nuns @ Albergue Espirutu Santo to play a wonderful Perigrino service/prayer/meditation.A teary coming togetherXO #2thecore
Day 18: Ledigos-Knights have fallen, every1 is Human… Lesson of the Camino. So, give in and Listen: slow down, cover up, lean in2 wind, rain, & pain!
Day 19: León-Practice in letting go Ego-cumulative body challenges, unforgiving timeline, hopped train in Sahagùn 17/30+k day #massagemañana #bathtub
Day 20: León (rest) – much needed bath & sleep in… ahhh!
Laundry, pharmacy, foreign Supermercado, Facebook, massage 2mor, dinner w pilgrims&cello #gr8ful
Day 21: León (rest day 2) After seeing the magical Wizard of León (David) for a massage to mend bodies, day gave way to deep Slumber #<3Way
Day 22: Villar de Mazarife-22k Left bustle of big city for glorious countryside. Floating islands of clouds, lunch w Camino friend Martha, Blessings by Padre
Day 23: Astorga-32k/12.5 hrs – longest day yet. Heavy rains, mud, Pinchos, beer w chaser decides fate. Met by practicing drummers to lighten load
Day 24: Rabanal del Camino – El Camina’s lesson for the day: make no plans & embrace what comes… #thankyouforyourhair#therearenowords
Day 25: Ponferrada-Beautiful sunrise leads to highest altitude of Camino: Cruz de Ferro-laying down rocks in wild snow storm #savedinmanyWays
Day 26: VillaFranca del Bierzo-Gorgeous autumn coloured day.
Spotty rain, muddy vineyard trails, La Bodega del Niño Somelier #Klugscheisser
Day 27: O Cebreiro-Wow! We did it! The only Pilgrims to take Camino Duro. 30k/10.5 hrs; 325m⬆️325m⬇️700m⬆️,Phew! #Proud/Happy/Strong
Day 28: Triacastela-Galicia! Left in dark gusty morning cloud to sunrise shine on snow-capped Mnts. Mucho manure, Perros, & long descent #ahh
Day 29: Sarria – Deep in discussion, walked past easier option. 7k more, to 8th C Benedictine Monastery in Samos #Persimmon
Day 30: Portomarin-Bath awaking Alfonso IX. Reunite w friends under sunny skies. 4 days 2 go & everyone knows. Past 100k marker, now 88! #busy
Day 31: Palas de Rei- short-sleeves & shorts, 1st x in over 3 wks. 6:30 am rise to newbie Pilgrims finding their Way #toomuchstuff #blowdryer? #bagrustlers
Day 32: Arzúa-30kon busy path, lined w new and vet Pilgrims – surprise sun turns to rain@sweet fruit stand. Hotel Suiza, gr8…4 a few hrs #darkexit
Day 33: Santiago de Compostela – We did It! No Words, no easy days, El Camino has our total Respect. Thank you everything & everyone <3 Morag & Jeff
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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