Saturday, February 16, 2013

KOTF 1: Interview with Lady Tamarra James. - We are now on YouTube as well

Still working out the bugs on Vimeo, and will be creating separate HD files from the SD ones I am creating for the local public access show. I will be uploading SD episodes onto YouTube. The whole process is a learning curve, so please bear with us.

In the meantime, episode 1 is now up in SD. Enjoy!

Rev, Alicia Lyon Folberth
Producer, President, Priestess, Head Cook and Bottlewasher

Episode 1 of the edited series Keepers of the Flame
Rev. Alicia Lyon Folberth interviews Lady Tamarra James of the Wiccan Church of Canada. Videos 'Light and Extension' by Legend (, the 'Wild Hunt' by Tamarra James, and video by Tara and Ray Buckland. PSA for the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY.

Keepers of the Flame TV Series
We are an educational and entertaining television talk show about Traditional Witchcraft, Paganism and Aboriginal Religions featuring lectures, interviews, music and entertainment from around the world. Friday Nights, 9:00pm Public Access Channel 10 in the Connecticut Valley. Began 2010 and now on the internet in 2013. For more information follow our blog at follow us on Vimeo

About Lady Tamarra James
Tamarra was initiated as a witch on her 16th birthday, way back when people did that. But her big learning curve happened after she moved with her new husband Richard from Vancouver to Los Angeles. That city in 1977 was a hotbed of competing approaches and personalities; and it was there that R&T formed their first coven. Their wandering took them to New York, where competition among traditions was just as intense, and they learned all they could. Finally in 1979 they moved back to Canada, to Toronto.

In 1979 they opened The Occult Shop on Queen St, with a temple space in the back, and on the night of their first ritual a brick smashed through the shop window. The resulting press attention helped the business succeed. Since then, many other Pagan retailers have come and gone, but The Occult Shop lives on.

Song of the Week:
The Wild Hunt by Tamarra James from Carpe Noctum
People who came to the shop demanded a Church, where they could worship openly like people of other religions, so they formed the Wiccan Church of Canada with R&T as their first priest & priestess. Since then, R&T have watched the Canadian pagan community grow, being involved in the first prison ministry, the first Pagan festival, the first Pagan conference, introducing Ontario Pagans to Americans and vice versa.

For 30 years, they have watched or been part of every aspect of the growth of the Ontario Pagan Community. Tamarra's women's group Sistrum is 26 years old. In the last few years, Richard has broadened the horizons to work for the Canadian National Pagan Conference.
Wiccan Church of Canada website:

“Haunting tales, ghostly singing and strange lights.” Is how one reviewer described Legend’s debut CD. Released in 1991 this album captured the essence of the songs, but due to technical issues did not really reflect the sound the band was aiming for. Nonetheless it did receive a lot of critical acclaim in the ‘Prog’ scene press at the time and ultimately led to a Licensing deal from Apollon Records in Japan and a Publishing deal through Watanabe Music. The aforementioned deals set Legend up to continue to perform and record and thus develop their sound into the style they desired. Light in Extension was released in Japan in 1992 and sales very rapidly topped 10,000 copies.  Light in Extension is currently unavailable, though it is hoped a re-mastered version will be released at some point in the not too distant future.

Our introduction song 'Take Me Down Where the Pagans Go' is by Adala:

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