Epona Records is a record label founded in 2009 seeking to promote acoustic music both from contemporary singer songwriters and traditional music in Britain, Europe and elsewhere in the world as well as projects of historical and cultural archive interest. The label’s name is taken from the celtic horse goddess Epona and coupled with the white horse of Uffington forms the label’s logo.
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Epona was the celtic protector of horses, donkeys and mules and also goddess of fertility whose worship was widespread in the Roman Empire between the first and third centuries AD. The chalk figure of the white horse of Uffington is some 3000 years old and similar to horses depicted on Celtic coinage.
Our latest venture is the addition of Epona Publishing. The latest book published by Epona Publishing is Celestial Light. A History of Amazing Blondel.
Written by Michael Billington, the book traces the history of the band introduced to Chris Blackwell’s Island Record label back in 1969. Three LPs followed, Evensong, Fantasia Lindum and England before songwriter John Gladwin jumped ship to leave Terry Wincott and Eddie Baird to re-evaluate their music and carry on as a duo. One more LP on Island followed and four on DJM before they called it a day. The book was published in December 2022 and is available from the shop.
Epona has now re-released on CD the three vinyl LPs released in 1967, 1973 and 1977 by Rochdale born singer songwriter, Tom Yates. Furthermore, an album of twelve unpublished songs by Tom Yates titled Love is Losing Ground was released in November 2012. These songs were recorded between 1983 and 1989 in Antwerp and have been digitally restored and mastered by John Constantine from tapes that were in poor condition. John has done a remarkable job and we hope that the quality, although not perfect by today’s high tech standards, is well worth a listen.
Tom’s second LP Love Comes Well Armed was released under license from HHO in March 2013 and is available from the shop. Tom’s final group of songs has been released and cover the songs written after his move to Antwerp where he became a confirmed Christian. the album is called A Walk in Other Shoes and completes the music legacy Tom has left us. Release date 1st November 2020.
Also released in Summer 2014 was Rebec’s first album Ayres That Meads and Pastures Fill. Mike Billington’s first solo album Sol Invictus was released in March 2013. Mike enlisted session musicians including Maartin Allcock, Bram Taylor, Fiona Simpson, Mickey Van Gelder, Rebecca Millington, Nicola Smalley, Ruth Spargo and Phil Davenport with backing vocals provided by Shelley Rainey and Karen Dyson of The Bailey Sisters.
Also due for release in 2019, wen we celebrate our ten years birthday, will be a solo album by Liz Dyer and the re-release of Keith Hancock’s second album “Madhouse”.
Also available from the shop is our new range of T-Shirts. See the shop where the Epona Girls, Chloe, Lauren, Caren, Jade, Simmone and Clare, can be seen modelling our eye catching range. Sizes available are S,M,L,XL and 2XL in the colours modelled. 3XL is available only in white. Please allow two weeks for delivery.