76 – Taking a Stroll with Faerie Poets

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by Catrin Welz-Stein.

In this very special episode of Encounters with the Good People, we immerse ourselves in some magnificent Faerie poetry.

Over the ages, the glorious words of certain poets have expressed our own sense of wonder and fear of the Good People.

Often times, poems show us Faeries as shining, clever, lithe and absolutely free: living unhindered by the drudgery of our ordinary Human lives.

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by Jean Baptiste Monge.

Poems which sweep us away, make us wish to join ‘Them’.  Poems which not only show us the path which leads to the land of Faerie, but beckon us to walk it.

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by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite.

But not all poets shine a light on this path…

Some warn us that fear of Good People is not only justified, but wise.

They advise that there are some Faerie which most certainly mean us harm and who are not only able, but eager, to take our lives.

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by Adam Oehlers.

 

These poems simmer and rumble with the ever-present risk of encountering a Faerie.

So, fill your boots and join me as we stroll around the glorious words of WB Yeats, Alice Guerin Crist, John Keats, Lord Dunsany, William Allingham, Dora Sigerson, Rose Fyleman and many more.

Featuring very special guest, Storyteller Steve Lally.

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If you enjoy Encounters with the Good People and are able to give me a hand in continuing this work, please consider buying me a ‘coffee’ (I prefer tea actually…).

This is a really quick, simple and safe way for you to donate and support my work.

Simply click on the ‘Buy me a coffee’ icon on my website and you will be helping to create and produce ‘Encounters with the Good People’ Podcast and YouTube videos.

All support is greatly appreciated. Cheers, Kitty.

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Fancy more Encounters with the Good People?

Did you know you can experience ‘Encounters with the Good People’ on video?

Dan and I are lovingly producing videos for each of our Podcast episodes. You can find them on our YouTube channel. We upload a new one regularly.  If you enjoy our videos, please Like, Subscribe and Share with like-minded folk.

For a daily peek at modern and historical encounters with the Good People, plus loads of great links, conversation starters and otherwise hard-to-find information on the Good People, visit Kitty’s Facebook page.

Or, for a dose of Faerie on the go, drop into Kitty’s ‘Faerie Lucky Dip’ over at Instagram and Twitter. Kitty posts once a day and you never know what you might get. Faerie top tips, fun facts, art, poems, and short tales.

Do you have your own tale of a Faerie sighting or encounter?

Perhaps you have your own story to share?

Kitty would love to hear from you and share your tale on our website.

Our website is bursting with true, and amazing, tales of encounters with the Good People from folk all over the world. You’re sure to find a tale there to get you thinking… Thanks to everyone who has shared their own experiences with us so far.

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Podcast Credits.

Edited by Magic Dan

Special Guest: Steve Lally.

Featuring:

‘Land of Heart’s Desire’, ‘The Mermaid, and ‘The Stolen Child’ by WB Yeats.

‘The Mermaid Song’ by James Reeves.

‘The Mermaid and the Fisherman’ by John Foster.

‘The Mermaid Ballad’.

‘Twinkletoes’ by A A Milne.

‘The Leprechaun’ by William Allington.

‘I’d love to be a Fairy’s child’ by Robert Graves.

‘Alms in Autumn’ by Rose Fyleman.

‘The Wind on the Hills’ by Dora Sigerson.

‘A Fairy Child’ by Lord Dunsany.

‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’ by John Keats.

‘The Urisk’ by Donald Alexander.

‘The Banshee’ by Alice Guerin Crist.

‘The Will o’the Wisp’. Broadside Ballad, Scotland 1869.

‘Scottish Bogle’ by WD Crocker.

‘The Hag’ by Robert Herrick.

Steve’s Email:   stevelallystories@gmail.com

Steve’s Website:  www.storyman.info

Steve’s YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCroLuXSnqFKJog2TEQWAjWw

Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio di Campo.

Additional Music: ‘Song of the Sirens’ by SingingIntrovert.

‘Happy Farmer’ by BuGuMi.

‘The Parting Glass’ by Alexander Nakarada.

‘Gymnopédie No. 1 – Erik Satie’, ‘Hold On’ and ‘Black Waters’ by Myuu.

‘Angelic Choir’ and ‘Dark Forest of Thorns’ by Jimmy Free.

75 – Faerie Blacksmiths

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by Arthur Rackham

Some say the Good People are repelled by iron.

I’m not so sure….

There are many accounts of Faerie knocking on the door of a Human Blacksmith seeking their services for to shoe a Faerie Horse.

The Faerie often stand by and observe the work of the Blacksmith: seemingly intrigued.

Perhaps they are studying Blacksmith techniques or dare we imagine they are…

impressed by this noble trade?

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by Markos Lajos

Common too, are tales of Faerie simply taking over the Blacksmith’s Forge themselves for to undertake the necessary work.

Usually under darkness of night.

And away from prying eyes.

But they are heard and sensed.

What work are they doing in the Forge?

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by Jean Baptiste Monge

Simply shoeing their horses or perhaps constructing or repairing their own tools and weapons?

On this episode we discover:

The quickest way to identify a Faerie Horse and

If a Human Blacksmith should accept payment offered by the Faerie.

Through true tales, old and (very) new, we ponder if the Good People look favourably upon those Humans who ply a trade.

Those who put in an honest, hard day’s work. Folk who continually build on their skills and in the doing, help others.

Do they respect and value humans who work hard, who choose a trade, no matter if it is Blacksmithing, Coffin building, Basket weaving or even Storytelling?  Tune in and make up your own mind!

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BOOK GIVEAWAY

To celebrate Irish Storyteller Steve Lally’s recent visit to Encounters with the Good People, we have a beautiful book to giveaway.

I’m delighted to offer a hardcover copy of the recently published book ‘The Anthology of Irish Folk Tales’. This enchanting collection of stories gathers together legends from across Ireland and told by various storytellers, including our recent guest Steve Lally.

From fairies, giants and vampires to changelings and witches, this book celebrates the distinct character of Ireland s different customs, beliefs and dialects, and is a treat for all who enjoy a well-told story.

Entering is ridiculously easy. Simply drop me a message telling me which episode of this Podcast has been your favourite (so far…). You can write to me via email, or on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.

Take a wee sneak peek at this gorgeous book here on Amazon:

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WEE REMINDER

Don’t forget to tune into Steve Lally’s ‘Tales by the Light of the Tilly Lamp’ storytelling event.

Steve is hosting a special live storytelling event on Saturday 4th July on his Facebook page. For 90 minutes he will be weaving his way with poems, songs and of course, wonderful tales from 10pm to 1130pm GMT time. This storytelling session is a fundraiser with awesome giveaways of books and pieces of art and all funds raised will directly support Steve as he undertakes his upcoming Masters Degree. Please support one of our great, modern storytellers to further develop his glorious craft. Steve’s Facebook Page is called ‘irish gothic: fairy stories from the 32 counties of Ireland’.

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If you enjoy Encounters with the Good People and would like to give me a hand to continue in this work, please consider buying me a ‘coffee’ (I prefer tea actually…).

This is a really quick, simple and safe way for you to donate and support my work.

Simply click on the ‘Buy me a coffee’ icon on my website and you will be helping to create and produce ‘Encounters with the Good People’ Podcast and YouTube videos.

All support is greatly appreciated. Cheers, Kitty.

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Fancy more Encounters with the Good People?

Did you know you can experience ‘Encounters with the Good People’ on video?

Dan and I are lovingly producing videos for each of our Podcast episodes. You can find them on our YouTube channel. We upload a new one regularly. If you enjoy our videos, please Like, Subscribe and Share with like-minded folk.

For a daily peek at modern and historical encounters with the Good People, plus loads of great links, conversation starters and otherwise hard-to-find information on the Good People, visit Kitty’s Facebook page.

Or, for a dose of Faerie on the go, drop into Kitty’s ‘Faerie Lucky Dip’ over at Instagram and Twitter. Kitty posts once a day and you never know what you might get. Faerie top tips, fun facts, art, poems, and short tales.

Do you have your own tale of a Faerie sighting or encounter?

Perhaps you have your own story to share?

Kitty would love to hear from you and share your tale on our website.

Our website is bursting with true, and amazing, tales of encounters with the Good People from folk all over the world. You’re sure to find a tale there to get you thinking… Thanks to everyone who has shared their own experiences with us so far.

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Podcast Credits

Edited by Magic Dan.

Tales from duchas.ie and John from Missouri.

Reading by John K.

Theme Music:
‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio di Campo.

Additional Music:
‘Play With Me’, ‘Beth’s Theme’, ‘The Crypt’ and ‘Hold On’ by Myuu.

74 – The Pooka Horse & other tales with Special Guest: Steve Lally

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by Steve Lally.

Strap yourself in, we’re in for a grand ride!

I am so happy to welcome Steve Lally, international storyteller and best-selling author, to Encounters with the Good People. Steve joins us today for a session of poems, music and a rollicking classic tale of the dreaded Pooka! You don’t want to miss this one.

You know sometimes someone is just born for one thing?

Growing up in County Kildare, Ireland, it seems Steve was destined from a young age to be a teller of tales.

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Steve Lally himself…

Steve’s late Grandmother was a Storyteller, and it was clear to all who knew him that, even from an early age, he would follow in her footsteps, as he gathered up stories like corn and stored them all away.

Well, he’s all grown up now and as takes his stories far and wide.

As you will hear yourself, he is really passionate about breathing life into storytelling and folklore, and sure they have never been important than they are in these now, in these unsettling days.

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***FABULOUS PRIZE GIVEAWAY***

To celebrate Steve’s first visit to Encounters with the Good People, we have a beautiful book to giveaway.

I’m delighted to offer a hardcover copy of the recently published book ‘The Anthology of Irish Folk Tales’ to one lucky listener. This enchanting collection of stories gathers together legends from across Ireland told by a wealth of talented storytellers, including our guest Steve Lally.

From fairies, giants and vampires to changelings and witches, this book celebrates the distinct character of Ireland s different customs, beliefs and dialects, and is a treat for all who enjoy a well-told story.

Entering is ridiculously easy. Simply drop me a message telling me which episode of this Podcast has been your favourite (so far…). You can write to me via email, or on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube. I can’t wait to hear from you.

Take a wee sneak peek at this gorgeous book here on Amazon:

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Special Event:  ‘Tales by the Light of the Tilly Lamp’.

Our special guest, Steve Lally, is hosting a special live storytelling event on Saturday 4th July on his Facebook page.

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By Arthur Rackham.

For 90 minutes he will be weaving his way with poems, songs and of course, wonderful tales from 10pm to 1130pm GMT time.

‘Tales by the Light of the Tilly Lamp‘ is a fundraising storytelling session with awesome giveaways of books and pieces of art.

All funds raised will directly support Steve as he undertakes his upcoming Masters Degree in Folklore.

I hope you can join Steve on the 4th July and make a donation to support one of our great, modern storytellers to further develop his glorious craft. All you need to do is drop into Steve’s Facebook page called Irish Gothic: Fairy Stories from the 32 counties of Ireland to join Steve live for a great night on Saturday 4th July.

If you just would like to help support Steve continue in his work and upcoming study, you can!  Simply visit PayPal anytime and send a donation as a ‘Friend’ to:

stevelally6@gmail.com

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If you enjoy Encounters with the Good People and would like to give me a hand to continue in this work, please consider buying me a ‘coffee’ (I prefer tea actually…).

Sending out a BIG thank you to Maggie. Your kind donation (cuppa tea) really helps me, it means a lot.

This is a really quick, simple and safe way for you to donate and support my work.

Simply click on the ‘Buy me a coffee’ icon on my website and you will be helping to create and produce ‘Encounters with the Good People’ Podcast and YouTube videos.

All support is greatly appreciated. Cheers, Kitty.

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Fancy more Encounters with the Good People?

Did you know you can experience ‘Encounters with the Good People’ on video?

Dan and I are lovingly producing videos for each of our Podcast episodes. You can find them on our YouTube channel. We upload a new one regularly. If you enjoy our videos, please Like, Subscribe and Share with like-minded folk.

For a daily peek at modern and historical encounters with the Good People, plus loads of great links, conversation starters and otherwise hard-to-find information on the Good People, visit Kitty’s Facebook page.

Or, for a dose of Faerie on the go, drop into Kitty’s ‘Faerie Lucky Dip’ over at Instagram and Twitter. Kitty posts once a day and you never know what you might get. Faerie top tips, fun facts, art, poems, and short tales.

Do you have your own tale of a Faerie sighting or encounter?
Perhaps you have your own story to share?

Kitty would love to hear from you and share your tale on our website.

Our website is bursting with true, and amazing, tales of encounters with the Good People from folk all over the world. You’re sure to find a tale there to get you thinking… Thanks to everyone who has shared their own experiences with us so far.

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Podcast Credits.
Edited by Magic Dan
Special Guest: Steve Lally.
Steve’s Email: stevelallystories@gmail.com
Steve’s Website: www.storyman.info
Steve’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCroLuXSnqFKJog2TEQWAjWw

Theme Music:
‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio di Campo.

Additional Music:
‘Rumblin’, ‘Emerald Hills’, and ‘Gaelic’s Call’ by Trey Van Zandt.

73 – The Corrigan

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by Edwin Austin Abbey (1852-1911).

Let’s go to Brittany, home of the Corrigan!

Brittany is a beautiful region of the most western peninsula of France.

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Along with Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall and the Isle of Man, Brittany is one of the Celtic nations and enjoys its own unique Faerie folklore.

As all keen Faerie observers will know: we must resist the temptation to judge a Faerie by its appearance.

And so it is with the Corrigan of Brittany.

Known for her beauty, golden tresses, sparkling eyes, moist lips and ever-beckoning arms, she delights in harassing, seducing and sometimes even destroying, human men.

corrigan druidess2You see, below the shiny surface dwells a whip smart mind and a simmering resentment.

Her feeling toward human men teetering on that fine line tween love and hate.

Join Kitty as she ponders why the Corrigan carries a particular grudge against men of the clergy.

Could it be the Corrigan, to this very day, is holding them accountable for the persecution and ultimate demise of their Ancestors?

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If you enjoy Encounters with the Good People and would like to give me a hand to continue in this work, please consider buying me a ‘coffee’ (I prefer tea actually…).

This is a really quick, simple and safe way for you to donate and support my work.

Simply click on the ‘Buy me a coffee’ icon on my website and you will be helping to create and produce ‘Encounters with the Good People’ Podcast and YouTube videos.

I am so grateful, and encouraged, by recent kind donations. Thank you Nodie, Tracy, Linda, Mark, Beth and Violet.

Any support is greatly appreciated. Cheers, Kitty.

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Fancy more Encounters with the Good People?

Did you know you can experience ‘Encounters with the Good People’ on video?

Dan and I are lovingly producing videos for each of our Podcast episodes. You can find them on our YouTube channel. We upload a new one regularly. If you enjoy our videos, please Like, Subscribe and Share with like-minded folk.

For a daily peek at modern and historical encounters with the Good People, plus loads of great links, conversation starters and otherwise hard-to-find information on the Good People, visit Kitty’s Facebook page.

Or, for a dose of Faerie on the go, drop into Kitty’s ‘Faerie Lucky Dip’ over at Instagram and Twitter. Kitty posts once a day and you never know what you might get. Faerie top tips, fun facts, art, poems, and short tales.

Do you have your own tale of a Faerie sighting or encounter?

Perhaps you have your own story to share?

Kitty would love to hear from you and share your tale on our website.

Our website is bursting with true, and amazing, tales of encounters with the Good People from folk all over the world. You’re sure to find a tale there to get you thinking… Thanks to everyone who has shared their own experiences with us so far.

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Podcast Credits.

Edited by Magic Dan

Tales from: “The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries’ by Evans-Wentz, 1911. Read by John and Leyla.

Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio di Campo.

Additional Music:
‘Miris’s Magic Dance’, ‘Windy Old Weather’ and ‘Duet Musette’ by Kevin Macleod.
‘Woods – acoustic folk’ by OAK Studios.
‘Bretagne’ by Royalty Free Music.

72 – The Hungry Grass

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by Adam Oehlers.

It is long believed that when a person walks on a certain patch of grass growing on a mountain or field, they would suddenly be struck down, weak with hunger, on the brink of collapse.

If this person were not to eat food quickly, they might succumb to the hunger and be too weak to move or even call for help.

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by Maggie Vandewalle.

This is known as the Hungry Grass and, as with the Stray Sod (episode 53), could effect anyone.

No matter if they had walked the same patch of field or mountain a thousand times before, if they stepped on that patch of grass, they would be struck down with terrible hunger.

On this week’s episode, we ponder why the Good People might do this?
Is it just a practical joke played by the Faeries?
Is it done as a form of punishment?
Or could there be a higher purpose to this strange phenomenon?

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Famine Memorial, Dublin. Artist: Rowan Gillespie.

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If you enjoy Encounters with the Good People and would like to give me a hand to continue in this work, please consider buying me a ‘coffee’ (I prefer tea actually…).

This is a really quick, simple and safe way for you to donate and support my work.

Simply click on the ‘Buy me a coffee’ icon on my website and you will be helping to create and produce ‘Encounters with the Good People’ Podcast and YouTube videos.

All support is greatly appreciated. Cheers, Kitty.

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Fancy more Encounters with the Good People?

Did you know you can experience ‘Encounters with the Good People’ on video?

Dan and I are lovingly producing videos for each of our Podcast episodes. You can find them on our YouTube channel. We upload a new one regularly. If you enjoy our videos, please Like, Subscribe and Share with like-minded folk.

For a daily peek at modern and historical encounters with the Good People, plus loads of great links, conversation starters and otherwise hard-to-find information on the Good People, visit Kitty’s Facebook page.

Or, for a dose of Faerie on the go, drop into Kitty’s ‘Faerie Lucky Dip’ over at Instagram and Twitter. Kitty posts once a day and you never know what you might get. Faerie top tips, fun facts, art, poems, and short tales.

Do you have your own tale of a Faerie sighting or encounter?

Perhaps you have your own story to share?

Kitty would love to hear from you and share your tale on our website.

Our website is bursting with true, and amazing, tales of encounters with the Good People from folk all over the world. You’re sure to find a tale there to get you thinking… Thanks to everyone who has shared their own experiences with us so far.

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Podcast Credits.

Edited by Magic Dan

‘Famine’ written by Desmond Egan. Read by Carol.

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Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio di Campo.

Additional Music: ‘Eternal Hope’, ‘Sad Trio’, ‘Evening Fall (Harp)’ and ‘Atlantean Twilight’ by Kevin Macleod.

71 – The Clurichaun

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by Jean Baptiste Monge

The Clurichaun, lesser known cousin of the Leprechaun, and unusual sort of Household Brownie is often described as a:

jolly, red-faced, drunken little fellow, ever found in the cellars with a brimful tankard of wine in his hand, drinking and singing away merrily.”

Sounds like a beer-barrel of fun doesn’t he?

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by Jean Baptiste Monge

But… the Clurichaun has a darker side.

In addition to guarding and protecting the wine, beer and spirits of the home, he also consumes as much of it as he pleases.

If the store of alcohol becomes depleted, his behaviour turns from jolly to cantankerous to downright dangerous.

Discover more about the Clurichaun on this week’s Podcast and if you would like to revisit his cousin the Leprechaun, tune in to Episode 52 of my Podcast.

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If you enjoy Encounters with the Good People and would like to give me a hand to continue in this work, please consider buying me a ‘coffee’ (I prefer tea actually…).

This is a really quick, simple and safe way for you to donate and support my work. Simply click on the ‘Buy me a coffee icon on my website and you will be helping to create and produce ‘Encounters with the Good People’ Podcast and YouTube videos.

All support is greatly appreciated. Cheers, Kitty.

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Fancy more Encounters with the Good People?

Did you know you can experience ‘Encounters with the Good People’ on video?

Dan and I are lovingly producing videos for each of our Podcast episodes. You can find them on our YouTube channel. We upload a new one regularly. If you enjoy our videos, please Like, Subscribe and Share with like-minded folk.

For a daily peek at modern and historical encounters with the Good People, plus loads of great links, conversation starters and otherwise hard-to-find information on the Good People, visit Kitty’s Facebook page.

Or, for a dose of Faerie on the go, drop into Kitty’s ‘Faerie Lucky Dip’ over at Instagram and Twitter. Kitty posts once a day and you never know what you might get. Faerie top tips, fun facts, art, poems, and short tales.

Do you have your own tale of a Faerie sighting or encounter?

Perhaps you have your own story to share?

Kitty would love to hear from you and share your tale on our website.

Our website is bursting with true, and amazing, tales of encounters with the Good People from folk all over the world. You’re sure to find a tale there to get you thinking… Thanks to everyone who has shared their own experiences with us so far.

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Podcast Credits.
Edited by Magic Dan.
Tale from ‘The Fairy Mythology’ by Thomas Keightley, 1850. Read by Nathan Conkey.

Theme Music:
‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio di Campo.

Additional Music:
‘Folk Round’ and ‘Teller of the Tales’ by Kevin Macleod.

70 – Changelings Behaving Badly

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Let’s chat about Changelings.

Ever wondered how the Faerie catch a Human child and replace it with one of their own?

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Or what those sickly, withered, ever-grumbling Faerie imposters get up to when their Human ‘family’ aren’t around?

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In this week’s episode we take a sneaky peek at 3 true tales of Changelings and discover that understanding of the Good People’s wicked ways and knowledge of methods to thwart their trickeries, can be found in surprising places.

Would you like to refresh your memory and know all about Changelings?

Simply tune into these earlier episodes of my Podcast.

Episode 6: Changelings and Abductions – Bridget Cleary.

Episode 7: Changelings and Abductions – Michael Leahy.

Episode 8: 5 Old Tales of Changelings and Abductions.

You can also watch lovely videos of episodes 6, 7 and 8 on our YouTube Channel.

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If you enjoy Encounters with the Good People and would like to give me a hand to continue in this work, please consider buying me a ‘coffee’ (I prefer tea actually…).

This is a really quick, simple and safe way for you to donate and support my work. Simply click on the ‘Buy me a coffee’ icon on my website and you will be helping to create and produce ‘Encounters with the Good People’ Podcast and YouTube videos.

All support is greatly appreciated. Cheers, Kitty.

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Fancy more Encounters with the Good People?

Did you know you can experience ‘Encounters with the Good People’ on video?

Dan and I are lovingly producing videos for each of our Podcast episodes. You can find them on our YouTube channel. We upload a new one regularly. If you enjoy our videos, please Like, Subscribe and Share with like-minded folk.

For a daily peek at modern and historical encounters with the Good People, plus loads of great links, conversation starters and otherwise hard-to-find information on the Good People, visit Kitty’s Facebook page:

Or, for a dose of Faerie on the go, drop into Kitty’s ‘Faerie Lucky Dip’ over at Instagram and Twitter. Kitty posts once a day and you never know what you might get. Faerie top tips, fun facts, art, poems, and short tales.

Do you have your own tale of a Faerie sighting or encounter?

Perhaps you have your own story to share?

Kitty would love to hear from you and share your tale on our website.

Our website is bursting with true, and amazing, tales of encounters with the Good People from folk all over the world. You’re sure to find a tale there to get you thinking… Thanks to everyone who has shared their own experiences with us so far.

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Podcast Credits.

Edited by Magic Dan

Tales from ‘The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries’ by Evans-Wentz, 1911.

Theme Music:
‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio di Campo.

Additional Music:
‘Someday’ and ‘Forever Sunrise’ by Jonny Easton.
‘Wooden Legs’ by David and Goliath.
‘Welsh Coast’ by Niklas Drude.

69 – Selkie Tales & a (true) Folklore Love Story: with special guests Tom and Rhonda Muir

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by Katharine Soutar. From orkneyology.com

On this week’s episode, we are joined by two very special guests: Storyteller and Author Tom Muir and Author of orkneyology.com, Rhonda Muir.

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Stromness Harbour, Orkney. From orkneyology.com

Tom and Rhonda are passionate about preserving old Orcadian lore and sharing the joy of storytelling with others and both share a particular interest, and affection, for the glorious Selkie.

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Tom and Rhonda Muir from orkneyology.com

Tom shares a few classic Selkie tales with us, and we discover just how powerful folklore is in connecting people: over generations, beyond cultures, and even across vast oceans.

So, if you love a good love story, buckle up, because you’re in for a treat: a thoroughly modern, true love story steeped in the luscious backdrop of Orkney Folklore.

PRIZE GIVEAWAY orkney folk tales book cover

Would you like to win a copy of Tom’s book ‘Orkney Fairy Tales’?

In this beautifully illustrated book, Tom shares ancient tales told fireside by the Picts and Vikings of fin folk, mermaids, witches and selkies and more.

Encounters with the Good People is giving away a copy of Tom’s wonderful book and winning has never been easier!

To enter this book giveaway, simply tell me which member of the Good People is your favourite, or which Faerie you find the most interesting. So, it might not be a friendly helpful faerie, it might be the one you would least like to encounter, but I would love to know which Faerie you find most interesting and why.

Simply send me a quick message. You can email me, leave a message on my website, on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter: whatever suits you best. Everyone who shares their favourite Faerie with me goes in the draw to win a copy of Tom’s book ‘Orkney folk tales’.

So get thinking and get typing, I can’t wait to hear from you. Giveaway closes on Friday 22nd May. Winner announced on Monday 25th May.

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If you enjoy Encounters with the Good People and would like to give me a hand to continue in this work, please consider buying me a ‘coffee’ (I prefer tea actually…).

This is a really quick, simple and safe way for you to donate and support my work. Simply click on the ‘Buy me a coffee icon on my website and you will be helping to create and produce ‘Encounters with the Good People’ Podcast and YouTube videos.

All support is greatly appreciated. Cheers, Kitty.

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Fancy more Encounters with the Good People?

Did you know you can experience ‘Encounters with the Good People’ on video?

Dan and I are lovingly producing videos for each of our Podcast episodes. You can find them on our YouTube channel. We upload a new one regularly. If you enjoy our videos, please Like, Subscribe and Share with like-minded folk.

For a daily peek at modern and historical encounters with the Good People, plus loads of great links, conversation starters and otherwise hard-to-find information on the Good People, visit Kitty’s Facebook page:

Or, for a dose of Faerie on the go, drop into Kitty’s ‘Faerie Lucky Dip’ over at Instagram and Twitter. Kitty posts once a day and you never know what you might get. Faerie top tips, fun facts, art, poems, and short tales.

Do you have your own tale of a Faerie sighting or encounter?
Perhaps you have your own story to share?

Kitty would love to hear from you and share your tale on our website.

Our website is bursting with true, and amazing, tales of encounters with the Good People from folk all over the world. You’re sure to find a tale there to get you thinking… Thanks to everyone who has shared their own experiences with us so far. www.encounterswiththegoodpeople.com

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Podcast Credits

Edited by Magic Dan

Theme Music:
‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio di Campo

Additional Music:
‘‘Old Soul’ and ‘Dancers in the Fire’ by Jonny Easton.
‘Happy Farmer’ by Chiro.

68 – Trows, Finfolk & Elves with special guest: Storyteller Tom Muir

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Could this fella be a Trow?

On this week’s episode, we are joined by a very special guest: Storyteller and Author Tom Muir. tom muir

A native of the Orkney Islands, Tom not only has a background in Archaeology…

but enjoys a passion for preserving old Orcadian lore and …

absolutely delights in sharing the joy of storytelling with others.

 

Tom joins us for a relaxed sort of chat, offering insights into Folklore, sharing thoughts on the sacred connection between Faerie and the people and landscape of the Orkney Islands and of course, breaking into tales including: Trows, Finfolk and Elves.

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PRIZE GIVEAWAY  tom muir book (2)

Would you like to win a copy of Tom’s book ‘Orkney Fairy Tales’?

In this beautifully illustrated book, Tom shares ancient tales told fireside by the Picts and Vikings of fin folk, mermaids, witches and selkies and more.

Encounters with the Good People is giving away a copy of Tom’s wonderful book and winning has never been easier!

To enter this book giveaway, simply tell me which member of the Good People is your favourite, or which Faerie you find the most interesting.

So, it might not be a friendly helpful faerie, it might be the one you would least like to encounter, but I would love to know which Faerie you find most interesting and why.

Simply send me a quick message. You can email me, leave a message on my website, on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter: whatever suits you best.

Everyone who shares their favourite Faerie with me goes in the draw to win a copy of Tom’s book ‘Orkney folk tales’. So get thinking and get typing, I can’t wait to hear from you.

Giveaway closes on Friday 22nd May. Winner announced on Monday 25th May on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and on the Podcast of Wednesday 27th May.

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Fancy taking a peek inside Tom’s book ‘Orkney Folk Tales’? Follow this link to Amazon to check it out.  ‘Orkney Folk Tales’ by Tom Muir. 

Drop into Tom’s own website to find loads more great information about Orkney Folklore and listen to his catalogue of free audio stories: ‘Tales for Troubled Times‘. Tom’s website.

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If you enjoy Encounters with the Good People and would like to give me a hand to continue in this work, please consider buying me a ‘coffee’ (I prefer tea actually…).

This is a really quick, simple and safe way for you to donate and support my work.

Simply click on the ‘Buy me a coffee’ icon on my website and you will be helping to create and produce ‘Encounters with the Good People’ Podcast and YouTube videos.

All support is greatly appreciated. Cheers, Kitty.

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Fancy more Encounters with the Good People?

Did you know you can experience ‘Encounters with the Good People’ on video?

Dan and I are lovingly producing videos for each of our Podcast episodes. You can find them on our YouTube channel. We upload a new one regularly. If you enjoy our videos, please Like, Subscribe and Share with like-minded folk.

For a daily peek at modern and historical encounters with the Good People, plus loads of great links, conversation starters and otherwise hard-to-find information on the Good People, visit Kitty’s Facebook page.

Or, for a dose of Faerie on the go, drop into Kitty’s ‘Faerie Lucky Dip’ over at Instagram and Twitter. Kitty posts once a day and you never know what you might get. Faerie top tips, fun facts, art, poems, and short tales.

Do you have your own tale of a Faerie sighting or encounter?

Perhaps you have your own story to share?

Kitty would love to hear from you and share your tale on our website.

Our website is bursting with true, and amazing, tales of encounters with the Good People from folk all over the world. You’re sure to find a tale there to get you thinking… Thanks to everyone who has shared their own experiences with us so far.

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Podcast Credits.

Edited by Magic Dan

 

Theme Music:

‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio di Campo

 

Additional Music:

‘The Road Home’ by Royalty Free Music – Alexander Nakarada.

‘The Emerald Hills’ by Trey van Zandt.

‘Quiet Place’ by Jonny Easton.

67 – Faerie Mischief at Beltane

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by Nikolai Astrup, 1917

Let’s chat about something we have in common with the Good People.

Beltane, also known as May-Day, is an important time for both Humans and Faerie.

It recognises the cycle of the natural world. beltane5

Marks the changing of the season.

The journey from darkness into light.

The joyous coming of Spring.

Just like us, the Good People are particularly active at the coming of Spring.

You are more likely to be attacked, seduced, tricked, led astray or even stolen by the Good People at Beltane and the month of May.

So it follows, there are many rituals we follow to protect us from the Good People and even try to please them at this unpredictable time.

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On this episode we take a look at a few true tales of Faerie shenanigans, both playful and deadly, at Beltane and into the month of May.

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Fancy buying me a coffee? teacup6

If you enjoy Encounters with the Good People and would like to give me a hand to continue in this work, please consider buying me a ‘coffee’ (I prefer tea actually…).

This is a really quick, simple and safe way for you to donate and support my work. Simply click on the ‘Buy me a coffee’ icon on my website and you will be helping to create and produce ‘Encounters with the Good People’ Podcast and YouTube videos.

All support is greatly appreciated. Cheers, Kitty.

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Fancy more Encounters with the Good People?

Did you know you can experience ‘Encounters with the Good People’ on video?

Dan and I are lovingly producing videos for each of our Podcast episodes. You can find them on our YouTube channel. We upload a new one regularly. If you enjoy our videos, please Like, Subscribe and Share with like-minded folk.

For a daily peek at modern and historical encounters with the Good People, plus loads of great links, conversation starters and otherwise hard-to-find information on the Good People, visit Kitty’s Facebook page.

Or, for a dose of Faerie on the go, drop into Kitty’s ‘Faerie Lucky Dip’ over at Instagram and Twitter. Kitty posts once a day and you never know what you might get. Faerie top tips, fun facts, art, poems, and short tales.

Do you have your own tale of a Faerie sighting or encounter?

Perhaps you have your own story to share?

Kitty would love to hear from you and share your tale on our website.

Our website is bursting with true, and amazing, tales of encounters with the Good People from folk all over the world. You’re sure to find a tale there to get you thinking… Thanks to everyone who has shared their own experiences with us so far.

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Podcast Credits

Edited by Magic Dan.

‘Tales for Troubled Times’ with Tom Muir: www.orkneyology.com
Tales from ‘Superstitions of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland’ by John Gregorson Campbell and Duchas.ie

Theme Music:
Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio di Campo.

Additional Music:
‘The Forbidden Forest’ by No Copyright Music
‘The End is Always Near’, ‘Lights Out’ and ‘Angst’ by Myuu.