46 – Knockers: Going Underground

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No Benny, not those kinds of Knockers!

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This week we’re venturing underground…

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to take a peek at those elusive creatures who lurk in and around mine tunnels and caverns: Knockers, also known as Tommyknockers.

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Are they Faerie, could they be spirits or even ghosts?

Are they kind and helpful to the miner?

Leading him to rich pockets of ore, and warning him of imminent danger?

Or are they cruel and dangerous?

Leading him away from ore and into caverns filled with deadly gas or water?

That depends on who you ask, but one thing we know for certain, many miners have seen and heard Knockers in England, and Tommyknockers in the U.S.

Join Kitty as she takes a fresh look at these fascinating Faerie.

 

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Podcast Credits.
Edited by Magic Dan.
Excerpt from ‘Going Underground’ by The Jam. Written by Paul Weller. From the album ‘Setting Sons’ 1979. Read by Tim.
Excerpts from ‘The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries’ by Evans-Wentz. Read by Tim and Kitty.
Excerpt from ‘British Goblins etc’ by Wirt Sikes. Read by Librivox.

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

Additional Music:
‘Teller of the Tales’ by Kevin Macleod.
‘Mermaid’ by Kevin Macleod.
‘Echoes of Time’ by Kevin Macleod.
‘Acoustic Guitar 1’ by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: http://audionautix.com/

 

45 – Shipwrecks, Storms and the Sea: featuring Mike Baldwin

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By John William Waterhouse.

Over the past few weeks, we have looked at our Faerie Folklore and our Faerie creatures from a different perspective.

From a different time.

A time when sightings and encounters with the good people were common and people discussed the good people regularly and openly.

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Co. Galway. duchas.ie

This week, Mike shares tales from the treacherous waters off the Mizen head and Kitty announces the winners of the last two copies of Mike’s book, ‘Mizen: Rescued Folklore’ in our big book giveaway.

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Podcast Credits.

Edited by: Magic Dan.

Special Guest: Mike Baldwin.

Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio di Campo

Additional Music: ‘Cattails’ by Kevin Macleod.

‘Welsh coast’ by Audio Library.

44 – Finding Faerie in the Landscape: featuring Mike Baldwin

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Did the Good People hold our Ancestors in higher regard than they do us?

In this episode we take a look at the relationship between our Ancestors and the landscape which shaped their lives, and their relations with the good people.

Kitty ponders:

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Is our treatment of the landscape and the natural world, one of the reasons the Good People have withdrawn from us?

Might they come back to us if we change the way we view the natural world around us?

We welcome back Mike Baldwin, author of ‘Mizen: rescued folklore, histories and songs from Ireland’s south west’.

Mike shares insights into how our Ancestors, and dare I say the Good People, regarded the landscape around them.

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Podcast Credits.

Edited by: Magic Dan

Guest Presenter: Mike Baldwin.

Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio Di Campo

Excerpt from: ‘The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries’ by Evans-Wentz.

Additional Music: ‘Folk Round’ by Kevin MacLeod

‘Awkward Meeting’ by Kevin MacLeod

43 – When Faerie were Neighbours: featuring Mike Baldwin

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Why does it seem the Good People were closer to our Ancestors than they are to us?

In this episode we take a look at the lifestyles and everyday customs of our Ancestors, those who ‘enjoyed’ regular, if not daily, contact with the Good People and ask:

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What was it about our Ancestors that the Good People responded to?

Could it be their lifestyles and values were similar to the those of the Good People?

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And, Kitty wonders if you would change your lifestyle to be closer to the Good People?

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Mizen Head. Photo: ireland.com

We welcome back Mike Baldwin, author of ‘Mizen: rescued folklore, histories and songs from Ireland’s south west’.

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Map showing Mizen Head, SW Ireland. Image: schull.ie

Mike shares several tales of the Good People from the Mizen region of South East Ireland and we ponder a common thread which weaves its way through these, and most of all, tales of the Good People: Caution.

PRIZE GIVEAWAY.

We are giving away FOUR copies of Mike’s wonderful new book ‘Mizen: rescued folklore, histories and songs from Ireland’s south west‘.

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Podcast Credits
Edited by: Magic Dan
Guest Presenter: Mike Baldwin.

Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio di Campo
‘Peace of Mind’ and ‘Heavy Heart’ by Kevin MacLeod.

42 – Faerie: A New Perspective. Special Guest: Mike Baldwin

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Did the Good People ‘like’ our Ancestors more than they like us?

Our mission is to take a fresh look at the Good People, who they are, why they do the things they do and what they think of us.

Usually, we tackle this challenge head-on but over the next 4 weeks I’d like to take a wee step sideways, to glimpse the Good People from a different perspective.

Over the next 4 episodes, we are joined by Mike Baldwin, author of the new book ‘Mizen: rescued folklore, histories and songs from Ireland’s south west’.

 

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Our special guest: Author Mike Baldwin

Mike transports us back to a time when sightings and encounters with the Good People were commonplace. When their constant presence was accepted.

When folk shared their experiences with the Good People openly, unashamedly, with family and neighbours, those they trusted.

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Why was their relationship with the Good People so different to ours?

Could it be our communities and lifestyles moved in harmony with the Good People?

Or did the Good People just ‘like’ us more back then?

Hmmm, so if we changed our ways, simplified our lives, lived closer to the natural world, would interaction between us and the Good People become commonplace again?

 

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Blaskets people carrying down one of the curraghs to the water in order to put the cow in it‘. From duchas.ie County Kerry, 1935.

But… first things first! Mike shares tales from his own family and their encounters with the Good People and describes the way they lived, their habits, festivals, superstitions and much more.

All this has left me wondering if, by better knowing our Ancestors, we might better understand the Good People. Will you join me?

PRIZE GIVEAWAY.

We are giving away FOUR copies of Mike’s wonderful new book ‘Mizen: Rescued folklore, histories and songs from Ireland’s south-west’.

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Podcast Credits

Edited by: Magic Dan

Guest Presenter: Mike Baldwin.

Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio di Campo

Additional Music: ‘Spancil Hill’ written by Michael Considine (1850-1873). Performed by The Dubliners.

‘Wooden Legs’ by David and Goliath.
‘Fiddles McGinty’ by Kevin Macleod.
‘Nu Flute’ by Kevin Macleod.

41 – Voices From Below

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Do the Good People, or at least some of them, dwell underground?

Peter from the U.S. shares his tale of encountering curious and terrifying voices from an underground tunnel on a visit to County Cork.

Ireland is riddled with underground caverns and tunnels, some built by the ‘Northmen’, some used by Priests for to hold secret Mass and many attached to old, overgrown structure known as ‘Forts’.

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Long since abandoned by Humans, The Good People, the original recyclers, use these old tunnels and rooms to this very day. But think twice before planning to drop in for a visit, it might the last thing you do!

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Join Kitty as she ponders:

  • the strange voices Peter heard from an underground tunnel
  • if these mysterious dwellings are guarded by large bulls
  • the misfortunes which befall those who have ventured into these underground dwellings.

Kitty announces the winner of our Halloween Book Giveaway and teases you with the next giveaway…

we have 4 copies of another fabulous book to giveaway over 4 weeks in November! That’s 4 more chances to win. It’s crazy!!!

We announce our new website www.encounterswiththegoodpeople.com Visually beautiful, with an easy-to-read style, and free from random, irrelevant advertisements popping up and interrupting your reading.

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Podcast Credits.

Edited by: Magic Dan.
Tales from: www.duchas.ie
Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio di Campo

Additional Music:
Kevin Macleod: ‘Galway’, ‘Skye Cuillin’, ‘Windswept’, ‘Cattails’ and ‘Garden Music’.
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40 – Halloween Night

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Join Kitty for a traditional Halloween Night of days past.

A night filled of ghosts and Faeries, music, games, poems, scary tales and flying cabbages awaits you.

So fill your glass and sit back beside the crackling fire. Smoke from burning pipes is whirling about the ceiling, children titter, old folk tut. Food and drink abound as the darkness of Halloween closes in.

We are warm, comfy and among good company and yet… the night is full of dangers and devils.

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Will the children find courage to go treat or treating at their scary neighbours cottage?

What happened to the young men who sought out the Good People under the Hawthorn Tree?

Who were those mysterious cats who entered the cottage and stared, silently bemused, at the people and their strange customs. And why did they disappear at the mention of the Puca?

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And… we know that ghosts of those departed are free to visit loved ones on Halloween night, but have you ever wondered what happens to the ghost of someone who has their body stolen and divvied up by bodysnatchers?

Find out, and join in all the fun of this extraordinary Halloween Night with Kitty.

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Join in our Halloween Giveaway.stevelally

Would you like to win the book ‘Irish Gothic Fairy Stories: From the 32 Counties of Ireland’ by Steve Lally and Paula Flynn Lally?

This is a terrific book full of true tales, poems and wonderful insights into the nature of the Good People.

It’s a great read, I’m sure you will enjoy it. That’s why I chose it!

How to enter?

Simply tell friends or like-minded folk about ‘Encounters with the Good People’ on Facebook, Instagram or even email.

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Help us spread the word, and get more folk chatting about The Good People.

Drop me a quick message on Facebook, Instagram or email to let me know you have shared ‘Encounters with the Good People’ and your name goes in the draw to win this fabulous book.

Couldn’t be easier!

Entries close Friday 1 November.

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Podcast Credits.

Edited by Magic Dan.

Traditional Tales from duchas.ie As read by Greyolltwit and Kitty.

‘Haunted House’ by Jack Prelutsky. Read by Emkay.

‘The Little Ghost’ by Edna St. Vincent Millay. Read by TheCherryPie

‘Mary’s Ghost – A Pathetic Ballad’ By Thomas Hood. Read by Zornaph

‘Halloween’ by Joel Benton. 1896. Read by Librivox.

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

Additional Music: ‘Children of the Night’ by Myuu.

‘Cold Shivers’ by Myuu.

‘Wasted Wonderland’ by Myuu.

‘Moonlight Hall’ by Kevin Macleod.

‘Maiden’s Lullaby’ by Adrian Von Ziegler.

39 – Halloween Customs and Divination: Fear meets Fun

Think our Ancestors hid away in fear on Halloween night?

Think again.

Although they knew and understood the dangers and limitations of the festival, it didn’t stop them from enjoying themselves in spite of them.

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After weeks of preparation, carefully performing customs to placate the Faeries and Spirits, and even more carefully practising rituals of protection against them, we are almost ready for All Hallow’s Eve.

The hearthstone is swept, cakes baked, glasses filled, the kids are out wandering the dark night playing tricks on neighbours.

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It’s time to let the hair down, have a few drinks, singalong to a little music, listen to some old tales of Halloween and oh yes, acts of Divination.halloween postcard for fb4

Want to know who you will marry?   Will they be rich? Will they be handsome?
Will someone in the family leave home?
Will someone die before next Halloween?

All these questions, and many more, can be answered on All Hallow’s Eve using traditional methods of Divination.

Kitty shares true tales of Halloween shenanigans, and shows how, once you’re tucked up safe, Halloween can be the best night of the year. Well, maybe…

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Podcast Credits
Edited by: Magic Dan

‘It’s Halloween’ by Jack Prelutsky. Read by Saintbulmers
Tales from www.duchas.ie Read by Greyolltwit. Simonelow. Thecherrypie. Saintbulmers.

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

Additional Music:
‘Sweet Little Lullaby’ by Royaltyfreezone.
‘Forest at Night’ by Royaltyfreesounds.
‘Lord McDeath’ by Darren Curtis.
‘A Calm but Suspenseful Horror Soundtrack’ by Marc v/d Meulen.
‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ by Myuu.

38 – Faeries and Spirits and Ghosts, Oh My!

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Bin your plastic masks and candy cauldrons, it’s time to talk about the real Halloween.

You can be sure: Halloween, or All Hallow’s Eve, is far more frightening than any costume or horror film.

All Hallow’s Eve falls on the Autumn Equinox.halloween ghost

It is long believed that this pause causes a brief suspension in the natural world.

For one night, our world and the otherworld slips, allowing Faeries, Spirits and Ghosts to pass between with ease.

What?!

That’s right.

On the night of Halloween, Faeries, Spirits and Ghosts enjoy absolute freedom.

They can go anywhere, and do most anything they please.

Some Spirits may wish for nothing but to visit loved ones, enjoy a little music and hospitality… lovely.

Others though, have been waiting, biding their otherworldly time to pay a visit to someone who have offended or wronged them in their life and unleash a little payback.

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This is when things get scary.

And the Faerie?

Well as we know, they are unpredictable and can be deathly dangerous.

On this night… when the dead and the living mingle, anything can happen and canny folk will take precautions to protect themselves.

Kitty looks at what can happen on Halloween and shares loads of customs and tips to help you navigate your way through this spooky night to see another dawn.

Do you have a tale of an encounter with Faeries, Spirits or Ghosts?

 

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PODCAST CREDITS:
Edited by: Magic Dan.
‘Spirits of the Dead’ by Edgar Allan Poe. Read by James.
‘Hallow-E’en, 1914’ by Winifred M. Letts. Read by Emkay.
Excerpt from ‘The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries’ by WJ Evans-Wentz. Read by James.
Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio di Campo
Additional Music: ‘Hammer Horror’ by Kate Bush. From the album ‘Lionheart’, 1978.
‘Dance Macabre’ written by Saint-Saens. Performed by Kevin Macleod.
‘Haunted House’ by Myuu.
‘The End is Always Near’ by Myuu.
‘Touch’ by Mattia Cupelli.
‘Forest at Night’ by Royalty free sounds.

37 – The Urisk

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The Urisk of Scotland.

Solitary.

Lonely.

Half-human?

Perhaps…

…but it is certain there is a lot we can learn from this kind-hearted member of the Wee Folk.

Urisk dwell in isolated places, rivers and lakes.

They are often sighted gazing at Humans with haunting eyes.

Wanting nothing more than a wee conversation or kind company.

Kitty asks why we shun these gentle, intelligent creatures and offers a bold suggestion as to how, by understanding the Urisk, we might better understand ourselves and… better our chances of reconciling the worlds of Human and the Good People.

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Are you up for the challenge?

Here’s a Fun Fact: The Urisk and John Lennon have something in common. Tune in to find out more…

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Do you have your own tale of a sighting or encounter with the Good People? Or perhaps you have a story which has been handed down through your family?

If you would like to share your tale, I would love to hear it! You can contact me through Facebook, Instagram, my website or email address.

Don’t forget to drop into Facebook and say hello and let me know what you think of the Urisk.

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PODCAST CREDITS

Edited by: Magic Dan.
Excerpt from ‘Nowhere Man’ by Lennon/McCartney. Read by Simone.
Excerpt from ‘Alone again, Naturally’ by Gilbert O’Sullivan. Read by Simone.
‘The Urisk’ poem from ‘Elves and Heroes’ by Donald Alexander Mackenzie. Read by Zed. www.fiverr.com/zornaph
Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio di Campo.
Additional Music: ‘Hidden Past’ Kevin Macleod.
‘Without Words’ by Adrian von Ziegler.
‘Lord McDeath’ by Darren Curtis.
‘Touch’ by Mattia Cupelli.