52 – The Leprechaun

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‘Leprechaun’ by Jean Baptiste Monge

I don’t believe in Leprechauns!

There I said it, what a relief…

Actually, I do believe in a Leprechaun, only not the stereotypical figure who appears on every street, in every store window and, bewilderingly, to represent Ireland on Saint Patrick’s Day. leprechaun 2 (2)

The Leprechaun of our popular culture is a hopeless, wishy-washy and lazy misrepresentation of the true Leprechaun.

So… leave all pre-conceived ideas and images of the Leprechaun behind.

In this episode, we take a genuine look at the member of the Good People who has come to be known as the ‘Leprechaun’.

Through poem and stories, we will discover the Leprechaun is a formidable Faerie, one who favours some Humans over others and one you most decidedly do not want to offend or injure! An encounter with this Faerie can change your life…

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Podcast Credits

Edited by Magic Dan

Abridged poem ‘The Leprechaun’ by William Allington. Read by thegirlwhotalks.

Two tales from ‘Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms, and Superstitions of Ireland’ by Lady Francesca Speranza Wilde, 1887.

Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio di Campo

Additional Music:
‘Clear Air’, ‘Angevin’ and ‘Heavy Heart’ by Kevin Macleod.
‘Red Haired Boy’ by Royalty Free Music.

51 – Reverend Robert Kirk and Second Sight

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Rev. Robert Kirk’s Grave.

 

Reverend Robert Kirk.

Born – December 1644, Aberfoyle, Scotland.

Died – Taken by the Good People: May 1692, Aberfoyle, Scotland.

 

 

 

Rev Kirk, also known as ‘The Fairy Minister’ was blessed (or cursed) with the skill of ‘Second Sight’.

Second Sight allows a person to see, hear or interact with the Good People, and in some cases, bestows the person with great skills of healing.

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For Kirk, this led to an intense fascination with the Faerie of the highlands and lowlands of Scotland. Such so, it came to dominate his life, and some say, cause, his death.

Others argue he has never died. But still, to this day, dwells among the Good People.

On this week’s Podcast, Kitty takes a look at the strange life and mysterious death of Rev Robert Kirk and ponders:

Did the Good People kill him in retaliation for him sharing their secrets?

Did the Good People invite him to join them?

Is Second Sight all its cracked up to be?

Join Kitty to find out all this and much more!

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Podcast Credits.
Edited by Magic Dan
‘A Dedication to Kirk’ by Andrew Lang, 1893. Read by Simone.

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

Additional Music:
‘Private reflection’ by Kevin Macleod.
‘Highland Castle’ by Darren Curtis
‘Quiet Place’ by Jonyy Easton
‘Hidden Past’ by Kevin Macleod.
‘Countryside’ by Audio Library.
‘Wooden Legs’ by David and Goliath.
‘Banish Misfortune’ by Brigan.

50 – Faerie Celebrations

The Good People enjoy a party as much as we do, probably more, and more often too!

How do they celebrate?

And what does it mean for us?

The Good People don’t observe our ‘festive’ calendar so it follows they don’t celebrate Christmas, New Year or St Patricks Day. But… there are so many sightings and encounters with the good people at play that we know they enjoy sumptuous food and drink on gold and silver laden tables, music, dancing, storytelling, games and a song and dance.

It sounds fabulous doesn’t it?

So why is it that some people who stumble upon, or are invited to join in a Faerie celebration end up disfigured or dead soon after?

Join Kitty to find out!

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PODCAST CREDITS.
Edited by Magic Dan.

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Excerpt from ‘Superstitions of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland’ by J G Campbell.
Excerpt from ‘Hotel California’ written by Frey/Felder/Henley. Read by Simone.
Excerpt from ‘I’m Going Home’ written by Ezrin/Cooper/Wagner. Read by Simone.

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

Additional Music:
‘Long Road Ahead’ by Kevin Macleod.
‘Enchanted Valley’ by Kevin Macleod.
‘Ashton Manor’ by Kevin Macleod.
‘Friendly Day’ by Kevin Macleod.
‘Heavy Heart’ by Kevin Macleod.
‘Colourless Aura’ by Kevin Macleod.
‘Celtic Impulse’ by Kevin Macleod.

49 – 5 Tales of Strange Faerie Music

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There can be no doubt Faerie music is alluring. People are known to literally drop whatever they are doing, stop wherever they are going, when they hear faerie music on the air.

But, while it is given us to hear, to dance to, to lose ourselves within, it is never ours to keep.

This wee collection of curious old tales, serves to remind us that faerie music can be as dangerous, as it is captivating.

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Podcast Credits:

Edited by: Magic Dan.

Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio di Campo

Additional Music:

‘Almost New’ by Kevin Macleod

‘Achaidh Cheide’ by Kevin Macleod

‘Atlantean Twilight’ by Kevin Macleod.

‘Cloudy’ by Vladimir Khrobystov.

‘Private Reflection’ by Kevin Macleod.

48 – 6 Tales of Strange Faerie Creatures

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On this special wee pocket episode, Kitty shares true tales of strange Faerie creatures.

Sure, these tales may be amusing and entertaining but… they are also a timely reminder that the Good People can, and do, take many forms and we must be ever-mindful, and respectful, of the creatures around us.

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Podcast Credits

Edited by Magic Dan.
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Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio di Campo.
Additional Music: ‘Midnight Tale’ by Kevin Macleod.
‘Eternal Hope’ by Kevin Macleod.
‘Teller of the Tales’ by Kevin Macleod.
‘Ghost Processional’ by Kevin Macleod.

47 – Encounters with Tommyknockers

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By Jean Baptiste Monge

What a treat! This week a former miner and more recently, mine tour guide, shares many strange events which occurred down in the mines of Colorado. He tells us about:

  • clear, unmistakable knocking from closed areas of the mine
  • rocks clearly hitting each other
  • strange noises, shuffling and movements
  • sudden, inexplicable injury to someone who ‘badmouthed’ the Tommyknockers
  • and evidence the Tommyknockers enjoy a tune as much as we do.

Take a listen to real encounters with Tommyknockers in Colorado.

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Podcast Credits:

Edited by Magic Dan.

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

Additional Music:
‘Peace of Mind’ by Kevin Macleod.
‘Achaidh Cheide’ by Kevin Macleod.

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.