16 – Bloody May: Will o’Wisp, Red Cap and Sluagh

Faerie of traditional Celtic Faerie Folklore are old and clever, and sometimes bloodthirsty.

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It is long known the Good People are more active in the month of May. Until they tell us themselves, we can only speculate why this is so but… we are wise to be wary, for not all Faerie wish to act as Guardian, or Muse, or kindly foretell a death at any time.

And in the month of May, there are those who would gladly steal your blood or even your life.

We look at 2 tales of encounters with Faerie in the month of May which show us how easily they are tempted by a lovely lady and how swift, and final, is their reckoning when a promise is broken. The line twixt life and death is fine indeed…

This episode features 3 particularly dangerous Faerie: the Will o’Wisp, Red Cap and Sluagh.

These are three fellas you do not want to bump into at any time, but in the month of May,

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that bump would surely turn deadly. But fear not, we have some tips on how you might save yourself from their wicked whimsies.

Kitty reminds you not to be tempted to go Faerie Spotting in the month of May and as always, explains why it’s okay to believe in Faeries.

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

Additional Music: ‘Caoineadh Cu Chulainn’ written by Bill Whelan from the album ‘Riverdance’, 1997. Performed by Davy Spillane.

‘Sweet Little Lullaby’ by Darren Curtis. From Royalty Free Zone.
‘Ghost’ by Tim Beek. From Royalty Free Zone.

Anecdote collected by Scottish author John Francis Campbell in 1862. Read by Zornaph. www.fiverr.com/zornaph/

Poem ‘Will o’Wisp’, published in Scottish Broadsheet in 1869. Read by Greyolltwit.
Tale ‘The Fairy Rath’, collected by Lady Wilde in 1887. Read by Greyolltwit.

Additional Music: ‘Raggle Taggle Gyspy’ performed by Plantxy. Live at Vicar Street, 2004.

15 – Beltane and the Month of Faerie Madness

beltane (2)What do you get when you take a pinch of Beltane and add a dash of Faerie?

A Month of May Mischief.

Faerie of traditional Irish Faerie Folklore are old and clever, and something strange comes over them in the month of May.

Did you know that in the month of May you are more likely to be assaulted, abducted, seduced or tricked by Faerie than at any other time of the year?

It’s true, and Kitty is wondering why!

We know the Good People, Wee Folk, Faerie or Sidhe are all around us and watching, always watching.

And so it is they watch us celebrate birth and mourn death and the many landmarks twixt the two.beltane3 (2)

But what do the Good People think when they witness us collectively throw off our tightly held inhibitions, ditch our clothing, paint our bodies, adorn them in flowers and branches, beat drums and dance around bonfires?

Are they amused?

Probably, but they are most certainly confused.

Beltane, the Celtic ceremony of welcoming Summer and celebrating the warmth of the Sun and the fertility and hope it brings, is held on 30th April, and it is no coincidence that from 1st May, Faerie go a little… wild.

beast (4)Kitty has some ideas why, warns against Faerie Spotting in the month of May and as always, explains why it’s okay to believe in Faeries.

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Credits:
Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio Di Campo
Additional Music: ‘Birdsong in Spring’ by Sounds Majestic.
Additional Music: ‘Carousel’ by Free Video Library.
‘A Chant for Beltane’ poem, written by Doreen Valiente, read by Dreow Bennett from the DVD, ‘Charge of the Goddess’.
‘Going Home – Theme from Local Hero’, written and performed by Mark Knopfler from the album ‘Local Hero’ soundtrack, 1983.

14 – Selkie: Still Waters Run Deep

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Come, join Kitty and bask under the warm glow of the doe-eyed Selkie.

selkie yearning3 (3)The Selkie story is a familiar one: under the light of the moon, a beautiful woman with milky white skin, long brown hair and big brown eyes, dances on the rocky shore.

A canny man steals her sealskin and she is evermore bound to live on land, to be his wife and bear his children.

She is a fine wife, a loving mother and, although she spends every spare moment gazing out at sea and talking to seagulls, theirs is a good life.

 

NUTS TO THAT!

It’s time to wipe the misty romanticism from our eyes and take a real look at Selkie. Her predicament is no fairytale.

Faerie of traditional Folklore are old, clever and can shed their skin whole. They are all around us, always watching. But what are they thinking? Do they yearn to befriend us?

It is said “still waters run deep” and so it is with Selkie, the ‘feel-good’ member of the Good People.

Kitty takes a close look at these romanticised creatures to discover the fascinating character bubbling beneath those soft brown eyes. You might be surprised to find we have plenty in common with the creatures who have long dwelled in the waters off Scotland and Ireland.scotland selkie2

In this episode we ponder:

  • the true nature of the Selkie
  • the shocking methods used to treat webbed hands and feet of those descended from a Selkie-Human union
  • one rare occasion of Selkie revenge
  • and tips on where best to spot Selkie.

As always, Kitty explains why it’s okay to believe in Faeries and invites you to read more true tales of encounters with the Good People and share your own experiences at:

Email: glassonionstories@gmail.com 

 

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Credits:
Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio Di Campo.
Poem adapted from ‘The Mermaid Song’ written by James Reeves. Read by Owen.
Poem adapted from ‘Tell me, tell me, Sarah Jane’ written by Charles Causley. Read by Carol.
‘The Great Silkie of Sules Skerry’ – Traditional. Performed by Maddy Prior from the album ‘Collections’, 2005.
Additional Music: ‘Sea Waves’ by superfunnysheet

13 – Mermaids and Mermen: Is it Safe to go in the Water?

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Leave your towels on the beach and join Kitty as she dives into the dark, scary waters where dwell Mermaids and Mermen. What do we know about these elusive creatures?

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We know they are spotted in waters all over the world – check!

They are ridiculously good looking – check!

They are shiny and muscular – check!

But… we don’t know what darkness lurks in their hearts.

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In this episode, we ponder:

Why Mermaids attack underwater divers?

merrow baskets (2)How to defeat a Scottish Mermen without getting wet

Why Scandinavian fishers should carry an extra sock when out at sea

and the bizarre hobby of the, otherwise delightful, Irish Merrow.

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Faerie of traditional Folklore are old, clever and can live in water and on land. They are all around us, always watching. But what are they thinking? Are they on a mission to keep us landlubbers out of the oceans altogether?mermaid merman (2)

Kitty makes a splash by declaring Mermen are every bit as interesting as their prettier kin, and warns against listening to the Mermaids sweet song, those girls are fierce!

As always, Kitty explains why it’s okay to believe in Faeries and invites you to read more true tales of encounters with the Good People and share your own experiences at:

Email: glassonionstories@gmail.com 

Facebook: Encounters with the Good People

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Credits:

Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio Di Campo.
Additional Music: ‘Sunny Sailor Boy’ written by Mike Scott. Performed by Luka Blooom from the album ‘Turf’- 1994
Additional Music: ‘Sea Waves’ by superfunnysheet

12 – Brief Encounters and The Benefits of Daydreaming when Faerie Spotting

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No, not that kind of ‘Brief’ encounter (although they are common too), Kitty is here to talk about fleeting meetings with the real Faeries: The Good People, The Wee Folk or the Sidhe.

​Faerie of traditional Irish Faerie Folklore are old and clever, but can be terribly nosey. They are all around us and watching, always watching.

But what are they thinking? Are they baffled by Brexit, or just set on spying? Should we fear them? ​

In this episode, Kitty looks at 3 brief encounters with the Good People and asks:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

What do they really look like?

Would you recognise one if they were sat next to you on the train?

Or busking for coin on Main Street?

​We ponder why daydreaming is good for us and as always, Kitty explains why it’s okay to believe in Faeries.​

To read more stories of encounters with the Good People, share your own story of an encounter, or perhaps one handed down through your family, contact Kitty at:​

Email: glassonionstories@gmail.com 

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Credits:

‘Fairytale of New York’ written by Jem Finer and Shane McGowan. Performed by Christy Moore from the album ‘Live at the Point’, 1994.

Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio Di Campo

Additional Music: ‘Forest of Lament’ by Jonathan Segev

11 – Faerie Vengeance and Proof Tinkerbell is Soft

Leave thoughts of mercy at the door, Kitty is here to talk about the ruthless ways Faerie take revenge on Humans.

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Faerie of traditional Irish Faerie Folklore are old, clever and can be seriously opinionated.

They are all around us and watching, always watching.

But what are they thinking?

Are we tempting their acts of revenge by breaking basic rules of decency?

Or do they just enjoy tormenting us?

Should we fear them?

When it comes to methods of revenge, we learn how the real Faerie kick Tinkerbell to the curb.

 

In this episode, Kitty ponders one more tale of Faerie Vengeance and establishes 3 easy to follow rules to minimise the chances of you falling foul of Faerie. But, there are no guarantees. Even those with good and earnest intentions can incur the wrath of the Good People.

As always, Kitty explains why it’s okay to believe in Faeries and invites you to read more true tales of encounters with the Good People and share your own experiences at:

 

Email: glassonionstories@gmail.com 

Facebook: Encounters with the Good People

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Credits:

Excerpt from ‘Dignity and Backbone’ by Luka Bloom. From the album ‘This New Morning’ – 2012.

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

Additional Music: ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’ written by Tchaikovsky, performed by Kevin MacLeod.

Additional Music: ‘Carnival of the Damned’ by Jonathan Segev.

10 – Faerie Vengeance and Simple Rules to Avoid It

Leave your lingering doubts at the door, Faerie are vengeful.

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Kitty is here to talk about the real ways Faerie have taken revenge on Humans and whatsmore, identifies their favourite methods. Yes, they have their favourites!

Faerie of traditional Irish Faerie Folklore are old, clever and can be seriously unforgiving.

They are all around us and watching, always watching. But what are they thinking:

Are they disappointed in our poor behaviour and simply trying to set us straight?
Can we ever meet their expectations?

Should we fear them?

In this episode, Kitty shares two cautionary tales of Faerie vengeance and identifies common things we do which infuriate them. We also ponder what we can do to avoid finding ourselves at the receiving end of a vengeful Faerie.

As always, Kitty explains why it’s okay to believe in Faeries and invites you to read more true tales of encounters with the Good People and share your own experiences at:

Email: glassonionstories@gmail.com 

Facebook: Encounters with the Good People

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Credits:

‘Hard times come again no more’ by Stephen Foster. Performed by Paolo Nutini and the Chieftains, from the album ‘Voice of Ages’, 2012.
Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio Di Campo.
Additional Music: ‘Hidden Past’ by Kevin MacLeod.

9 – Leanan Sidhe: Vampiric Muse or Divine Messenger?

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Leave your teenage vampire love stories at the door, Kitty is here to talk about the real Leanan Sidhe of The Good People.

Faerie of traditional Irish Faerie Folklore are old, clever and can be really inspiring.

They are all around us and watching, always watching.

But what are they thinking?

Can they relate to the vanity of our selfie generation or do they despair at our self-loving superficiality?

Do we irritate them, should we fear them?

In this episode, Kitty wonders if Leanan Sidhe’s interaction with Humans serves a higher purpose. Perhaps it’s about more than art!

So, bin all romantic thoughts of bloodsucking, we’re going to take a no nonsense look at how and why Leanan Sidhe have inspired Humans through the ages and ask:

Is she just a bloodthirsty vamp with a penchant for Human blood?
And does this explain why struggling artists are often pale, sickly and tormented?
Does she give inspiration to particular creative Humans out of lust or affection?

OR…

Is it possible Leanan Sidhe’s ‘gift’ benefits the Good People? Does her inspiration allow artistic Humans to relay profound thoughts/feelings on behalf of the Good People? Could our most extraordinary artists have acted as a conduit for the Faerie?

We will ponder what John Keats, Marvin Gaye, Christy Moore and John Lennon might have in common and celebrate Leanan Sidhe and the Good People in song and poem.

As always, Kitty explains why it’s okay to believe in Faeries and invites you to read more true tales of encounters with the Good People and share your own experiences at:

Email: glassonionstories@gmail.com 

Facebook: Encounters with the Good People

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Excerpt from ‘La Belle Dame san Merci’ poem by John Keats. Read by Zornaph.
Excerpt from ‘Mercy, Mercy Me’ written by Marvin Gaye. Read by Zornaph.
Excerpt from ‘Imagine’ written by John Lennon.
Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio Di Campo.
Additional Music: ‘Rainy Day’ by Jonathan Segev.

8 – Wee Pocket Podcast: 5 Old Tales of Changelings and Abductions

It’s Storytime! Sit back and relax as Kitty shares a few old tales of Faerie shenanigans, and proves that some attempts to abduct Humans do not go to plan…

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Listen to the tale of how an ordinary young man out for a walk managed to out trick the Faerie tricksters and save the son of a Lord.

Discover how one Mother learned the hard way that sometimes even a well placed pair of iron scissors cannot be relied upon to protect her baby from Faerie abductors.

Then there is the unusual tale of a Faerie mother who had her own baby stolen to act as Changeling and an account from a young boy who was abducted to live among the Good People for 4 years before being returned to his family.

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glassonionstories@gmail.com
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Credits:
Theme Music, ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio Di Campo.
Backyard Chicken who just laid an egg.
Additional Music ‘Carnival of the Damned’ by Jonathan Segev

7 – Changelings and Abductions: Faerie Mischief or A Higher Purpose?

Leave your knocking knees at the door, Kitty is here to talk about the real Faeries: The Good People, The Wee Folk or the Sidhe.

Faerie of traditional Irish Faerie Folklore sit guardian over our Natural World and are in feckin torment at the many ways we harm our environment. They are all around us and watching, always watching.

But what are they thinking? Are they impressed at our efforts to recycle, upcycle and downcycle or would they gladly send us all to landfill? Should we worry about what they might do?

In this episode, Kitty takes a realistic look at what motivated a loving Grandmother to employ a woman expert in Faerie Knowledge and remedies, to rid a sickly 4 year old boy of a ‘Faerie Changeling’. A fateful decision which resulted in the worst possible outcome.

Was this a case or murder, incompetence or absolute faith?

We ponder why some people daydream of being abducted by the Good People while others are terrified at the notion. abduct (2)

And wonder what do the Good People do with Humans they abduct.

Are we used to serve, or entertain, the Good People or, shock horror, is it possible they need us to reproduce?

Kitty throws a few new theories in the ring and asks if there is a higher purpose to these abductions?

Could it be a meeting of minds, the Good People seeking Humans out for to counsel or warn?

And as always, Kitty explains why it’s okay to believe in Faeries.

To read more stories of encounters with the Good People, share your own story of an encounter, perhaps one handed down through your family, or just an unusual experience on a visit to Ireland at:

glassonionstories@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/encounterswiththegoodpeople

Credits:
Excerpt from ‘The Land of Heart’s Desire’ by WB Yeats. Read by Giles.
Theme Music, ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio Di Campo.
Additional Music by Kevin MacLeod