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A storytelling and folklore podcast. Telling some of the famous and not so famous British and Irish myths, legends and folktales, in no particular order. Coming direct from South Yorkshire it is currently regularish, and will feature all of the above and whatever other miscellaneous snippets take my fancy. Presented by Graeme. Website at www.TalesofBritainandIreland.com
 
In this four part documentary series we explore how geology and landscapes have influenced the communities and cultures of the British isles. We’ll discover what connects ice-age floods, and the dialects we speak, and how pre-historic geological events, can form the bedrock of community, or become the driving force behind neighbourhood feuds. People’s Landscapes is hosted and presented by radio journalist, broadcaster and strictly contestant, John Sergeant, Horrible Histories writer Terry De ...
 
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Today I wanted to sit down and chat about a few witchcraft topics I've had on my mind. These are all related to the current changes in our lives and in the world as a whole, touching on animal signs, candle substitutions, university witchcraft and more. I hope that you do enjoy this episode, if you would like, it is also available in video form via…
 
The second of two episodes on Irish fairy lore with three more tales of the Aos Sí. Featuring a new trendy get rich quick scheme (robbery), absolutely banging tunes and highly restrictive music licencing laws, and what's sure to be a heroic rescue! And I even include a Leprechaun (kind of)! For musical credits, sources and more visit the website: h…
 
The first of two episodes on Irish fairy lore - featuring three tales of the Aos Sí and there's not a pair of gossamer wings in sight.Discover the connection between a fairy rath and the fairies wrath, meet a dead donkey who doesn't drop anything, and take a good look at a fairy baby. While you still can.For musical credits, sources and more visit …
 
Today we're sitting down for a slightly different episode. I'm currently in the process of filming season 2, so while we wait, I'm hoping to do a few sit down and chat episodes surrounding witchcraft and other occult topics. This week we're talking about the most recent lunar eclipse, sabbats, my own ghost encounters and the differences between bei…
 
This episode features a number of accounts of encounters with the fearsome Scottish water-horse known alternately as the Each-Uisge and the Kelpie. The tales involve a kindly magical old woman, a not so kindly magical old woman, sticky situations, lust, and a lorra lorra lochs. For musical credits, sources and more Kelpie information visit the webs…
 
This episode is the second from the collection of Medieval chronicler of oddities, miscellanea, and forteana - Walter Map. Featuring two weddings, a suspicious contract, dust, a cute little goat man, the wild hunt (but not really) and a dog that just won't quit. One of the earliest of the many stories that has been classified as being of the "The W…
 
This episode we've a tale from the Isle of Man featuring a folkloric Kaiju, a super-powered Saint, unusual ordinance, a brave little tailor(but not that brave little tailor), a deal with god, and more nautical terms than you can shake a main brace at. For pictures, links and musical credits please see the website page at https://talesofbritainandir…
 
This episode we've got a tale that draws strongly form the theme of Folk-horror, the strange world of the Lincolnshire Carrs (marshlands), a fairly unnecessary second person framing narrative and a lesson about the real power of a firm handshake. Sources and musical credits can be found on the Episode Page on the website: https://talesofbritainandi…
 
This episode we have a delightful Fairy Tale. With fairies, castles, witches, princesses and princes, step mothers and ugly step sisters (alignments to be revealed), lots of things done in threes, and body horror that's positively Cronenbergesque. Musical credits, sources and more at: https://talesofbritainandireland.com/episode-35-kate-crackernuts…
 
In today's episode we are looking at the Welsh folk tradition of the Mari Lwyd. A celebration with unknown origin, that continues to be celebrated throughout South Wales to this day. If you would like to watch this episode, it can be found on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ThroughTheBlackthornArch/videos References: The Tradition of the Welsh C…
 
Today on Through the Blackthorn Arch, we are discussing the headless horrors among other hauntings of the Tower of London. References: Myths and mysteries: The haunted Tower of London - Newspaper - DAWN.COM Haunted Castles England - Tower of London (medieval-castle.com) Heads Will Roll: 8 Restless Ghosts of the Tower of London (the-line-up.com) The…
 
In today's episode we are looking at encounters with the Black Shuck. These phantom dogs have roamed through British legend for centuries, these are just a few of the hundreds of encounters, both historical and modern. If you would like to watch this episode, it can be found on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ThroughTheBlackthornArch/videos Refe…
 
For the Fifth episode, I wanted to touch on a relatively well known story, across the water in Ireland. After family recently returned from Ireland and told me the story, I knew I had to cover it in full on here. Today we're talking about the Legend of the Giant's Causeway. If you would like to watch this episode, it can be found on Youtube: https:…
 
For the Fourth episode, I wanted to touch on a strange and unusual story, that of the Green Children of Woolpit. It's a legend so old, we're unsure of when it originated, with many potential reasons and speculations about the children's origins. If you would like to watch this episode, it can be found on Youtube: https://youtu.be/CzlLcPV6Ga8 Resour…
 
Witch trials are cruel, brutal events that still happen in some areas today. For this episode we are going back to 1704, watching as the tragedy of the Pittenweem Witch Trials unfolded through the tall tales of a young boy. If you would like to watch this episode, it can be found on Youtube one day after podcast release: https://www.youtube.com/thr…
 
Today we are taking a dive into the bottomless, black pools of the Peak District, looking into the stories and legends of Mermaids trapped in the Midlands. How did they get so far from the shore, tall tales, or tragic torment? If you would like to watch this episode, it can be found on Youtube: https://youtu.be/CzlLcPV6Ga8…
 
For the first episode, I wanted to touch on a gruesome and often forgotten practice, folk medicine. Where we combined early medicine, superstition and witchcraft together to form a grotesque form of medical treatment, often causing more harm than good. If you would like to watch this episode, it can be found on Youtube: https://youtu.be/CzlLcPV6Ga8…
 
Come with me to Cottonopolis where we’ve got two stories and an introduction. There’ll be more ill-advised ways to win a woman (see the last episode), and lots of mentions of a table that’s far bigger than I’d assumed. . Intro and incidental music by @alice-nicholls-music. Musical credits, sources and more at: https://talesofbritainandireland.com/e…
 
Walter Map’s charming little tale of a Princess, ambition, obsession, one of the most taboo acts known to humanity, an unlikely weapon from an unlikely source and, of course, shoes. Let me take you to Constantinople…. Musical credits, sources and more at: https://talesofbritainandireland.com/episode-32-the-shoemaker-of-constantinople/ #myth #mythol…
 
This time we’ve got the conclusion to the Second Branch of the Mabinogion. There’s talking heads, the non-talking dead, talking birds, and I bitterly regret recording the whole episode without saying “A little bird told me”. It’s the longest episode yet and hopefully it’s worth it. Musical credits, sources and more at: https://talesofbritainandirel…
 
A tale taken from the premier text of Welsh mythology, with part one of a story of London, giants, magic, marriage, international diplomacy and the age old question of: Families. Who'd have them? Musical credits, sources and more at: https://talesofbritainandireland.com/episodes-28-19-second-branch-of-the-mabinogion/ #myth #mythology #folklore #leg…
 
Do you like prank(e)s? Do you like jests? Do you like them mad and merry? Do you like characters who are cruel, capricious and also have super powers? Well if so, we've got just the tale for you! Musical credits, sources and more at: https://talesofbritainandireland.com/episode-25-robin-goodfellow-his-mad-pranks-and-merry-jests/ #myth #mythology #f…
 
The final part of the tale of the Enchanter of Pengersick, features destinies fulfilled, wizard school, magical battles, renovations and, just in the nick of time, an Enchanter. Musical credits, sources and more at: https://talesofbritainandireland.com/episodes-2123-24-the-enchanter-of-pengerswick/ #myth #mythology #folklore #legends…
 
The second part of the Cornish tale of the Enchanter of Pengersick! There are plots, there's poison, there's ghosts, there's pirates! An Enchanter you ask? Did we mention the pirates? Musical credits, sources and more at: https://talesofbritainandireland.com/episodes-2123-24-the-enchanter-of-pengerswick/ #myth #mythology #folklore #legends…
 
The Cornish mining industry was once the envy of the world. Seabirds have now taken over the crumbling remains of mine shafts, engine houses and chimneys that still define the Tin Coast. This episode explores the geological events that threaded this stretch of coastline with tin and copper and the technological advancements that led to an army of w…
 
In the year 991 AD an advancing Viking army made its way up the Black Water estuary and moored on the banks of Northey Island. According to an Anglo-Saxon poem, the raiders used this small and marshy island as a base from which to attack the town of Maldon in Essex. But their passage to the mainland was blocked by an Anglo-Saxon army determined to …
 
In this four part documentary series, we explore how geology and landscapes have influenced the communities and cultures of the British Isles. We’ll discover what connects ice-age floods and the dialects we speak. And how pre-historic geological events can form the bedrock of community, or become the driving force behind neighbourhood feuds. People…
 
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