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More tales from Manchester. Three stories with an emphasis on the post-mortem, with a light dusting of Boggarts and faeries to keep things interesting.Intro and incidental music by https://soundcloud.com/alice-nicholls-musicOutro and incidental music by Mitch Keely and Josh Newman: (https://www.facebook.com/keelyandnewman)Other music from:-Monplais…
 
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.Other music fromDaniel Birch:Roaming the streets at night, https://freemusicar…
 
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….Intro and incidental music by @alice-nicholls-music.Other music from:-Lionel Schmitt:The beast,https://soundcloud.com/lionel-schmitt/t…
 
A Knight! A Dark and Stormy night! A Castle! A quest! A hot headed wizard! A damsel! Northumberland! What more could you possible want?Intro and incidental music by @alice-nicholls-music.Other music from:Lionel Schmitt:Castle of Darkness,https://soundcloud.com/lionel-schmitt/winter-land Castle of DarknessConqueror of the Kingdom,https://soundcloud.…
 
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.Intro and incidental music by @alice-nicholls-music.Other music from…
 
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?Intro and incidental music by @alice-nicholls-music.Other music fromSláinte:Lark in the morning/The Atholl highlanders,https://freemusicarchive.org/music/S…
 
This episode join us in York, for the story of Brother Jucundus... a liminal tale of monks, wild partying and coincidences. Into and incidental music by https://soundcloud.com/alice-nicholls-musicOther incidental music from:Damiano Baldoni:Misery, https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Damiano_Baldoni/Lost_Dinasty/MiseryDoctor Turtle:His Last Share of …
 
This episode we've got three short stories of Stone circles. There's poor wedding planning, there's a beautiful view ruined, and there's a remote island community in midsummer, with cuckoos.Be afraid, be petrified!Into and incidental music by https://soundcloud.com/alice-nicholls-musicOther incidental music from:Sláinte:Mairi's Wedding,https://free…
 
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!Into and incidental music by https://soundcloud.com/alice-nicholls-musicOther incidental music from:Sláinte:Denis Murphy's Polka. I'll Tell Me Ma. John Rya…
 
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.Into and incidental music by https://soundcloud.com/alice-nicholls-musicOther incidental music from:Ben von Wildenhaus:Week Twenty Five, https://freemusicarchive.org/music/B…
 
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?Into and incidental music by https://soundcloud.com/alice-nicholls-musicOther incidental music from:Jahzaar:Vanlig, https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jahzzar/Blinded_…
 
This time we have a short Christmas bonus episode for you, because it's the season for it. And because the episode we're meant to have isn't done yet.We're telling a narrative story of a popular old Christmas song... with a slightly gothic twist. Into music from https://soundcloud.com/alice-nicholls-musicOther incidental music from:Lionel Schmitt:W…
 
In this episode we start a two part Cornish legend where Magic, marriage, murder and mayhem abound, in a story packed with more folkloric elements than you can shake an enchnated stick at:Into and incidental music by @alice—nicholls-musicOther incidental music from:Lionell Schmitt:Meet at Twilight,Don't leave me, https://soundcloud.com/lionel-schmi…
 
And we’re finally back! This time with a spooky story from Lancashire featuring, amongst other things, class politics, horses, a kiss and a lot of storytelling.Intro and incidental music by @alice-nicholls-musicOther incidental music from:Damiano Baldoni:A Ghrà, http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Damiano_Baldoni/Lost_Dinasty/A_GhrOMomento di solitud…
 
This time we’ve got the second in a two parter telling tales from the biggest smoke: London town. This time there are three stories of residents of the city: an entrepreneur who dares to think outside the box, a property developer with an unpaid debt, and an honest workman with a secret admirer.Intro and incidental music by @alice-nicholls-musicOth…
 
This delayed Tales of the British Isles is the first of two episodes looking at some legends from that Heart of Darkness itself: London town.This time there are three stories of visitors to the city: one an original wonder woman, one an ancient train-buff and one a big dreamer.Intro and incidental music by @alice-nicholls-musicOther incidental musi…
 
This episode we continue working our way through the origin phase of the Fenian cycle featuring everything you’ve grown to expect from a Fionn story: an evil Sidhe, animal transformations, and blatant overuse of Irish incidental music.Intro and incidental music by @alice-nicholls-musicOther incidental music from:Sláinte:Kesh Jig, Leitrim Fancy,http…
 
Today we're back in the world of mythological Ireland, as we return to the tales of Fionn MacCumhaill. It's backstory time and changes are afoot, not least of strongly held opinions. We'll learn about the dangers of an angry ex, the benefits of signing a pre-nup with your nephew and how a beloved pet really can be one of the family.Intro and incide…
 
The second part in our look at Festive Ghost stories this episode is an unusual one for this podcast, featuring a straight reading of E. Nesbit’s wonderful Ghost Story “The Shadow” featuring no rambling asides, and little incidental music. Suggest listening to our first Christmas Ghost episode first, but if you’re still keen given to then give this…
 
In this slightly delayed festive (read: spooky) episode we’ve got a number of ghost stories from the British Isles, featuring peculiar Medieval spooks of Yorkshire, toe-curlingingly embarrising attempts at emulating the crypt Keeper, Lovecraftian horrors of Victorian London and the nineteenth century’s most unflappable headmaster.After that there’s…
 
A Scottish fairy tale, name checked by none other than J.R.R. Tolkien features a whole lot of threes, an Epic Battle (off camera), a very valuable apple (no Steve Jobs required) and a fast and loose attitude to tying up narrative threads.Intro and incidental music by @alice-nicholls-musicOther incidental music from:Lionel Schmitt:Land of Snow,https…
 
Concluding the first Branch of the Mabinogion we pick up again with Pwyll and Rhiannon. This time they'll be contending with legal technicalities, murder most foul, a dark game of horsey, claws encounters and Pwyll's general ineptitude.And I’ll fail to use the pun clawstrophobia. Much to my chagrin. Intro and incidental music by @alice-nicholls-mus…
 
This episode we begin our look at the renowned collection of medieval Welsh tales, the Mabinogion.Join Pwyll prince of Dyfed on an unusual job swap, featuring a magical horse, some colourful hounds, acts of both uncivility and propriety, and some very dodgy pronunciation.Intro and incidental music by @alice-nicholls-musicOther incidental music from…
 
With Halloween right around the corner we have a short bonus episode looking at another spooky tale. This story from Kent is not strictly about Halloween but does feature a host of seasonal favourites: Black magic, dismembered body parts, murder and a pug.Intro and incidental music by @alice-nicholls-musicOther incidental music from:Lionel Schmitt:…
 
A creepy Lincolnshire legend features a collection of evil creatures that haunt the darkness, spells to keep them away and a possible moral about knowing your place in the world. Especially if you have got a really important job to do.Intro and incidental music by @alice-nicholls-musicOther incidental music from:Lionel Schmitt:Emotional music – The…
 
Concluding our look at the mythic origins of Britain we learn about the link between Troy and the founding of London by way of a murder packed cruise around the Mediterranean with everyone’s favourite cuddly hero Brutus (not that Brutus).Intro and incidental music by @alice-nicholls-musicOther incidental music from:Damiano BaldoniVittoria,http://fr…
 
This episode we take a look at the surprising mythical origins of Britain. Without giving too much away this turns out to feature Syria, giants, a host of badass princesses, a lot of murder and many other deidedly unexpected elements.It’s the history of Britain like you’ve never heard it before.Intro and incidental music by @alice-nicholls-musicOth…
 
Three (well sort of four) stories vaguely linked by the theme of Churches: featuring Devilish plots both thwarted and not, great marketing and a cocky young whippersnapper of a Reverend.Theme and incidental music as always by https://soundcloud.com/alice-nicholls-musicOther incidental music from:Doctor Turtle:Ladies take me with you,http://freemusi…
 
This episode we've a lighter tale in the form of The Dragon of Wantley.There is everything you'd expect from a good dragon slaying story: a Knight, a maiden, and a digestive complaint. Plus Sheffield steel puts in an appearance.Intro and incidental music by @alice-nicholls-musicOther incidental music from:Sláinte: John Ryans Polkahttp://freemusicar…
 
We continue our look into the beginnings of the Fenian cycle with a grisly plot item, a definitive answer to the question of whether fish-oils are good for the brain (in very specific circumstances), one weird trick to beat narcolepsy and an obligatory climactic shown down for the young Fionn Mac Cumhaill.Intro and incidental music by @alice-nichol…
 
A retelling of this ballad from the Scottish borders featuring all your favourite Elves and Bards.Intro theme from @alice-nicholls-musicIncidental music:-Axletree: Three kites Circling, http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Axletree/Cormorant_EP/Three_kites_circlingLater Fruits, http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Axletree/Stone_EP/Axletree_-_01_-_Later_…
 
A second Scottish border ballad, this time with the wrong character named in the title and featuring our old friends the Fair Folk.Intro and incidental music by @alice-nicholls-musicOther incidental music from:Sláinte:Fear a Bhata, http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Slinte/Cup_of_Tea/slainte_-_04_-_fear_a_bhataGander in the Pratie Hole Morrison's Ji…
 
We dip a tiny toe into the vast lake of Irish Mythology with the beginnings of the Fenian cycle, a King called Conn, a warrior called Cumhaill and a boy called Fionn.Intro and incidental music by @alice-nicholls-musicOther incidental music from:Sláinte:Gander in the Pratie Hole, Morrison's Jig, Drowsy Maggie,http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Slinte…
 
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