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Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast with Mark Rees: Real-life ghost stories, folklore, myths and legends from haunted Wales. Join Mark Rees - "arguably Wales' leading authority on the curious and paranormal aspects of the country's history." (Western Mail) and author of book such as Ghosts of Wales, Paranormal Wales and The A-Z of Curious Wales - for a fascinating journey through the weird and wonderful history of Wales and the world. From 'most haunted' Welsh castles to fairy-filled forests, discover long-lost cases of pesky poltergeists, sea-faring stories of mermaids and mermen, and ancient tales from the Mabinogion and King Arthur on this spine-chilling tour of Wales’ magical, fantastical, dark and, at times, horrible history. Each episode of this unique podcast explores at a different topic, and offers Mark's unique insight and research into: seasonal traditions from the Mari Lwyd to Halloween (Nos Calan Gaeaf); unusual funeral and wedding customs, such as the macabre Sin Eater and eerie corpse candles; how the magic of witches, wizards and the ancient Druids continue to cast a spell over the land today.

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    • 4.5 • 33 Ratings

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast with Mark Rees: Real-life ghost stories, folklore, myths and legends from haunted Wales. Join Mark Rees - "arguably Wales' leading authority on the curious and paranormal aspects of the country's history." (Western Mail) and author of book such as Ghosts of Wales, Paranormal Wales and The A-Z of Curious Wales - for a fascinating journey through the weird and wonderful history of Wales and the world. From 'most haunted' Welsh castles to fairy-filled forests, discover long-lost cases of pesky poltergeists, sea-faring stories of mermaids and mermen, and ancient tales from the Mabinogion and King Arthur on this spine-chilling tour of Wales’ magical, fantastical, dark and, at times, horrible history. Each episode of this unique podcast explores at a different topic, and offers Mark's unique insight and research into: seasonal traditions from the Mari Lwyd to Halloween (Nos Calan Gaeaf); unusual funeral and wedding customs, such as the macabre Sin Eater and eerie corpse candles; how the magic of witches, wizards and the ancient Druids continue to cast a spell over the land today.

    EP106 Dark Folklore of Death Omens: Phantom Funerals - The Welsh ’toili’ are an uncanny paranormal procession that proceed a burial. Explore the Gothic lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    EP106 Dark Folklore of Death Omens: Phantom Funerals - The Welsh ’toili’ are an uncanny paranormal procession that proceed a burial. Explore the Gothic lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    To see a death omen is never a good sign. But to see a phantom funeral? That was extra terrifying.
    With the possible exception of the Corpse Candle, the most prominent death portent in Wales is the “Toili” or spirit funeral; a kind of shadowy funeral which foretold the real one.
    Explore the dark folklore with Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast... if you dare!
     
     
    What is the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast?
    The "Ghosts and Folklore of Wales" podcast explores Welsh ghosts and ghost stories, lore, myths and legends.
    Launched by author and journalist Mark Rees in early 2020, this weird and wonderful podcast takes a fascinating look at the country's countless curious subjects by combining decades of research and insights from many books and articles with long-lost tales from dusty old tomes.
    Ranging from "real life" encounters with the uncanny to fantastical adventures from the Mabinogion, new episodes are uploaded every other (Folklore) Thursday and feature everything from pesky poltergeists to fire-breathing dragons and the odd wicked, and not-so-wicked, witch.
    Along with the regular stories you can also expect the odd special guest, an occasional "live" ghost hunt, and all sorts of crazy ideas. Seasonal specials include the dark folklore and Gothic Halloween (Nos Calan Gaeaf) traditions of old, to everyone's favourite skulled-skulled Christmas visitor, the Mari Lwyd herself.
    Dare you explore haunted Wales? From the sublime mountains and cascading waterfalls to the bustling cities and a remote farm, think of it as opening the Welsh The X-Files... and some tenuous Ghostbusters links!
    Be sure to subscribe so you never miss a spooky episode, and for more details and to get in touch with Mark Rees, please visit:
    Mark Rees homepage
    Mark Rees on social media
    Books by Mark Rees
    Ghosts of Wales podcast
    It's spooky time!

    • 25 min
    EP105 Paranormal Power of the Sun and Moon: Explore the lore with: death omens, Welsh dragons, witchcraft, Christmas, Easter, druids, myths, history and more! - Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    EP105 Paranormal Power of the Sun and Moon: Explore the lore with: death omens, Welsh dragons, witchcraft, Christmas, Easter, druids, myths, history and more! - Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    The sun and the moon have long been associated with good and bad luck, but what is their supernatural power?
    In this episode, the folklore of the skies is examined with tales of ancient druids, terrible death omens, Welsh dragons, and traditions that may have connections with modern-day Christmas and Easter.
    Join Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) for a folkloric investigation in search of the folklore of the sun and the moon on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast... if you dare!
     
     
    What is the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast?
    The "Ghosts and Folklore of Wales" podcast explores Welsh ghosts and ghost stories, lore, myths and legends.
    Launched by author and journalist Mark Rees in early 2020, this weird and wonderful podcast takes a fascinating look at the country's countless curious subjects by combining decades of research and insights from many books and articles with long-lost tales from dusty old tomes.
    Ranging from "real life" encounters with the uncanny to fantastical adventures from the Mabinogion, new episodes are uploaded every other (Folklore) Thursday and feature everything from pesky poltergeists to fire-breathing dragons and the odd wicked, and not-so-wicked, witch.
    Along with the regular stories you can also expect the odd special guest, an occasional "live" ghost hunt, and all sorts of crazy ideas. Seasonal specials include the dark and Gothic Halloween (Nos Calan Gaeaf) traditions of old, to everyone's favourite skulled-skulled Christmas visitor, the Mari Lwyd herself.
    Dare you explore haunted Wales? From the sublime mountains and cascading waterfalls to the bustling cities and a remote farm, think of it as opening the Welsh The X-Files... and some tenuous Ghostbusters links!
    Be sure to subscribe so you never miss a spooky episode, and for more details and to get in touch with Mark Rees, please visit:
    Mark Rees homepage
    Mark Rees on social media
    Books by Mark Rees
    Ghosts of Wales podcast
    It's spooky time!

    • 23 min
    EP104 Wales’ ”Most Haunted” Pub?: A Halloween investigation into paranormal activity at the Prince of Wales for Nos Calan Gaeaf. Explore the history & lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    EP104 Wales’ ”Most Haunted” Pub?: A Halloween investigation into paranormal activity at the Prince of Wales for Nos Calan Gaeaf. Explore the history & lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    In the 1980s, an idyllic pub was named the "most haunted" pub in Wales, and possibly the world. But what was happening at this serene beauty spot?
    Strange sounds were captured, audible phenomena that experts debated but could not explain, and some believed it might be an early example of the so-called "Stone Tape" theory in action.
    Whatever it was, the media attention died down, but the activity did not - is anything, it escalated into reports and sightings of phantom ladies, pesky poltergeists, and spectral children.
    Join Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) for a spooky Halloween investigation in search of the autumn spirits at the Prince of Wales pub in Kenfig on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast Nos Calan Gaeaf special... if you dare!
     
     
    What is the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast?
    The "Ghosts and Folklore of Wales" podcast explores Welsh ghosts and ghost stories, lore, myths and legends.
    Launched by author and journalist Mark Rees in early 2020, this weird and wonderful podcast takes a fascinating look at the country's countless curious subjects by combining decades of research and insights from many books and articles with long-lost tales from dusty old tomes.
    Ranging from "real life" encounters with the uncanny to fantastical adventures from the Mabinogion, new episodes are uploaded every other (Folklore) Thursday and feature everything from pesky poltergeists to fire-breathing dragons and the odd wicked, and not-so-wicked, witch.
    Along with the regular stories you can also expect the odd special guest, an occasional "live" ghost hunt, and all sorts of crazy ideas. Seasonal specials include the dark and Gothic Halloween (Nos Calan Gaeaf) traditions of old, to everyone's favourite skulled-skulled Christmas visitor, the Mari Lwyd herself.
    Dare you explore haunted Wales? From the sublime mountains and cascading waterfalls to the bustling cities and a remote farm, think of it as opening the Welsh The X-Files... and some tenuous Ghostbusters links!
    Be sure to subscribe so you never miss a spooky episode, and for more details and to get in touch with Mark Rees, please visit:
    Mark Rees homepage
    Mark Rees on social media
    Books by Mark Rees
    Ghosts of Wales podcast
    It's spooky time!

    • 35 min
    EP103 A Halloween Haunting; or, Whisked Away by a Hideous Apparition: Paranormal activity in the Welsh valleys on Nos Calan Gaeaf. Explore the history/ lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    EP103 A Halloween Haunting; or, Whisked Away by a Hideous Apparition: Paranormal activity in the Welsh valleys on Nos Calan Gaeaf. Explore the history/ lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    A mischievous spirit terrorises a Welsh valleys' "most haunted" cottage on Nos Calan Gaeaf.
    It was just before Halloween in 1893 that this fantastical tale emerged from the Rhondda Valleys. A group of locals were being spooked by "hideous apparitions" and one woman claimed that she was – quite literally – swept off her feet.
    There were no Ghostbusters to save the day, but the brave men and women from near Tonypandy did their best to try and catch the goblin. Did they solve the mystery of the Llwynypia goblin?
    Join Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) for a spooky Halloween adventure in search of the autumn spirits on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast... if you dare!
     
     
    What is the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast?
    The "Ghosts and Folklore of Wales" podcast explores Welsh ghost stories, lore, myths and legends.
    Launched by author and journalist Mark Rees in early 2020, this weird and wonderful podcast takes a fascinating look at the country's countless curious subjects by combining decades of research and insights from many books and articles with long-lost tales from dusty old tomes.
    Ranging from "real life" encounters with the uncanny to fantastical adventures from the Mabinogion, new episodes are uploaded every other (Folklore) Thursday and feature everything from pesky poltergeists to fire-breathing dragons and the odd wicked, and not-so-wicked, witch.
    Along with the regular stories you can also expect the odd special guest, an occasional "live" ghost hunt, and all sorts of crazy ideas. Seasonal specials include the dark and Gothic Halloween (Nos Calan Gaeaf) traditions of old, to everyone's favourite skulled-skulled Christmas visitor, the Mari Lwyd herself.
    Dare you explore haunted Wales? From the sublime mountains and cascading waterfalls to the bustling cities and a remote farm, think of it as opening the Welsh The X-Files... and some tenuous Ghostbusters links!
    Be sure to subscribe so you never miss a spooky episode, and for more details and to get in touch with Mark Rees, please visit:
    Mark Rees homepage
    Mark Rees on social media
    Books by Mark Rees
    Ghosts of Wales podcast
    It's spooky time!

    • 33 min
    EP102 The Edwardian Ghostbusters; or, How to Get Rid of Spirits, Goblins & Devils: Paranormal investigation tips for Halloween hauntings - Explore the lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    EP102 The Edwardian Ghostbusters; or, How to Get Rid of Spirits, Goblins & Devils: Paranormal investigation tips for Halloween hauntings - Explore the lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    Paranormal investigation tips from Edwardian ghost hunters .
    Ghostbusters in Edwardian times - long before the invention of proton packs - needed some crafty tricks to rid themselves of pesky poltergeists. In this guide "How to Get Rid of Ghosts, Spirits, Goblins, and Devils, etc." their secrets are rediscovered to aid modern-day ghost hunters ahead of any Halloween hauntings.
    Join Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) for an adventure in search of the ghosts of the past on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast... if you dare!
     
     
    What is the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast?
    The "Ghosts and Folklore of Wales" podcast explores Welsh ghost stories, lore, myths and legends.
    Launched by author and journalist Mark Rees in early 2020, this weird and wonderful podcast takes a fascinating look at the country's countless curious subjects by combining decades of research and insights from many books and articles with long-lost tales from dusty old tomes.
    Ranging from "real life" encounters with the uncanny to fantastical adventures from the Mabinogion, new episodes are uploaded on Thursdays (weekly most of the time, biweekly when book and media deadlines are looming) and feature everything from pesky poltergeists to fire-breathing dragons.
    Along with the regular stories you can also expect the odd special guest, an occasional "live" ghost hunt, and all sorts of crazy ideas. Seasonal specials include the dark and Gothic Halloween (Nos Calan Gaeaf) traditions of old, to everyone's favourite skulled-skulled Christmas visitor, the Mari Lwyd herself.
    Dare you explore haunted Wales? Think of it as opening the Welsh The X-Files, along with some tenuous Ghostbusters links!
    Be sure to subscribe so you never miss a spooky episode, and for more details and to get in touch with Mark Rees, please visit:
    Mark Rees homepage
    Mark Rees on social media
    Books by Mark Rees
    Ghosts of Wales podcast
    It's spooky time!

    • 27 min
    EP101 Animals from Hell: The Devil takes many forms, including demonic pets - cats, dogs, and a headless horseman could all be Satan | Explore the lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    EP101 Animals from Hell: The Devil takes many forms, including demonic pets - cats, dogs, and a headless horseman could all be Satan | Explore the lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    In many of the Welsh Ghost Stories, the spirit or ghost was supposed to have been none other than the evil one himself...
    The Devil takes on many forms, but could he really disguise himself as a pet? In these accounts Satan, or another demon from hell, appears to mere mortals as cats, dogs, horses and more.
    Join Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) for an adventure in search of the demonic animals on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast... if you dare!
     
     
    What is the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast?
    The "Ghosts and Folklore of Wales" podcast explores Welsh ghost stories, lore, myths and legends.
    Launched by author and journalist Mark Rees in early 2020, this weird and wonderful podcast takes a fascinating look at the country's countless curious subjects by combining decades of research and insights from many books and articles with long-lost tales from dusty old tomes.
    Ranging from "real life" encounters with the uncanny to fantastical adventures from the Mabinogion, new episodes are uploaded on Thursdays (weekly most of the time, biweekly when book and media deadlines are looming) and feature everything from pesky poltergeists to fire-breathing dragons.
    Along with the regular stories you can also expect the odd special guest, an occasional "live" ghost hunt, and all sorts of crazy ideas. Seasonal specials include the dark and Gothic Halloween (Nos Calan Gaeaf) traditions of old, to everyone's favourite skulled-skulled Christmas visitor, the Mari Lwyd herself.
    Dare you explore haunted Wales? Think of it as opening the Welsh The X-Files, along with some tenuous Ghostbusters links!
    Be sure to subscribe so you never miss a spooky episode, and for more details and to get in touch with Mark Rees, please visit:
    Mark Rees homepage
    Mark Rees on social media
    Books by Mark Rees
    Ghosts of Wales podcast
    It's spooky time!

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

chris.carra ,

Fun listening

Mark presents a solid podcast that is hugely interesting for fans of ghost hunting, the occult, or Welsh folklore in general!

Kim Woodlodge ,

Really well researched ghosts and folk lore

I like this podcast a lot becasue I learn so much and it is all backed up with research and evidence plus it's really funny and not just shocks and scares, I listen every week

chukdvjio ,

One of my favourite podcasts

Great podcast. It’s very well spoken and I appreciate the focus on welsh folklore and tales

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