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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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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.

    EP68 The White Lady of Oystermouth Castle: Does a white lady ghost haunt one of Wales‘ ”most haunted” castles? Let‘s go on a paranormal investigation on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    EP68 The White Lady of Oystermouth Castle: Does a white lady ghost haunt one of Wales‘ ”most haunted” castles? Let‘s go on a paranormal investigation on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    Does the ghost of a lady in white really haunt one of Wales's "most haunted" castles?
    When darkness falls on Oystermouth Castle, one of Swansea’s more mysterious inhabitants emerges from the shadows to peer out over the village of Mumbles. And, if you believe the tales, she can even be summoned in a similar way to saying Candyman or Beetlejuice more times that it is safe to do so.


    But who is this white lady, and who has see her?


    Join author Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) as he goes on a ghost hunt in search of the White Lady herself by exploring the history, legends, and first-hand accounts of paranormal activity on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast.


     


     


    What is the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast?
    In early 2020, Mark Rees launched the world’s first podcast dedicated to Welsh ghost stories, folklore, myths and legends.


    By combining his unique research and insights from many books and articles with long-lost tales from dusty old tomes, this weird and wonderful podcast takes a fascinating look at the country's countless curious subjects.


    New episodes are uploaded every Thursday and feature everything from real-life encounters with pesky poltergeists to fantastical beasts from the Mabinogi and the skulled-headed Christmas favourite herself, the Mari Lwyd.


    Be sure to subscribe, 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

    • 28 min
    EP67 A Victorian Séance: There‘s table tipping, corpse candles, and deathlike fingers in this real-life account of a visit to a psychic spirit medium in Swansea - Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    EP67 A Victorian Séance: There‘s table tipping, corpse candles, and deathlike fingers in this real-life account of a visit to a psychic spirit medium in Swansea - Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    When corpse candles and deathlike fingers materialise during a séance in Swansea, is it the work of spirits of the dead, or is something else going on?
    In this real-life account of a 19th century séance, a group of friends visit a spirit medium for what they believe will be a little light entertainment.


    But the paranormal activity spirals out of control, and soon they find themselves trapped in a waking nightmare.


    With tables (and heads) being banged, lights in the air, music being played and people screaming and fainting, what was really going on in the darkened room seemingly fizzling with psychic activity?


    Join author Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) as he recreates this first-hand account of a séance gone wrong on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast.


    Is there anybody there?


     


    What is the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast?
    In early 2020, Mark Rees launched the world’s first podcast dedicated to Welsh ghost stories, folklore, myths and legends.


    By combining his unique research and insights from many books and articles with long-lost tales from dusty old tomes, this weird and wonderful podcast takes a fascinating look at the country's countless curious subjects.


    New episodes are uploaded every Thursday and feature everything from real-life encounters with pesky poltergeists to fantastical beasts from the Mabinogi and the skulled-headed Christmas favourite herself, the Mari Lwyd.


    Be sure to subscribe, 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

    • 25 min
    EP66 The Giant‘s Body: When a fairy-eating giant and wicked witch invade a happy Welsh valley, it quickly become a valley of horror in this traditional folk tale - Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    EP66 The Giant‘s Body: When a fairy-eating giant and wicked witch invade a happy Welsh valley, it quickly become a valley of horror in this traditional folk tale - Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    Did an old folk tale of a wicked witch and an evil giant really lead to the discovery of coal in the Welsh valleys?
    In this traditional story, a shadow is cast over a once-happy fairy-filled valley when a giant arrives to eat all of the small inhabitants. Their only chance of survival is to kill their unwelcome visitor, but that just poses an even bigger problem - how do you dispose of the rotting body of a giant?


    Join author Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) for a fantastical trip to Gilfach Fargoed in search of the giant's body on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast.


     


    What is the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast?
    In early 2020, Mark Rees launched the world’s first podcast dedicated to Welsh ghost stories, folklore, myths and legends.


    By combining his unique research and insights from many books and articles with long-lost tales from dusty old tomes, this weird and wonderful podcast takes a fascinating look at the country's countless curious subjects.


    New episodes are uploaded every Thursday and feature everything from real-life encounters with pesky poltergeists to fantastical beasts from the Mabinogion and the skulled-headed Christmas favourite herself, the Mari Lwyd.


    Be sure to subscribe, 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

    • 22 min
    EP65 Restless Spirits and Fairy Folk: What happens when you stop believing in fairies but their paranormal activity continues? You blame poltergeists & phantoms - Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    EP65 Restless Spirits and Fairy Folk: What happens when you stop believing in fairies but their paranormal activity continues? You blame poltergeists & phantoms - Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    When people stopped believing in fairies, how could they explain the paranormal activity that continued?
    In the early 20th century, belief in the existence of fairies in Wales has almost died out. But the belief in ghosts and spirits had not, and that that belief in death omens in particular, such as the corpse candles and phantom funerals, remained ‘rather popular, even among educated people’.


    But if people were no longer believing in fairies, what were these supposed phantoms and poltergeists, and what did they want?


    Join author Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) for a spine-chilling adventure on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast.


     


    What is the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast?
    In early 2020, Mark Rees launched the world’s first podcast dedicated to Welsh ghost stories, folklore, myths and legends.


    By combining his unique research and insights from many books and articles with long-lost tales from dusty old tomes, this weird and wonderful podcast takes a fascinating look at the country's countless curious subjects.


    New episodes are uploaded every Thursday and feature everything from real-life encounters with pesky poltergeists to fantastical beasts from the Mabinogion and the skulled-headed Christmas favourite herself, the Mari Lwyd.


    Be sure to subscribe, 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

    • 25 min
    EP64 The Evil Spirit Strikes Back: When paranormal activity destroys a Welsh home, is it the work of a poltergeist, a curse, or just local lore? Find out on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    EP64 The Evil Spirit Strikes Back: When paranormal activity destroys a Welsh home, is it the work of a poltergeist, a curse, or just local lore? Find out on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    Can poltergeist activity really destroy a building, or is it just local lore?
    When objects started moving of their own accord on a Welsh farm, it was assumed an evil spirit was at work.


    But following a botched exorcism there was no stopping its destruction, which including first destroying the contents of a building, followed by the building itself.


    Could this all have been the work of a single poltergeist, or was there something else at work? A local folk tale claims the property is cursed and, with the curse seemingly coming true, many assumed that it was more than a coincidence.


    For all of the terrifying details, join author Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) as he explores the real-life case of the evil spirit on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast.


     


    What is the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast?
    In early 2020, Mark Rees launched the world’s first podcast dedicated to Welsh ghost stories, folklore, myths and legends.


    By combining his unique research and insights from many books and articles with long-lost tales from dusty old tomes, this weird and wonderful podcast takes a fascinating look at the country's countless curious subjects.


    New episodes are uploaded every Thursday and feature everything from real-life encounters with pesky poltergeists to fantastical beasts from the Mabinogion and the skulled-headed Christmas favourite herself, the Mari Lwyd.


    Be sure to subscribe, 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

    • 24 min
    EP63 Haunted Rivers: Wailing spirits, monstrous serpents, bottomless pits and the devil in disguise - explore the strange legends of the Welsh waterways on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    EP63 Haunted Rivers: Wailing spirits, monstrous serpents, bottomless pits and the devil in disguise - explore the strange legends of the Welsh waterways on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    Dare you swim in the spirit-filled waterways of Wales?
    They might look calm and serene from land, but the rivers of Wales are steeped in accounts of strange creatures and trapped souls.


    There's the apparition of a wailing woman seen up and down the River Severn, the Taff whirlpool which is said to be the work of a giant serpent, and the unusual case of an image of the Virgin Mary being put on trial near the River Dee.


    Join author Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) as he explores the weird and wonderful tales connected to three of Wales' most well-known rivers on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast.


     


    What is the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast?
    In early 2020, Mark Rees launched the world’s first podcast dedicated to Welsh ghost stories, folklore, myths and legends.


    By combining his unique research and insights from many books and articles with long-lost tales from dusty old tomes, this weird and wonderful podcast takes a fascinating look at the country's countless curious subjects.


    New episodes are uploaded every Thursday and feature everything from real-life encounters with pesky poltergeists to fantastical beasts from the Mabinogion and the skulled-headed Christmas favourite herself, the Mari Lwyd.


    Be sure to subscribe, 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

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

jonno ap llanandras ,

Not your normal paranormal podcast

Not just a buzzfeed list of ghost. this is a true social history of folk law that revels in the telling of story’s without shying away from real academic rigour. often with the same strange feeling of reeding Tolkien but with real links to the lives, beliefs and sometimes drinking habits of the best country in the world.
Whether your an academic anthropologist, a lover of history or a true believer you’ll love this podcast.

chukdvjio ,

One of my favourite podcasts

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

bryn llewellyn ,

Ghosts and folklore is my new favourite Welsh podcast!!

funny and informative, well researched, learning loads, diolch yn fawr!!

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