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Folklore: Beliefs, traditions & culture of the people. Traditional folklore themes from around the world. One episode each month features a special guest from the field of folklore. Recalling our forgotten history, recording the new. The Folklore Podcast

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Folklore: Beliefs, traditions & culture of the people. Traditional folklore themes from around the world. One episode each month features a special guest from the field of folklore. Recalling our forgotten history, recording the new. The Folklore Podcast

    Episode 73 - THE BARD OF CUMBERLAND

    Episode 73 - THE BARD OF CUMBERLAND

    In the last episode of The Folklore Podcast to be recorded out of the confines of a house, before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Hedge Druid Stephen G. Rae (known as The Bard of Cumberland) discusses his path as a druid with podcast volunteer Joana Varanda. The conversation takes in such diverse elements as Cumberland and Tibetan folklore, yeti, boggarts, being a druid and more, along with some traditional folk tales.
    Music: Celtic Impulse Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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    Bonus Content 01

    Bonus Content 01

    John Billingsley:
    ​Soft Power: the emergence of modern apotropaics in Albania
     
    In the traumatic political upheavals that followed the overthrow of Albania’s Communist state, Albanians found that traditional apotropaics may have had metaphysical efficacy, but couldn’t protect them from capitalist evils. The result was the creation of a new apotropaic device that cynically reflects capitalist disposable culture as well as universal sentiment, and has an echo in contemporary western culture.

    Episode 72 - THE LAMBTON WORM

    Episode 72 - THE LAMBTON WORM

    ​Folklore Podcast creator and host Mark Norman presents a study of the serpent-like creature of UK folklore, The Lambton Worm, and its place in the wider lore of dragons and similar creatures. Featuring guest contributions and a look at a new audio drama featuring the beast. Folk singer Roly Veitch performs the traditional song associated with the worm (click here (http://www.rolyveitch.20m.com/) to visit his website), Director Steven Sloss discusses the audio drama (available here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1-_knDKPlw)).Musical guest: L.M. Cooke (http://www.lmcooke.com/lmcookemusic.html)​Artwork donated by Laura Page. Visit her website here (http://www.ladylordy.com)​Click here (http://www.patreon.com/thefolklorepodcast) to support the Folklore Podcast on Patreon.

    Episode 71- GHOSTLAND

    Episode 71- GHOSTLAND

    Author Edward Parnell joins The Folklore Podcast creator and host Mark Norman to discuss his book 'Ghostland', which examines the intersections between folklore, folk horror, the landscape and literature.
    Musical guests: The Last Inklings
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    Episode 70 - THE STORY KEEPER

    Episode 70 - THE STORY KEEPER

    In this episode of The Folklore Podcast, we hear from author of dark historical fiction Anna Mazzola about her book 'The Story Keeper'...
    A dark tale of folklore and disappearances on the Isle of Skye.

    Audrey Hart travels to Skye and to the mansion of a reclusive folklorist to collect the folk and fairy tales of the local people. It is 1857, the Highland Clearances have left devastation and poverty, and the crofters are suspicious and hostile, claiming they no longer know their stories.

    Then Audrey discovers the body of a young girl washed up in the bay beneath Lanerly, and the crofters reveal that it is only a matter of weeks since another girl disappeared. They believe the girls are victims of the restless dead: spirits who take the form of birds
    Anna discusses her research and the ways that she negotiates history and folklore to produce fiction based on historical fact and narrative.
    This episode is closed with music from singer/songwriter Sharron Kraus.
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    Episode 69 - TAFFY THOMAS MBE

    Episode 69 - TAFFY THOMAS MBE

    Released during National Storytelling Week 2020, this episode of The Folklore Podcast features guest interviewer Joana Varanda in discussion with British storytelling legend, and the first Storyteller Laureate Taffy Thomas MBE about his life and work. Taffy is the patron of the Society for Storytelling, has received the English Folk Dance and Song Society Gold Badge Award and his repertoire of around 300 stories, collected mostly by the traditional oral methods, makes him the most well known and respected of all English storytellers.

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