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This is a bi-monthly podcast featuring songs and stories from some lesser known fairy tales and folk stories. Stories which lean toward the grisly and unnerving, stories which might help us deal with the ogres and wicked step mothers in our own lives.

Dark and Twisty Tales: folk stories and fairy tales for the unafraid. Julia Norton

    • Performing Arts
    • 5.0, 2 Ratings

This is a bi-monthly podcast featuring songs and stories from some lesser known fairy tales and folk stories. Stories which lean toward the grisly and unnerving, stories which might help us deal with the ogres and wicked step mothers in our own lives.

    The Frog King or Faithful Heinrich

    The Frog King or Faithful Heinrich

    Less frog kissing and more frog splatting really and then at the end a weirdly obsessed servant has been to the blacksmiths...

    • 10 min
    Hans My Hedgehog

    Hans My Hedgehog

    Come on, who can resist a story about a half boy, half hedgehog, who rides a cockerel and plays the bagpipes? 

    Credit must be given to my husband, son and his friend for providing pig noises in this episode and to 'FreeSound' and 'digifishmusic', 'Inchadney' and 'luis-audp' for their various piping recordings. xox

    • 17 min
    The Musicians of Bremen

    The Musicians of Bremen

    A not very dark or twisty episode this week, but a favorite of mine since childhood. The darkness I suppose lies in the fact that all these animals were going to get starved, drowned or decapitated because they had been deemed to old to be useful. I love the fact that they decide to start a band in their golden years...they're not the first and they won't be the last!

    • 9 min
    The Singing Bone - of boars and beasts and bones!

    The Singing Bone - of boars and beasts and bones!

    Like the earlier story I read Binnorie from the British Isles, this story also has a magical singing bone involved which identifies it's killer. Who could it be I wonder? I improvised a little tune for the poem in the story, one of my favorite things to do. It feels appropriately dark and plaintive. Enjoy!

    • 8 min
    The Stars In The Sky

    The Stars In The Sky

    When a little girl is just not satisfied unless she has the stars in the sky to play with...what could possibly go wrong?

    • 7 min
    My Own Self - An English fairy tale.

    My Own Self - An English fairy tale.

    Playing with fairies and fires...hmm that sounds like a plan.

    From Joseph Jacobs 'English Fairy Tales'

    The song at the end is called 'Fairy Frolic' from my album 'Lullaby Island' which you can download on amazon or itunes or here https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/nortonjulia

    • 9 min

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