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.
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The Three Little Men in the Woods
Belching up toads, paper dresses, beheadings and murder, this story has them all. I love this Grimm fairytale from the Philip Pullman collection, and I hope you do too?
This is the last episode in Season Three, so please write me a review and remember, storytelling is thirsty work!
The Old House
An old man in velvet pantaloons is befriended by a little boy with a toy soldier, however the soldier is NOT happy about this, has a tantrum and finds himself lost in the cracks and buried in an open grave, only to be found years later.
The Marriage of Mrs. Reynard
Reynard the Fox is a bit tricky and tricks his wife that he's dead to see if she'll marry again ... never a good plan.
Childhood sweethearts Tamlane and Janet were all set until he 'disappeared' before their wedding day. He was off with the fairies (that's what you get for riding your horse 'widershins' around the hill), but it's OK, because she rescues him, by knocking him off his horse and holding on really tight while he changes into lots of things, then she chucks him in a pond. Perfect love story on so many levels.
The actual Scottish story is as deep and dark and twisty as you like with green kirtles being lifted and babies born of fairy fathers etc, but this version is the one from Joseph Jacobs 'English Fairy Tales', so apologies to all my Scottish friends.
As usual I improvised the melody over the verse, in this instance it was the Elfin Queen singing. If you want to listen to a classic rendition of this story in song, have a listen to Fairport Convention's Tam Lin.
The Dog and the Sparrow
A very clever and vengeful sparrow gets his own back after his buddy the dog comes a cropper. Many things get chopped with an axe by accident and many other things get pecked out ... corks and eyes mostly. The moral? Please feed your dogs yummy things ... and don't underestimate a sparrow!
The Blinded Giant - A Yorkshire Cyclops
A very short story about a boy called Jack, a bone bread eating giant and his favourite dog ... shame about the dog.
Brings back memories
This podcast is very well told and Julia can make very good voices and sound effects. I loved this podcast because it brought back memories of my childhood. I would recommend this for people who can take a “dark” story without being fazed, because there are a few dark ones (as the title already mentioned).
Beautifully told haunting folktales
Julia Norton has the gift for storytelling. Not only does she change her voices to match the characters and pace the timing of the tales well, she also has such a soothing narrator’s voice that’s good to listen too while curled up with a cup of tea or trying to relax before an afternoon nap. Maybe the only thing better than her speaking voice is her singing! So ethereal!
The stories she chooses are true dark and twisty tales, with a good mix of eerie and downright horrifying folktales!
Thank you Julia!!!
Sends me back in time
Love these. So well done! I listen to these while resting and feel like I’ve been transported to another age. Great use of music that really rounds out the experience.