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Leave your Tinkerbells and Leprechauns at the door, Kitty is here to talk about the real Faeries: The Good People, The Wee Folk or the Sidhe.

Faerie of traditional Irish Faerie Folklore are old, clever and can be treacherous. They are all around us and watching, always watching.

But what are they thinking? Are they impressed by our touchscreen technology or do they curse our lack of enlightenment? Should we fear them? Here at ‘Encounters with the Good People’ we are going to find out.

Encounters with the Good People Kitty Phelan

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9, 11 Ratings

Leave your Tinkerbells and Leprechauns at the door, Kitty is here to talk about the real Faeries: The Good People, The Wee Folk or the Sidhe.

Faerie of traditional Irish Faerie Folklore are old, clever and can be treacherous. They are all around us and watching, always watching.

But what are they thinking? Are they impressed by our touchscreen technology or do they curse our lack of enlightenment? Should we fear them? Here at ‘Encounters with the Good People’ we are going to find out.

    70 - Changelings behaving badly

    70 - Changelings behaving badly

    Let’s chat about Changelings.

    Ever wondered how the Faerie catch a Human child and replace it with one of their own?

    Or what those sickly, withered, ever-grumbling Faerie imposters get up to when their Human ‘family’ aren’t around?

    In this week’s episode we take a sneaky peek at 3 true tales of Changelings and discover that understanding of the Good People’s wicked ways and knowledge of methods to thwart their trickeries, can be found in surprising places.

    Would you like to refresh your memory and know all about Changelings?

    Simply tune into these earlier episodes of my Podcast.

    Episode 6: Changelings and Abductions – Bridget Cleary.

    Episode 7: Changelings and Abductions – Michael Leahy.

    Episode 8: 5 Old Tales of Changelings and Abductions.

    You can also watch lovely videos of episodes 6, 7 and 8 on our YouTube Channel.

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    All support is greatly appreciated. Cheers, Kitty.

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    Fancy more Encounters with the Good People?

    Did you know you can experience ‘Encounters with the Good People’ on video?

    Dan and I are lovingly producing videos for each of our Podcast episodes. You can find them on our YouTube channel. We upload a new one regularly. If you enjoy our videos, please Like, Subscribe and Share with like-minded folk. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZISzueo7YXNPwowda2p0zQ

    For a daily peek at modern and historical encounters with the Good People, plus loads of great links, conversation starters and otherwise hard-to-find information on the Good People, visit Kitty’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/encounterswiththegoodpeople

    Or, for a dose of Faerie on the go, drop into Kitty’s ‘Faerie Lucky Dip’ over at Instagram and Twitter. Kitty posts once a day and you never know what you might get. Faerie top tips, fun facts, art, poems, and short tales.
    www.instagram.com/encounterswiththegoodpeople
    twitter.com/encountersthe

    Do you have your own tale of a Faerie sighting or encounter?

    Perhaps you have your own story to share?

    Kitty would love to hear from you and share your tale on our website.

    Our website is bursting with true, and amazing, tales of encounters with the Good People from folk all over the world. You’re sure to find a tale there to get you thinking… Thanks to everyone who has shared their own experiences with us so far. www.encounterswiththegoodpeople.com

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    Podcast Credits.

    Edited by Magic Dan

    Tales from ‘The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries’ by Evans-Wentz, 1911.

    Theme Music:
    ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio di Campo.

    Additional Music:
    ‘Someday’ and ‘Forever Sunrise’ by Jonny Easton.
    ‘Wooden Legs’ by David and Goliath.
    ‘Welsh Coast’ by Niklas Drude.

    • 22 min
    69 - Selkie Tales & a (true) Folklore Love Story: with special guests Tom and Rhonda Muir

    69 - Selkie Tales & a (true) Folklore Love Story: with special guests Tom and Rhonda Muir

    On this week’s episode, we are joined by two very special guests: Storyteller and Author Tom Muir and Author of orkneyology.com, Rhonda Muir.

    Tom and Rhonda are passionate about preserving old Orcadian lore and sharing the joy of storytelling with others and both share a particular interest, and affection, for the glorious Selkie.

    Tom shares a few classic Selkie tales with us, and we discover just how powerful folklore is in connecting people: over generations, beyond cultures, and even across vast oceans.

    So, if you love a good love story, buckle up, because you’re in for a treat: a thoroughly modern, true love story steeped in the luscious backdrop of Orkney Folklore.

    PRIZE GIVEAWAY

    Would you like to win a copy of Tom’s book ‘Orkney Fairy Tales’?

    In this beautifully illustrated book, Tom shares ancient tales told fireside by the Picts and Vikings of fin folk, mermaids, witches and selkies and more.

    Encounters with the Good People is giving away a copy of Tom’s wonderful book and winning has never been easier!

    To enter this book giveaway, simply tell me which member of the Good People is your favourite, or which Faerie you find the most interesting. So, it might not be a friendly helpful faerie, it might be the one you would least like to encounter, but I would love to know which Faerie you find most interesting and why.

    Simply send me a quick message. You can email me, leave a message on my website, on facebook, Instagram or Twitter: whatever suits you best. Everyone who shares their favourite Faerie with me goes in the draw to win a copy of Tom’s book ‘Orkney folk tales’. So get thinking and get typing, I can’t wait to hear from you. Giveaway closes on Friday 22nd May. Winner announced on Monday 25th May.

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    Fancy buying me a coffee?

    If you enjoy Encounters with the Good People and would like to give me a hand to continue in this work, please consider buying me a ‘coffee’ (I prefer tea actually...).

    This is a really quick, simple and safe way for you to donate and support my work. Simply click on the ‘Buy me a coffee’ icon on my website and you will be helping to create and produce ‘Encounters with the Good People’ Podcast and YouTube videos.

    All support is greatly appreciated. Cheers, Kitty.

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    Fancy more Encounters with the Good People?

    Did you know you can experience ‘Encounters with the Good People’ on video?

    Dan and I are lovingly producing videos for each of our Podcast episodes. You can find them on our YouTube channel. We upload a new one regularly. If you enjoy our videos, please Like, Subscribe and Share with like-minded folk. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZISzueo7YXNPwowda2p0zQ

    For a daily peek at modern and historical encounters with the Good People, plus loads of great links, conversation starters and otherwise hard-to-find information on the Good People, visit Kitty’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/encounterswiththegoodpeople

    Or, for a dose of Faerie on the go, drop into Kitty’s ‘Faerie Lucky Dip’ over at Instagram and Twitter. Kitty posts once a day and you never know what you might get. Faerie top tips, fun facts, art, poems, and short tales. www.instagram.com/encounterswiththegoodpeople
    twitter.com/encountersthe

    Do you have your own tale of a Faerie sighting or encounter?
    Perhaps you have your own story to share?

    Kitty would love to hear from you and share your tale on our website.

    Our website is bursting with true, and amazing, tales of encounters with the Good People from folk all over the...

    • 53 min
    68 - Trows, Finfolk & Elves with special guest: Storyteller Tom Muir

    68 - Trows, Finfolk & Elves with special guest: Storyteller Tom Muir

    On this week’s episode, we are joined by a very special guest: Storyteller and Author Tom Muir.

    A native of the Orkney Islands, Tom not only has a background in Archaeology, but enjoys a passion for preserving old Orcadian lore and absolutely delights in sharing the joy of storytelling with others.

    Tom joins us for a relaxed sort of chat, offering insights into Folklore, sharing thoughts on the sacred connection between Faerie and the people and landscape of the Orkney Islands and of course, breaking into tales including: Trows, Finfolk and Elves.

    PRIZE GIVEAWAY

    Would you like to win a copy of Tom’s book ‘Orkney Fairy Tales’?

    In this beautifully illustrated book, Tom shares ancient tales told fireside by the Picts and Vikings of fin folk, mermaids, witches and selkies and more.

    Encounters with the Good People is giving away a copy of Tom’s wonderful book and winning has never been easier!

    To enter this book giveaway, simply tell me which member of the Good People is your favourite, or which Faerie you find the most interesting. So, it might not be a friendly helpful faerie, it might be the one you would least like to encounter, but I would love to know which Faerie you find most interesting and why.

    Simply send me a quick message. You can email me, leave a message on my website, on facebook, Instagram or Twitter: whatever suits you best. Everyone who shares their favourite Faerie with me goes in the draw to win a copy of Tom’s book ‘Orkney folk tales’. So get thinking and get typing, I can’t wait to hear from you. Giveaway closes on Friday 22nd May. Winner announced on Monday 25th May.

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    Fancy buying me a coffee?

    If you enjoy Encounters with the Good People and would like to give me a hand to continue in this work, please consider buying me a ‘coffee’ (I prefer tea actually...).

    This is a really quick, simple and safe way for you to donate and support my work. Simply click on the ‘Buy me a coffee’ icon on my website and you will be helping to create and produce ‘Encounters with the Good People’ Podcast and YouTube videos.

    All support is greatly appreciated. Cheers, Kitty.

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    Fancy more Encounters with the Good People?

    Did you know you can experience ‘Encounters with the Good People’ on video?

    Dan and I are lovingly producing videos for each of our Podcast episodes. You can find them on our YouTube channel. We upload a new one regularly. If you enjoy our videos, please Like, Subscribe and Share with like-minded folk. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZISzueo7YXNPwowda2p0zQ

    For a daily peek at modern and historical encounters with the Good People, plus loads of great links, conversation starters and otherwise hard-to-find information on the Good People, visit Kitty’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/encounterswiththegoodpeople

    Or, for a dose of Faerie on the go, drop into Kitty’s ‘Faerie Lucky Dip’ over at Instagram and Twitter. Kitty posts once a day and you never know what you might get. Faerie top tips, fun facts, art, poems, and short tales.
    www.instagram.com/encounterswiththegoodpeople
    twitter.com/encountersthe

    Do you have your own tale of a Faerie sighting or encounter?

    Perhaps you have your own story to share?

    Kitty would love to hear from you and share your tale on our website.

    Our website is bursting with true, and amazing, tales of encounters with the Good People from folk all over the world. You’re sure to find a tale there to get you thinking… Thanks to everyone who has shared their own experiences with us...

    • 35 min
    67 - Faerie Mischief at Beltane

    67 - Faerie Mischief at Beltane

    Let’s chat about something we have in common with the Good People.

    Beltane, also known as May-Day, is an important time for both Humans and Faerie.

    It recognises the cycle of the natural world.

    Marks the changing of the season.

    The journey from darkness into light.

    The joyous coming of Spring.

    Just like us, the Good People are particularly active at the coming of Spring.

    You are more likely to be attacked, seduced, tricked, led astray or even stolen by the Good People at Beltane and the month of May.

    So it follows, there are many rituals we follow to protect us from the Good People and even try to please them at this unpredictable time.

    On this episode we take a look at a few true tales of Faerie shenanigans, both playful and deadly, at Beltane and into the month of May.

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    Fancy buying me a coffee?

    If you enjoy Encounters with the Good People and would like to give me a hand to continue in this work, please consider buying me a ‘coffee’ (I prefer tea actually...).

    This is a really quick, simple and safe way for you to donate and support my work. Simply click on the ‘Buy me a coffee’ icon on my website and you will be helping to create and produce ‘Encounters with the Good People’ Podcast and YouTube videos.

    All support is greatly appreciated. Cheers, Kitty.

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    Fancy more Encounters with the Good People?

    Did you know you can experience ‘Encounters with the Good People’ on video?

    Dan and I are lovingly producing videos for each of our Podcast episodes. You can find them on our YouTube channel. We upload a new one regularly. If you enjoy our videos, please Like, Subscribe and Share with like-minded folk. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZISzueo7YXNPwowda2p0zQ

    For a daily peek at modern and historical encounters with the Good People, plus loads of great links, conversation starters and otherwise hard-to-find information on the Good People, visit Kitty’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/encounterswiththegoodpeople

    Or, for a dose of Faerie on the go, drop into Kitty’s ‘Faerie Lucky Dip’ over at Instagram and Twitter. Kitty posts once a day and you never know what you might get. Faerie top tips, fun facts, art, poems, and short tales. www.instagram.com/encounterswiththegoodpeople
    https://twitter.com/encountersthe

    Do you have your own tale of a Faerie sighting or encounter?

    Perhaps you have your own story to share?

    Kitty would love to hear from you and share your tale on our website.

    Our website is bursting with true, and amazing, tales of encounters with the Good People from folk all over the world. You’re sure to find a tale there to get you thinking… Thanks to everyone who has shared their own experiences with us so far. www.encounterswiththegoodpeople.com


    Podcast Credits
    Edited by Magic Dan.

    ‘Tales for Troubled Times’ with Tom Muir: www.orkneyology.com
    Tales from ‘Superstitions of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland’ by John Gregorson Campbell and Duchas.ie

    Theme Music:
    Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio di Campo.

    Additional Music:
    ‘The Forbidden Forest’ by No Copyright Music
    ‘The End is Always Near’, ‘Lights Out’ and ‘Angst’ by Myuu.

    • 24 min
    66 - Faerie Midwives

    66 - Faerie Midwives

    What would you do if one of the Good People came knocking on your door?

    Would you answer?

    Or would you hide behind the curtains?

    Our relationship with the Good People has been one of twists and turns. Ups and downs.

    There is a theory, long held by many, that the Good People occasionally reproduce with humans.

    There may be several reasons for this. Some faerie may enjoy the act of seduction, for some it might be a novelty, a boredom-buster, or perhaps it’s based on a genuine attraction, but some believe the good people need to reproduce with humans from time to time to keep their own bloodlines strong. Perhaps there are particular races of Faerie which do benefit from the occasional shot of human genetic material.

    And today we’re going to look at the nuts and bolts of this. Not the beginning of the process, but rather the end. A Faerie giving birth to a child who is half human.

    Did you know that Faerie giving birth to a human/faerie child requires a Human midwife or wise-woman to attend her during birth?

    There are many women who have attended a Faerie during childbirth and returned to tell the tale. Some of these Faerie midwives benefit from their service, while many others wish they had never answered that knock at the door…

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    Fancy buying me a coffee?

    If you enjoy Encounters with the Good People and would like to give me a hand to continue in this work, please consider buying me a ‘coffee’ (I prefer tea actually...).

    This is a really quick, simple and safe way for you to donate and support my work. Simply click on the ‘Buy me a coffee’ icon on my website and you will be helping to create and produce ‘Encounters with the Good People’ Podcast and YouTube videos.

    All support is greatly appreciated. Cheers, Kitty.

    *

    Fancy more Encounters with the Good People?

    Did you know you can experience ‘Encounters with the Good People’ on video?

    Dan and I are lovingly producing videos for each of our Podcast episodes. You can find them on our YouTube channel. We upload a new one regularly. If you enjoy our videos, please Like, Subscribe and Share with like-minded folk. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZISzueo7YXNPwowda2p0zQ

    For a daily peek at modern and historical encounters with the Good People, plus loads of great links, conversation starters and otherwise hard-to-find information on the Good People, visit Kitty’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/encounterswiththegoodpeople

    Or, for a dose of Faerie on the go, drop into Kitty’s ‘Faerie Lucky Dip’ over at Instagram and Twitter. Kitty posts once a day and you never know what you might get. Faerie top tips, fun facts, art, poems, and short tales. www.instagram.com/encounterswiththegoodpeople
    https://twitter.com/encountersthe

    Do you have your own tale of a Faerie sighting or encounter?

    Perhaps you have your own story to share?

    Kitty would love to hear from you and share your tale on our website.

    Our website is bursting with true, and amazing, tales of encounters with the Good People from folk all over the world. You’re sure to find a tale there to get you thinking… Thanks to everyone who has shared their own experiences with us so far. www.encounterswiththegoodpeople.com

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    Podcast Credits

    Edited by Magic Dan.

    ‘I’d love to be a Fairy’s Child’ by Robert Graves. Read by thecherrypie.

    Tales from:
    br...

    • 25 min
    65 - Blue Faerie

    65 - Blue Faerie

    I always try to look at the good people from a fresh perspective: respectfully brushing aside the acceptance of some that Faerie exist only in dusty old reference books, while gently stepping around those who believe only in the pretty, sweet Faerie of recent popular culture.

    Perhaps the Good People dwell somewhere in between the two, but one thing we know for certain, we must at all times, keep an open mind.

    So… we have looked at the Good People in respectfully loose sort of groups, such as ‘Household Faerie’, ‘Water Faerie’ or ‘Messenger Faerie’.

    On this week’s episode we draw inspiration from nature Herself, and in particular, the colour blue.

    Taking a peek at Faerie who may have nothing else in common but that they are blue in colour. (I hope the Good People won’t mind).

    We know that the good people are an eclectic lot. Wildly diverse in appearance and character, so let’s get to know some blue ones: Black Annis, Bluecap, Blue Men of the Minch and Blue Burches.

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    Fancy buying me a coffee?

    If you enjoy Encounters with the Good People and would like to give me a hand to continue in this work, please consider buying me a ‘coffee’ (I prefer tea actually...).

    This is a really quick, simple and safe way for you to donate and support my work. Simply click on the ‘Buy me a coffee’ icon on my website and you will be helping to create and produce ‘Encounters with the Good People’ Podcast and YouTube videos.

    All support is greatly appreciated. Cheers, Kitty.

    *

    Fancy more Encounters with the Good People?

    Did you know you can experience ‘Encounters with the Good People’ on video?

    Dan and I are lovingly producing videos for each of our Podcast episodes. You can find them on our YouTube channel. We upload a new video regularly, if you enjoy them, please Like, Subscribe and Share with like-minded folk. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZISzueo7YXNPwowda2p0zQ

    For a daily peek at modern and historical encounters with the Good People, plus loads of great links, conversation starters and otherwise hard-to-find information on the Good People, visit Kitty’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/encounterswiththegoodpeople

    Or, for a dose of Faerie on the go, drop into Kitty’s ‘Faerie Lucky Dip’ over at Instagram and Twitter. Kitty posts once a day and you never know what you might get. Faerie top tips, fun facts, art, poems, and short tales. www.instagram.com/encounterswiththegoodpeople
    https://twitter.com/encountersthe

    Do you have your own tale of a Faerie sighting or encounter?

    Perhaps you have your own story to share?

    Kitty would love to hear from you and share your tale on our website.

    Our website is bursting with true, and amazing, tales of encounters with the Good People from folk all over the world. You’re sure to find a tale there to get you thinking… Thanks to everyone who has shared their own experiences with us so far. www.encounterswiththegoodpeople.com

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    Podcast Credits
    Edited by Magic Dan.
    Theme Music:
    ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio di Campo.

    Additional Music:
    ‘Red Haired Boy’ by tousefree – Royalty Free Music
    ‘Wish you were here’ by Royalty Free Zone.
    ‘Sugar Plum Fairy – dark version’, ‘Quinn’s Song’ and ‘Night Music’ by Kevin Macleod.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Happy Sarasota ,

Entrancing

Lyrical, fact-based, historical , mythical, magical, enchanting and entrancing. I listen as I walk the pups under the moonlight and am transported. Thank you so much for your passionate beliefs and efforts to share your knowledge and understanding in such an enjoyable manner.

Rachel Toll ,

A magical journey!!

Kitty is our guide into the mysterious and magical world of the Good People. A beautifully produced Podcast. Kitty’s lyrical voice exudes a smile, her curiosity and reverence leads the willing listener as a Faery might into the world of Faery, with researched folklore, music and literature. I can’t speak highly enough of this lovely Podcast! I look forward to each episode where I am whisked away from everyday life and walk among the hills and woods, the seashore and the village with a cautious step and a hopeful glance for a sighting! Thank you Kitty for the hours of pleasure your beautiful Podcast has given to so many of us kindred spirits ❤️❤️❤️

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