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Fair Folk is a podcast rediscovering and sharing the sacred song and folk traditions of Europe.

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Fair Folk is a podcast rediscovering and sharing the sacred song and folk traditions of Europe.

    The Twelve Days: December Almanac

    The Twelve Days: December Almanac

    This episode explores folklore and pagan origins of the 12 days of Christmas, with a focus on the feminine winter figures of Perchta, Holle, and Grýla, featuring a conversation with Jenn Campus, author of A Guide to Celebrating the 12 Days of Yule.
    Pagan Ritual Song course: https://f77d9f-2.myshopify.com/products/pagan-ritual-song-course-jan-feb-2024
    Buy Jenn Campus’ book, A Guide to Celebrating the 12 days of Yule: jenncampusauthor.com/product/a-guid…-days-of-yule/
    Emilia Blom, who shared the solstice wishes ritual with me: www.instagram.com/vildmedicin/
    My Big Fat Solstice playlist on Spotify: open.spotify.com/playlist/2LFjxSU…a743490a69a6459c
    Gnome for Christmas Fair Folk episode: open.spotify.com/episode/5ysFM2qu…6172f7663bc0479f
    Join my mailing list: view.flodesk.com/pages/62d72c01da642d55a9868141
    Resources & references for this episode:
    The Stations of the Sun: the ritual year in Britain by Ronald Hutton
    "'He met his own funeral procession': The Year walk-ritual in Swedish folk tradition” Tommy Kuusela: www.academia.edu/9403910
    The Icelandic Yule Lads poem in English
    “The Winter Goddess: Percht, Holda, and Related Figures” By Lotte Motz
    “Perchta the Belly-Slitter and Her Kin: A View of Some Traditional Threatening Figures, Threats and Punishments” by John B. Smith
    ‘Grýla, Grýlur, Grøleks and Skeklers: Medieval Disguise Traditions in the North Atlantic?” by Terry Gunnell
    Music in this episode:
    Opening theme: Forest March by Sylvia Woods
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    Malpas Wassail by the Watersons
Buy it: www.amazon.co.uk/music/player/alb…483616862&sr=1-1
    Spinn, Spinn, Spinnerinn by Herbergsuche Gruppe
Buy it: music.apple.com/ca/album/spinn-sp…55276?i=318155791
    Grýlukvaeði by Thrju a Palli
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    Instrumental track: The Wanderer by Juniper and the Wolf
Buy Juniper and the Wolf’s music: juniperandthewolf.bandcamp.com/

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Little Christmas: December Almanac

    Little Christmas: December Almanac

    This episode surveys the folklore of the first half of December, including St. Nicholas' Day on Dec 6th, St. Lucia's day on Dec. 13th, and the solstice. As we approach the darkest point of winter, I ask you to follow the rhythm of nature and turn your gaze to the small, the domestic and the precious.

    Sign up for the ONLINE Pagan Carols Singalong!: https://winter-lion-59052.myflodesk.com/sgn5zaflv8/
    Sign up for the IN-PERSON Pagan Carols Singalong in Victoria BC: https://winter-lion-59052.myflodesk.com/yl53dvqx1w

    Join my mailing list:

    Music in this episode:

    St. Nicholas by Anúna
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    Luciavisa by Lisa (singer Emma Härdelin)
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    There is no Rose by the King’s Singers
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    Orientis Partibus by Trouvere Medieval Minstrels
    Buy music by Trouvere Medieval Minstrels here: www.medievalminstrels.com/

    Kąlėdų rytų saulė pražydo (The Sun Blossomed on Christmas Morning) by Sedula
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    Rex Tua Nolo Munera by Trouvere Medieval Minstrels
    Buy music by Trouvere Medieval Minstrels here: www.medievalminstrels.com/

    Sources for this episode:

    Lyrics to The Sun Blossomed on Christmas Morning by Sedula:

    Some more information about medieval animal carols:

    More information about medieval carols:

    The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen:

    • 47 min
    The Banquet Beyond the Veil - Halloween Almanac

    The Banquet Beyond the Veil - Halloween Almanac

    In this episode I gently interrogate what we mean when we say "the veil is thin" at Halloween, and offer a vision of the whole of winter as a season of hospitality between humans and the otherworld(s) through fire, story, music, and rituals of generosity.
    Listen to past Fair Folk episode "All Hallows' Folk Tradition at the Gates of Winter" https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/all-hallows-folk-tradition-at-the-gates-of-winter/id1177770160?i=1000452872493
    Get love letters from me: https://winter-lion-59052.myflodesk.com/pijrgnu11x
    Join my Patreon for as little as $2 a month!: https://www.patreon.com/fairfolkcast
    Where to find Kirsten Milliken, the storyteller: instagram.com/kirstinmillikenstoryteller
    Music in this episode:
    Opening theme: "Forest March" by Sylvia Woods
    Buy Sylvia Woods’ music:
    "Réidh Chnoc Mná Duibhe" by Diarmuid Ó Súilleabháin
    Buy the song: https://music.apple.com/ca/album/re-idh-chnoc-mna-duibhe/1653578592?i=1653581085
    Image is Fairy Tale of Kings by Lithuanian painter Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis

    • 33 min
    Fire & Water: June Almanac

    Fire & Water: June Almanac

    We have reached the energetic peak of the year. The main ancient and folkloric themes of June ritualise the human relationship to two of our primary life-givers, the sun and water. Our romance with these elements (and one another) reach a peak as the year completes its in-breath around the summer solstice. This episode outlines a faint thematic arc in historical Whitsun practices at the start of June, and Midsummer at the end, focusing especially on the folk rituals and folksong of the Baltic countries, Eastern Europe and Ireland.

    Purchase my new Gathering the Gods course on Thor, Odin, & Freya: fantastic-hall-390.myflodesk.com/

    My excellent Midsummer Solstice / June Almanac playlist on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0gG8z6O83kpkjflUqaSMZc?si=a7a6693c091046ef

    The Midsummer Solstice episode of Fair Folk podcast from 2018: https://open.spotify.com/episode/1QZliHXdfHHmSVy0ySfpbv?si=fe6608a7395c4a5e

    “Rusalki: Anthropology of time, death, and sexuality in Slavic folklore” by Jiří Dynda

    “The Mythic Sun: An Aerial Perspective” by Thomas Dubois:

    “Migration of Song Genres: Two Typical Lithuanian Cases” by Rytis Ambrazevičius

    “The Midsummer Solstice As It Was, Or Was Not, Observed in Pagan Germany, Scandinavia and Anglo-Saxon England” by Sandra Billington

    Music in this episode:
    Opening theme: "Forest March" by Sylvia Woods
    Buy Sylvia Woods’ music:

    “O Na Ivana Na Kupala” by Olexa Kabanov -
    Buy it: https://music.apple.com/ca/album/oh-na-ivana-na-kupala/919387915?i=919387973

    “Švinta Jona Vakaralia” by Nalšia -
    Learn more and buy it (scroll down for English): http://www.lnkc.lt/go.php/lit/Kupole-roze-sekminiu-joniniu-dainuojamoji-tautosaka/110946

    Ozolini, Ozolini by Vilkači -
    Buy it: https://music.apple.com/ca/album/j%C4%81nis/1201942701

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Who & What are the Old Norse Gods?: Bonus Intro Unit to Gathering the Gods Course

    Who & What are the Old Norse Gods?: Bonus Intro Unit to Gathering the Gods Course

    This episode, a bonus introductory unit to my upcoming Gathering the Gods course, introduces Old Norse culture and language, and describes the status of gods in the Old Norse religion and cosmology. This course will give an overview of the surviving historical texts and traces of the gods Thor, Odin, and Freya.
    Gathering the Gods begins May 7th! Sign up here: https://fantastic-hall-390.myflodesk.com/
    Access the reading and materials for this intro unit: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1GPjFkblda1E7NlXrpMCHRa0Q5WWk_JJO?usp=sharing

    • 33 min
    The Generous Wood: May Almanac

    The Generous Wood: May Almanac

    This episode outlines the key themes of May folklore embodied in the celebrations of May 1st, aka May Day or Beltane: bonfires for purification and protection, veneration of plants and trees, the leading of animals to green pastures, erotic expressions of pleasure, and the blooming promise of earth's abundance.

    Join the Gathering the Gods course on Thor, Odin, & Freya: https://fantastic-hall-390.myflodesk.com/

    Listen to the Big Beltane Spotify playlist (newly updated): https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6UVpAwkdX39Bk5mY1Kd2Xc?si=0f91f96826544081

    Big Beltane: May Day Song and Custom episode from 2019: https://open.spotify.com/episode/62jeozEUNP0FFrKKSafLEJ?si=4de8b4c66c284d5b

    Music in this episode:
    "Don't you Go a Rushing" by Lisa Knapp

    "Robin Hood and the Tanner" by Jesse Ferguson
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    "Äggavisan" by Folk och Rachare
    Buy it: https://music.apple.com/ca/album/%C3%A4ggavisan/1462963060?i=1462963069

    Opening theme: "Forest March" by Sylvia Woods
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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
328 Ratings

328 Ratings

Chelsea B. C. ,

Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

Well researched, insightful, and thoroughly enjoyable! Thank you, Danica, for this amazing gift!

Marji222 ,

Education and Entertainment!

I love listening to this podcast! So much information on the “old ways”. What a joy to hear the past brought to life in this cast!

Kdsafi ,

Just found this, must listen to them ALL!!!!

Hey just found this great podcast. It was recommended by Harmonie @Botanical Anthology. I am so excited to listen to these ALL!!! I am sorry to be so late to find these, but I can’t wait to binge them!

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