44 episodes

Widdershins Stories is a storytelling podcast delving into the darkened pathways of folklore, fairy tales, mythology, legend, and beyond. Each tale is accompanied by a sparse and haunting live composed score, setting the mood for a journey deep into the woods. Before the episode comes to an end, join both Narrator and Bard as they peer into their process and explore the importance of story.

Widdershins Stories Ashley Nunez & Joe Sabourin

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 17 Ratings

Widdershins Stories is a storytelling podcast delving into the darkened pathways of folklore, fairy tales, mythology, legend, and beyond. Each tale is accompanied by a sparse and haunting live composed score, setting the mood for a journey deep into the woods. Before the episode comes to an end, join both Narrator and Bard as they peer into their process and explore the importance of story.

    39. Tam Lin

    39. Tam Lin

    Tam Lin comes to us from Scotland and Childe’s ballads. Tam Lin is a human captured by the fairy queen who spends his free time tormenting fair maidens in the woods of Carterhaugh. After a tryst with fair Janet who becomes pregnant with his child, they devise a plan to free him from being the Halloween tithe. This version combines many of the story points from the earlier ballads with a bit easier listening and updated language from Jennifer Holm.

    If you’ve been enjoying our tales, give us a review on Apple Podcasts and follow along on Spotify or our various social accounts!

    To learn more about Widdershins, please visit:
    www.widdershinsstories.com

    Support us on Ko-Fi to help us keep the podcast running!
    www.ko-fi.com/widdershinsstories

    For more information on Ashley, please visit:
    www.oldgrowthalchemy.com
    www.patreon.com/oldgrowthalchemy

    For more information on Joe, please visit:
    www.joesabourin.com

    • 13 min
    38. Dracula's Guest by Bram Stoker

    38. Dracula's Guest by Bram Stoker

    It is Walpurgisnacht, and we find ourselves in Munich before leaving for Transylvania to be a guest of Count Dracula. Our titular Englishman, interested in taking some local sights, wanders into a desolate valley and finds himself at nightfall in a cemetery beset by a curious storm and strange forces. This story is thought to be a preliminary chapter of Dracula that was later removed, with our main character being Jonathan Harker.

    If you’ve been enjoying our tales, give us a review on Apple Podcasts and follow along on Spotify or our various social accounts!

    To learn more about Widdershins, please visit:
    www.widdershinsstories.com

    Support us on Ko-Fi to help us keep the podcast running!
    www.ko-fi.com/widdershinsstories

    For more information on Ashley, please visit:
    www.oldgrowthalchemy.com
    www.patreon.com/oldgrowthalchemy

    For more information on Joe, please visit:
    www.joesabourin.com

    • 31 min
    37. Dando And His Dogs by Robert Hunt

    37. Dando And His Dogs by Robert Hunt

    In this tale, sinful priest Dando lives a life as one who worships “the sensual gods” despite his godly attire. He hunts, drinks, and does what he wishes regardless of cost. While out hunting one sabbath morning with his dogs and other men, Dando finds a strange hunter in his company who offers a drink so good, Dando would go to hell for it.

    A fun aside, this Cornish tale ties into the lore of the Wild Hunt with Dando’s dogs who number among the pack.

    If you’ve been enjoying our tales, give us a review on Apple Podcasts and follow along on Spotify or our various social accounts!

    To learn more about Widdershins, please visit:
    www.widdershinsstories.com

    • 10 min
    36. Snow White And Rose Red by the Brothers Grimm

    36. Snow White And Rose Red by the Brothers Grimm

    Episode 36: Snow White & Rose Red by the Brothers Grimm

    Journey with us back to a classic: Snow White & Rose Red. A mother with two lovely daughters named after the roses growing in her yard one day are visited by a great black bear who spends many a snowy winter evening by their fire. When summer comes, the bear must leave to protect his home from a wicked dwarf. Will the sisters find the bear again? Will the dwarf ever be grateful for their aid? Is this a tale of uncomfortable bestiality? (spoiler alert: it’s not) Join us and find out.

    If you’ve been enjoying our tales, give us a review on Apple Podcasts and follow along on Spotify or our various social accounts!

    To learn more about Widdershins, please visit:
    www.widdershinsstories.com

    Support us on Ko-Fi to help us keep the podcast running!
    www.ko-fi.com/widdershinsstories

    For more information on Ashley, please visit:
    www.oldgrowthalchemy.com
    www.patreon.com/oldgrowthalchemy

    For more information on Joe, please visit:
    www.joesabourin.com

    • 16 min
    35. Cupid & Psyche by Josephine Preston Peabody

    35. Cupid & Psyche by Josephine Preston Peabody

    Celebrate love this Valentine’s Day with a retelling of Apuleius’ “Cupid & Psyche” by Josephine Preston Peabody. When a princess rivals the goddess of beauty, Venus sends her son Cupid to punish her for her charms. But when Cupid’s arrow strikes himself, he falls in love and protects her from the wrath of his mother in a royal home where she is treated like a goddess herself although never seeing this prophesied “creature” who is now her husband. When her sisters visit, in their jealousy they poison her mind against Cupid and she looks upon him while he sleeps, breaking the peace they had together and leaving her alone. Heartbroken, Psyche tries to find him and is set trials by Venus to gain the goddess’ favor and her lost husband back again. How will a mortal maid fare against the goddess of love and beauty?

    If you’ve been enjoying our tales, give us a review on Apple Podcasts and follow along on Spotify or our various social accounts!

    To learn more about Widdershins, please visit:
    www.widdershinsstories.com

    Support us on Ko-Fi to help us keep the podcast running!
    www.ko-fi.com/widdershinsstories

    For more information on Ashley, please visit:
    www.oldgrowthalchemy.com
    www.patreon.com/oldgrowthalchemy

    For more information on Joe, please visit:
    www.joesabourin.com

    • 20 min
    34. A Christmas Ghost Story

    34. A Christmas Ghost Story

    “A Christmas Ghost Story” by an unknown author is a tale much like the Dickens classic. A miserly old man heads to bed on Christmas Eve only to find himself face to face with a ghost who offers him all the gold he could wish for-which comes with a hard price to look back on his life’s mistakes. He cannot undo the past, but perhaps he can learn from the bitterness he sewed along the way.

    ***Content Warning***
    While in the tradition of Victorian ghost stories for Christmastime, this tale does stray into some darker territory with suicide. This can be a hard time of year for all regardless of what you celebrate, so we wanted to share a friendly heartfelt reminder that if you or a loved one is struggling with suicidal ideations, help is available with someone you can talk to today at ​​800-273-8255. Be gentle with yourself, and remember to reach out if you need some support this dark winter season.

    If you’ve been enjoying our tales, give us a review on Apple Podcasts and follow along on Spotify or our various social accounts!

    To learn more about Widdershins, please visit:
    www.widdershinsstories.com

    Support us on Ko-Fi to help us keep the podcast running!
    www.ko-fi.com/widdershinsstories

    For more information on Ashley, please visit:
    www.oldgrowthalchemy.com
    www.patreon.com/oldgrowthalchemy

    For more information on Joe, please visit:
    www.joesabourin.com

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

KaiKeiks808 ,

A Cozy Gothic Blanket

If you want to feel held by darkness, listen to this podcast! Stories are intricate. Voice of the storyteller is intriguing. Live music is soothing.

Acwaechter ,

Cozy, Creepy and Fun

Widdershins has been keeping me company during the pandemic, bringing a little weird magic to dull days and otherworldly magic to what has felt like a time devoid of anything magical. Thanks to Ashley and Joe for giving us this lovely gift.

PhoenicianPhoenix ,

Spooky and Elegant

Look at this stuff, isn't it creepy? Doesn't it make your arms nice and tingly? Wouldn't you think it's the podcast, the podcast that has everything? Listen to it, treasures unfold. How many wonders does this podcast hold? Lookin' around here you think, wow, I'm going to binge listen to this and let chills crawl up my spine and be tantalized by live composition and the sound of Ashley's voice and be changed forever.

Also gadgets and gizmos aplenty.

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