30 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
    • 5.0 • 12 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.

    27. Midnight Wren

    27. Midnight Wren

    “Midnight Wren” is the second story from the Tales of Wolf Hollow by Allison Carr Waechter. A young girl abandoned at a second-rate boarding school wonders about her empty future when she stumbles one day upon a glossy raven black feather. As more appear, she collects them up in woven baskets only to find when the moon shines upon them, they feel alive and she begins to hear a strange song upon waking up to talon claw in sleep. Where is the song coming from, and why does it sound so familiar and uncloud nightmarish memories?

    Allison Carr Waechter, is the author of Vessel of Starfire, the debut novel in the Outlaws of Interra trilogy. Follow her work and sign up for her newsletter at www.allisoncarrwaechter.com for news of upcoming tales. And for more information on The Way of Thorn & Key, please visit their Patreon: www.patreon.com/thewayofthornandkey

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

    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

    • 23 min
    26. The Nightingale and the Rose

    26. The Nightingale and the Rose

    Episode 26: The Nightingale and the Rose

    A surprise bonus episode for you all for Valentine’s Day! “The Nightingale and the Rose” by Oscar Wilde is a bit of an anti-Valentine’s Day tale but we couldn’t resist sharing. A student bemoaning his lack of a red rose to give his love is overheard by a nightingale who believes she has finally found purity of love. Attempting to help the lovestruck student, she makes the ultimate sacrifice to bring the most perfect red rose into existence. Alas for her, our student’s heart is not quite as pure as she thought….

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

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

    Support us on Ko-Fi!
    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
    25. The Truths of Wolf Hollow

    25. The Truths of Wolf Hollow

    “Come out of the dark night and sit by my fire.” This week, we have the dark and enchanting tale, “The Truths of Wolf Hollow” by Allison Carr Waechter. A retelling of the familiar story of Little Red Riding Hood with a twist that the Grimm’s never would have dared to discuss. What happens when a village is divided by an ever growing wood and the wolves aren’t the only things to be frightened of in the dark night full of whispering winds? You’ve come this far, why not stay for the whole telling?

    Allison Carr Waechter, is the author of Vessel of Starfire, the debut novel in the Outlaws of Interra trilogy. Follow her work and sign up for her newsletter at www.allisoncarrwaechter.com for news of upcoming tales. And visit her website for more information on The Way of Thorn & Key, the story of two witches brought together by a magical book.

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

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

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

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

    • 33 min
    24. The Siren And Russalka

    24. The Siren And Russalka

    Two tales of treacherous maids of the water, this week we have “The Siren” by F. Antsey and “Russalka” by Maurice Baring. “The Siren” tells of a siren upon an island who uses her power upon men without heed, when one day a stranger comes unbidden to her shores and makes her question her ways and learn the meaning of love. In “Russalka” a young couple in love run afoul of the powers of the rusalka when on a whim, young Petrushka leaves his work on the river’s edge and finds himself in the thrall of the woman of the water to his untimely fate.

    If you’ve been enjoying these, give us a review on Apple Podcasts and follow along on Spotify!

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

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

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

    • 36 min
    23. The Weird Violin

    23. The Weird Violin

    A curious tale by an unknown author, “The Weird Violin” was written in a monthly magazine in 1893 in the tradition of Victorian Christmas ghost stories. A virtuoso musician, right before a major performance stumbles into a music warehouse when he encounters a strange and somewhat menacing violin. Upon his horror when he plays it, he is greeted with visions of the past sending him into a stupor mid performance.

    If you’ve been enjoying these, we’d love if you’d give us a review on Apple Podcasts and follow along on Spotify!

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

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

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

    • 17 min
    22. The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton

    22. The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton

    This week we are bringing some classic Dickensian cheer with “The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton.” With a similar arc to “A Christmas Carol,” Charles Dickens tells us the story of a glum and grim sexton who delights in suffering, who through a long night with a band of goblins learns of the delights of nature in the world.

    And just in time too, as we’ll be doing a live streamed reading of “A Christmas Carol” on Christmas Eve at 8pm EST. You can join us over at www.instagram.com/oldgrowthalchemy, www.facebook.com/oldgrowthalchemy, or www.youtube.com/channel/UCkvE-OrS0BZ9qj-Lr1t1Kng that evening for the live story by candlelight or pop back over for the recording later.

    If you’ve been enjoying these, we’d love if you’d give us a review on Apple Podcasts and follow along on Spotify!

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

    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

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

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.

Rand-Al Rides ,

Warm Chills

The Widdershins Podcast feels exactly as intended, sharing dark tales by a warm fire, with only a soft blanket and a hot drink for protection. Ashley’s reading and Joe’s improvisational playing welcome you in and ferry you along their journey through the Grimm tales. They wrap you in their mood, make sure you are comfortable, and then entice you page by page. An entirely enjoyable time spent, the sounds delight, the stories leave you with that slight unease that great tales do. Highly recommended, settle in, listen, and savor what they have set before you.

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