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Folklore: Beliefs, traditions & culture of the people. Traditional folklore themes from around the world. One episode each month features a special guest from the field of folklore. Recalling our forgotten history, recording the new. The Folklore Podcast

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Folklore: Beliefs, traditions & culture of the people. Traditional folklore themes from around the world. One episode each month features a special guest from the field of folklore. Recalling our forgotten history, recording the new. The Folklore Podcast

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Great podcast

By Ctumein - Oct 24 2019
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Well done and well researched

Great material ... spotty audio quality

By Acelarider - Aug 07 2019
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Great material ... really need to improve audio quality of interviews.

iTunes Ratings

199 Ratings
Average Ratings
164
15
6
3
11

Great podcast

By Ctumein - Oct 24 2019
Read more
Well done and well researched

Great material ... spotty audio quality

By Acelarider - Aug 07 2019
Read more
Great material ... really need to improve audio quality of interviews.
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The Folklore Podcast

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Folklore: Beliefs, traditions & culture of the people. Traditional folklore themes from around the world. One episode each month features a special guest from the field of folklore. Recalling our forgotten history, recording the new. The Folklore Podcast

Rank #1: Episode 62 - THE GIRL WHO SPEAKS BEAR

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The Girl Who Speaks Bear is Sophie Anderson's second book based around traditional Russian folk tales. Despite having only been published for a short time, she has already been shortlisted for a whole raft of awards - the Carnegie Medal, Children's Fiction Book of the Year, the Waterstones prize and many more.

On this episode of the podcast, host Mark Norman talks to Sophie about Russian folklore, why it is important to her and how she uses it in her writing as a storytelling mechanism.

To support the Folklore Podcast on Patreon to keep the show ad-free, and enjoy extra content, please visit www.patreon.com/thefolklorepodcast

Sep 17 2019

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Rank #2: Episode 29: ONCE UPON A TIME

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Many of the folk tales that inspire us, teach us or just intrigue us have been passed down through many generations. In some cases we can find a root for the story. In most, we cannot. But they draw on the knowledge, the beliefs and the imaginations of our ancestors. Many of the stories that we have today, both the well-loved tales and the more obscure lore, survive because of the practices and skills of the storyteller.

In this episode of The Folklore Podcast, creator and host Mark Norman is joined by classically trained actor and professional storyteller Jon Buckeridge, of Parable Arts, to discuss the synergies between folklore and storytelling.

Visit the Folklore Podcast website at www.thefolklorepodcast.com

Earn rewards by supporting the podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thefolklorepodcast

Learn more about Jon and his work at www.parablearts.co.uk

Oct 15 2017

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Rank #3: Episode 74 - THE WILD HUNT AND THE WITCHES

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As we pass Walpurgis Night, the Folklore Podcast releases from its archives a public lecture given in 2017 by the eminent and popular historian Ronald Hutton. Written just before the publication of his book, 'The Witch', in this talk Ronald picks apart the mythology of the Wild Hunt and argues that its origins come from a melding of various folk tales, rather than the traditional shamanistic pagan roots often attributed.

The question and answer session from this talk is available on our Patreon page.

May 01 2020

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Rank #4: Episode 61 - WORLD OF THE UNKNOWN: GHOSTS

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In 1977, a set of three childrens books were published which would go on to become a cult classic. Among the most borrowed (and probably most stolen) from school libraries across the country, these three titles made up the Usborne Mysteries of the Unknown series. Individually, they were the Worlds of the Unknown that looked at Ghosts, Monsters and UFOs.


Recently, an internet petition and campaign ran to bring back the most loved of these three titles, Ghosts. In this episode of the podcast, host Mark Norman discusses the importance of this book with Usborne staff member Anna Howorth (who launched the campaign to bring the book back) and director of the animated film 'Borley Rectory', Ashley Thorpe.

To support the Folklore Podcast on Patreon and help keep all episodes ad-free, please visit www.patreon.com/thefolklorepodcast

Sep 01 2019

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Rank #5: Episode 40 - FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW

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In the winter of 1855, after a heavy fall of snow, residents across a large area of the county of Devon, in the South West of the UK, awoke to find a mysterious trail of prints in the snow. Looking like an hoof, the single-file line of prints allegedly covered a distance of some 100 miles, ignoring obstructions in their path and continuing over high walls hayricks and even the roofs of houses. No satisfactory explanation has ever been given for the event, which became known as the Great Devon Mystery.

Although the case has been widely reported, interestingly it is not the only time that this has happened. Very similar lines of marks have been found in different parts of the world over the last 175 years or so. It's just that the other cases are much more obscure.

In this episode of The Folklore Podcast, creator and host Mark Norman compares and contrasts cases from 1840 through to 2009.

Apr 04 2018

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Rank #6: Episode 4 - BLACK DOGS & THE WILD HUNT

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Host of the Folklore Podcast, Mark Norman, is one of a few researchers specialising in the field of Black Dog ghosts and holds what is thought to be the UKs largest archive of sightings and traditions. In this episode, Mark draws on his extensive archive to examine ghostly apparitions of Black Dogs in folklore and specifically how the relate to the wider European folklore of the Wild Hunt legend. An electronic magazine supplement accompanies this show with more information on the subject matter included. Visit www.thefolklorepodcast.com and click on Episodes.

Sep 01 2016

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Rank #7: Episode 63 - SLAVIC WITCHCRAFT

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Russian hereditary witch,occultist and witchcraft scholar Natasha Helvin joins podcast host Mark Norman to discuss the beliefs, traditions and practices associated with witchcraft in the Slavic tradition. In what ways is this similar to other traditional witchcraft practices and how does it differ?

To support the Folklore Podcast on Patreon, please visit www.patreon.com/thefolklorepodcast

Oct 11 2019

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Rank #8: Episode 28 - VAMPIRES: A FOLKLORE PERSPECTIVE PART 1

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Most people are familiar with the story of 'Count Dracula' and have more than a good general knowledge of the typical vampire tropes of stage and screen; the fangs, the pale skin, the blood sucking. But to truly understand the motif of the vampire in culture, we need to look across the world at all of our cultures and this is where the folklorists approach is so valuable. In the first of this special two-part examination of the vampire, podcast creator and host Mark Norman examines the origins and emergence of the idea of the vampire across races, religions and cultures through the folklore record. Part two next month will examine death lore and protection symbolism.

An e-magazine supplement for this episode and the back catalogue are available at www.thefolklorepodcast.com

To support The Folklore Podcast, pleas visit www.patreon.com/thefolklorepodcast

Oct 01 2017

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Rank #9: Episode 41 - WITCH BOTTLES

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This episode of the Folklore Podcast is the first featuring expert presentations from the Hidden Charms 2 conference in Salisbury - a conference organised by Brian Hoggard of the Apotropaios website with John Billingsley and Jeremy Harte. The conference featured a day of talks on protection magic, charms, concealed apotropaic objects and similar themes.

In this talk, "Witch Bottles - Findings from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic" - collections researcher and museum manager Dr Peter Hewitt discusses some of the bottles held at the museum, and argues that we may use folklore to help to decode the meanings that these bottles have for us in the modern world. Dr Hewitt suggests that their uses were far more varied than just as protective devices.

To access a transcript of this episode, join the Folklore Podcast Patreon page at www.patreon.com/thefolklorepodcast

May 01 2018

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Rank #10: Episode 35 - THE TRUTH ABOUT HANSEL AND GRETEL

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Many fairy tales have their roots in a much darker past, but these origins are watered down to make the tales more wholesome or moral. But did the story of Hansel and Gretel really stem from a case of entrepreneurial intrigue and murder in 17th century Germany? And did the Grimm Brothers know more than they were letting on it their version of the story? Why do the illustrations in their book look so similar to modern day locations? In this episode of The Folklore Podcast, creator and host Mark Norman examines a case to which their is certainly more than it seems at first glance.

To support the Folklore Podcast and earn rewards, please visit www.patreon.com/thefolklorepodcast

Jan 15 2018

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Rank #11: Episode 43 - WOMEN AND FAIRIES AT WORK

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This episode features two guest speakers, recorded live at the flagship conference of The Folklore Society in 2018, held at the Museum of English Rural Life in Reading and examining aspects of rural life and folklore from around the world.

Rosalind Kerven presents "Spinners, Servants and Midwives: Women at Work in British and Irish Folk Narratives" and Jo HIckey-Hall speaks on fairy lore in her paper "Wilt gie us the lend of thy plough and tackle?: Fairies at Work".

Full details of the guests and other episodes of the podcast can be found at www.thefolklorepodcast.com

Jun 07 2018

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Rank #12: Episode 9 - MODERN FAIRY SIGHTINGS

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Belief in fairies throughout the world is ancient and deep-rooted, and this means that there is much folklore and tradition surrounding fairy in all of its forms: elves, pixies, sprites, brownies ... the list continues. Widespread belief in fairies waned enormously in the 19th century but this does not mean that it has died out.

In this episode of The Folklore Podcast, host Mark Norman talks to Jo Hickey-Hall about their research into modern fairy sightings and how they sit alongside our more traditional patterns of belief.

For more information on this episode, our guest, and to download the e-magazine supplement please visit www.thefolklorepodcast.com

Nov 15 2016

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Rank #13: Episode 13 - FAIRY LORE AND THE WITCH TRIALS

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The witch trials of the 16th and 17th century have many facets within the accusations of the women (and men) involved. One of the most intriguing is the links between accused parties and the fairies. How did these people claim to be convening with the fae? What fairy magic did they profess to use?  In this special extended episode of The Folklore Podcast, host Mark Norman is joined by historian and tour guide of London's Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Jon Kaneko-James. Jon works extensively with original documents from the period and discusses a case that he stumbled across about which little is generally discussed.

Jon writes extensively on the history of the supernatural on his blog at www.jonkanekojames.com He has released an exclusive blog in support of this episode which can be used along with the transcript of this episode and Jon's suggested reading which is available in the episode supplement from our website at www.thefolklorepodcast.com

Jan 15 2017

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Rank #14: Family Matters Episode 1

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Welcome to Episode 1 of “Family Matters” - a folk horror roleplaying adventure set in the fictional village of Solemn Vale. Located somewhere in the South West of England, an idyllic facade of rural bliss masks a dark and sinister side of a community riddled with malevolence and corruption.

Solemn Vale is a narrative driven storytelling game where the players tell abhorrent tales of horror and the supernatural, making it a perfect mechanism for us to explore, through storytelling and narrative, ways of incorporating folklore into the everyday. If you want an easy-to-understand hint into the style of the game, think about the classic folk horror stable of films such as The Wicker Man or Blood on Satan’s Claw.

Produced in collaboration with Red Moon Roleplaying

Music by ProtoU, courtesy of CryoChamber

Storyteller: Matthew Dawkins

Support the Folklore Podcast on Patreon to help us keep producing content

Please note that this content is not suitable for children.

Apr 14 2020

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Rank #15: Episode 45 - AN INTRODUCTION TO NORSE MYTHOLOGY

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The mythology of the Norse peoples is a rich and varied one, but little is found in the archaeological record to tell us much for certain. Some things we speculate about, others we get from primary sources. But what are these sources?

In this episode of the podcast, Noah Tetzner from the "History of Vikings" podcast gives a basic introduction to the area of Norse mythology, discussing the mythic landscape and beliefs from the Scandinavian regions.

Aug 22 2018

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Rank #16: Episode 3 - CONCEALED REVEALED

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Cats ... shoes ... bottles ... coins. At first glance these objects don't seem to have much in common. But these, and many other objects, are all items which have been found concealed within the fabric of old buildings during renovations or other works. Why were they placed there?

Joining host Mark Norman on this episode of The Folklore Podcast is Dr Ceri Houlbrook, an historical ethnographer and archaeologist who works as research assistant on the Concealed Revealed project, which is asking just this question.

A 16-page electronic magazine supplement is available to complement this edition, featuring a full episode transcript, more information, suggested reading and galleries of images relating to the finds. Visit www.thefolklorepodcast.com and click on Episodes to find this.

Aug 15 2016

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Rank #17: Episode 20: TRADITIONAL WITCHCRAFT NOW AND THEN

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Creator and host of the Folklore Podcast, Mark Norman, examines the lore and practices of those who follow a Traditional pathway of Folk Magic: the Cunning Man, the Wise Woman, the pellar and the wayside witch. This episode examines to what extent the role and the techniques of the Traditional Witch have changed over the last 200 years and how similar the folk magic beliefs are in more modern times.

May 01 2017

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Rank #18: Episode 25 - WITCH

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WITCH - Preserving Tradition and Folklore through Theatre. The special guest on this episode of The Folklore Podcast is Historian and Author Tracey Norman. Tracey is discussing her acclaimed play WITCH, which takes as its premise actual events from witch trial documents and depositions from the early modern period and maps them onto three fictitious characters. This serves to give a voice to those people from our past who were denied one at the time, telling an important story. Tracey talks about her research, the play and the other projects which are coming out of this important work. Follow the project at www.traceynormanswitch.com

Jul 15 2017

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Rank #19: Episode 67 - CELTIC AND WESTERN EUROPEAN FAIRIES

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Season 5 of The Folklore Podcast kicks off with a special extended episode. Host Mark Norman is joined by author Morgan Daimler to discuss their book 'A New Dictionary of Fairies' which builds on the research done by eminent folklorist Katharine Briggs, focusing on fairies in the Celtic and Western European traditions.

Support the Folklore Podcast on Patreon: www.patreon.com/thefolklorepodcast

Visit Morgan's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MorganDaimler

Featured music guest, Chalk Horse Music: www.chalkhorsemusic.com

Jan 10 2020

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Rank #20: Episode 60 - MAGICAL HOUSE PROTECTION

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Belief in magic and particularly the power of witchcraft was once a deep and enduring presence in popular culture; people created and concealed many objects to protect themselves from harmful magic. Brian Hoggard's book, Magical House Protection examines the principal forms of protection in Britain and beyond from the fourteenth century to the present day. Witch-bottles, dried cats, horse skulls, written charms, protection marks and concealed shoes were all used widely as methods of repelling, diverting or trapping negative energies. Many of these practices and symbols can be found around the globe, demonstrating the universal nature of efforts by people to protect themselves from witchcraft.

In this episode of The Folklore Podcast, Brian discusses at length both the contents of the book and his extensive research project which has accumulated over 2,000 examples since it started in 1999.

Aug 01 2019

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Episode 77: MIDSUMMER THROUGH MIDSOMMAR

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Released on Midsummer Day 2020, Folklore Podcast creator and host Mark Norman introduces a look at the festival through the lens of the folk horror film Midsommar. Mark discusses some aspects of the festival and presents two pieces by volunteer researchers Joana Varanda and Pola Schiavone. The first of these discusses a theory that the narrative construction relates to the cards presented in the Major Arcana of the Tarot. In the second, the role of food as a ritual within both the film and the festival is examined.

Support the Folklore Podcast on Patreon and receive the transcript of this episode and other exclusive content and rewards. Click here to visit the Patreon page.

Jun 24 2020

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The Austringer Episode 4

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Our adventure at The Shivering Circle concludes, and you get to hear what happened after the team left Hoddesham.

Storyteller: Howard David Ingham

Guest Players: Hjalmar Norden and Jenny Bremberg

Produced in collaboration with Red Moon Roleplaying

Music written and performed by Kai Engel. Used under a Creative Commons Licence from freemusicarchive.org

Support the Folklore Podcast on Patreon to keep our content free and the show viable. www.patreon.com/thefolklorepodcast

Jun 16 2020

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The Austringer Episode 3

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The penultimate episode of our Folk Horror storytelling game, The Austringer. Eric Higginson, the presenter of 'World of the Strange' arrives to film his segments for the programme on The Shivering Circle. And things continue do, indeed, get strange.

Please note that this content is not suitable for children.

Storyteller: Howard David Ingham

Produced in collaboration with Red Moon Roleplaying

Music by Kai Engel, under a Creative Commons License from freemusicarchive.org

Jun 09 2020

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Episode 76 - VAESEN

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All over the world, and throughout the ages, people have been convinced that we are not alone on this earth. That other creatures exist in our world, alongside humans and animals and that even though they may resemble us, they are entirely different beings, neither human nor divine but representing something else. They have been known by many names and take many forms.

So begins the Introduction to the book 'Vaesen', by Swedish author and illustrator Johan Egerkrans. On this episode of The Folklore Podcast, Johan joins podcast creator and host Mark Norman to discuss his research into the Swedish creatures of myth and folklore known as the Vaesen.

To support the Folklore Podcast on Patreon and keep new content coming out ad-free, please click here.

Jun 08 2020

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The Austringer Episode 2

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Our storytelling adventure 'The Austringer' continues. As this episode begins, Gareth the runner is heading to the vets to report the unfortunate accident which the team had on the road to Hoddesford.

Please note: this content is not suitable for children due to language.

Special guests: Jenny Bremberg and Hjalmar Norden of Red Moon Roleplaying

Storyteller: Howard David Ingham

Music: Kai Engel, used under Creative Commons Licence from freemusicarchive.org

Support the Folklore Podcast on Patreon and help us to keep producing free content for you to enjoy.

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Jun 02 2020

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The Austringer Episode 1

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We begin a new series of bonus content, with another roleplaying story which is rich in folklore. 'The Austringer' is set within the game 'The Shivering Circle' which was developed and written by Howard David Ingham, who also acts as storyteller for this adventure.

Our team of characters are travelling to film at the mysterious stone circle on Hoddesham Down, which is known for its strange phenomena. They are making an episode of 'Eric Higginson's World of the Strange'. Will anything unusual happen while they are on site...?

We are joined for this adventure by Hjalmar Norden and Jenny Bremberg from Red Moon Roleplaying.

Please note: this content is not suitable for children due to language.

Music: Kai Engel, used under Creative Commons license from freemusicarchive.org

Support the Folklore Podcast on Patreon and help us to keep producing free content for you to enjoy. www.patreon.com/thefolklorepodcast

May 26 2020

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Family Matters Episode 6

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Our folk horror adventure in the fictional village of Solemn Vale concludes. Will Graham and Linda Parker resolve their difficulties and get back to normal life...?

Produced in collaboration with Red Moon Roleplaying

Storyteller: Matthew Dawkins

Music by ProtoU. Used with permission from CryoChamber.

Support the Folklore Podcast on Patreon here.

May 19 2020

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Episode 75 - RITUAL BUILDING PROTECTION

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Folklore Podcast creator and host Mark Norman is joined by buildings archaeologist James Wright to explore the different ways in which both high status and the more common buildings were protected from harm by both their builders and their occupants, through the use of ritual marking. The discussion also takes in medieval graffiti along the way.

Support the Folklore Podcast on Patreon for extra audio and other content, and help to keep the show free to listen to. Visit www.patreon.com/thefolklorepodcast

May 15 2020

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Family Matters Episode 5

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Having finished the tour of the house left to her by her late aunt Demelza, Linda Parker and her husband Graham return to the 'Bowler's Arm' pub in Solemn Vale for a hearty pint of Badger's Stump and a look at the local entertainment. Nothing can possibly go wrong...

Produced in collaboration with Red Moon Roleplaying.

Storyteller: Matthew Dawkins

Music by ProtoU, courtesy of Cryochamber.

Support the Folklore Podcast on Patreon to enable us to keep producing free entertainment. Please click here.

May 12 2020

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Family Matters Episode 4

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Our adventure in Solemn Vale continues (and continues to get stranger). Graham and Linda choose to avoid a suggestion that they might want to return to London and instead find lodgings at The Bowler's Arm pub. What could possibly go wrong...?

Produced in collaboration with Red Moon Roleplaying.

Listen to the unedited recordings and other bonus content, and help to support The Folklore Podcast and keep us producing extra content on our Patreon page.

May 05 2020

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Episode 74 - THE WILD HUNT AND THE WITCHES

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As we pass Walpurgis Night, the Folklore Podcast releases from its archives a public lecture given in 2017 by the eminent and popular historian Ronald Hutton. Written just before the publication of his book, 'The Witch', in this talk Ronald picks apart the mythology of the Wild Hunt and argues that its origins come from a melding of various folk tales, rather than the traditional shamanistic pagan roots often attributed.

The question and answer session from this talk is available on our Patreon page.

May 01 2020

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Family Matters Episode 3

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This episode contains adult language and is not suitable for listeners under the age of 18.

Welcome to Episode 3 of “Family Matters” - a folk horror roleplaying adventure set in the fictional village of Solemn Vale. Located somewhere in the South West of England, an idyllic facade of rural bliss masks a dark and sinister side of a community riddled with malevolence and corruption.

Solemn Vale is a narrative driven storytelling game where the players tell abhorrent tales of horror and the supernatural, making it a perfect mechanism for us to explore, through storytelling and narrative, ways of incorporating folklore into the everyday. If you want an easy-to-understand hint into the style of the game, think about the classic folk horror stable of films such as The Wicker Man or Blood on Satan’s Claw.

Produced in collaboration with Red Moon Roleplaying

Music by ProtoU, courtesy of CryoChamber

Storyteller: Matthew Dawkins

Support the Folklore Podcast on Patreon to help us keep producing content

Apr 28 2020

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Family Matters Episode 2

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This episode contains sexual content and is not suitable for listeners under the age of 18.

Welcome to Episode 2 of “Family Matters” - a folk horror roleplaying adventure set in the fictional village of Solemn Vale. Located somewhere in the South West of England, an idyllic facade of rural bliss masks a dark and sinister side of a community riddled with malevolence and corruption.

Solemn Vale is a narrative driven storytelling game where the players tell abhorrent tales of horror and the supernatural, making it a perfect mechanism for us to explore, through storytelling and narrative, ways of incorporating folklore into the everyday. If you want an easy-to-understand hint into the style of the game, think about the classic folk horror stable of films such as The Wicker Man or Blood on Satan’s Claw.

Produced in collaboration with Red Moon Roleplaying

Music by ProtoU, courtesy of CryoChamber

Storyteller: Matthew Dawkins

Support the Folklore Podcast on Patreon to help us keep producing content

Apr 21 2020

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Family Matters Episode 1

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Welcome to Episode 1 of “Family Matters” - a folk horror roleplaying adventure set in the fictional village of Solemn Vale. Located somewhere in the South West of England, an idyllic facade of rural bliss masks a dark and sinister side of a community riddled with malevolence and corruption.

Solemn Vale is a narrative driven storytelling game where the players tell abhorrent tales of horror and the supernatural, making it a perfect mechanism for us to explore, through storytelling and narrative, ways of incorporating folklore into the everyday. If you want an easy-to-understand hint into the style of the game, think about the classic folk horror stable of films such as The Wicker Man or Blood on Satan’s Claw.

Produced in collaboration with Red Moon Roleplaying

Music by ProtoU, courtesy of CryoChamber

Storyteller: Matthew Dawkins

Support the Folklore Podcast on Patreon to help us keep producing content

Please note that this content is not suitable for children.

Apr 14 2020

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Bonus Content 02: Easter Traditions in Europe

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Folklore Podcast creator Mark Norman presents a series of short bonus articles looking at Easter traditions in various parts of Europe, researched and written by members of the podcast volunteer team.

Contributors: Selene Paxton-Brooks, Pola Sciavone, Joana Varanda and Lara C Cory.

Support the Folklore Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thefolklorepodcast

Apr 12 2020

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Episode 73 - THE BARD OF CUMBERLAND

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In the last episode of The Folklore Podcast to be recorded out of the confines of a house, before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Hedge Druid Stephen G. Rae (known as The Bard of Cumberland) discusses his path as a druid with podcast volunteer Joana Varanda. The conversation takes in such diverse elements as Cumberland and Tibetan folklore, yeti, boggarts, being a druid and more, along with some traditional folk tales.

Music: Celtic Impulse Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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Support the Folklore Podcast on Patreon for additional content. Visit www.patreon.com/thefolklorepodcast

Apr 04 2020

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John Billingsley:

​Soft Power: the emergence of modern apotropaics in Albania

 

In the traumatic political upheavals that followed the overthrow of Albania’s Communist state, Albanians found that traditional apotropaics may have had metaphysical efficacy, but couldn’t protect them from capitalist evils. The result was the creation of a new apotropaic device that cynically reflects capitalist disposable culture as well as universal sentiment, and has an echo in contemporary western culture.

Mar 26 2020

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Episode 72 - THE LAMBTON WORM

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​Folklore Podcast creator and host Mark Norman presents a study of the serpent-like creature of UK folklore, The Lambton Worm, and its place in the wider lore of dragons and similar creatures. Featuring guest contributions and a look at a new audio drama featuring the beast. Folk singer Roly Veitch performs the traditional song associated with the worm (click here to visit his website), Director Steven Sloss discusses the audio drama (available here).

Musical guest: L.M. Cooke
​Artwork donated by Laura Page. Visit her website here

​Click here to support the Folklore Podcast on Patreon.

Mar 18 2020

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Episode 71- GHOSTLAND

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Author Edward Parnell joins The Folklore Podcast creator and host Mark Norman to discuss his book 'Ghostland', which examines the intersections between folklore, folk horror, the landscape and literature.

Musical guests: The Last Inklings

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Mar 05 2020

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Episode 70 - THE STORY KEEPER

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In this episode of The Folklore Podcast, we hear from author of dark historical fiction Anna Mazzola about her book 'The Story Keeper'...

A dark tale of folklore and disappearances on the Isle of Skye.

Audrey Hart travels to Skye and to the mansion of a reclusive folklorist to collect the folk and fairy tales of the local people. It is 1857, the Highland Clearances have left devastation and poverty, and the crofters are suspicious and hostile, claiming they no longer know their stories.

Then Audrey discovers the body of a young girl washed up in the bay beneath Lanerly, and the crofters reveal that it is only a matter of weeks since another girl disappeared. They believe the girls are victims of the restless dead: spirits who take the form of birds

Anna discusses her research and the ways that she negotiates history and folklore to produce fiction based on historical fact and narrative.

This episode is closed with music from singer/songwriter Sharron Kraus.

To support the Folklore Podcast on Patreon, please visit www.patreon.com/thefolklorepodcast

Feb 18 2020

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Great podcast

By Ctumein - Oct 24 2019
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Well done and well researched

Great material ... spotty audio quality

By Acelarider - Aug 07 2019
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Great material ... really need to improve audio quality of interviews.