Branwen goes to Ireland with her husband but her new bed of roses reveals a few sharp thorns.
Matholwch and Branwen set up home in Ireland and a son is born to them. After a while, the King hears whispers from his people and Branwen suffers a terrible fate.
This episode is the 7th episode of the Second Branch of the Mabinogi.
Full Show-notes, with sources
and credits, can be found on our main Website at http://celticmythpodshow.com/kitchensandkings
We hope you enjoy it!
Gary & Ruthie x x x
Released: 1 June 2020, 31m
Listed in order of appearance
Greg, who plays both Nissien and Efnissien in our stories, has a YouTube channel on which he tells some great stories (among other things).
by Spiral Dance
The beautiful story of the Children of Lir as re-told in the epic music of the wonderful Australian band, Spiral Dance. The beautiful lyrics for this spong can be read on the band's website.
The Four Branches of the Mabinogi, by Will Parker, Bardic Press, ISBN 978-0974566757
Irish Influence on Medieval Welsh Literature, by Patrick Sims-Williams. Oxford, ISBN 978-0199588657
Bullfinch's Mythology, The Celts, section 8.
The Mabinogion, Sioned Davies, Oxford, 2007, ISBN 978-0-19-283242
The Mabinogion, Jeffrey Gantz, Penguin, 1976, ISBN 0-14-044322-3
Tales from the Mabinogion, Gwyn Thomas & Kevin Crossley-Holland, Gollancz, 1984, ISBN 0-575-03531-5
Celtic Myths & Legends, p.147ff, Michael Foss, Selectabook Ltd., 1998, ISBN 0-75252-402-X
The Children of Llyr, Evangeline Walton, Del Rey, 1972, ISBN 978-0345097392
Encyclopaedia of Celtic Wisdom, p.117, 156, Caitlin & John Matthews, Element, 1994, ISBN 1-85230-560-6
The Celts, p.211, Frank Delaney, Grafton, 1989, ISBN 0-586-20349-4
Women in Celtic Myth, Moyra Caldecott, Arrow, ISBN 0-09-955920-X
Celtic Heritage, p.41 ff, Alwyn & Brinley Rees, Thames & Hudson, 1978, ISBN 978-0500110089
Pagan Celtic Britain, p.288, Anne Ross, Constable, 1967, ISBN 0-09-472330-3
'Myth in the Mabiogion', from A Celtic Reader, p.151, John Matthews, Aquarian, ISBN 0-85030-935-2
Celtic Myths and Legends, p.356 ff, T. W. Rolleston, 1995, ISBN 978-1859580066
Celtic Folklore: Welsh & Manx Vol.2, pp 499ff, John Rhys, Wildwood House, 1980, ISBN 0-7045-0406-5
The White Goddess, p.215ff, Robert Graves, Faber, 1952
And, of course, the Awen - inspiration and imagination!
Damh, taking on the role of Manawydan in this episode of our re-telling of the Second Branch. You can find out more about Damh and his work on his website at paganmusic.co.uk or on our Contributor page.
Ian, another great friend, takes on the role of Matholwch in this episode.
Lorna, a great friend of ours, takes on the role of the first Irish Noble in this episode.
Our talented son, Ed, takes on the role of the second Irish noble in this tale.
Our very own Ruthie, playing the role of Branwen.
Adam, a great friend of ours, takes on the role of Bran in this show. You can find out more about Adam and his work on our Contributor page.
For Creative Commons Incidental Music
12 Mornings by Audionautix
Past Sadness, Ascending the Vale, and Darkest Child, by Kevin McLeod, Incompetech
Change of pace free, The Aftermath free and Hanging on hope by Logan, Music for Makers
Discovery by Scott Buckley
Ambient Acoustic - Frozen River, Alexander Nakarada
For our Theme Music
(in Alphabetic order)
The Dolmen Extra Special thanks also
The Dolmen, for their permission to use any of their
fantastic Celtic Folk/Rock music on the Show. You can find
out more about The Dolmen on their website or on our
Phil Thornton Extra Special Thanks go for permission to use any of his astounding ambient music to the Sonic Sorcerer himself, Phil Thornton. You can find out more about Phil on his website or on his Contributor Page.
Spiral Dance Extra Special thanks go
for permission to use Adrienne and the band to use any of
their music in the show. You can find out more about
Spiral Dance on their website or on their
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