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CMP054 The Assembly of the Wondrous Head


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The Saga of Branwen reaches its conclusion in the company of the Head of Bran on the mystical island of Gwales.

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Show Summary:

 

The Saga of Branwen reaches its conclusion in the company of the Head of Bran on the mystical island of Gwales. This time out of time is known as the Assembly of the Wondrous Head.

This episode is the 12th and final 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/assembly

Show Summary:

Running Order:

  • Intro 0:38
  • News and Views 1:05
  • Recap 2:47
  • Story 4:22
  • These Hollow Hills (Once More) - Damh the Bard 15:20

We hope you enjoy it!

Gary & Ruthie x x x

Released: 6 July 2020, 22m


News & Views

We talk about the end of the Season of Branwen shows. We discuss the possibility of bringing a Special Show out and our upcoming hiatus where we write the next season of shows. We also welcome all of the new listeners to our podcast.

 

Names Used in this Story

Listed in order of appearance

  • Gwales in Penfro
  • Brân
  • Pryderi
  • Harlech
  • Manawydan
  • Aber Henvelen
  • Heilyn the son of Gwynn the Old
  • Llundain
  • Branwen
  • Rhiannon
  • Mabinogi


Music: These Hollow Hills

by Damh the Bard

The Third Branch

The Third Branch

You can find out more about Damh and where to buy his music on his website or on our Contributor Page.

 

Sources used in this Episode

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

The Mabinogion, Gwyn Jones & Thomas Jones, Dent & Dutton, 1977, ISBN 0-460-01097-2. Can also be found online at www.donaldcorrell.com

Branwen, Daughter of Llyr, Lady Charlotte Guest, Mary Jones

Branwen, Daughter of Llyr, Lady Charlotte Guest, 1877, Sacred Texts

The Mabinogion, Lady Charlotte Guest, 1849, Project Gutenberg

The Mabinogi of Branwen, W. M. Parker, mabiongi.net. Notes at mabinogion.info

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!

 

Huge Thanks to Special Guest Actors

 

Adam Ranger

Adam Ranger

Adam Ranger

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.

Damh the Bard

Damh the Bard

Damh

Damh, a great friend of ours, takes on the role of Manawydan in this show. You can find out more about Damh and his work on our Contributor page.

 

Special Thanks

For Creative Commons Incidental Music

Almost Bliss, Achaidh_Cheide_Celtic, Chee Zee Cave - Video Classica by Kevin McLeod, Incompetech

So dramatic, 12 Mornings, Antartica, Before Dawn by Audionautix

Diane Arkenstone The Secret Garden. See her Contributor page for details.

Kim Robertson The Hangman's Noose. See her Contributor page for details.

Jigger Time Ticks Away. See her Contributor page for details.

 

For our Theme Music

The Skylark and Haghole, the brilliant Culann's Hounds. See their Contributor page for details.

 

Extra Special Thanks for Unrestricted Access to Wonderful Music

(in Alphabetic order)

Anne Roos Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of her masterful music to Anne Roos. You can find out more about Anne on her website or on her Contributor page.

Caera Extra Special thanks go for permission to any of her evocative harping and Gaelic singing to Caera. You can find out more about Caera on her website or on her Contributor Page.

Celia Extra Special Thanks go for permission to use any of her wonderful music to Celia Farran. You can find out more about Celia on her website or on her Contributor Page.

Damh the Bard Extra Special thanks go to Damh the Bard for his permission to use any of his music on the Show. You can find out more about Damh (Dave) on his website or on his Contributor page.

The Dolmen Extra Special thanks also go to 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 Contributor page.

Keltoria Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of their inspired music to Keltoria. You can find out more about Keltoria on their website or on their Contributor page.

Kevin Skinner Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of his superb music to Kevin Skinner. You can find out more about Kevin on his website or on his Contributor page.

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.

S.J. Tucker Extra Special thanks go to Sooj for her permission to use any of her superb music. You can find out more about Sooj on her website or on her 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 Contributor page.

We'd like to wish you 'Hwyl fawr!', which is Welsh for Goodbye and have fun, or more literally Wishing a Good Mood on you!


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