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Special Episode 44 Seal-skins & Sea-spray


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The Seals and Selkies of Celtic Folklore

 

This is a huge show all about those magical seal-people of Celtic myth, the Sekies. You'll hear five fantastic pieces of music, two old stories and one lovely modern story from the Faerytale Apothecary. It also includes some fascinating Selkie folklore from Morgan Daimler's New Dictionary of Fairies.

Full show-notes, details and Contributor pages over at our main Website at http://celticmythpodshow.com/sealfolk

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We hope you enjoy it!

Gary & Ruthie x x x

Released: 8th September 2020, 1hr 17m

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News & Views

We tell you all about the show and discuss the future directions of the Celtic Myth Podshow. Our thumbnail picture is a photo by Oliver Sjöström from Pexels

 

The Selkie

by Damh the Bard

The Selkie is the story of a man who feels trapped by his life, and yearns to see freedom and love walking towards him through the waves.

You can find Damh's music on iTunes, or from his website, Pagan Music. He is also the voice behind Druidcast, the official podcast of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD, for short) - modern day Druids. You can find Druidcast here and find out more about OBOD here. You can find out more details about Damh on his Contributor page on our website.

 

Tom Moore and the Seal-Woman

by Jeremiah Curtin

Fae Ring

A short tale from the 1895 book, Tales of the Fairies and the Ghost World by Jeremiah Curtin which can be found on Sacred Texts.

 

The Seal-Woman's Lament

by Kate & Corwen

Fishe or Fowle

The Seal-Woman's Lament and the Seal-Woman's Sea-Joy come from the amazing Fishe or Fowle which is Kate and Corwen's double CD. Available now, as a physical CD from their website or to download from Bandcamp.

They are musicians, instrument makers and workshop leaders who perform folk music and drama, recreate Ancient music and instruments, make crafts, run workshops for schools and demonstrate at museums and other events. You can find out more about these talented folks on their website or on our Contributor Page.

 

"Selkies" from A New Dictionary of Fairies

by Morgan Daimler

A New Dictionary of Fairies

Morgan Daimler's A New Dictionary of Fairies is an essential book for your bookshelves on Fairy-lore. Fairies are a challenging subject, intertwining culture, folklore, and anecdotal accounts across centuries and millennia. Focusing primarily on the Celtic speaking cultures, with some material from adjacent cultures including Anglo-Saxon and Norse, A New Dictionary of Fairies has in-depth entries on a variety of fairies as well as subjects related to them, such as why we picture elves with pointed ears or where the idea of fairies being invisible comes from. It also tackles more complicated topics like the nature and physicality of the fairy people. Anyone with an interest in the Good Neighbours will find this book a solid resource to draw from. You can find the book on Amazon or at the publishers, Moon Books.

 

Wild and Stepping Sea

by Richard Price

 Wild

These songs are a collection of 'Wild' songs that I have performed forever, but I never got around to recording them. They're a hodgepodge of Traditional and Self created songs.

You can find our more about Wild on Richard's Bandcamp page or more about his various projects on our Contributor Page.

Selkie

by the Faerytale Apothecary

The Faerytale Apothecary

A beautifully woven and intoxicating retelling of a traditional folk tale so richly embedded in the shorelines of the British Isles and other Lands the North Atlantic Ocean has swept it's way into the heart of. You can find out more about the Faerytale Apothecary on her website or on our Contributor Page.

 

The Seal-Woman's Sea-Joy

by Kate & Corwen

See above.

 

The Mermaid Wife

by Thomas Keightley

Traditions

A short tale from the 1870 book, The Fairy Mythology by Thomas Keightley which can be found on Sacred Texts.

 

Shore of Dreams

by Paul Newman

Rudyard Kipling

Paul has allowed us to play his powerful evocative song based on Celtic Mythology, the Shore of Dreams, from his latest album Passing Fayre..

You can find out more about Paul on his website or on his Contributor Page.

 

The Seal-Wife

by Signe Pike/Inciting a Riot


This poem, Seal-Wife, was written by Singe Pike and appeared on the Inciting a Riot podcast. It is reproduced here by permission.

 

Listener Feedback

from Dan Papworth

Lives Around Us

We play some Audio feedback from Dan. You can find Dan's book, Lives Around Us: Daily Meditations for Nature Connection, on Amazon.

 

The Selkie Photograph

by Jay Swank

Selkie

Selkie/sealwoman statue in Mikladalur, Faroe Islands.
The photographer is Jay Swank https://www.instagram.com/p/CCV8xL7Dc8w/
To see more of Jay’s fabulous photos visit https://www.dvos-photo.com/

You can now buy two prints of this beautiful Selkie

Both images can be found here: https://www.dvos-photo.com/prints?category=Faroe+Islands
This image can be found here: https://www.dvos-photo.com/prints/selkie-1

Message from Jay
Of the prints I've sold so far most opt for a custom variant where I have it mounted and framed.
This is my preferred method but it is tough to manage all the options on my store so I instead rely on people to contact me and tell me what they are looking for.

PS: I am a vlogger too and the video of this trip can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgUVQ-W_17k&ab_channel=dVosJay

 


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Special Thanks

For incidental music:

Diane Arkenstone The Secret Garden. See the Contributor Page for details.

Kim Robertson, Angels in Disguise. See the Contributor Page for more details.

Jigger, Time Ticks Away. See the Contributor Page for more details.

For our Theme Music:

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

Additional Sources

And, of course, the Awen - inspiration and imagination!

 

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.

 

SaveWe finish off by wishing you 'Hwyl Fawr', which is Welsh for 'Goodbye and have fun'!

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