In this our first music special, we bring you some great music as well as a poem from the Book of Taliesin. You'll hear moving Irish music from Danny Quinn, Samantha Gillogly and the Logues, some etheral Faery music from Karen Kay and Faeries Wear Boots. There's also some great rocking music from Orient Xpress, Thinker and Tinkerscuss.
In this our Midwinter, Yule, Holiday Special we bring you a piece about the meanings of Yule and its traditions, some poems, four great pieces of music and an excerpt from Priestess of the Forest by Ellen Evert Hopman. The story is set in 3rd Century Ireland and tells of the meeting of Ethne, a Druid Healer and Ruadh, a member of the Fianna.
Finally returning from the brink of nearly fatal man-flu, the Celtic Myth Podshow return with part 2 of the Fosterage of two Milk Pails story. In this story, which is part 2 of a 2 part story, we hear about the how Eithne meets Padraig the Saint and converts to Christianity. When Aengus Og eventually finds her, we discover what happens to the stricken maid.
In this story, which is part 1 of a 2 part story, we hear about the coming of Manannan Mac Lir to to Tuatha De Danann and a maiden that cannot eat mortal food. We hear about an insult that has dire effects and the coming if the Christian God to the Ancient Celts.
In our second half, we conclude our celebrations with four great pieces of music, a short story, an excerpt from A Druid's Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine by Ellen Evert Hopman and some great family stories from listeners.
In this story, which is part 2 of the 2 part story of Fintan, we hear how the oldest and greatest Seanachi or Story-teller of Ireland, Fintan meets his end. Before he does however, he meets the world's oldest Hawk, an olde friend never before seen, and they share their life histories.
In this story, which is part 1 of a 2 part story, we hear the tale of the oldest and greatest Seanachi or Story-teller of Ireland, Fintan. It was the job of the Shannachie to travel the land of Erin and collect stories from far-flung corners and this tale tells of his long life and his place in the history of the magical Isle of Erin.
We celebrate the Autumn Equinox with some amazing pieces of music, a poem by W B Yeats and a traditional Scottish folk-tale. The tale is the Meester Stoorworm which tells of a poor boy made good - a typical fairy tale from Celtic lands. The W B YEats poem is the Rider from the North from Yeats' book In the Seven Woods.
Today we hear the tale of Tuan and Saint Finnian, one of the best shape-changing myths in the Celtic mythos. Set in historical times, we look back through history with the meeting of Tuan the Immortal. This episode is slightly longer than normal at 47 minutes - sorry, we just didn't want to break this story :)
The Children of Danu choose Bodb Dearg as a new High King for themselves much to King Lir's displeasure. To bring the clans together, Bodb's foster-daughter marries Lir and bears four beautiful children to him. Sadly she dies and Lir marries her sister, who in jealousy curses the Children and turns them all into swans..
We've got some great stuff for this Holiday Special. For the first time, we've got three pieces of fantastic music, a section from an unpublished book about the Celtic traditions for Lughnasadh and a great section of an Arthurian Fantasy by Kelley Heckart: White Rose of Avalon.
The Sons of Mil finally break through the magic of the Children of Danu and land on the shores of Erin. They demand recompense for the death of their kin and negotiations take place. Now it is up to the Tuatha De Danaan - will they fight, flee or come up with another plan? And yet, the great Bard Amergin also has a trick or two up his sleeve!
We celebrate the Midsummer Festival with a massive offering of goodies. So we've divided the episode into two parts. The second half contains an amazing poem called The Shadow House of Lugh, a story from The Fire of Belenus by William Russeth and some music.
We celebrate the Midsummer Festival with a massive offering of goodies. So we've divided the episode into two parts. The first part contains a reading from The Religion of the Ancient Celts, another from a modern book called Fairy Healing, some music, and a story by Willie Meikle called The First Silkie.
Mighty Balor, the strong smiter, and the Fomori have invaded Ireland and the Tuatha De Danaan meet them on the field of Battle. After a bloody and epic struggle, Lugh kills Balor and the Fomori are beaten and driven back to the sea. Tired and weary, it is now time for the Children of Danu to count the cost...
The eve of the Second Battle of Magh Tuireadh and Lugh gets promises of aid from the Tuatha De Danaan. The giant Balor enters the fray and the death toll rises. The Tuatha De are fighting not only for their land but for their entire race.
We celebrate ther ancient Celtic Fire Festival of Bealteinne with some pieces about Celtic and Fairy traditions, a fascinating short story set in ancient Cornwall and some wonderful Celtic music. Come join in the fun!
The Sons of Tuireann encounter Cian, the father of Lugh, on his own and foul acts are committed. Later, the Dagda has two encounters and gains two allies. WARNING - This episode contains the "toilet humour" of the original myth which may be unsuitable for younger children.
Tensions increase as the tyranny of the Fomor bites on the Children of Danu. A stranger with many gifts comes into Teamhair and brings them all new hope. However, Bres makes a new alliance with a mighty King of the Fomor, Balor of the Evil Eye and invasion is planned.
The Battle of Magh Tuireadh is over and after Nuada is seriously injured and Bres gets elected to be King over the Tuatha De Danaan. His reign, however, does not go exactly well. We hear of how the Dagda is treated and learn about the mysterious origin of Bres. He then turns to an unexpected source for allies.
After a vicious hurling match, the armies of the Tuatha De Danaan and the Fir Bolg clash on the fields of Magh Turiedh. A ferocious battle takes place in which over 100,000 warriors die. After a brutal blow, a new King has to be chosen for the Tuatha De.
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