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Fair Folk is a podcast rediscovering and sharing the sacred song and folk traditions of Europe.


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Gnome for Christmas: the Midwinter Household Spirit

This episode draws on the folklore of the household spirit (gnome, tomte, tonttu, nisse, domovoi, et al)and the folk music of Scandinavia to explore the ancient traditions of animism and ancestor veneration at midwinter. Music: Intro theme: ?Forest March? by Sylvia Woods ?Tomtarnas Julnatt? by Göteborgs Symfonietta (instrumental) ?Nisse-Polka? by Sing Song Sisters ?Winter Darkness (Mørketid)? by Georg Buljo & Nils Økland ?Haugebonden? by Folk Och Rackare ?Tomtarnas? Julnatt by Fem Bobbies ?Tomtehallingen? by Øyonn Groven Myhren ?Tomten? by Kraja ?Hej Tomtegubbar? by Nina Persson & Oscar Johansson The book I referred to in the intro: Gnomes and Secrets of the Gnomes Wil Huygen and illustrator Rien Poortvliet Resources for this episode: The Tradition of Household Spirits by Claude Lecouteux Russian Folk Belief by Linda J. Ivanits Tomten by Viktor Rydberg (a video here:
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Interview with Eithne Ní Ghallchobhair, Irish Storyteller

I recorded this conversation last fall with the award-winning Irish storyteller Eithne Ní Ghallchobhair, who lives in Donegal, Ireland, and learned her craft from the last living traditional storytellers in Donegal. Get the Fair Folk tote at my new website! Notes: *The book Eithne mentions at 39:00, Women Who Run With the Wolves is written by Clarissa Pinkola Estés. It?s available at used and new bookshops all over. *42:05 the "schools collection" she refers to is part of the National Folklore Collection of Ireland, at University College Dublin *This episode edited by Laura Hamill of Perennial Collective! Music: Intro theme: ?Forest March? by Sylvia Woods ?Carolan's Farewell to Music? by Julia Seager-Scott ?Untitled? by Jean Christian ?Carolan - Five Tunes By the Irish Harper: IV. Carolan's Farewell to Music? by Da Camera ?When She Cam Ben? by Da Camera ?Untitled? by Jean Christian ?Carolan's Farewell to Music? by Julia Seager-Scott ?The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry? by Ale Möller & Aly Bain Image: Eithne Ní Gullaher on St. Colmcille?s bed at Glencolmcille, Donegal
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All Hallows': Folk Tradition at the Gates of Winter

This episode explores the ancient traditions behind today's favourite Halloween activities: trick-or-treating, jack-o-lantern carving, divination, and... communing with the dead. This episode's music: Intro Music: ?Forest March? by Sylvia Woods 2:09 ?Nöstmo Halvar? by Per O G Runberg 7:04 ?King Orfeo? by Alva 13:07 ?Samhain? by Ron Allen 14:55 ?Punkie Night? by Withe & Stone 17:11 ?Tam Glen? by Jean Redpath 22:45 ?Colcannon? by The Black Family 26:30 ?The Wife of Usher?s Well? by Alfred Deller & The Deller Consort 31:38 ?Souling Song? by the Watersons 38:10 ?Faithful Johnny? by Bryony Griffith & Will Hampson 42:30 ?Lyke Wake Dirge? by the Young Tradition Image: Witch plate. Fancy dresses described, or, what to wear at fancy balls, Arden Holt, 1882.
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Outi Pulkkinen, Finnish Runo-Singer and Jouhikko Player

An astounding performance and conversation with Finnish expert runo-singer and jouhikko player, Outi Pulkkinen. Pulkkinen is a Doctor of Music specializing in runo-singing and holistic improvisation with voice, movement and speech. She also works with several bands, eg. the female a cappella groups MeNaiset and Pulkkinen-Räss-Sadovska. She is currently researching archaic music through a shamanistic approach, and she teaches folk music, voice training and holistic improvisation at University of the Arts Helsinki. She has released three solo albums, which you can purchase here: You can also listen to her music on SoundCloud: Find her group MeNaiset on SoundCloud: The MeNaiset album Kelu can be purchased here: MeNaiset has recorded another album, which will be released next year, so keep your eyes open for that! Pulkkinen can also be contacted directly by email: [email protected] The intro theme to Fair Folk is ?Forest March? by Sylvia Woods Portrait of Outi Pulkkinen by Christoffer Relander
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Interview with Nigel Pennick, Author of The Pagan Book of Days

Nigel Pennick is the author of over fifty books, on topics ranging from paganism and folk magic to geomancy and divination with the runes. His book The Eldritch World will be available soon in an American edition, produced by Arcana Europa. You can read the preface here: Many of Pennick's past and future books can be found at Inner Traditions, including the soon-to-be-released Operative Witchcraft: Music: "Edith Swan-Neck" by Paddon and Pennick "Ellacombe (Berthon)" by Nigel Pennick "Ground Hog Blues" by John Lee Hooker "Fairy Bells" by Nigel Pennick "The Outlandish Knight" by Will Noble "The Bobtail Mare" by Nigel Pennick The image Nigel mentioned of the sorceror's apprentice is here: Subscribe to the Fair Folk Almanac on my Patreon page:
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Fair Folk Almanac: Lughnasa [Preview]

This episode focuses on the great big, beautiful holiday that falls in the first week of August, which has been a highpoint in the Celtic calendar for millennia. It's called Lammas in England and Scotland, and Lughnasa in Ireland, the feast of the harvest's beginning, of the shining sun, of first precious golden loaf. To listen to the rest of the episode please go to Music: Intro theme: Forest March by Sylvia Woods "Corn Rigs" by Us and Them
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Finnish Kantele by Aslak Tolonen of Nest

Aslak Tolonen, recorded live in Riihimäki, Finland June 16, 2019. You can find more information about his music or contact him about purchasing a kantele here: or email him at [email protected] The intro music for Fair Folk is "Forest March" by Sylvia Woods Patreon: Facebook:
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The Wailing Of The Old Timers - Tvísöngur and Iceland's Hidden Folk Music Past

In July of 2018 I spent a month in Iceland looking for performers of a stye of Icelandic folk singing called "tvísöngur." What I found was that the history of folk music in Iceland is far more complicated than I could have ever guessed. I found myself asking: In a nation known internationally for its indie music, why is Icelandic folk music so hard to come by? Thank you to the many musicians, researchers, and friends who contributed music, personality, and information to this episode. Special thanks to Gunnstein Olafsson, Linus Orri, Eyjolfur Eyjolfson, Orn Magnusson and Marta Halldorsdottir, Kimberly Cannady, Runa Inginumdardottir, Gudny Robertsdóttir Orlygur Kristfinsson, and Gustav Danielsson. Thank you also to the Icelandic folk music centre in Siglufjordur and Herhusid artist residency for hosting and helping me while I researched this topic. My paper on tvísöngur for the International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony October 2018: Fair Folk Patreon: Music and Notes: 0:00 ?Forest March? by Sylvia Woods :50 ?Ísland Farsælda Frón? by Jean Christian 2:40 ?Ísland Farsælda Frón? by Kvæðamannafélagið Rima 4:00 Guðrún Ingimundardóttir and Svanfríður Halldórsdóttir 5:22 ?Húmar Að Mitt Hinsta Kvöld? by Pétur Halldórsson & Símon Þórðarson 7:25 Baroque Cello and Langspil by Gadus Morhua 8:55 ?Fagurt Syngur Svanurinn (Beautifully Sings the Swan)? by Spilmenn Ríkínís (Rikini Ensemble: Marta Halldórsdóttir, Örn Magnússon, Ásta Sigríður Arnardóttir, and Halldór Bjarki Arnarson) - Recording courtesy of Arni Moller 10:45 Langspil and Symphonie by Marta Halldórsdóttir and Örn Magnússon 11:15 Spilmenn Ríkínís (Ásta Sigríður Arnardóttir) - Recording courtesy of Arni Moller 13:00 Reykjavík Trad Sessions 14:00 ?Langspils Kvæðalag? by Örn Magnússon 14:55 ?Fryeja? by Gadus Morhua (Eyjólfur Eyjólfsson, Björk Níelsdóttir and Steinunn Arnbjörg Stefánsdóttir) 16:15 Duo Atlantica 17:45 ?Ísland Farsælda Frón? by Jean Christian 20:00 Gustaf Danielsson and Örlygur Kristfinnsson 20:30 Gadus Morhua 23:35 Spilmenn Ríkínís (Ásta Sigríður Arnardóttir) - Recording courtesy of Arni Moller 26:00 & 27:45 Gustaf Danielsson and Örlygur Kristfinnsson 30:15 Speech: Marta Halldórsdóttir 31:10 Speech and diatonic langspil: Örn Magnússon 34:30 ?Bjo?rt Mey og Hrein? by Duo Svanni 35:20 Speech: Guðrún Ingimundardóttir French explorer mentioned is Paul Gaimard, author of Voyage en Islande et au Groënland 39:20 ?Bjo?rt Mey og Hrein? by Duo Svanni 41:10 Spilmenn Ríkínís (Ásta Sigríður Arnardóttir) - Recording courtesy of Arni Moller 43:05 Speech: Ómar Ellertson 48:20 Speech: Linus Orri 55:00 Correction provided by Linus Orri: The author mentioned is actually Jón Þórarinsson 57:20 Spilmenn Ríkínís (Ásta Sigríður Arnardóttir and Halldór Bjarki Arnarson) - Recording courtesy of Arni Moller 58:20 Speech: Örn Magnússon 59:15 ?Fagurt Syngur Svanurinn (Beautifully Sings the Swan)? by Spilmenn Ríkínís - Recording courtesy of Arni Moller 1:02:25 Speech: Linus Orri 1:03:40 Spilmenn Ríkínís - Recording courtesy of Arni Moller 1:06:30 Rímur by Linus Orri
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Big Beltane: May Day Song and Custom

May Day, or Beltane in Scottish Gaelic, is a joyous occasion to welcome new growth and fertility in the fields, the hills and home. With its all-night bonfires, green branches, towering may poles and delicate flowers, this might be the most tactile and sensual holiday of the entire year. And it's just bursting with song. For monthly Almanac episodes on Patreon: Music: Intro: "Forest March" by Sylvia Woods "Hal-An-Tow" by the Watersons "Arise, Arise" by Robert White "Jack in the Green" by Martin and Shan Graebe "Maypole Dance" by Richard Myhill "Searching For Lambs"(feat. Graham Coxon) by Lisa Knapp "As I Walked Through the Meadows" by Magpie Lane "As I Roved Out" by The Voice Squad "Bedfordshire May Carol" by Jack Sharp "In the Merry Month of May" by Patricia Spero "The May Morning Dew" by John Lyons "Padstow Hobby Horse" on English Customs and Traditions (album) "Padstow" by Steeleye Span "May Song" by Beggars Velvet
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What Is Fair Folk?

In this short episode I talk about how I came to make and love a podcast about folklore, and what I believe folklore is capable of when we give it our good faith! Fill out the 4 minute listener survey here: Intro music is "Forest March" by Sylvia Woods Photo by @kimberlichenn (instagram)
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Fair Folk Almanac: January [Preview]

This first monthly Fair Folk Almanac episode includes Perchta, the Alpine goddess who will disembowel you if you don?t take a vacation, moon divination from Greece, and suggestions for how you might bring in the new year with your own folklore-based ritual and tradition. To listen to the whole episode, visit and subscribe. The next regular episode will arrive in two weeks! Music: Intro: "Forest March" by Sylvia Woods "Mixoscottish" by Lirio "Plugu?orul" by Carmina Tenera
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Winter Solstice, Queen of Feasts

This episode traces the age-old European origins of many of the Winter Solstice traditions we enjoy today, from mother goddess worship through stories of the wizard child Jesus, to Christmas fortune telling with bones. Support Fair Folk: Music: ?Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence? by the Ballycastle Players ?Miri it is While Sumer Ilast? by Ensemble Belladonna ?O Frondens Virga? by Augsburg Early Music Ensemble ?Podblyadnye Song? by byAgrafena Glinkin ?Ancient Gates? by Olga Glazova ?Podblyadnye Songs? by Ensemble Joy ?Persephone? by Stellamara ?Tec, Peleite, Zernju Zogtu? by Kitka ?The Holly She Bears a Berry? by the Voice Squad ?Haugebonden? by Tiriltunga ?Oi Linksta Suolaliai? by Keisto Folkloro Grup?? ?Et Lite Barn Så Lystelig? by Julestemmer ?The Bitter Withy? by the Valley Folk ?Cherry Tree Carol? by Shirley Collins ?Mari Lwyd (The Grey Mare)? by Carreg Lafar ?Ecco donne la befana / Ninna nanna ninna oh (Filastrocche e canto natalizio Bologna)? by Stefano Zuffi & Pneumatica Emiliano Romagnola ?Fum, Fum, Fum? by Winter Harp Ensemble ?Frau Holle, Frau Holle, die Schüttelt ihre Betten aus? by Philharmonischer Kinderchor Dresden & Blockflötengruppe Bautzen ?Bring Us In Good Ale? by Maddy Prior & Tim Hart
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Interview with Vicki Noble, creator of the Motherpeace Tarot

In this episode I speak with Vicki Noble, co-creator of the Motherpeace Tarot Deck, a set of cards for divination that incorporates images of the sacred feminine from mythology and folklore. The creation of the Motherpeace Tarot in the late 1970s in Berkley California helped to kickstart the so-called Goddess movement, whose influence endures today. Links: Fair Folk Patreon: Paypal: Michael Levy, ancient lyre: Music: ?Forest March? by Sylvia Woods ?Demeter?s Song? by Starhawk & Reclaiming ?The Temple of Venus (Original Composition for Replica Lyre in the Ancient Hypolydian Mode)? by Michael Levy "Hurrian Hymn No. 6 (c.1400BCE) Ancient Mesopotamian Musical Fragment? by Michael Levy
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Lithuanian Kankl?s Concert in a Pagan Temple: ?emyna Trink?nait?

This episode is a recording of ?emyna Trink?nait? playing a Kankl?s, a traditional Lithuanian instrument, in a concert for a small group of people in a Baltic pagan temple in Lithuania. For more recordings, contact ?emyna Trink?nait? by email at [email protected] To support Fair Folk:
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July Update and a Summer Playlist

A brief update about Fair Folk's summer and fall plans from northern Iceland, plus a spontaneous summer playlist to enjoy on the road or at home. To contribute to the Fair Folk travel fund: Music: Intro: "Forest March" by Sylvia Woods "Langspils - Kvæðalag" by Eyjólfur Eyjólfsson "Lenten is Come" by Briddes Roune "Aililiu Na Gamhna (Calling Home The Calves)" by Iarla O' Lionáird "The Band of Shearers" by Carla Sciaky "Två Konungabarn" by Myrkur "A Maid in Bedlam" by the John Renbourn Group "Hares on the Mountain" by Shirley Collins and Davey Graham "Nay, Ivy, Nay" by Sue Brown and Lorraine Irwing "Herding the Calves" by Noirin Ni Riain "Heiemo og Nykkjen" by Kirsten Bråten Berg "Hollin Green Hollin / Thomas The Rhymer / Young Benjie / Tam Lin" by Gordon Mooney "Rideboll" by Hallvard T. Bjørgum "Alex'Julpolska" by Daniel Peterson "Death and the Lady" by John Fleagle
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Midsummer Solstice

This episode explores some of the better and lesser known celebrations and songs of the midsummer solstice in Europe. In the process it addresses some of the perennial questions of this holiday, like: What is a maypole? Why are all of those Russians bathing together? And how can I find buried treasure when all I?m wearing is this garland of mugwort? And what?s all this about human sacrifice? Music: Intro: "Forest March" by Sylvia Woods "Sumer Is Icumen In" by Shelley Phillips "Helan går" by Polyteknikkojen Kuoro "The Fiddle: Kvitbergjen, springleik" by Petters Erik Eriksson, Hans Brimi, Mauno Jarvela & Levy Wilsen "I denna ljuva sommartid" by Frifot "Set Dance: King of the Fairies" by Tom McHaile "Oro Mo Bhaidin" by In Harmony's Way "Tansys Golowan (Midsummer Bonfire)" by Dalla "Sumer Is Icumen In" by Trouvere Medieval Minstrels "Ivan Na Rada (Ivan spoke to Rada)" by Donka Paneva and Mitka Petkova from Malomir Village, Yambol District "Ligojati, Ligojati" by Skandinieki "Midsummer Song" by Stalti Family "Kupala" by Tim Rayborn "Porushka" by Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble "Summer Solstice/Kupala Na Ivana" by Zeellia "Fern Flower" by Nutopia "Celies, Br?l?ti" by Skandinieki Image: Ivan Sokolov, Night of Ivan Kupala Some articles I used for this episode: Leslie Ellen Jones, ?Hi, My Name?s Fox??: An Alternative Explication of ?Lindow Man?s? Fox Fur Armband and Its Relevance to the Question of Human Sacrifice among the Celts? Sandra Billington, ?The Midsummer Solstice As It Was, Or Was Not, Observed in Pagan Germany, Scandinavia and Anglo-Saxon England?
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Polyphony Worldwide feat. Joseph Jordania

The second in a series on traditional polyphonic singing, this episode visits the hunter-gatherer pygmies of the African rainforest, the peasants of pre-Christian Russia, and the possible residents of outer space, via one very special song from Georgia. It also features an interview with Georgian ethnomusicologist Joseph Jordania, organizer of the International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony in Tbilisi, Georgia, and author of several books on polyphony and early human evolution, including the award winning Who Asked the First Question: Origins of Vocal Polyphony, Human Intelligence, Language and Speech. Fair Folk listener survey: Music Intro: "Forest March" by Sylvia Woods ?Central African Pygmy Polyphony? from Simha Arom and Rounder ?Bobangi? by Aka Pygmies (from Aka Pygmy Music - UNESCO Collection from Smithsonian Folkways) ?Nzombi [I]? by Aka Pygmies (from Aka Pygmy Music - UNESCO Collection from Smithsonian Folkways) ?Mongombi? by Aka Pygmies (from Aka Pygmy Music - UNESCO Collection from Smithsonian Folkways) ?Mo-nzombe? by Pygmees Mbenzele ?U vorot, vorot solovey poet? (?There is a nightingale singing at the door?)by the Ensemble of village Krasnyi Zilim ?Strela (The Arrow)? by Belyj Svet and Vyselki ?Love Is Gone (feat. The Gypsy Orchestra of the Cabarets Russes de Paris & Gyula Kokas)? by Micha Thomas & Serge Nicolaieff ?Typu (Stepan)? by The Women's Vocal Folklore Ensemble of Chindyanovo ?Oak Forest? by Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble ?Chakrulo? by Rustavi Folk Choir ?Song for "Thinking: Piere? - Gbaya men (Central African Republic - UNESCO Collection from Smithsonian Folkways) ?Zinskaro? by Vokal Ansambl Gordela ?Hawsa? by Marewrew ?Group of Nurstani singers, accompanied by harp (watj) and drum (jamba)? recorded on Sept. 10, 1968, Vienna Phonogram Archive ?Dikoboda Sombe? by Aka Pygmy Singers You can find Joseph Jordania?s books and projects at The International Research Center for Traditional Polyphony: Learn more about Ekaterina Rets and her band Belyj Svet here: Survival International advocates for Central African Pygmies:
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Ancient Multi-part European Folk Singing - Polyphony Part 1

The first in a series on vocal polyphony, this episode gives credit to the ancient origins of vocal polyphony in rural community practices, looking specifically at the polyphony of Lithuania, whose sutartin?s are a symbol of the nation's strong pre-christian folk heritage. Music: "Georgia: Vocal" by Greek Orthodox Church Choir "Vay, More" (Oh, the Sea) by The Women's Folklore Ensemble of Staraya Terizmorga Chant dedicated to St. Boniface, patron saint of Germany, 10th century by Quintin Beer and John Clapham "Responsory: Favus Distillans" by Anonymous 4 "Äs Zäuerli" by Öse Schuppel Latvian Song recorded by Andres Jurian in 1895 by Ensemble Sausejas "Kaval Sviri (The Flute Plays)" by Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir "Porazh Veles" (Porazh Village) by The Women's Folklore Ensemble of Staraya Terizmorga "Trep Trepo, Martela" by Trys Keturiose "Kas Tar Taka" by Obelija "K? Palinkai, Ber?eli?" (Recorded 1939) "Ka Palinkai, Ber?eli" by Jievaras "Daudas" by K?lgrinda "Vakarin? ?vaig?del?" by K?lgrinda "Responsory: Favus distillans" by Anonymous 4 This episode relied heavily on books and articles by Joseph Jordania and Daiva Ra?i?nait?-Vy?inien?. Special thanks to Egl? ?esnakavi?i?t? of the band Obelija for assisting research, translating and explaining sutartin?s for me. Image: An elderly group of sutartin?s singers from the village of Smilgiai dancing, by Balys Bira?as, 1936. Found in Daiva Ra?i?nait?-Vy?inien?'s "The Archaic Lithuanian Polyphonic Chant Sutartin?." Lituanus 52, 2006.
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Interview with Jonny Dillon of the Irish National Folklore Collection

This episode I chat with Jonny Dillon, an archivist at the Irish National Folklore Collection at University College Dublin. We discuss the history of the Folklore Collection, his podcast, Blúiríní Béaloidis / Folklore Fragments, and the deep need for folk tradition in modern life. The Irish National Folklore Collection is one of the largest folklore collections in Europe, and has just this month been ascribed to the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. Blúiríní Béaloidis / Folklore Fragments Podcast: The National Folklore Collection: Music: Intro: "Forest March" by Sylvia Woods "Amhráin na Trá Báine" by Fiachra O'Regan "Aisling Gheal" by Fiachra O'Regan "An Leanbh Sí" by Fiachra O'Regan Image: An Irish family outside thatched cottage: Eason Photographic Collection, National Library of Ireland
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Kulning and other herding calls

Traditional herding calls from Sweden and Norway, with an interview with Swedish folk musician and kulning instructor Siri Holm. Music: Intro theme - "Forest March" by Sylvia Woods ?Kulning? by Adolf Fredriks Kyrkas Kammarkör & Karin Backstrom ?Kulning? Maria Hulthén Birkeland ?Kulning? by Susanne Rosenberg ?Farlock (Sheep Calls) - Getlock (Goat Calls) - Kalvlock (Calf Calls)? by Karin Edvardsson Johansson ?Kulning? by Nygards Elisabet Nordkvist ?Lockrop? by Karin Edvardsson Johansson ?Koukning, get - och farlock (Goat and Sheep Calls)? by Erika Johansson ?Kulokk? by Eli Storbekken ?Kulokk? (Grieg) by Reidun Horvei ?Hornlat fran Rattvik och Ore (Herding Call from Rattvik and Ore)? by Pelle Jakobsson ?Vallat efter Frisell, Mockfjard? by Pelle Jakobsson ?Lurlat fran evertsberg efter Tommos Kersti? by Pelle Jakobsson (interview begins) ?Puksanger - Lockrop? by Lena Willemark, Susanne Rosenberg & Helena Gabrielsson ?Kolock (Cow Call)? by Lena Willemark (interview ends) ?Komarschlåten? by Ulrika Bodén Mastered by Ross Waldron Error: at 16:57, I say a herding signal from Mockjard, when I meant to say a herding signal from Mockfjard More information on kulning and other herding call traditions: -If you want to learn kulning and you cannot find a workshop, there is a book and CD set of lessons for sale at -A kulokk instruction manual can be found here: -A fun old Finnish herding call documentary film: -A great article on the technical aspects of kulning by Susanna Rosenberg:
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Norse Neo-Paganism

The spiritual world of the vikings, and of those who follow in their footsteps. The final episode in the first season of Fair Folk podcast. Music: Intro theme - "Forest March" by Sylvia Woods "Vinda" by Kati Ran "Tåkedis" by Rúnahild "Frigga?s Web" by Hagalaz Runedance "Iduna" by Faun "Jag vet ett tempel stå" by Forndom "Fehu" by Wardruna "Den grymma hästen" by Forndom "Trøllabundin (Live)" by Eivør (interview begins) "Yule" by Sowulo "AnsuR" by Wardruna with Lars Magnar Enoksen "Suvetar" by Silfurberg "Svitjod" by Forndom (interview ends) "Asugisalas" by Lars Magnar Enoksen You can buy Lars Magnar Enoksen's books at
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Malevolent or helpful, pinched and small, or beautiful beyond description, elves are a mainstay of western folk belief. Today we?re exploring the many manifestations of elf belief, delving into the folklore of the British Isles and Scandinavia, the two regions where elves have been most robustly represented. This episode features an interview with Terry Gunnell, professor of Folkloristics at the University of Iceland, and expert on the history - and present - of elf belief in Iceland. Music: Intro theme - "Forest March" by Sylvia Woods "Ólavur Riddararós" by Valravn "The Pilgrim's Prayer" by Oliver Schroer "The Elfin Knight" by Mary O'Hara "Trivium" by Arvo Pärt "Liti Kjersti og Elvekongen" by Kirsten Bråten Berg "Cello Suite No. 1, Op. 72 II. Lamento Lento Rubato" by Denise Djokic "True Thomas" by Christina Stewart "The Passing of the Elves" by Howard Shore "Queen of Elfan's Nourice" by Rachel Newton Interview: "Hollin Green Hollin / Thomas the Rhymer / Young Benjie / Tam Lin" by Gordon Mooney "Metamorphosis" by Sylvia Woods "A Fairy's Love Song" by Celtic Harp Soundscapes "O?lafur Liljuro?s" by Icelandic Folk Music "Starálfur" by Sigur Rós - End Interview "Tam Lin" by Fairport Convention Image: "A Fairy and a Knight" by Richard Doyle
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Ballads of Scandinavia

This episode is dedicated to the many wonderful tales shared in ballad form in Scandinavian countries. You'll learn that not all stories have happy endings (most don't), which part of the dragon you need to eat in order to gain the gift of prophecy (the heart), and how Groundhog Day is really a holiday about a Scottish hag's woodpile (she's called the Cailleach). Music: Intro theme - "Forest March" by Sylvia Woods "Herr Peders Sjöresa" by Hilma Ingberg "Kall Og Svein Ung by Sláið Ring" (Faroese ballad dancing) "Alex'Julpolska" by Daniel Peterson "Sigurdskvadet" by Strengleikr and Renessanse Consort "Dro?mde mig en Dro?m" by Thomas von Wachenfeldt and Leo Flavum "Ro?cklavisan" by Sa?gska?ra "Kallt Väder" by Triakel "Rolandskvadet" by Jessica Comeau "Silibrand" by Marianne Maans "Maria Magdalena" by Hulling "Ebbe Skammelson" by Carin Kjellman & Ulf Gruvberg "Abrege - Folk Suite for Nyckelharpa and String Orchestra: Till Farmor" by Emilia Amper & Trondheimsolistene, Geir Inge Lotsberg, TrondheimSolistene, The Trondheim Soloists, Øyvind Gimse & Emilia Amper "Bendik og A?rolilja" by Bukkene Bruse "Heiemo Og Nykkjen" by Ale Møller & Kirsten Bråten Berg "Hansin Koira" by Eeva-Leena Sariola, Martti Pokela & Matti Kontio "Varulven" by Elias Akselsen & Hulda Johansen "Villemann Og Magnhild" by Kalenda Maya Ian Cumpstey's site about Scandinavian ballads: Image (of Faroese dancers) from TUTL Économusée:
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Elves, epic poetry, sheep milk and murder... welcome to the world of Icelandic folk music! This episode features an interview with Bára Grímsdóttir and Chris Foster, two of the most accomplished performers of Icelandic folk music, and experts on rímur chanting, a form dating from middle ages, with its ancestry in the Icelandic Sagas and Eddas. Music: Opening theme: Forest March by Sylvia Woods Heyr Himna Smiður by Anneke van Giersbergen & Árstíðir Icelandic Folk Songs: I. Iceland, Land of Prosperity by Duo Landon Icelandic Folk Songs: VIII. The Virgin by Duo Landon Nafnaþula by Sólveig Indriðadóttir Haustið Nálgast by Steindór Andersen & Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson Interview: Vorvísur by Steindor Andersen Kveðið Við Spuna by Funi (Bára Grímsdóttir & Chris Foster) Göngu-Hrólfsrímur by Helgi Einarsson Ríma Afhent by Bára Grímsdóttir Stóð ég við Öxará by Eddukórinn Gott Ár Oss Gefi (Give us a Good Year) by Funi (Bára Grímsdóttir & Chris Foster) --interview end Krummavísur by Þrjú á Palli I?slandsklukkur by I?slandsklukkur Móðir Mín Í Kví Kví by Guðrún Jóhanna Ólafsdóttir Olafur Liljuros by Ö Barna Stóðum tvö í túni by Ryan Koons Þat Mælti Mín Móðir by Feðranna Frægð Mitt var starfid by Bára Grímsdóttir For more about Funi: and the Kvæðamannafélagið Iðunn(Idunn society):
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Rarer Carols

This episode features some of the more ancient and obscure midwinter traditions that have endured alongside Christmas, as well as some lesser-known carols of this festival, many of which are pagan in origin. Content warning for animal sacrifice and general heathen revelry. Music: Intro theme - "Forest March" by Sylvia Woods "Christmas Is Now Drawing Near at Hand" by Norma Waterson "Bonny At Morn / Hunting the Cutty Wren" by Clive Williams & Mark Prescott "Nou Is Yole Comen" by Shira Kammen "The Boar's Head Carol" by The Young Tradition, Shirley Collins & Dolly Collins "Wexford Mummer's Song" by Mary O'Hara "Gloomy Winter" by Bonnie Rideout "The Cutty Wren" by Royston Wood & Heather Wood "Dryw Bach" by Carreg Lafar "Hela'r Dryw" by Fernhill "The Hern" by John Fleagle "Down in Yon Forest" by Shirley Collins "Apple Tree Wassail" by Doug Eunson & Sarah Matthews "Malpas Wassail" by the Watersons "Gower Wassail" by Kerfuffle "Green Grow'th the Holly" by Coope, Simpson, Fraser & Freya "Nay Ivy Nay" by Sue Brown & Lorraine Irwing "The Ditchling Carol" by Waterson : Carthy
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Saints & Demons of December

This episode, you?ll learn why the Swedish will be wearing candles on their heads and dressing up as goats this week, you?ll hear about Saint Nicholas? past life beating and kidnapping children with his demon slave companion, and you?ll meet St. Stephen, the first man to be stoned to death for bringing a rooster back to life. Music: Intro theme - "Forest March" by Sylvia Woods Staffansvisa Från Jämtland by Triakel Karolinermarsch by Peter Hedlund Staffan Var en Stalledräng by Folk & Rackare Vittskövlevisan by Esbjörn Hazelius Ut Kommer Staffan by Folk & Rackare Rudisar Vísa by Kari Sverrisson Saint Stephen by Magpie Lane The Carnal and the Crane/King Herod and the Cock/The Miraculous Harvest by Nowell Sing We Clear St. Nicholas by Anúna La Légende de Saint Nicolas by Anne Sylvester The Last Stand by Michael Sobel Tackvisan by Triakel Coventry Carol by Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band
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***CORRECTION*** In this episode I talk about Sami joik, and then play a Karelian joik, which I have been informed is not related at all. This episode of Fair Folk delves into the rich musical and mythical world of Finland, blisses out on rune-song, and investigates the science behind the smell of snow. Music: Intro theme - "Forest March" by Sylvia Woods "Valolle" by Lau Nau "Valkealan Valssi" by Martti Pokela, Matti Heikki Kontio, and Eeva-Leena Sariola "Armoton" by Suden Aika "Kaipaava" by Rajaton "Tappelupolkka" by Martti Pokela, Matti Heikki Kontio, and Eeva-Leena Sariola "Soittelen Soutusalmen Suorimaista" by Karoliina Kantelinen "Saimaan Rannalla" by Joose Keskitalo ja Kolmas Maailmanpalo "Yksi, Kaksi, Kolme, Neljä" by Merja Soria "Peltoniemen Hintrekin Surumarssi" by Martti Pokela, Matti Heikki Kontio, and Eeva-Leena Sariola "Raudan Synty" by Veera Voima "Velisurmaaja" by Akkajee "Departing Song" by Anna Kivisoo & Ryhma Chorus "Juokse Sinä Humma" by Lau Nau Image: Skiing Lapp with the Northern Lights(1885) by Frants Diderik Bøe
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This episode of Fair Folk you?ll hear about how an early modern Scottish king literally wrote the book on witchcraft, making Harry Potter possible for future generations, I?ll tell you about the Swedish Queen who is revered to this day for murdering her suitors, and you?ll hear some of the very best folk songs about witches. Music: Opening Theme - "Forest March" by Sylvia Woods "I Once Lived in Service" by The Witches of Elswick "La Harpe et l'Enfant" by Alan Stivell "Willie's Lady" by Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer "Martinmas Time" by Andy Irvine and Paul Brady "The Witch of the Westmoreland" by Stan Rogers "Mammy Redd" by John Allison "The Death of Goody Nurse" by John Allison "The Broomfield Hill" by Malinky "Alison Gross" by Dave & Toni Arthur "Come, Witches, to the Dance" by Lady Isadora with Lord Pan "Witches Reel" by Green Crown "The Brown Girl" by Frankie Armstrong
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On this episode, you'll find out just how many landscape features can be attributed to the petty hostilities of overgrown men, you'll hear about that one time Stan Rogers dabbled in druidism, and you'll learn what Fe Fi Fo Fum actually means. Music: Intro theme: Sylvia Woods - Forest March "The Sun" by Warsaw Village Band "Jotunheimr" by Adrian Von Ziegler "Giant" by Stan Rogers "The Legend of Fionn Mac Cumhaill " by Nick Mason "Herr Mannelig" by Garmarna "Paul Bunyan" by Gene Bluestein "Ballad of John Henry" by Doc Watson "You Can't Save Everything" by Magnolia Electric Co. "The Giant of Illinois" by Andrew Bird "Early One Morning (Friendly Giant Theme) by Bob Homme & John Duncan
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