Folklore, Fairies, Cold Iron of Sussex and Puck of Pook’s Hill
This is our biggest show ever! A real MONSTER of a show with an excerpt from the fascinating book, British Witch Legends of Sussex which you can get hold of from the publisher Country Books, a great story by Rudyard Kipling all about that tricky Fey, Puck and six pieces of great Fairy-inspired music. It’s all topped off by two poems – including one poem read by our 9-year old Grand-daughter, Amielia!
- Intro 0:41
- News & Views 2:05
- Sussex Farms, Lore & Augury 3:10
- Pica Pica by Kate Fletcher & Corwen Broch 6:17
- Ecology and the ‘Downs’ of Sussex 9:09
- Trip to Skye/Dance to your Daddy by Mike Gulston 14:15
- British Witch Legends of Sussex, Pt.1 by Shaun Cooper 18:28
- Celtic Tribes 23:37
- Faerie Tale by Spiral Dance 24:35
- British Witch Legends of Sussex, Pt.2 by Shaun Cooper 27:34
- Scarborough Faire by Jenna Greene & Kellianna 39:57
- All about the origins of Scarborough Fair 43:23
- Cold Iron from ‘Rewards and Fairies’ by Rudyard Kipling 45:55
- Shakespeare’s Puck & Sussex Pharisees 1:21:39
- Iron from Stone by Damh the Bard 1:26:00
- Show Summary 1:33:56
- Song of the Travelling Fairies by Kate Fletcher & Corwen Broch 1:39:57
- Listener Feedback – Natasha 1:44:08
- Fairies by Rose Fyleman 1:45:33
- Outtakes 1:48:54
We hope you enjoy it!
Gary & Ruthie x x x
Released: 1st May 2017, 1hr 51m
News & Views
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by Kate Fletcher & Corwen Broch
Pica Pica is a song stitched together from Magpie rhymes. Fishe or Fowle is Kate and Corwen’s new duo CD. It is a double CD with 25 tracks. 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.
Trip to Skye/Dance to your Daddy
by Mike Gulston
This beautiful Medley is made up by Mike’s version of Trip to Skye, that he has sped up to a Mazurka rhythm and a beautiful rendition of Dance to your Daddy. He has written his own extra verse to this traditional English folk song. Mike’s new solo album, Barking, was released in May 2016, an eclectic collection of traditional and modern songs, ranging from totally silly to tragic, romantic and singalong.
British Witch Legends of Sussex
by Shaun Cooper
The book includes over sixty Sussex witch legends, mostly in their original texts, and they are compared with witch legends from the rest of the country – so the book is essentially a comparative study of witch legends, albeit with a very strong Sussex emphasis. Other subjects covered are: Sussex fairy and Devil legends, and dragons, Roman roads, the origins and dissemination of witch legends, and so forth.
We discuss which tribes might fall into the categories of Iron Age ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ Celts that are referred to in the reading. Although there are some discrepancies with the dating, the history does make sense when compared with the movements of the Atrebates, Catevellauni and Cantiaci tribes at the time of the Roman Conquest of Britain (A.d. 43). Our sources are:
by Spiral Dance
Multi-award winning group Spiral Dance, based in Adelaide, has been playing rousing, high-energy music to enthusiastic audiences throughout Australia and beyond for over a decade. With a combination of haunting vocals, evocative fiddle, intoxicating guitar riffs and groovy accordion lines, underpinned with potent bass and dynamic percussion, the band presents an eclectic blend of traditional folk-rock with powerful self-penned songs and tunes. Enchanting melodies intertwine with mythical tales that are sure to captivate your soul, tease your mind and steal your heart, casting your spirit into the realms of magic and the mists of ancient time.
We are privileged to bring you the evocative track, Faerie Tale from their album Magick, for our Sussex Celts Show, and you can find the lyrics on their site. You can find out more about Spiral Dance on their website or on our Contributor Page.
by Jenna Greene & Kellianna
Kellianna is an American Neo-Celtic singer and songwriter internationally renowned for her powerful performance of song and chant inspired by myth, magic, sacred places and ancient times. Jenna Greene, “The Greene Lady”, is a weaver of musical myth and magic. With a voice that is both ethereal and soulful, she sings of ancient lore, finding wonder and following dreams.
Scarborough Faire is just one of the the heart-lifting traditional folk songs on the wonderful collaborative album, Traditions, by Kellianna. You can find out more about the Kellianna on her Contributor Page or more about Jenna Greene on her Contributor Page.
Cold Iron from ‘Rewards and Fairies’
by Rudyard Kipling
Rudyard Kipling was an English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist. Kipling’s works of fiction include The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), Puck of Pook’s Hill (1906) and many short stories, including “The Man Who Would Be King” (1888). His poems include “Mandalay” (1890), “Gunga Din” (1890), “The Gods of the Copybook Headings” (1919), “The White Man’s Burden” (1899), and “If—” (1910). He is regarded as a major innovator in the art of the short story; his children’s books are classics of children’s literature, and one critic described his work as exhibiting “a versatile and luminous narrative gift”.
Rewards and Fairies is a historical fantasy book by Rudyard Kipling published in 1910. The book consists of a series of short stories set in historical times with a linking contemporary narrative. Dan and Una are two children, living in the Weald of Sussex in the area of Kipling’s own home Bateman’s.
They have encountered Puck and he magically conjures up real and fictional individuals from Sussex’s past to tell the children some aspect of its history and prehistory, though the episodes are not always historically accurate. Another recurring character is Old Hobden who represents the continuity of the inhabitants of the land. His ancestors sometimes appear in the stories and seem very much like him.
Shakespeare’s Puck & Sussex Pharises
We discuss how Shakespeare may have heard the folklore of Puck on his travels with the Elizabethan court. The local Sussex word for Fairies, Pharisees, comes from the double plural found in the dialect – ‘fairies-ies’ or ‘pharisees’.
“Then we have ‘Puck’ or ‘Pook’, which is derived from the Saxon word ‘Puca’, meaning a Goblin (Smith 1956 p.74). Both modern forms are common in placenames as will be seen later in this article, but also occurs as dialect description of fairies, but not just Goblins, which are seen as mischievous or nasty fairies (Simpson & Roud 2000 p.286). ‘Dobbs’ or ‘Master Dobbs’ is a name used for a house fairy that helps with the housework. If someone has been working harder than expected, it was often said of them that ‘Master Dobbs has been helping you’ (Parish & Hall 1957 p.31).” [Sussexarch.org]
Iron from Stone
by Damh the Bard
This song, Iron from Stone, is inspired by the earlier song, Scarborough Faire. Damh tells us:
“Scarborough Faire is an amazing song. Such a wonderful melody and lyric that tells of all of the impossible tasks a human woman would need to achieve to be with a man from Elfland. But I began to wonder…
“These wonderful folk songs have been left us by anonymous writers from years ago and have been sung ever since. But is there another story behind Scarborough Faire? What about that songwriter from years ago? What inspired them to write such a song? So I thought I would tell that story.” Damh the Bard
You can find his 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.
by Rudyard Kipling
Puck, Dan & Una
“Cold Iron” is a poem written by Rudyard Kipling published as the introduction to Rewards and Fairies in 1910. In 1983, Leslie Fish set the poem to music and recorded it as the title track on her fifth cassette-tape album.
Song of the Travelling Fairies
by Kate Fletcher & Corwen Broch
Song of the Travelling Fairies is a Manx lullaby collected in 1930 by Mona Douglas from Caesar Cashin who said that after each verse there used to be a little dance imitating the movements of the particular bird named. It comes from Fishe or Fowle – Kate and Corwen’s new duo CD. It is a double CD with 25 tracks. Available now, as a physical CD from their website or to download from Bandcamp.
from Natasha in Portsmouth
We play some Audio feedback from Natasha in Portsmouth who recommends the lovely music of Lisa Thiel.
There are fairies at the bottom of our garden
by Rose Fyleman, read by Amielia
Rose Fyleman (1877–1957) was an English writer and poet, noted for her works on the fairy folk, for children. Her poem There are fairies at the bottom of our garden was set to music by English composer Liza Lehmann. This classic, famous and iconic poem first appeared in her book, Fairies and Chimneys, in 1917. It is read here by our 9-year-old grand-daughter, Amielia who makes her reading debut on our Show!
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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.
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.
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We finish off by wishing you ‘Hwyl Fawr’, which is Welsh for ‘Goodbye and have fun’!