I did an interview recently for the fantastic Crecganford YouTube channel! You can watch it below. We had a great time chatting about the possible prehistoric beliefs behind British and Irish medieval tales: I got to share some of my speculations about the roots of British Isles folklore, and along the way we had a … More New Interview on British Myths
New album Land, Sea and Sky available to PRE-ORDER! Folk tales and myths from the British isles. Buy before 30th Jul for a free extra story! … More PRE-ORDER my new CD/download NOW!
Hello all! Just to let you know of some exciting new events I’m involved in over the coming month or two: On Thurs 10th Jun (this week!) I’ll be part of an online session in the University of Sussex’s Festival of Ideas. Rave today! is a panel discussion by Sussex students and teaching staff, exploring … More Events coming up – online and in person!
An almost offensively brief message, but I didn’t want to let another day go by without paying tribute to Terry Jones. I was stunned and sad yesterday to hear he’d died, and at only 77. I didn’t even know he’d been struggling with dementia. It’s a real loss that his colour and wit and imagination … More Terry Jones RIP
What’s happening here…? We’re doing some recording, that’s what! I’m making a CD of some of my favourite, most familiar, trusty tales to tell. The hits, if you like! From Sussex, Wales and also a bit from Berkshire where I grew up: if you’ve seen me telling at a festival or community fair, it’ll sound … More CD on the way…
Bruce Springsteen turns 70 today. It’s hard to think of another rocker of his age who is still so close to the top of his game: no semi-retirement with occasional fanbase-only comebacks, he’s still putting stuff out regularly that seems to be accepted as culturally relevant – and is still recognised as one of the … More Happy Birthday, Boss
Hello all. I wanted to share some thoughts, and also a poser that’s been nagging at me recently. It’s a technical hurdle I’ve set myself…: I’m doing a session soon at my daughter’s school, on ancient British myths – they do “The Celts” every year so I thought I’d offer my services. It’s kind of … More Ancient British myths, and a question of names…
One thing that was on my mind a lot this last summer is the Mabinogion – specifically the fourth branch, “Math ap Mathonwy”. For those of you wondering what these unfamiliar words mean, the Mabinogion is a cycle of interrelated Welsh stories found in two manuscripts from around about the fourteenth century; there are four … More A Welsh Dreaming? People, Place and the Past in the Mabinogion