Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees

Paranormal Podcasts

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast: Ghost stories, lore, myths and legends from haunted Wales. Join author and journalist Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales, Paranormal Wales, The A-Z of Curious Wales etc) - ”arguably Wales’ leading authority on the curious and paranormal aspects of the country’s history” - for a fascinating journey through the weird and wonderful history of Cymru and the world. From ’most haunted’ Welsh castles to fairy-filled forests, each episode explores at a different spine-chilling topic including: pesky poltergeists and uncanny apparitions; seasonal traditions from the Mari Lwyd to Halloween (Nos Calan Gaeaf); real-life ghostbusters and paranormal investigators who hunt in the dark; Gothic funeral and wedding customs such as the macabre Sin Eater and eerie corpse candles; supernatural animals who tour the streets, from the dreaded Gwyllgi to the mystical Ceffyl Dŵr; ancient tales of the Mabinogi/ Mabinogion and King Arthur; and the magic of witches, wizards and the ancient Druids that continue to cast a spell over the land today.

Location:

United Kingdom

Description:

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast: Ghost stories, lore, myths and legends from haunted Wales. Join author and journalist Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales, Paranormal Wales, The A-Z of Curious Wales etc) - ”arguably Wales’ leading authority on the curious and paranormal aspects of the country’s history” - for a fascinating journey through the weird and wonderful history of Cymru and the world. From ’most haunted’ Welsh castles to fairy-filled forests, each episode explores at a different spine-chilling topic including: pesky poltergeists and uncanny apparitions; seasonal traditions from the Mari Lwyd to Halloween (Nos Calan Gaeaf); real-life ghostbusters and paranormal investigators who hunt in the dark; Gothic funeral and wedding customs such as the macabre Sin Eater and eerie corpse candles; supernatural animals who tour the streets, from the dreaded Gwyllgi to the mystical Ceffyl Dŵr; ancient tales of the Mabinogi/ Mabinogion and King Arthur; and the magic of witches, wizards and the ancient Druids that continue to cast a spell over the land today.

Language:

English


Episodes

EP111 Ghosts of Gwent: Haunted houses, castles, trees and wells in the Welsh county. Paranormal activity from Newport to Newcastle! Explore the Gothic lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

2/2/2023
There's paranormal activity in the ancient Welsh county. Is Gwent haunted? From Newport to Newcastle, there are reports of giant phantoms, spirit-infested trees, magical wells, and even a friendly apparition or two. Explore the lore with Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast... if you dare! BUY MARK REES A COFFEE: If you'd like to support the GHOSTS AND FOLKLORE OF WALES podcast you can treat Mark to a coffee here: Mark Rees on Ko-Fi - thank you/...

Duration:00:21:38

EP110 Frightful Female Fairies of the Fog: The Gwyllion are weird and uncanny fairy apparitions that haunt the Welsh mountains at night. Explore the lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

1/19/2023
Dare you follow the "Old Woman" who laughs with a weird, uncanny, crackling old laugh? The Gwyllion are the mountain fairies of Wales who are said to lead weary travellers astray in the fog and mist. Friends of the goats who take delight in your plight, when the shades of night fall beware their fairy tricks. But there are ways to protect yourself, such as the Welsh Ghostbusters favourite weapon, the knife, and there are tips on how to appease them if they enter your home. Explore the lore...

Duration:00:30:43

EP109 Paranormal Mysteries of the Haunted Houses: Three ”real life” Welsh hauntings to baffle the most experienced of ghostbusters. Explore the Gothic lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

1/5/2023
Three haunted house with very different paranormal activity - what connects them? A trio of "real-life" hauntings are seemingly linked by haunted objects: a centuries-old conspiracy concerning a vicar, a sinister old lady who hates visitors, and the skeleton of a man who came to a rather unfortunate end. Explore the lore with Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast... if you dare! BUY MARK REES A COFFEE: If you'd like to support the GHOSTS AND FOLKLORE OF...

Duration:00:23:37

EP108 CHRISTMAS FOLKLORE QUIZ Fiendish festive challenge starring: Chris Carra, Mari Lwyd, Welsh witches & Gothic New Year traditions! Explore the lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

12/22/2022
Dare you tackle this fiendish festive quiz? 10 questions, from the Mari Lwyd to Welsh witches! If you think you know your strange superstitions and weird Welsh traditions, try and beat the score of special guest Chris Carra on this Christmas and New Year's Eve quiz. If you win, the Mari will bring you good luck for the next 12 months... Explore the festive lore with Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast... if you dare! Nadolig llawen and blwyddyn newydd...

Duration:00:44:46

EP107 Welsh Ghost Stories for Christmas: Is it Santa or a spirit? There’s poltergeist activity and uncanny footsteps in paranormal Cardiff. Explore the lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

12/8/2022
Is it Santa Claus or an evil spirit disturbing a family home at the witching hour on Christmas Eve? Christmas is the best time of year for ghost stories, and it's even better when those ghost stories are real. In this selection of real-life accounts from Cardiff, pesky poltergeist and a lady in white haunt the streets of the capital, but unlike the spectres in the works of Charles Dickens and MR James, these Welsh ghosts are reported as fact not fiction! Explore the festive lore with Mark...

Duration:00:29:34

EP106 Dark Folklore of Death Omens: Phantom Funerals - The Welsh ’toili’ are an uncanny paranormal procession that proceed a burial. Explore the Gothic lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

11/24/2022
To see a death omen is never a good sign. But to see a phantom funeral? That was extra terrifying. With the possible exception of the Corpse Candle, the most prominent death portent in Wales is the “Toili” or spirit funeral; a kind of shadowy funeral which foretold the real one. Explore the dark folklore with Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast... if you dare! What is the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast? The "Ghosts and Folklore...

Duration:00:25:50

EP105 Paranormal Power of the Sun and Moon: Explore the lore with: death omens, Welsh dragons, witchcraft, Christmas, Easter, druids, myths, history and more! - Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

11/10/2022
The sun and the moon have long been associated with good and bad luck, but what is their supernatural power? In this episode, the folklore of the skies is examined with tales of ancient druids, terrible death omens, Welsh dragons, and traditions that may have connections with modern-day Christmas and Easter. Join Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) for a folkloric investigation in search of the folklore of the sun and the moon on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast... if you dare! What is...

Duration:00:23:59

EP104 Wales’ ”Most Haunted” Pub?: A Halloween investigation into paranormal activity at the Prince of Wales for Nos Calan Gaeaf. Explore the history & lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

10/27/2022
In the 1980s, an idyllic pub was named the "most haunted" pub in Wales, and possibly the world. But what was happening at this serene beauty spot? Strange sounds were captured, audible phenomena that experts debated but could not explain, and some believed it might be an early example of the so-called "Stone Tape" theory in action. Whatever it was, the media attention died down, but the activity did not - is anything, it escalated into reports and sightings of phantom ladies, pesky...

Duration:00:35:44

EP103 A Halloween Haunting; or, Whisked Away by a Hideous Apparition: Paranormal activity in the Welsh valleys on Nos Calan Gaeaf. Explore the history/ lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

10/13/2022
A mischievous spirit terrorises a Welsh valleys' "most haunted" cottage on Nos Calan Gaeaf. It was just before Halloween in 1893 that this fantastical tale emerged from the Rhondda Valleys. A group of locals were being spooked by "hideous apparitions" and one woman claimed that she was – quite literally – swept off her feet. There were no Ghostbusters to save the day, but the brave men and women from near Tonypandy did their best to try and catch the goblin. Did they solve the mystery of...

Duration:00:33:35

EP102 The Edwardian Ghostbusters; or, How to Get Rid of Spirits, Goblins & Devils: Paranormal investigation tips for Halloween hauntings - Explore the lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

9/29/2022
Paranormal investigation tips from Edwardian ghost hunters . Ghostbusters in Edwardian times - long before the invention of proton packs - needed some crafty tricks to rid themselves of pesky poltergeists. In this guide "How to Get Rid of Ghosts, Spirits, Goblins, and Devils, etc." their secrets are rediscovered to aid modern-day ghost hunters ahead of any Halloween hauntings. Join Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) for an adventure in search of the ghosts of the past on the Ghosts and Folklore of...

Duration:00:27:46

EP101 Animals from Hell: The Devil takes many forms, including demonic pets - cats, dogs, and a headless horseman could all be Satan | Explore the lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

9/15/2022
In many of the Welsh Ghost Stories, the spirit or ghost was supposed to have been none other than the evil one himself... The Devil takes on many forms, but could he really disguise himself as a pet? In these accounts Satan, or another demon from hell, appears to mere mortals as cats, dogs, horses and more. Join Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) for an adventure in search of the demonic animals on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast... if you dare! What is the Ghosts and Folklore of...

Duration:00:24:19

EP100 Uncanny Ghost on the Golden Coast: A strange spirit terrorises a Welsh village in this real-life haunting. Who is the Swansea spook? Explore the lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales Podcast

9/1/2022
A strange white apparition is terrifying a Welsh village. Can the local ghostbusters solve the mystery? On the golden sands of Caswell Bay a ghostly visitant is sending shivers up the spine of young and old alike after the shades of night have fallen. A group of Mumbles ghost hunters set out to put an end to the haunting of this Swansea spook, and what they find surprises all of them. Join Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) for an adventure on the "most haunted" sands of the Gower Peninsula on the...

Duration:00:31:06

EP99 The Witch in the Moon: Cosmic adventures in the night sky as good and evil fight in the heavens - Mabinogion | King Arthur | Ceridwen. Explore the lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales Podcast

8/18/2022
The ancient druids, so folklore tells us, believed the goddess Ceridwen was personified in the moon, and fought a never-ending battle with a Satan-like force for evil with great black wings that inhabited the sun. In fact, the night sky in full of connections to great figures from Welsh mythology, from the tales of the Mabinogion to the legends of King Arthur, with each celestial body mysteriously named after a figure of renown. There's even a link with Dylan Thomas. To discover the secrets...

Duration:00:33:31

EP98 Spirits of the Séance: Real-life spooky adventures at Victorian séances, in which psychics are possessed by phantoms from the past. Explore the lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

8/4/2022
Talking to the dead doesn't always go to plan, and sometimes spirits from the past can shock us in unexpected ways. In Victorian Britain, psychic mediums were plying their trade up and down the country, and in these first-hand accounts from Cardiff and beyond we get to relive the spooky action through the words of those who were there. If you're brave enough to take a seat at the séance table, join Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) as he investigates the weird and wonderful on the Ghosts and...

Duration:00:33:39

EP97 Apparitions of the Devil: The ’Evil One’ takes many forms, and sometimes paranormal activity is more demonic than a regular haunting - Explore the lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

7/21/2022
When the Devil walks the earth, he often does so in disguise. The 'Evil One' appears takes many forms, but possibly the most diabolical is when he appears as one of us - as human. But whatever forms Satan takes, in Welsh folklore at least, there is usually a wise old woman or crafty farmer to test their wits against his. Explore the Devilish lore in these centuries-spanning tales with author Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) as he investigates the weird and wonderful on the Ghosts and Folklore of...

Duration:00:28:40

EP96 Ghosts in the Water: Tormented spirits, water-ogres, guardian dragons, giant serpents & fairy folk lurk in the haunted Welsh waters - Explore the lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

7/7/2022
Why are the lost souls of sinful spirits trapped in the wild waters of Wales? And ghosts aren't the only things lurking in the wells and streams - there's water-ogres, guardian dragons, giant serpents, the mischievous fairy folk, and even a tenuous link with Tolkien and Bilbo Baggins. Explore the watery lore of these curious tales with author Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) as he investigates the weird and wonderful on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast... if you dare! What is the...

Duration:00:26:43

EP95 The Baby-stealing Ghost and Other Mysteries; or, Warnings to the Curious: Uncanny tales of paranormal activity - Explore the lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

6/23/2022
A phantom horseman, a baby-stealing ghost, a warning from the future and even miniature fairy-sized spooks. In this episode we explore a series of short but sweet and seemingly unconnected supernatural tales collected from the wilds of Wales. Can you unlock their paranormal mysteries? And should they serve, to quote MR James, as a warning to the curious? Explore the lore of these curious tales with author Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) as he investigates the weird and wonderful on the Ghosts...

Duration:00:29:19

EP94 Summer Solstice Folklore; or, A Midsummer Nightmare: Ancient Druids, strange apparitions and Wicker Man-like rituals on Canol Haf - Explore the lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

6/9/2022
The history and folklore of Midsummer warns us to expect the unexpected during that the longest day of the year. Over the days that span Midsummer's Eve and Day, or the Summer Solstice, or St John's Eve and Day, or Calan Haf, Welsh folklore tells us that paranormal activity and strange apparitions might be encountered. This episode explores some real-life traditions that range from the heart-warming to the spine-chilling, from the fire festivals of the ancient druids of Britain to those...

Duration:00:29:18

EP93 The Decapitating Ghost; or, Off With Her Head: A spirit threatens to cut off heads in this real-life tale of paranormal activity - Explore the lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

5/26/2022
How do you stop a ghost that causes the police to faint and threatens to chop off peoples' heads? That was the problem facing the residents of Cwmbran in Victorian Wales when a special reporter arrived to investigate strange reports of supernatural activity. The locals were gathering into ghost-hinting gangs to track down the spirit, but even bullets couldn't harm this paranormal form that stalked the industrial suburbs. To find out more, explore the lore with author Mark Rees (Ghosts of...

Duration:00:27:32

EP92 Curse of the Corpse Dogs; or, the Ghost-hunting Hounds: Supernatural dogs, paranormal pooches, diabolical hell hounds & death omens - Explore the lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

5/12/2022
Can dogs sense spirits in the home? What about hell hounds? And if so, can they protect against these ominous death omens? Corpse dogs are a combination of two more-commonly encountered types of phenomena: death omens, such as the corpse candles (y canwyll corff in Welsh), and supernatural dogs like the dreaded gwillgi. When they enter a property, sometimes in packs, they will often be invisible to human eyes, but not to the heightened senses of our four-legged friends. When the hell-hounds...

Duration:00:24:38