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The Embers Collective is a storytelling and music collective based in East London. We aim to bring you old mythology and folklore to intimate venues around London. We are also available for workshops, festivals, cultural evenings and school events.

The Embers Collective is a storytelling and music collective based in East London. We aim to bring you old mythology and folklore to intimate venues around London. We are also available for workshops, festivals, cultural evenings and school events.
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United Kingdom

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The Embers Collective is a storytelling and music collective based in East London. We aim to bring you old mythology and folklore to intimate venues around London. We are also available for workshops, festivals, cultural evenings and school events.

Twitter:

@The_Embers

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 21 - In The Beginning...

9/15/2019
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Ello you lovely bunch. Here we are with a very special creation story, written and performed by the one and only James Boswell with music by Tim Karp. This story was written by James for the wedding of two of our wonderful friends Alex Ingram and Sol Bowra. The story is followed by a chat between James, Tim, Ella and Lonan about the cosmos, love, the wedding amongst many other things. Enjoy. Xx

Duration:00:36:43

Episode 20 - Ti Kako Ekana O Kaimenos

9/2/2019
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Welcome to Episode 20 of The Embers Collective Podcast! This one is the last in our Musical Stories series, with a song from Epirus in Greece, performed by Dunja, Tim and Josh of Don Kipper. Enjoy. Xx

Duration:00:04:46

Episode 19 - Epirus Journey

8/21/2019
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Welcome to Episode 19 of The Embers Collective Podcast. This one is SUCH a treat. Part three in our Musical Stories series, this one is all the way from Epirus in Northwestern Greece. Our regular musicians Tim Karp, Dunja Botic and Josh Middleton took a week long trip around villages in the Greek region of Epirus. A place famous for its clarinet players and melodies that mimic the mourning of the human voice. Here's some of what they found... enjoy! Xx

Duration:00:22:38

Episode 18 - Thalassaki

8/15/2019
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Welcome to Episode 18 of The Embers Podcast, and Part 2 of our Musical Stories series. This episode we have the inimitable Dunja Botic, with a beautiful song of the sea Thalassaki (which means little sea), accompanied by Josh Middleton and Tim Karp. Following the song Dunja, Josh and Tim talk about what the song means, a fascinating insight into the various folk/music traditions from Greece, the themes of love, death, family, and invasion. And, football chants! Enjoy. Xx

Duration:00:19:35

Episode 17- Wings Of A Gull

8/7/2019
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Welcome to Episode 17 of The Embers Podcast. This month we have SUCH a treat for you- not one, not two but FOUR podcasts this month, all around the theme of song-stories. Over the next month we will be taking you on a journey through folk music that tells a tale. First up, we have the wonderful Josh Middleton- accordionist with Don Kipper, amongst many other bands and projects singing the hauntingly beautiful folk song Wings of A Gull, accompanied by Tim Karp on guitar. The song is followed...

Duration:00:18:48

Episode 16- How Cú Chulainn Got His Name

7/23/2019
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Welcome to Episode 16 of The Embers Podcast. Next up in our Celtic Mythology double bill, we have Lonan telling the story of the great Irish hero Cú Chulainn, and how he got his name. Accompanied on guitar by Tim Karp. The story is followed by a chat between Tim and Lonan, where they discuss The Hero's Journey (Joseph Campbell) and it's potential parallels in terms of modern/toxic masculinity, men's mental health and how we need to keep trying to get better. We also chat about our pals...

Duration:00:25:32

Episode 15- The Curse of Macha

7/12/2019
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Welcome to Episode 15 of The Embers Podcast, recorded in Tottenham, London. This time around we have Lonan Jenkins telling the story of The Curse of Macha from The Ulster Cycle in Celtic Mythology. Music by the wonderful Tim Karp. The story is followed by a chat about Celtic Mythology, its importance in the Irish narrative, and the Power of The Poet both then and now. Lonan chats about our wonderful friends Candlelit Tales across the pond, and how he got into storytelling. We also chat about...

Duration:00:26:29

Episode 14 - The Wolf's Eyelash

5/22/2019
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Yes, yes! Hello wonderful humans. Episode 14 is here- part 2 of a Thalissa Teixeira double whammy this month. Close your eyes and be whisked off to the woods as Thalissa tells her version of The Wolf's Eyelash from The Women Who Run With Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Music is provided by the ever-wonderful Tim Karp, and it was recorded in Tim's bedroom in Tottenham, London. The story is followed by a chat about going out to the woods, Meadows in The Mountains Festival, Extinction...

Duration:00:24:31

Episode 13 - Yuki-onna

5/7/2019
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Hello you lovely lot, and welcome to episode 13 of The Embers Podcast. This month we have a very special treat- a Thalissa Teixeira double whammy. First up is the chilling Japanese tale of Yuki-onna, with music by Tim Karp. Followed by a chat between Thalissa, Tim and Lonan about the vulnerability and power of storytelling, scary stories, and why it's all a bit magic. Enjoy. Xx

Duration:00:35:17

Episode 12 - Artemis And Orion

4/25/2019
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Ello lovelies. Welcome to Episode 12 of The Embers Podcast. Here we have Lonan telling the story of Orion and Artemis, with music from Tim and the wonderful women of Tell Tale Tusk. The story is followed by a chat on the many forms of love, what the Tusks are up to, and we round the podcast off with a beautiful song from Rey and Fiona. Enjoy! X

Duration:00:22:01

Episode 11 - The Oak's Blessing

4/10/2019
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**Trigger Warning** This podcast contains a depiction of and discussion on sexual assault that may be sensitive for some listeners. Hello lovely humans, and welcome to Episode 11 of The Embers Podcast. This episode we have the wonderful Sian Kidd telling the story of The Oak's Blessing- a tale of a woman who turns heartbreak into healing. Music is provided by the incredibly beautiful Tell Tale Tusk. The story is accompanied by a chat between Sian, Lonan, Tim, Fiona and Rey talking about...

Duration:00:34:17

Episode 10- How Music Came To Earth

3/26/2019
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Hello hello, you lovely lot. Here we are with Episode 10 of The Embers Podcast. This time round we have the wonderful Sam Rix with the beautiful, uplifting story of How Music Came To Earth with music by the ever-eloquent Tim Karp. This story is followed by a chat between Rixy, Tim and Nell about (amongst other things) the story, our 3rd birthday in Balabam, and the role of the storyteller in adapting stories. Make sure to check out our facebook page www.facebook.com/theemberscollective to...

Duration:00:23:22

Episode 9- Love and Madness

3/13/2019
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Hello, hello, hello and welcome to episode 9 of The Embers Collective podcast. This episode, we are joined by the inimitable Nell Phoenix who tells a story about the vices and the virtues, all the way back at the beginning of time- before us humans were even thought of. Music from the wonderful Tim Karp. The story is followed by a chat between Nell, Tim and Sam Rix about how Nell got started in storytelling, what she loves about storytelling and what you can do if you want to tell stories of...

Duration:00:42:33

Episode 8 - The Skeleton Woman

1/30/2019
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Hello wonderful humans! Welcome to Episode 8 where we have another one from Tim and Lonan's adventures in India. This time they are coming from The Tribe, Goa. Lonan tells the story of The Skeleton Woman, with music by Tim and newest Ember Jonne. This is followed by a chat between Lonan, Tim, Jonne and Saskia, who heads up The Tribe Goa- an eco-creative project near Agonda. Check out www.thetribegoa.com for more information about their wonderful work. Enjoy X

Duration:00:23:14

Episode 7- The Guru

1/19/2019
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Hello you lovely lot, welcome to episode 7 of The Embers Collective podcast. We have a very special one in store for you this time, with Tim and Lonan telling a story from Hindu mythology recorded live in Fort Cochin, Kerala, India. They are incredibly thankful to be joined by three wonderful Indian classical musicians- Shreekanth, Anwar and Brassad. Thank you for your patience and creativity. The recording is followed by a little chat between Tim and Lonan on how it all came together....

Duration:00:25:45

Episode 6 – Plums

1/5/2019
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Episode 6 of The Embers Podcast is here. This episode we have the wonderful Siân Kidd telling us a story all about plums, with music by Tim Karp. The tale is followed by some rambling chat with Siân, Tim, Lonan and Sarah Liisa about puppets, plum stones, beginnings, boats, figuring out who you are… and being disgustingly nervous.

Duration:00:31:56

Episode 5- Lemminkainen's Mother

12/15/2018
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Episode 5 of The Embers Podcast is here. This episode we have the inimitable Sarah Liisa Wilkson, telling the Finnish epic of Lemminkäinen's Mother, with music by Tim Karp. The story is followed by a meandering chat with Sarah, Tim, Lonan and Sian about heroes, hero's mothers, Finland, bees, resurrection and the Kalevala (amongst other things). Here is a link to the painting Sarah Liisa mentions in the chat: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemmink%C3%A4inen%27s_Mother X

Duration:00:30:50

Episode 4- You Are You

11/29/2018
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Episode 4 of The Embers Podcast is here. This episode we have Sam Rix, with his poem You Are You, and music by Tim Karp, which was written for our opening ceremony for The Nest Collective's Sankofa tent at Shambala Festival 2018. The poem is followed by a meandering chat with Sam, Tim, Lonan and James about Shambala, festivals, art, creativity and generally how great it is being YOU. Photo by Louise Roberts at Shambala Festival 2018. X

Duration:00:21:08

Episode 3- The Very Selfish Giant

11/13/2018
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Hello you lovely lot. Welcome to Episode 3 of The Embers Collective podcast. This episode we have the magnificent James Boswell telling the heartwarming story of a very selfish giant, with music by Tim Karp. The story is followed by a bit of a chat between Lonan, Tim, James and Sam, covering silliness, your inner child, engaging with an audience, nonsense and... bubberies.

Duration:00:27:40

Episode 2- The Piskie Revelry

10/30/2018
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Hello you lovely lot. Welcome to Episode 2 of The Embers Collective podcast. This episode we have Sam Rix telling the hilarious story of Simon Smedley and The Piskie Revelry, with music by Tim Karp. The story is followed by a bit of a chat between Lonan, Tim and Sam, covering Shambala Festival, Marvel, Harry Potter, Wilderness Festival, Psychedelics and nudity.

Duration:00:21:48