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What is the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast?
Join Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales/ Paranormal Wales etc.) for a journey through the weird and wonderful history of Wales on the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales podcast.
Mark has published several books and countless articles about his homeland’s paranormal past, and each episode offers his unique insight and research into a different curious subject.
These range from long-lost real-life Welsh ghost stories such as the discovery of a “smelly” ghost in a supposedly haunted pub to the fantastical myths and legends of dragons fighting tooth and claw in the medieval prose tales of the Mabinogion.
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Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast episode list:
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• EP115 Welcome to Haunted Wrexham
• EP114 Crimes of the Changelings: Baby-stealing fairies swap children with their uncanny offspring. Can witchcraft and magic stop them?
• EP113 Funeral Phantoms and Paranormal Portents: Death omens come in many guises, from eerie dark spirits to uncanny psychic visions
• EP112 Strange Skies and Shooting Stars: Weird Welsh lore of the cosmos – rainbows, meteors, comets and more
• EP111 Ghosts of Gwent: Haunted houses, castles, trees and wells in the Welsh county – from Newport to Newcastle!
• EP110 Frightful Female Fairies of the Fog: The Gwyllion are weird and uncanny fairy apparitions that haunt the Welsh mountains at night
• EP109 Paranormal Mysteries of the Haunted Houses: Three ”real life” Welsh hauntings to baffle the most experienced of ghostbusters
• EP108 Christmas special with Chris Carra
• EP107 Welsh Ghost Stories for Christmas: Is it Santa or a spirit? There’s poltergeist activity and uncanny footsteps in paranormal Cardiff
• EP106 Dark Folklore of Death Omens: Phantom Funerals – The Welsh “toili”, an uncanny paranormal procession that proceed a burial
• EP105 Paranormal Power of the Sun and Moon: Explore the lore with: death omens, Welsh dragons, witchcraft, druids and more!
• EP104 Wales’ ”Most Haunted” Pub?: A Halloween investigation into paranormal activity at the Prince of Wales, Kenfig
• EP103 A Halloween Haunting; or, Whisked Away by a Hideous Apparition: Paranormal activity in the Welsh valleys on Nos Calan Gaeaf
• EP102 The Edwardian Ghostbusters; or, How to Get Rid of Spirits, Goblins & Devils: Old-school paranormal investigation tips for Halloween hauntings
• EP101 Animals from Hell: The Devil takes many forms, including demonic pets! Could your cat, dog, or horse be more than they appear?
• EP100 Uncanny Ghost on the Golden Coast: A strange spirit terrorises a Welsh village in this real-life haunting. Who is the Swansea spook?
• EP99 The Witch in the Moon: Cosmic adventures in the night sky as good and evil fight in the heavens
• EP98 Spirits of the Séance: Real-life spooky adventures at Victorian séances in which psychic mediums are possessed by phantoms from the past
• EP97 Apparitions of the Devil: The ’Evil One’ takes many forms, and sometimes paranormal activity is more demonic than a regular haunting
• EP96 Ghosts in the Water: Tormented spirits, water-ogres, guardian dragons, giant serpents & fairy folk lurk in the haunted Welsh waters
• EP95 The Baby-stealing Ghost and Other Mysteries; or, Warnings to the Curious in these accounts of paranormal activity
• EP94 Summer Solstice Folklore; or, A Midsummer Nightmare: Ancient Druids, strange apparitions and Wicker Man-like rituals on Canol Haf
• EP93 The Decapitating Ghost; or, Off With Her Head: A spirit threatens to cut off heads in this real-life Victorian tale of paranormal activity
• EP92 Curse of the Corpse Dogs; or, the Ghost-hunting Hounds: Supernatural dogs, paranormal pooches, diabolical hell hounds and death omens
• EP91 Terror on the Ghost Ship: When paranormal activity breaks out on a haunted navy vessel the crew must quickly become ghostbusters
• EP90 Supernatural Secrets of the Water: Paranormal activity, sacred fish, magical monsters and love divination in the uncanny Welsh wells
• EP89 The Exorcist vs the Shape-shifting Demon: A poltergeist-like evil spirit terrorises a Welsh town in this ”true” Victorian ghost story
• EP88 The Changelings; or, the Baby-stealing Fairies: Devious fairy folk swap their uncanny offspring for mortal children
• EP87 Tormented Souls of the Dearly Departed: Spirits return to comfort and terrify their nearest and dearest
• EP86 Crimes of the Cat Witches: A “Welsh wizard” turns detective to seek out magical murderers
• EP85 The Haunted Castle and the Hanged Man: A Gothic ruin in Carmarthen becomes home to a supernatural visitor
• EP84 The Wives of Hell: The Gwragedd Annwn are ferocious fighting female fairies that haunt lonely Welsh lakes like mermaids
• EP83 The Ghost of a Death Omen: A harbinger of death takes a man on a strange journey at the witching hour in this “real-life” ghost story
• EP82 The Endless Christmas Party: Curious festive customs in Victorian Wales with music, carols, drunken debauchery and the Mari Lwyd
• EP81 Ghost Stories for Christmas: Festive spirits haunt the wilds of Wales in these real-life tales of paranormal activity on Christmas Eve
• EP80 The Mysteries of the Mari Lwyd: The Welsh ”Christmas Horse” goes from folk favourite to folk horror in Victorian Wales
• EP79 Spirits of the Living: Apparitions of people still alive have long been sighted, but why?
• EP78 The Well of Evil: Witchcraft, tormented spirits, and creepy horror-film like wraiths lurk in the ”most haunted” lore-filled Welsh wells
• EP77 The Magic Circle and the Spirit from Hell: A Reverend is accused of summoning demons in the Welsh forest
• EP76 Wales‘ ”Most Haunted” National Trust Property: A ghost tour at Newton House, Dinefwr (part 2 of 2)
• EP75 The Haunting of Newton House: Paranormal activity at Dinefwr, the National Trust‘s ”most haunted” Welsh property (part 1 of 2)
• EP74 Halloween Ghost Hunt: A ”live” paranormal investigation at Swansea’s 1940s Museum
• EP73 Halloween Horrors: A headless white lady (Y Ladi Wen) and a monstrous black pig (Hwch Ddu Gwta) emerge on Nos Calan Gaeaf!
• EP72 Haunted Halloween Lakes: Spectral women, evil spirits and a deadly lake monster lurk at watery Welsh beauty spots on Nos Calan Gaeaf
• EP71 The First Welsh Jack-o‘-Lantern: A Halloween special exploring the origin of ”Jack y Lantern”
• EP70 Trapped Spirits & Hidden Treasure: A trio of ”real-life” ghost stories in which restless souls haunt the living in some of Wales‘s ”most haunted” houses
• EP69 The Poltergeist Fairies; or, the Welsh Hobgoblin: Naughty but nice, the Bwbach is a household fairy (tylwyth teg) that causes paranormal mayhem
• EP68 The White Lady of Oystermouth Castle: Does the ghost of white lady really haunt one of Wales’ “most haunted” castles?
• EP67 A Victorian Séance: There‘s table tipping, corpse candles, and deathlike fingers during a visit to a spirit medium in Swansea
• EP66 The Giant‘s Body: When a fairy-eating giant and wicked witch invade a happy Welsh valley, it quickly become a valley of horror in this traditional folk tale
• EP65 Restless Spirits and the Fair Folk: When paranormal activity destroys a Welsh home, is it the work of a poltergeist, a curse, or just local lore?
• EP64 The Evil Spirit Strikes Back: When paranormal activity destroys a Welsh home, is it the work of a poltergeist, a curse, or just local lore?
• EP63 Haunted Rivers: Wailing spirits, monstrous serpents, bottomless pits and the devil in disguise – explore the strange legends of the Welsh waterways
• EP62 The Ghost Police: When the police are causing the paranormal activity, who ya gonna call? Sadly, the Ghostbusters were unavailable in the Swinging Sixties!
• EP61 The Haunted Mines: Go deep underground in search of the coblynau (the mine fairies of Wales) and other weird and wonderful creatures, including fire demons and a basilisk – not just for Harry Potter!
• EP60 The Disembodied Hand at the Haunted Mansion: A ghostly hand – a bit like Thing from The Addams Family! – has long haunted a Welsh home. But what does it have to do with smuggling?
• EP59 The Spectral Nun and the Skeleton in the Wall: Why are religious ghosts haunting a Welsh parish? Let’s go on a paranormal investigation!
• EP58 The Mystery of the Macabre Magician: When an infamous Welsh wizard is hired to solve a crime things get a little bit gothic
• EP57 The Phantom Werewolf: A “real-life” horror story in which a strange wolf-like creature with hellish eyes terrorises holidaymakers in the Welsh mountains
• EP56 The Witch’s Curse: A dark and tragic folk tale in which a Welsh woman is struck down by witchcraft – or is it all in her mind?
• EP55 The Phantom from Pennsylvania: Why does the spirit of a well-dressed woman from Philadelphia haunt a man in the Swansea Valley?
• EP54 The Magic of Water: Wash with vampires, fight evil spirits, turn water into wine and even protect your coffee from witches
• EP53 The Haunted Cemetery and the White Mist: Paranormal activity is reported in Victorian Wrexham – but is it really supernatural?
• EP52 Beware the Fairy Lights!: Discover the secrets of the Ellylldan, the dangerous Welsh elf-fire which haunt the forests much like Will-o’-wisp
• EP51 The Golden Ghost: When an ancient burial site is disturbed, eerie secrets are revealed. Let’s go ghost hunting in search of a centuries-old spirit…
• EP50 Party with the Fairy Folk: Warning – the fairies of Wales (y tylwyth teg) have been known to prank those who disturb their revelries!
• EP49 For Whom the Bell Tolls: How an eerie old Gothic funeral tradition can keep away evil spirits, the plague, trolls, fairies, and the Devil himself
• EP48 Soul Lights, Astral Bodies and Strange Omens: Can the soul really leave the body and return at will? And is there a link between this travelling lights and the dreaded corpse candle?
• EP47 The Welsh Elf Ladies and the Stray Fairy Cow: Magical farm animals emerge from a dark and ominous lake in this cautionary folk tale
• EP46 Ghost of the Hanged Lady: The tragic tale of a spirit with a message for a heart-broken traveller. It’s time to go on a paranormal investigation…
• EP45 Folklore of the Sea: Spooky spirit candles, soul-stealing Devils, clairvoyant cats and Davy Jones’ Locker – explore the weird and wonderful Welsh coast on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast
• EP44 A Cardiff Ghost Story; or, The Haunted Mansion: A lady in grey is one of the many paranormal guests haunting a Victorian house. Let’s go ghost hunting on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast!
• EP43 Nasty Little Elves: The secret origin of the ellyllon, Wales’ mischievous fairy folk, and a folk tale from Cardiff. These are not your Lord of the Rings elves!
• EP42 The Ghost Ship Mystery: Invisible boats dock at the harbour, while phantom funerals are seen in the graveyard at night. What does it all mean?
• EP41 Devil Goats: A cautionary folk horror fairy tale, in which a Welsh farmer finds out the hard way not to mess with a goat
• EP40 The Haunted Highway: A phantom coach and ice-cold apparitions have been haunting a lonely Welsh road for centuries
• EP39 The Magic Power of Leeks: Fight evil spirits with Wales’ national vegetable and explore the darker side of St David’s Day history and traditions
• EP38 Vampires of the Valley and Other Strange Creatures: Witches, dog demons, the Devil and a real-life “Dracula” are lurking in the shadows
• EP37 Pesky Poltergeists in Wild Wales: Evil spirits from the “invisible world” attack unsuspecting victims in Wales’ oldest “real-life” ghost stories
• EP36 Ghosts, Devils and Death Omens; or, A Wild Night by the Romantic Lakes: A haunting (and unromantic!) real-life ghost story for Valentine’s Day
• EP35 The Dark Fairy Tale of Rhys and Llewellyn: Have you heard fairy music playing in the woods at night? What would happen if you followed it?
• EP34 Witchcraft by the Sea; or, A Tragic Prophesy: An eerie “real life” ghost story of death omens, clairvoyance, and a witch’s dire prophesy
• EP33 St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers: The dark history of Wales’ patron saint of lovers and Ynys Llanddwyn, her “Island of Love”
• EP32 The Murdered Knight: A chilling real-life “Ghosts of Wales” tale in which the spectre of a slain warrior returns to a secluded Welsh farm house
December 2020 Christmas Specials
• EP31 New Year’s Eve and Day Folklore of Wales: From the Mari Lwyd to Calennig, it’s out with the old and in with the new
• EP30 Curious Christmas Folklore of Wales: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day traditions and customs, from Plygain services to Sion Corn
• EP29 The Magical Christmas Tree… and a few ghosts!: The curious tale of a tree that burst into life in a west Wales garden every Christmas Eve
• EP28 A Ghost Story for Christmas Eve; or, Festive Spirits at the Inn: A real-life tale of paranormal activity at a Welsh town’s “most haunted” pub
• EP27 The Mari Lwyd, the Welsh Christmas “Ghost Horse”: The secret history and folklore of the “bone horse” of Wales
• EP26 Ghost Hunting in Wales’ “Most Haunted” Places: Paranormal investigators Cymru Paranormal join Mark on the show
• EP25 The Secret Islands of the Faeries: How the fairies of Wales are connected to King Arthur, and why they are called y Tylwyth Teg
• EP24 The Cursed Room at Wales’ National Stadium: How a jinx caused rugby and football teams to lose games at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium
• EP23 Guy Fawkes Night: The folklore, traditions, history and ghosts of Bonfire Night, and how Noson Guto Ffowc was celebrated in Wales
October 2020 Halloween Specials
• EP22 Halloween Special – Ghosts of Wales Live!: Ghost hunting in Wales’ “most haunted” places at the Paranormal Wales book launch
• EP21 Spooky Halloween Folklore and Traditions of Wales: How to celebrate Nos Calan Gaeaf, the Welsh Halloween
• EP20 Halloween in Wales: The secret history and strange traditions of Nos Calan Gaeaf, the Welsh All Hallows’ Eve
• EP19 The Jack-O’-Lantern of Wales: A Halloween special exploring the “dreaded ghost” which haunted the dark Welsh forests on Nos Calan Gaeaf
• EP18 The History of Halloween: From ancient Celtic festival to American holiday and the origin of the Welsh Nos Calan Gaeaf
• EP17 The Devil’s Bridge: The famous folk tale of how a wise old Welsh woman beat Satan at his own game
• EP16 The Ghost Train from the Future: The real-life story of a paranormal locomotive which terrified a Welsh farmer
• EP15: The Dark History of Beer: How a Welsh witch invented mead and the Gothic folklore surrounding drinking at funerals
• EP14: The Realm of Faerie: The secret origin of the fairy folk of Wales, and old Welsh beliefs in fairies and folklore
• EP13: The Wraith of a Murderer Stalks Abroad: A real-life ghost story from Victorian Swansea in which a murderer – it is claimed – returns to haunt his former neighbours
• EP12: The Phantom Carriage and other real-life ghost stories from Wales: A special bonus episode for Haunted Happening featuring three short ghost stories from the archives
• EP11: The art of storytelling with Owen Staton; or, the eerie Welsh folk tale of Rhys and Meinir and other ghost stories from Mr Owen Staton
• EP10: I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Haunted Wales!; or, Creepy Welsh Castles: Gwrych Castle: TV show “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!” will be filmed in a haunted Welsh castle in 2020. But what ghosts can they expect to find lurking inside?
• EP09: Fairy dogs, dog folklore and the origin of the Welsh Corgi: Did you know that fairies used to ride corgis into battle, and that the name corgi is derived from Welsh folklore?
• EP08: The Ghosts of Dylan Thomas: Did the Welsh poet go gently into that good night, or does he rage, rage, against the dying of the light?
• EP07: The Dog of Darkness; or, Gwyllgi, the Welsh Hound of Hell: The “hound of hell” which has haunted Welsh roads and lanes of centuries
• EP06: The Real-life Ghost-hunting Scooby-Doo Dog and the paranormal hoaxers: The dastardly villains who impersonated ghosts in the Victorian era, and the clever people – and pets – who busted them
• EP05: The Legend of Gelert, the Heroic Hound of Beddgelert: Did a dog named Gelert really fight with a gigantic wolf for the life of the prince’s son and heir?
• EP04: The Women in White haunting either side of the Severn Bridge: Ghosts that swear at people and dress up in the clothing of the clergy
• EP03: A Ghost to Rival Hamlet’s Father; or, how a spook helped the police discover a buried skull in Swansea
• EP02: The Curse of the Swansea Devil; or, how a satanic work of art burnt down a church
• EP01: The Two-Headed Phantom of Wales; or, the grisly tale of the ghost with an extra head
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