Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

Ghosts & Folklore of Wales podcast with Mark Rees

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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 written countless articles – not to mention the many a sleepless night in “mots haunted” locations! – about his homeland’s paranormal past and present, and each episode offers his unique insight and research into a different curious subject.

These range from long-lost real-life ghost stories such as the discovery of a “smelly” ghost in a truly historic pub which overlooks a buried city, to the fantastical myths and legends of dragons fighting tooth and claw in the dark night sky in the medieval prose tales of the Mabinogion.

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast episode list:

Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast - the "most haunted" podcast from Wales to the world!
Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast – the “most haunted” podcast from Wales to the world!

Looking for a certain episode, or for more details on a topic discussed?

Each episode has its own page where you can read more and listen to the podcast by following the links:

October 2020 Halloween Specials:

September 2020:

August 2020

July 2020

June 2020

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The Mari Lwyd

Upcoming topics on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast include:

  • Christmas traditions like the skull-headed festive favourite the Mari Lwyd – or the Welsh “ghost horse”, as it has become known on social media – and the magical Christmas Tree of Wales which is hidden somewhere in Carmarthenshire.
  • The traditions and folklore surrounding Nos Calan Gaeaf, the Welsh Halloween and the spookiest “spirit night” of the year. It was a time when strange creatures were abroad, such as the Welsh Jack y Lantern, a “dreaded ghost” which lured travellers to their doom, and the Hwch Ddu Gwta, a supernatural sow (yes, a ghostly pig!) which chased merrymakers back home to bed.
  • Unusual funeral and wedding customs, from the macabre Sin Eater to eerie corpse candles. You’ll never look at these social gatherings in the same light again! Especially when you discover the role beer plays in saying our last goodbyes…
  • How the magic of witches and wizards continue to cast a spell over the land today, while the wisdom of the ancient Druids can still connect us with the natural world around us. Did you know that their sacred plants could heal many an affliction, and that the mistletoe was about much more than stealing a kiss at Christmas?

How to listen and subscribe to the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast:

You can listen using the player below, or subscribe on your favourite player on Apple Podcasts/ Spotify/ YouTube etc. by following the links below:

We want your feedback!

This podcast is very much a work in progress, and we would love to know what you think.

The idea is to strike a balance between episodes about ghosts and episodes about folklore (hence the title!), along with the odd myth, legend and fairy tale. But is there anything in particular you’d like to hear more about?

If you have a suggestion for a topic, or just a comment or observation to make, get in touch!

Do you want Mark to appear on YOUR podcast?

To check Mark’s availability, please get in touch via the contact page.

Fore more supernatural fun visit: Ghosts of Wales | Paranormal Wales | Haunted Wales.