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Celtic Storytellers

A place for sharing and discussing Celtic stories.

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Latest Activity: Jun 25, 2014

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Celtic Stories
Various
http://oaks.nvg.org/pega4.html (3.01.2010)
www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/index.htm#fairies
Celtic Folk Tales from Brittany
www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/ftb/index.htm
Cornish Fairy Folk Tales
www.gandolf.com/cornwall/fairies/introduction.shtml
Changeling Stories
www.pitt.edu/~dash/britchange.html#contents
Selkie stories
www.ansgeulaiche.co.uk/audio.html - You can listen to 'The Selkie Painter' told by Scot AnSgeulaiche. (The file is at the bottom of his page.)
www.orkneyjar.com/folklore/selkiefolk/index.html
www.tsl.state.tx.us/ld/projects/trc//2007/manual/ya_legends.html (half way down)
Celtic Stories from 1918 - original text (Scanned by Canadian Libraries)
www.archive.org/details/celticstories00thomuoft
Celtic Fairy Tales for Children
www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/st-patricks-day/short-stories/
http://www.electricscotland.com/kids/stories/

Videos
An Irish Fairy Folk Tale (9.01.2010)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkJxQNYqEHo&feature=related
Celtic Roots
www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=3651
The Fiery Steed
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zfBUyG2D74

Books
The Enchanted Forest: A Scottish Fairy Tale by Rosalind Kerven (A brilliant book for children based on the ballad, Tam Lin.)
The Woman Who Flummoxed the Fairies See the story outline at http://www.amazon.com/Woman-Who-Flummoxed-Fairies-Scotland/dp/078578425X

Ballads
Twa Corbies
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDRusm23WPI
A Fairy Story
http://www.thebards.net/music/lyrics/A_Fairy_Story.shtml

Pronunciation Guides for Celtic names
http://www.mythome.org/celticnames.html

Background info
http://www.celticcallings.com/resources/myth/myths_and_legends.htm
http://www.pantheon.org/areas/mythology/europe/celtic/

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"A World of Storytelling" Radio Station

Started by Don 'Buck P' Creacy Aug 18, 2011.

Favourite Celtic stories 20 Replies

Started by Emma Alexander Arthur. Last reply by Emma Alexander Arthur Jun 22, 2011.

Celtic stories for children under 8

Started by Emma Alexander Arthur Apr 23, 2009.

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Comment by Denis Gessing on January 11, 2010 at 5:04pm
Emma, thanks for the video tip. The young lad indeed shows promise. Good on him and whoever is mentoring him. He and others like him is what the storytelling movement needs if it is to survive beyond our contributions.
Separate mtter. What can you tell me about Eamon Kelly and the use of his stories?
Comment by Tony Cuckson on October 13, 2009 at 2:24pm
Dear Silverchin, I love that movie Pans Labyrinth.
Comment by Silverchin on October 13, 2009 at 12:25pm
Hey everyone. Just now had time to join. I've been looking around the site and at comments et al. Hmmm . . .my Celtic stories are told in the bardic style, "The Ulaid," stories from "The Mabinogion," original stories based on characters from the "Lebor Gabala Errinn," and others make up my repertoire from Celtic lands. I've even found the ability to adapt stories to the Celtic feel, e.g. "St. John's Eve" is adapted from Gogol's story of the same name though his is in Russia. One of my main beefs with a lot of Celtic tales/tellers is that the elves/faeries receive such short shrift. By this I mean the tales and the tellers seem to have forgotten that elves/faeries are taller than human, fiercer in battle, have an unearthly beauty, and a completely different morality system than humans. When I've told about the Tuatha de Danaan's battles with the Fomorians complete with descriptive phrases re: elven & faerie warriors' braveries, or the remnants of a group of Fomorians, those who listen are "awakened" to the fact that all their prior notions of the cutsey-wutsey are shattered and a new appreciation for the fey seems to take hold. I guess this is why I love "Pan's Labrynth" so much, the northern Spanish folklore is heavily influenced by the Celts who settled there (Galicia, Asturia in particular) and what we consider beautiful and benign - well . . . if you haven't see the film, by all means do. But enough. Must go.
Comment by Joe Brennan on September 21, 2009 at 3:28pm
Greetings from the North West of Ireland! The rain has returned but the stories keep flowing.

Slan,
Joe Brennan
Comment by Tony Cuckson on September 9, 2009 at 5:10am
Great to have found this group. I am what I call an Irish Mystic Storyteller. I tell stories to what W. B. Yeats called "the deep hearts core." This is the name of my podcast which I have started which includes stories about the Tuatha de Danaan - the beautiful people - the methaphor for the unfolding of our own beauty. Love to you all.
Comment by Rob McCabe on April 23, 2009 at 6:04am
I love to hear Celtic stories, but don't tell them because the names are so difficult to pronounce. Is there a site on the web that provides proper pronunciation of the names? Also, I love James Joyce's story "The Dead." The ending of the story simply breaks my heart.

In peace,
Rob McCabe--Storyteller
Comment by Clare Muireann Murphy on April 23, 2009 at 3:19am
Hello All
from the green coast of Galway
on Ireland's western shores
will try to keep a toe on discussions here when I can

go n'eiri libh
Clare
Comment by Mark Harandon on February 6, 2009 at 7:07am
Thanks Emma...this is a great theme for a group.
I live in the far West of Cornwall and tell the old Cornish tales and legends as well as some Scottish and Welsh tales. And of course with Tristram and Yseult (as we call them in Cornwall), there is the typically Celtic travelling tale involving Cornwall, Ireland and Brittany, As for favourite stories, they are so varied! From the islands, tales of the Selkie folk; from Cornwall, stories of the Mermaids (Merrymaids, we call them) and Cherry of Zennor; from the tales of Arthur, Gawain and the Green Knight; from Wales, anything from The Mabinogion. And from Ireland...yes, Yvonne! The Wooing of Etain! I love this story, but making the two parts of it manageable is a problem! Do let me know how you get on!
Comment by Deirdre Foster on September 23, 2008 at 5:20am
find a super site:
http://www.pantheon.org/areas/mythology/europe/celtic/articles.html
Comment by Yvonne Healy on September 20, 2008 at 8:29am
Favorite? Whichever I'm working on at the moment. Currently I'm trying to shape The Wooing of Etain into listenable size. (Most of my sets are limited to 60 minutes so there's much to edit.) Most recent was Silver Branch, Cormac macAirt in the Land of Promise
 

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