Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees
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 on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

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 on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

February 25, 2021

St David's Day Special: How to fight evil spirits and other uses for the leek, Wales' national vegetable

St David's Day is celebrated in Wales and around the world on March 1, but why do people wear a leek to commemorate Wales' patron saint?

Welsh folklore tells us that the leek has many important historical uses, from winning wars to fighting off evil spirits, and all is revealed by Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales) on this St David's Day special of the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast.

There is also a darker side to St David's Day traditions, and a visit to the cemetery on this holiest of days could reveal corpse candles and more strange omens lurking in the shadows.

Press play to find out more... if you dare!

 

What is the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast?

In early 2020, Mark Rees launched the world’s first podcast dedicated to Welsh ghost stories, folklore, myths and legends.

By combining his unique research and insights from many books and articles with long-lost tales from dusty old tomes, this weird and wonderful podcast takes a fascinating look at countless curious subjects.

New episodes are uploaded every Thursday, and feature everything from real-life encounters with pesky poltergeists to fantastical beasts from the Mabinogion and the skulled-headed Christmas favourite herself, the Mari Lwyd.

Be sure to subscribe, and for more details and to get in touch with Mark Rees, please visit:

EP38 Vampires of the Valley and Other Strange Creatures: Witches, dog demons, the Devil, a poison fish and a real-life “Dracula” are lurking in the shadows on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

EP38 Vampires of the Valley and Other Strange Creatures: Witches, dog demons, the Devil, a poison fish and a real-life “Dracula” are lurking in the shadows on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

February 18, 2021

Vampires of the Valley and Other Strange Creatures

There are strange creatures lurking in the Vale of Neath.

There are vampires, witches, dog demons and the devil, not to mention the poison fish and the magical frog.

Join Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales) as he goes in search of the weird and wonderful entities that inhabit Wales' "waterfall country" and home of the Welsh fairies, y tylwyth teg, in which the sound of a vampires can be heard sucking through walls, and diabolical calves follow farm workers home at night.

So stock up on garlic, place that crucifix around your neck, and press play on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast... if you dare!

What is the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast?

In early 2020, Mark Rees launched the world’s first podcast dedicated to Welsh ghost stories, folklore, myths and legends.

By combining his unique research and insights from many books and articles with long-lost tales from dusty old tomes, this weird and wonderful podcast takes a fascinating look at countless curious subjects.

New episodes are uploaded every Thursday, and feature everything from real-life encounters with pesky poltergeists to fantastical beasts from the Mabinogion and the skulled-headed Christmas favourite herself, the Mari Lwyd.

Be sure to subscribe, and for more details and to get in touch with Mark Rees, please visit:

EP37 Pesky Poltergeists in Wild Wales: Evil spirits from the “invisible world” attack unsuspecting victims in Wales’ oldest “real-life” ghost stories on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

EP37 Pesky Poltergeists in Wild Wales: Evil spirits from the “invisible world” attack unsuspecting victims in Wales’ oldest “real-life” ghost stories on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

February 11, 2021

Pesky Poltergeists in Wild Wales

Join Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales) for some eerie tales of "evil spirits" - what we might call poltergeists nowadays - from Wales' oldest collection of "real-life" ghost stories.

Dating from as far back as the seventeenth century, while these "most haunted" tales might be old, they are just as terrifying - if not more so! - than modern-day accounts. Because not only do these apparitions go bump in the night, they hurl missiles and even beat the unsuspecting clergy.

To find out more about these pesky poltergeist from the "invisible world," press play now on the Ghosts of Wales podcast... if you dare!

What is the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast?

In early 2020, Mark Rees launched the world’s first podcast dedicated to Welsh ghost stories, folklore, myths and legends.

By combining his unique research and insights from many books and articles with long-lost tales from dusty old tomes, this weird and wonderful podcast takes a fascinating look at countless curious subjects.

New episodes are uploaded every Thursday, and feature everything from real-life encounters with pesky poltergeists to fantastical beasts from the Mabinogion and the skulled-headed Christmas favourite herself, the Mari Lwyd.

Be sure to subscribe, and for more details and to get in touch with Mark Rees, please visit:

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 on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

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 on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

February 4, 2021

Ghosts, Devils and Death Omens; or, A Wild Night by the Romantic Lakes

In this long-lost ghost story from the archives, Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales) explores a real-life account of an apparition which haunted the sublime lakes and mountains of Wales.

It was one moonlit night that a Victorian painter, who was in Wales to capture the romantic landscapes, discovered something far more haunting. The spectre itself, however, would be the least of his worries, for this haunted spot was also steeped in eerie tales of death omens and deals with the Devil.

To find out all the diabolical details, press play now on the Ghosts of Wales podcast... if you dare!

What is the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast?

In early 2020, Mark Rees launched the world’s first podcast dedicated to Welsh ghost stories, folklore, myths and legends.

By combining his unique research and insights from many books and articles with long-lost tales from dusty old tomes, this weird and wonderful podcast takes a fascinating look at countless curious subjects.

New episodes are uploaded every Thursday, and feature everything from real-life encounters with pesky poltergeists to fantastical beasts from the Mabinogion and the skulled-headed Christmas favourite herself, the Mari Lwyd.

Be sure to subscribe, and for more details and to get in touch with Mark Rees, please visit:

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? Find out on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast!

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? Find out on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast!

January 28, 2021

The Dark Fairy Tale of Rhys and Llewellyn

Have you ever heard sweet music drifting on the breeze as you walk home through the woods at night? And what would happen if you followed that music, and were lured into an endless dance with the Welsh fairy folk - y Tylwyth Teg?

All is revealed as Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales) investigates the dark fairy tale of Rhys and Llewellyn, an old Welsh story from the days when not everyone lived happily ever after.

What is the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast?

In early 2020, Mark Rees launched the world’s first podcast dedicated to Welsh ghost stories, folklore, myths and legends.

By combining his unique research and insights from many books and articles with long-lost tales from dusty old tomes, this weird and wonderful podcast takes a fascinating look at countless curious subjects.

New episodes are uploaded every Thursday, and feature everything from real-life encounters with pesky poltergeists to fantastical beasts from the Mabinogion and the skulled-headed Christmas favourite herself, the Mari Lwyd.

Be sure to subscribe, and for more details and to get in touch with Mark Rees, please visit:

EP34 Witchcraft by the Sea: In this eerie ghost story of death omens and clairvoyance, a witch’s dire prophesy brings tragic news to an unsuspecting young man - Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

EP34 Witchcraft by the Sea: In this eerie ghost story of death omens and clairvoyance, a witch’s dire prophesy brings tragic news to an unsuspecting young man - Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

January 21, 2021

Witchcraft by the Sea; or, A Tragic Prophesy

Do you believe in clairvoyance? What about fortune telling?

One Welsh man thought it was all a load of rubbish, but soon changed his mind after a chilling death omen was sent his way from an all-seeing 19th century witch.

To find out more, join Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales) as he investigates this seaside tale in which Witch's Point on the south Wales coast really does live up to its name.

What is the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast?

In early 2020, Mark Rees launched the world’s first podcast dedicated to Welsh ghost stories, folklore, myths and legends.

By combining his unique research and insights from many books and articles with long-lost tales from dusty old tomes, this weird and wonderful podcast takes a fascinating look at countless curious subjects.

New episodes are uploaded every Thursday, and feature everything from real-life encounters with pesky poltergeists to fantastical beasts from the Mabinogion and the skulled-headed Christmas favourite herself, the Mari Lwyd.

Be sure to subscribe, and for more details and to get in touch with Mark Rees, please visit:

EP33 St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers: The dark history of Wales’ patron saint of love, the folklore of Ynys Llanddwyn - the ‘Island of Love’, and how to celebrate Dydd Santes Dwynwen

EP33 St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers: The dark history of Wales’ patron saint of love, the folklore of Ynys Llanddwyn - the ‘Island of Love’, and how to celebrate Dydd Santes Dwynwen

January 14, 2021

St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers and the 'island of love'

According to the legend, the life of fifth-century saint St Dwynen was far from easy.

She is said to have forsaken love for herself in order to bring it to others, and was granted wished by angels, and a magic potion, in order to make it happen from a church off the coast of Anglesey. 

Join Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales) as he investigates her former home and site of pilgrimage on the island of Ynys Llanddwyn, and how she is celebrated annually on January 25.

So never mind St Valentine's Day - celebrate Dydd Santes Dwynen!

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What is the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast?

In early 2020, Mark Rees launched the world’s first podcast dedicated to Welsh ghost stories, folklore, myths and legends.

By combining his unique research and insights from many books and articles with long-lost tales from dusty old tomes, this weird and wonderful podcast takes a fascinating look at countless curious subjects.

New episodes are uploaded every Thursday, and feature everything from real-life encounters with pesky poltergeists to fantastical beasts from the Mabinogion and the skulled-headed Christmas favourite herself, the Mari Lwyd.

Be sure to subscribe, and for more details and to get in touch with Mark Rees, please visit:

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 and turns a paranormal sceptic into a true believer

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 and turns a paranormal sceptic into a true believer

January 7, 2021

The Murdered Knight

The Ghosts and Folklore podcast kicks off 2021 in the best possible way - with a real-life "Ghosts of Wales" story sure to send a shiver down your spine!

Join Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales) as he investigates a long-lost tale from the Victorian archives, in which an "intelligent" man is turned from a hard-nosed sceptic to a true believer in the paranormal after spending the night in a secluded farm house.

What he experienced that night forever changed him... dare you listen to all the strange details?

What is the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast?

In early 2020, Mark Rees launched the world’s first podcast dedicated to Welsh ghost stories, folklore, myths and legends.

By combining his unique research and insights from many books and articles with long-lost tales from dusty old tomes, this weird and wonderful podcast takes a fascinating look at countless curious subjects.

New episodes are uploaded every Thursday, and feature everything from real-life encounters with pesky poltergeists to fantastical beasts from the Mabinogion and the skulled-headed Christmas favourite herself, the Mari Lwyd.

Be sure to subscribe, and for more details and to get in touch with Mark Rees, please visit:

EP31 New Year’s Folklore of Wales: From the Mari Lwyd to Calennig, it’s out with the old and in with the new as Mark Rees explores the history of Welsh folklore on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

EP31 New Year’s Folklore of Wales: From the Mari Lwyd to Calennig, it’s out with the old and in with the new as Mark Rees explores the history of Welsh folklore on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

December 31, 2020

New Year's Folklore of Wales

It's out with the old and in with the new on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast!

Join Mark Rees (author of Paranormal Wales/ Ghosts of Wales) as he explores the old New Year's Eve and New Year's Day traditions, from such curious customs as the Mari Lwyd to seasonal favourite Calennig.

Is it good luck or bad luck if a you see a woman before a man on New Year's Day? Press play to find out...

Happy new Year/ blwyddyn newydd dda!

What is the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast?

In early 2020, Mark Rees launched the world’s first podcast dedicated to Welsh ghost stories, folklore, myths and legends.

By combining his unique research and insights from many books and articles with long-lost tales from dusty old tomes, this weird and wonderful podcast takes a fascinating look at countless curious subjects.

New episodes are uploaded every Thursday, and feature everything from real-life encounters with pesky poltergeists to fantastical beasts from the Mabinogion and the skulled-headed Christmas favourite herself, the Mari Lwyd.

Be sure to subscribe, and for more details and to get in touch with Mark Rees, please visit:

EP30 Curious Christmas Folklore of Wales: Christmas Eve and Day traditions and customs, from kissing under the mistletoe and light-filled Plygain services to Sion Corn (Santa Claus) and the Mari Lwyd

EP30 Curious Christmas Folklore of Wales: Christmas Eve and Day traditions and customs, from kissing under the mistletoe and light-filled Plygain services to Sion Corn (Santa Claus) and the Mari Lwyd

December 24, 2020

It's Christmas Eve - the perfect time to pull up a chair next to the log fire, pour yourself a glass of mulled wine and listen to some old folklore of Wales.

In this festive special, Mark Rees takes a look at:

• Why kissing under the mistletoe isn't just about the romance

• The incredible Plygain services, in which countless candles are used to illuminate the night

• How the town of Tenby ensured nobody had a lie-in on Christmas Day

• A return of the horse-skulled Mari Lwyd

• And even revealing Father Christmas's first name... well, maybe!

For some of the answers - and even more questions - press play and join Mark Rees for the latest special festive episode of the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales podcast with Mark Rees.

Merry Christmas / Nadolig llawen! 

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Christmas on the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast

Christmas is a magical time for Welsh folklore and ghost stories, and every Thursday during December there'll be a special episode of the podcast dedicated to a festive subject.

There include such folkloric favourites like the Mari Lwyd, to haunted pubs where the spooks make an appearance every December 24.

Be sure to check out each episode on December 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 - yes, there'll even be new episodes of Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

What is the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast?

Join Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales/ Paranormal Wales etc.) as he explores the weird and wonderful history of Wales.

The world’s first podcast dedicated to Welsh ghost stories, folklore, myths and legends, GHOSTS & FOLKLORE OF WALES combines Mark’s research and insights from his books and articles with long-lost tales from some ancient tomes into a truly unique podcast experience.

New episodes are uploaded every Thursday, and feature everything from real-life encounters with pesky poltergeists to the fantastical beasts from the Mabinogion, 

Be sure to subscribe, and for more details and to get in touch with Mark Rees, please visit:

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