Fair Folk Podcast

Fair Folk

Fair Folk is a radio show and podcast exploring folk culture and music from around the world, hosted by Danica Boyce.
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Big Beltane: May Day Song and Custom

51:34 | Apr 25th

May Day, or Beltane in Scottish Gaelic, is a joyous occasion to welcome new growth and fertility in the fields, the hills and home. With its all-night bonfires, green branches, towering may poles and delicate flowers, this might be the most tactile a...Show More
What Is Fair Folk?

09:34 | Apr 20th

In this short episode I talk about how I came to make and love a podcast about folklore, and what I believe folklore is capable of when we give it our good faith! Fill out the 4 minute listener survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.ca/r/PGYNGCC Intr...Show More
Fair Folk Almanac March 2019 [Preview]

04:10 | Mar 1st

March, home of the spring equinox, of pancakes, of carnival, of imposed vegetarianism and more bullying in the guise of folk tradition than you can shake a stick at. It’s kind of a doozy of a month, combining some aspects of human nature that we woul...Show More
Fair Folk Almanac February [Preview]

03:14 | Jan 31st

This episode I talk about the weather lore associated with this month, and its predictive quality for the months ahead; I look at the origins of Valentine's day, Lupercalia, and the Disablot, and I dive deep into Irish and Scottish traditions regardi...Show More
Fair Folk Almanac: January [Preview]

10:20 | Jan 1st

This first monthly Fair Folk Almanac episode includes Perchta, the Alpine goddess who will disembowel you if you don’t take a vacation, moon divination from Greece, and suggestions for how you might bring in the new year with your own folklore-based ...Show More
Winter Solstice, Queen of Feasts

57:24 | Dec 18th, 2018

This episode traces the age-old European origins of many of the Winter Solstice traditions we enjoy today, from mother goddess worship through stories of the wizard child Jesus, to Christmas fortune telling with bones. Support Fair Folk: www.patreo...Show More
Interview with Vicki Noble, creator of the Motherpeace Tarot

29:13 | Oct 26th, 2018

In this episode I speak with Vicki Noble, co-creator of the Motherpeace Tarot Deck, a set of cards for divination that incorporates images of the sacred feminine from mythology and folklore. The creation of the Motherpeace Tarot in the late 1970s in ...Show More
Lithuanian Kanklės Concert in a Pagan Temple: Žemyna Trinkūnaitė

37:31 | Aug 26th, 2018

This episode is a recording of Žemyna Trinkūnaitė playing a Kanklės, a traditional Lithuanian instrument, in a concert for a small group of people in a Baltic pagan temple in Lithuania. For more recordings, contact Žemyna Trinkūnaitė by email at zemy...Show More
July Update and a Summer Playlist

52:57 | Jul 6th, 2018

A brief update about Fair Folk's summer and fall plans from northern Iceland, plus a spontaneous summer playlist to enjoy on the road or at home. To contribute to the Fair Folk travel fund: www.patreon.com/fairfolkcast paypal.me/DanicaBoyce Music: ...Show More
Midsummer Solstice

51:55 | Jun 2nd, 2018

This episode explores some of the better and lesser known celebrations and songs of the midsummer solstice in Europe. In the process it addresses some of the perennial questions of this holiday, like: What is a maypole? Why are all of those Russians ...Show More
Polyphony Worldwide feat. Joseph Jordania

1:00:15 | May 1st, 2018

The second in a series on traditional polyphonic singing, this episode visits the hunter-gatherer pygmies of the African rainforest, the peasants of pre-Christian Russia, and the possible residents of outer space, via one very special song from Georg...Show More
Ancient Multi-part European Folk Singing - Polyphony Part 1

42:52 | Mar 31st, 2018

The first in a series on vocal polyphony, this episode gives credit to the ancient origins of vocal polyphony in rural community practices, looking specifically at the polyphony of Lithuania, whose sutartinės are a symbol of the nation's strong pre-c...Show More
Interview with Jonny Dillon of the Irish National Folklore Collection

47:58 | Dec 16th, 2017

This episode I chat with Jonny Dillon, an archivist at the Irish National Folklore Collection at University College Dublin. We discuss the history of the Folklore Collection, his podcast, Blúiríní Béaloidis / Folklore Fragments, and the deep need for...Show More
Kulning and other herding calls

40:15 | Nov 12th, 2017

Traditional herding calls from Sweden and Norway, with an interview with Swedish folk musician and kulning instructor Siri Holm. Music: Intro theme - "Forest March" by Sylvia Woods “Kulning” by Adolf Fredriks Kyrkas Kammarkör & Karin Backstrom “Kul...Show More
Norse Neo-Paganism

58:07 | May 19th, 2017

The spiritual world of the vikings, and of those who follow in their footsteps. The final episode in the first season of Fair Folk podcast. Music: Intro theme - "Forest March" by Sylvia Woods "Vinda" by Kati Ran "Tåkedis" by Rúnahild "Frigga’s Web"...Show More

56:44 | Feb 25th, 2017

Malevolent or helpful, pinched and small, or beautiful beyond description, elves are a mainstay of western folk belief. Today we’re exploring the many manifestations of elf belief, delving into the folklore of the British Isles and Scandinavia, the t...Show More
Ballads of Scandinavia

57:36 | Feb 1st, 2017

This episode is dedicated to the many wonderful tales shared in ballad form in Scandinavian countries. You'll learn that not all stories have happy endings (most don't), which part of the dragon you need to eat in order to gain the gift of prophecy (...Show More

54:11 | Jan 13th, 2017

Elves, epic poetry, sheep milk and murder... welcome to the world of Icelandic folk music! This episode features an interview with Bára Grímsdóttir and Chris Foster, two of the most accomplished performers of Icelandic folk music, and experts on rímu...Show More
Rarer Carols

58:37 | Dec 21st, 2016

This episode features some of the more ancient and obscure midwinter traditions that have endured alongside Christmas, as well as some lesser-known carols of this festival, many of which are pagan in origin. Content warning for animal sacrifice and ...Show More
Saints & Demons of December

58:09 | Dec 8th, 2016

This episode, you’ll learn why the Swedish will be wearing candles on their heads and dressing up as goats this week, you’ll hear about Saint Nicholas’ past life beating and kidnapping children with his demon slave companion, and you’ll meet St. Step...Show More

56:50 | Nov 23rd, 2016

This episode of Fair Folk delves into the rich musical and mythical world of Finland, blisses out on rune-song, and investigates the science behind the smell of snow. Music: Intro theme - "Forest March" by Sylvia Woods "Valolle" by Lau Nau "Valkeala...Show More

59:37 | Nov 10th, 2016

This episode of Fair Folk you’ll hear about how an early modern Scottish king literally wrote the book on witchcraft, making Harry Potter possible for future generations, I’ll tell you about the Swedish Queen who is revered to this day for murdering ...Show More

57:32 | Oct 27th, 2016

On this episode, you'll find out just how many landscape features can be attributed to the petty hostilities of overgrown men, you'll hear about that one time Stan Rogers dabbled in druidism, and you'll learn what Fe Fi Fo Fum actually means. Music:...Show More