Welcome back to the Candlelit Tales Podcast, and to the post show chat episodes about our collaboration with ‘The Embers Collective’, and we will hear from Sarah Lisa and Ruairi O’Shea as they compare notes about the stories they shared.
If you missed episode 131 of this series, have a listen before this episode to avoid spoilers, or after if you prefer. The next two episodes will be more post show chats about the previous stories in this series.
For now, Sarah Lisa tells us about what her creepy, (yet devilishly told) story of ‘The Devil's Violin’ means to her. Ru also explains what themes he tried to echo in the story of ‘The Kings Harp’, while Sorcha offers her own observations and questions between the two. If you enjoyed this conversation or thought of something we didn’t mention, please let us know.
For this new series, ‘Echoes’, we have teamed up with London-based Storytelling Company ‘The Embers Collective’, who tell global folktales and myths set to live music. They gave us three stories, and we found the Irish equivalent. We chose stories that we thought ‘echoed’ something intrinsic in these stories, and while not always obvious at first, we hope you agree there is a subtle level of repetition in these stories.
When any story is told, you can hear others echo in its re-telling.
We often get messages about how the great warrior Cuchulainn reminds people of the hero Achilles. How Fionn is our Odin, or Manannan Mac Lir our version of Poseidon or Neptune. And when you look at any of the great stories, you will often find a familiar aspect echoed in other mythologies. Similar structures are used or similar events are described. Sometimes it can even be as blatant as the exact same plot points are used with different names. So we decided to record a few of these for this podcast.
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This episode was also produced by Oisín Ryan.
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