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Gary & Ruth bring you readings from the Classic Books of Celtic Lore and Study

Jul 19, 2017

Fairy Music

British Goblins: Welsh Folk Lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions (1881)

Book 1 Chapter 7 by Wirt Sikes

Sikes talks about the magical Birds of Rhiannon, tells us the legend of Shon ap Shenkin, the story of the Magic Harp, all about Welsh fairies and harps and the story of Iolo ap Hugh.

Running Order:

  • Section 1 1:20
    • Birds of Enchantments 1:40
    • The Legend of Shon ap Shenkin 3:22
  • Section 2 5:55
    • Harp Music in Welsh Fairy Tales 5:59
    • Legend of the Magic Harp 7:37
  • Section 3 12:58
    • Songs and Tunes of the Tylwyth Teg 12:54
  • Section 4 15:20
    • The Legend of Iola ap Hugh 15:26
    • Mystic origin of an old Welsh Air 20:48


Names Used in this Section

All proper names, and words in Welsh or other languages, are recorded here in the show-notes and we've done our best to get the pronounciations right for you.

Shon ap Shenkin returns home

Shon ap Shenkin returns home

  • Tylwyth Teg
  • Iola ap Hugh
  • Rhiannon
  • Lady Charlotte Guest's 'Mabinogion,'
  • Pant Shon Shenkin
  • Carmarthenshire
  • Taffy ap Sion
  • Catti Maddock of Brechfa
  • cymmoedd
  • Craig-y-Ddinas
  • Cwm Pergwm
  • Vale of Neath
  • Cader Idris
  • Morgan ap Rhys
  • cwnv da
  • haw - Donkey
  • Gwaed dyn a'i gilydd!
  • Caliban


  • Morgan Gwilym
  • Cylepsta Waterfall
  • Edmund Daniel
  • Arail
  • Cefn Bach
  • Hafodafel
  • Cân y Tylwyth Teg'
    • Dowch, dowch, gyfeillon mân,
    • O blith marwolion byd,
    • Dowch, dowch, a dowch yn Iân.
    • Partowch partowch eich pibau cân,
    • Gan ddawnsio dowch i gyd,
    • Mae yn hyfryd heno i hwn.
  • Ffarwel Ned Pugh
  • Morda
  • Ceiriog
  • Sycharth, the fortress of Glyndwrdwy
  • Chirk Castle
  • Elias ap Evan
  • Ogof
  • Land-Maelstrom of Diaboly

Ffarwel Ned Hugh

Ffarwel Ned Pugh


British Goblins can be found on Sacred Texts.

You can find out more about Wirt Sikes on Wikipedia.

Try the Celtic Myth Podshow for the Tales and Stories of the Ancient Celts at or on Apple Podcasts.

Our theme music is "Gander at the Pratie Hole" by Sláinte.  You can find their music on the Free Music Archive.