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Loremen Podcast

Author: James Shakeshaft and Alasdair Beckett-King

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Join the Loremen (James Shakeshaft and Alasdair Beckett-King) as they "investigate" local legends and forgotten folklore.
38 Episodes
Join the Loremen (James Shakeshaft and Alasdair Beckett-King) as they "investigate" local legends and forgotten folklore. This time, a particularly terrifying duck.
In this episode, Alasdair and James meet a band of border reivers and a dubious cotswolds ghost.
We meet the original Tom, Dick and Harry (well, not exactly), and a gritty northern poltergeist.
James and Alasdair encounter the most dangerous animal of all, and discover how many witches it takes to pull a hay wagon.
James and Alasdair meet a 'Terrible William' and a band of Highwaymen burning the candle at both ends.
One tale definitely features dust, maybe skeletons, certainly dust - the other has silk and an awful, awful piggy bank...
There's a range of "miracles" associated with Durham Cathedral and Alasdair and James really get to the bottom of them. Plus a bunch of idiots. And that's putting it nicely. 
The Loremen "solve" a sheep-themed murder mystery and discover the greatest writer in Wessex (allegedly).
In the final episode of Loremen Series 1, our intrepid hosts tackle the Lambton Worm and uncover murder on the mean streets... of Winchcombe.
In Series 2 of Loremen, James and Alasdair shudder at the phantom jinmenken and witness the ministrations of TOO MANY parsons. This episode also features a Deputy Lorewoman, in the form of award-winning comedian Yuriko Kotani. The Loremen ride again! @loremenpod @JamesShakeshaft | @MisterABK | @yurikocomedy   PS The Family Ness Episode 1 PPS Proof That Is / Isn't A Great Andy Parsons Impression
Series 2 continues, as James and Alasdair unravel two tales of death and hubris: a romantic poet packing heat, and the Buzz Lightyear of the 11th century. Find the show notes here: @loremenpod @JamesShakeshaft | @MisterABK 
The Loremen discover that Lincoln Green is people, and ride to windswept Argyll on an "entire" horse.In Episode 3, James and Alasdair are joined by another Deputy Loreman: award-having comedian and troubadour Jon Long. Find the show notes here: @loremenpod @JamesShakeshaft | @MisterABK | @jonlongstandup   Here’s the Lincoln Echo video Jon tells us about. (We were clearly joking about this guy. Do not sue us, please.)  A quick correction: It turns out St Mary’s unique porch in Chipping Norton is HEXagonal, not octagonal. And there are two other like it. Also, the Princess Di visit is not corroborated:, never let it be said that the Lincoln Echo can’t do clickbait titles:Do You Like Lincoln’s Big Metal Face? (Lincoln Echo)  
A true crime in Restoration England? A bizarre ritual on Scarborough Pier? It's episode 4 of Loremen Series 2. Find the show notes here: @loremenpod @JamesShakeshaft | @MisterABK
A knight errant lobs a baby in a stream and twins are struck deaf by a sinister wooden chest. Curious tales of the macabre and absurd from your friendly neighbourhood Loremen.Alasdair relates what is potentially the most problematic rom-com premise ever. James tells us about a spooky storage solution. (Does feature guns).Find the show notes here: (Includes THAT picture) @loremenpod @JamesShakeshaft | @MisterABK
Alasdair tells a tragic monkey's tale and James turns private dick, on the trail of a Cornish Bluebeard. Who fled the headless hounds? Who hung the monkey? Both these questions answered for the low price of zero pounds.(Seriously, if you haven't visited Trago Mills - you should. It's quite the thing.) Find the show notes here: @loremenpod @JamesShakeshaft | @MisterABK
Witches, Black Dogs, Crabs, Happy Whales and Toads. This pair of compendium stories has it ALL. Also what passes for a piece of Folklore in Banbury and why you should make consistent fashion decisions when dealing with packs of hounds. Find the show notes here: @loremenpod @JamesShakeshaft | @MisterABK   Featured image from: A narwhal and large sperm whale. Engraving. Credit: Wellcome Collection. (CC BY 4.0)
Guest LorePerson Sindhu Vee (Edinburgh Best Newcomer 2018 Nominated) explains exactly why Everything Happens For The Best via the medium of Indian folklore that involves some mild torture. Alasdair recounts a Durham tale that is basically a religious Weekend At Bernies.   Find the show notes here: @loremenpod @JamesShakeshaft | @MisterABK | @SindhuVFunny
Jenny Collier joins the Loremen in a Valentine’s Day Special: tales of star-crossed lovers from Wales. Also featuring the world’s biggest lovespoon.Content Warning: This episode isn’t very rude, but some of the subject matter is more adult than our usual family-friendly fare of ghosts, devils and murderers. @loremenpod @JamesShakeshaft | @MisterABK  | @jenjencollier
A flesh and blood monster stalks the streets of London, causing bloodshed, outrage and mass hysteria. James and Alasdair meet innocent victims, scurrilous liars and the 18th Century’s greatest prankster.   @loremenpod @JamesShakeshaft | @MisterABK   Featured image: “The monster disappointed of his afternoons luncheon-or porridge-potts preferable to cork-rumps.” etching by J. Gillray, 1790. Credit: British Museum (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)
Two extraordinary tales from North West England. An ill-fated prophet predicts the wholesale destruction of Northwich. Meanwhile, a lost story from Series 1 re-emerges from the depths to drag you under (because it is about mermaids).   @loremenpod @JamesShakeshaft | @MisterABK  
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Three days until Dec 20th. Could we be blessed with a new series? Surely Christmas miracles do exist! xxxx

Dec 17th
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Hern Huntsman

With regards to the telling of Cinderella, the Germans did not add gore to a French tale. Cinderella was originally a very old and very gory fairy tale that was popular in Germany, though the earliest fragments of the story (including a prince locating his true love through shoes) can be traced back to Ancient Egypt. The Grimm brothers were fastidious about only including German tales in their collection, though a few of foreign origin did sneak past them, such as Red Riding Hood (which probably came from an old Italian tale). Interestingly, many of the tales that did slip through, like Cinderella, had Middle Eastern roots. Charles Perrault was infamous for bastardizing old stories, and Cinderella is a perfect example of him adding fluff and sparkle to a somewhat bleak older tale to cater to the rich, entitled, and often bored ladies at the French court. He also invented the concept of the pumpkin carriage.

Jul 21st
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