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Lyre Lyre

By Steve Wharton
Lyre Lyre celebrates ballads, epic poems and storytelling. The new series 'Murderous Muncaster' features a spooky storytelling trail around Muncaster Castle. Series 1: Longfellow in Lockdown, features readings of the poems and translations of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, exploring what his work gaves to us during lockdown.
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Murderous Muncaster Ep 8: The Hartshorn Tree
The final instalment from Murderous Muncaster, a collection of chilling stories, poems and folklore from Cumbria.
05:12
October 26, 2020
Murderous Muncaster Ep 7: Dunmail
The seventh tale from Murderous Muncaster, a collection of chilling stories, poems and folklore from Cumbria.
04:10
October 26, 2020
Murderous Muncaster Ep 6: Tom Fool & The Apprentice Carpenter
The sixth tale from Murderous Muncaster, a collection of chilling stories, poems and folklore from Cumbria.
03:17
October 26, 2020
Murderous Muncaster Ep 5: Moriarty
The fifth tale from Murderous Muncaster, a collection of chilling stories, poems and folklore from Cumbria.
03:24
October 26, 2020
Murderous Muncaster Ep 4: The Lykegate and other tales
The fear-full fourth encounter with Murderous Muncaster, a collection of chilling stories, poems and folklore from Cumbria.
07:12
October 26, 2020
Murderous Muncaster Ep 3: The Smuggler's Wife
The third instalment from Murderous Muncaster, a collection of chilling stories, poems and folklore from Cumbria.
03:06
October 26, 2020
Murderous Muncaster Ep 2: The Hag of Hawkshead
The second tale from Murderous Muncaster, a collection of chilling stories, poems and folklore from Cumbria.
03:10
October 26, 2020
Murderous Muncaster Ep 1: Mary Bragg (Parental Guidance Advised)
The first tale from Murderous Muncaster, a collection of chilling stories, poems and folklore from Cumbria. 
06:05
October 26, 2020
Murderous Muncaster Story Trail (Parental Guidance Advised)
WARNING: Contains references to violence, death and alcohol Murderous Muncaster is a collection of chilling stories, poems and folklore from Cumbria. You can download this episode to enjoy as a story trail around the grounds of Muncaster Castle in the Western Lake District of England.  Directions are included in this episode and maps are available at the ticket office. Admission fees apply. The Trail starts at the Terrace, visits the Graveyard and concludes by Tom Fool's Tree, in front of the Castle. Running order (dur 24m53s) 1. Mary Bragg 2. Hag of Hawkshead 3. The Smuggler's Wife 4. The Lykegate/Blind Charlie/Devil's Door 5. Moriarty 6. Tom Fool & The Apprentice Carpenter Each tale will be available as a separate, high-quality file soon, along with 2 bonus episodes: The Hartshorn Tree and The Legend of Dunmail  The material is a mix of traditional and original tales, adapted by Steve Wharton. Additional material written by William Shakespeare. Hag of Hawkshead poem by Harold Morland. Thank you to: Alan and Leslie Cleaver allowing the use of their research for The Corpse Roads of Cumbria, Fiona Stoddart of solwayconnections guided heritage tours and to Peter Frost-Pennington of Muncaster Castle.
24:53
October 23, 2020
Longfellow in Lockdown Ep 7: A Day In June, The Tide Rises The Tide Falls & A Broken Oar
The finale of the Longfellow in Lockdown series as a lift to restrictions is due to be announced. Features three fine pieces by Longfellow and news about Series 2 of the Lyre Lyre podcast.
07:04
May 7, 2020
Longfellow in Lockdown Ep 6: The Cumberland & The Fire Of Driftwood
Who knows what course our lives will take after lockdown.
07:15
May 5, 2020
Longfellow in Lockdown Ep 5: The Village Blacksmith
Focusing on a single poem from early in Longfellow's career.
03:15
May 4, 2020
Longfellow in Lockdown Ep 4: Ultima Thule & Beowulf's Expedition To Heort.
We're celebrating Star Wars Day with Longfellow today; journeying to far off islands and mead halls.
07:12
May 4, 2020
Longfellow in Lockdown Ep 3: Suspiria & Santa Filomena
Exploring how Longfellow came to write about Florence Nightingale.
07:02
May 2, 2020
Longfellow in Lockdown Ep 2: The Luck of Edenhall & King Witlaf's Drinking Horn
This episode looks at two poems related to drinking that were inspired by Longfellow's tours of Europe. One of the poems is based on a legend from the English Lake District.
09:14
May 2, 2020
Longfellow in Lockdown Ep 1: It Is Not Always May, Stay At Home & Curfew
The first of a collection of podcasts released daily during the first week of May 2020, featuring poems and translations by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
07:36
May 1, 2020