July 23, 2020
The award winning Ross Brierley (of The Not So Late Show) takes the Loremen on a (virtual) tour of the village of Eyam. Fans of nominative determinism will be both pleased and annoyed by this tale, like someone whose name was Jolly Upset. This Derbyshire tragedy features ghosts, noble sacrifices and 1 (one) magical pudding-boy. No explanation needed or given.
(To the listeners writing in about our lax scoring: you win all right... or do you?)
If you'd care to spare a sou or two...
July 16, 2020
The 50th episode sees the Lorefolks tackle the Rollright Stones in a special livestream edition! The past and the future collide, as predicted by the film Stargate and to a lesser extent the TV series of the same name. Discover standing stones, a witch's curse and the dreaded Dix Pit. You can also watch the full livestream here: www.loremenpodcast.com/episode-29-s3
Thanks to all our loyal listeners, here's to 50 more! (50 more episodes, not 50 more listeners. We'd settle for 25.)
Bonus Content: James attempting to make a Serial-esque podcast phenomenon out of the Snuffling Beast of Lidstone. It lasts ten minutes, but bless 'im, he tried.
Mooie Warning: They're back.
July 9, 2020
Alasdair invites you into his 'psychomanteum' to hear a triptych of ghostly tales.
You want a ghost to get bullied by schoolboys? You got it!
You want a ghost who steals hats? No problem!
You want a ghost on skates chatting to a hip vicar? Weirdly specific. But yes, we have that too.
Do we need to mention we've come up with a new detective series concept? Because we blooming well have.
July 2, 2020
Ah, Chipping Norton! A town that sounds like a minced oath from the 19th century, like "Flaming Nora!" Or "Odds Bodkins!"
Also the town that produced a podcast presenter utterly determined to get to the bottom of local legends, obscure curiosities and whatnot. (It's James. We're talking about James.) Please enjoy this love letter to the market town of "Chippy" that could have been James' debut Edinburgh Festival Fringe show if circumstances were different.*
*Audience's expectations were much lower.
Wang us some sweet, sweet dough via here if you'd be so kind...
June 25, 2020
"Get in the sea" has been in common parlance since 2015 but it is by no means a modern concept. Towns, cities and fabled islands have been doing just that for thousands of years. Alasdair takes us on a deep dive (PUN) into Yorkshire's own submerged towns, one of which was populated exclusively by pirates. Well, they must have had non-pirates to do the normal stuff like take the bins out, but you get the idea.
Pop a couple o coffers here would ya guv?
@JamesShakeshaft | @MisterABK
June 18, 2020
Joined by Rachel Fairburn (off of the All Killa No Filla podcast), the Loremen return to the Wild West Country for a poke around a magical and mysterious area known as 'The Gump'.
With hooting stones, partying pixies and wrestling demons, this tale has something for everyone. Giants? Yes, mate.
Plus Alasdair remembers an encounter with the ghost of Yorkshire's Gary Coleman.
June 11, 2020
James Shakeshaft plays against type by offering up a story that's very nearly historically accurate.
The legend of the Vegetable Lamb of Tartary or 'Barometz' seemed so plausible. It was a grazing lamb that grew on a bush; it seemed like it HAD to be real. The stories were so convincing a series of extraordinarily named men launched expeditions to find it. They didn't find it. It's not a real thing. Come one, a vegetable lamb? What next, strawberry crackling? Beef tomatoes? BLOOD ORANGES?!
Chuck us a few pennies here
@JamesShakeshaft | @MisterABK
May 28, 2020
Swedish comedian Evelyn Mok brings us a selection of Scandinavian stories about nymphs.
This episode is like a delicious selection of small, tasty treats. If only there were an appropriate Swedish word for that...
Nope, can't think of one.
Prepare for an abundance of naked nymphs and some phallus-y fallacies, all from Sweden's SECOND best city - Gothenburg.
May 21, 2020
Jenny Collier returns! Again!
This episode answers the age-old question, "how many is too many plagues?" We discover that finding the dead centre of Britain is surprisingly controversial. And we ask hard-hitting questions about 1980s TV star and evil puppet, Pob. Questions such as, "you don't remember Pob?" and, "how can you not remember Pob?!" We also dive into the Welsh myth of Lludd and Llefelys and learn that London was founded by a Welshman. Who knew?
The Welsh knew.