Na Déithe libh mo chairde,
Samhain is nigh as we approach the portal to the Dark Half of the Year. During these upcoming months, folks tend to read more as they are tucked in at home for longer hours, keeping snuggly and warm against the long cold nights. But what to read?
Folks often ask me what are some good books, videos, podcasts, etc to help guide them along in their Celtic Studies. The first thing I usually query in return is, “what is your experience level and what are your specific areas of interest?” I can recommend any number of starting points depending on how and where you want to focus. The world is an infinitely fascinating place, and just the specific field of Celtic Studies is an enormous area of study that can take a lifetime - more than a lifetime! - to really explore in any depth. Even in the ancient Celtic world, tis said to become a Druid required 20 years of dedicated training!
The following is a list of my most recommended online resources for various aspects of Celtic culture, spirituality, folklore, and mythology. The focus in this blog post is on podcasts, Youtube channels, and the associated websites of their presenters.
Happy exploring! ‘Go néirí an bóthar leat!
~ Reverend Erika Rivertree
This first link is a Samhain Playlist I made on Youtube. This one is just for the fun of it!
Cailleach’s Herbarium is a collective of Scottish folks presenting research on Scottish folklore, folk magic, and folk traditions.
Youtube channel: Cailleach Herbarium
Candlelit Tales is a brother and sister team from Dublin who do storytelling of Irish myths.
Youtube channel: Candlelit Tales
Through Mythical Ireland, Anthony Murphy presents his research into Irish megalithic history, mythology, and folklore.
Youtube channel: Mythicalireland
Cynefin is a Welsh folk music and folklore project founded by Owen Shiers.
Youtube channel: Cynefin
Celtic Source is the Welsh mythology research project of Dr. Gwilym Morus-Baird. He discusses various aspects of Celtic myth and culture, with a particular focus on Welsh and Irish source texts.
Youtube channel: Celtic Source
The Youtube channel of Christopher Tait, a charming and engaging Robert Burns performer: Robert Burns Live
Gaol Naofa is a group that promotes Gaelic Polytheism and Gaelic culture.
Youtube channel: GaolNaofa
Website: Gaol Naofa | Gaelic Polytheism
The Highland Village Museum is an outdoor living history museum that tells the story of Scottish Gaelic settlement in Nova Scotia.
Youtube channel: Highland Village Museum
Website: Highland Village Museum
Author Manchan Magan presents videos on folkloric aspects of the Irish language and culture.
Youtube channel: Manchán Magan
Manchan Magan’s Almanac of Ireland Podcast: The Almanac of Ireland
Ronan Kelly’s Ireland features videos of interesting people and places in Ireland, interviewed by Ronan Kelly.
Youtube channel: Ronan Kelly's Ireland
The Brehon Academy presents videos on various aspects of Irish mythology, folklore, and history.