Songs of the Supernatural (for Halloween)

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

It’s the weekend before Halloween and this is our annual listener-popular celebration of the holiday and its roots in the start of the ancient Celtic New Year. The focus on this year’s supernatural happenings is squarely on fairies (the “wee people”) and on changelings and shape shifting, although I couldn’t resist ending with a fine song about a purported witch from folklore.

Two of the ballads programmed come from Jack Hardy and Mike Waterson, both highly-regarded folk musicians who died earlier this year.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Malicorne, “La Chasse Gallery”, Legende, Hannibal

  • The Young Tradition, “Lyke Wake Dirge”, The Young Tradition, Vanguard

  • The Watersons, “Soulin’ Song”, Mighty River Of Song, Topic (box set)

  • Loreena McKennitt, “All Soul’s Night”, The Visit, Quinlan Road


  • Whalebone, “King Of The Faeries”, Rootsy…Folky…Live And Funky…, Two Wild Women Records

  • Kevin Burke/Michael O Domhnaill, “Ar A Ghabhaill Go Baile Ath A Cliath Domh”, Promenade, Green Linnet

  • Chieftains, “The fairies’ Lamentation And Dance”, Chieftains 7, Columbia

  • Jack Hardy, “The Tinker’s Coin”, Landmark, Prime CD

  • Mark Nelson, “Si Beg Si Mor”, The Fairy Hills, Wizmak


  • Mike Waterson, “Tam Lin”, Mike Waterson, Topic


  • Bonnie Rideout & Sue Richards, “Seal Songs”, Scottish Reflections, Maggie’s Music

  • Judy Collins, “Great Selkie Of Shule Skerry”, Golden Apples Of The Sun, Elektra

  • Gordon Bok, “The Maid In Bird’s Plumage”, Apples In The Basket, Timberhead

  • John Roberts & Tony Barrand, “The Two Magicians”, Dark Ships In The Forest, Folk-Legacy


  • Malinky, “The Dreadful End Of Marianna For Sorcery”, Last Leaves, Greentrax

  • Bonnie Rideout, “St. Kilda Air”, Scottish Reflections, Maggie’s Music