About Alan Whittaker

A storyteller like no other. Weaving traditional storytelling with madcap posing and stand up comedy riffing. Taking the listener from here to there and back again at break neck speed; with panache and a fine sense of the ridiculous.For more information about Alan, read his biography.

Jack The Lad!!!

I really need to big this chap up properly. Who? Jack Karl Badcock that’s who and he’s just made it into the finals of the prestigious BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Of The Year Award. http://projects.scottishcultureonline.com/youngtrad/news/ ttp://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01qdwvv   You can also check out how he sounds on my podcasts All things must pass… Introducing Wizardmarras Wireless Show and OTT BLACK BARN SPECIAL On the podcasts he’s with his band Larsa, but his singing of “Bold Erin” on the first podcast listed above is simply beautiful. Like Stuart Forester he has a pure “folk” voice “a proper folk voice” according Continue reading Jack The Lad!!!

Will Ritson and The Ritson Museum

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Will Ritson (1808–1890) was born at Row Foot and grew up as any farmboy, learning as he would the ways of work, nature and the landscape. Always loving a good tale he became known for his elaborate lies, but it was not until he became the landlord of the Wastwater Hotel (now called the Wasdale Head Inn, (some accounts say The Huntsmans Inn)) did his fame begin to spread when all and sundry made the journey to Wasdale to hear “The Biggest Liar In The World.” Luminaries such as Wordsworth and De Quincey would first get stoned out of their Continue reading Will Ritson and The Ritson Museum

Totally OTT

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Track List Sean Taylor – London Stuart Forester – Bramble Foot Hot Feet – Wood House MuHa – Let’s Talk About The Weather Strangeworld – Green Loch-Bouree De Aurora Sands Wizardmarra – Song Of The Ganges 5 Days Of November – Breaking In The Middle The Fallows – Cast The First Stone Two Man Ting – African Gospel The Po Boys – (couldn’t quite catch the title) Wizardmarra – Sailing In The Mellow Fruitfulness Of Autumn Some festivals need to keep a constant process of re invention on a yearly basis, most need to have regular change to keep things Continue reading Totally OTT

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The Island of Sound

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https://soundcloud.com/alan-alan-whittaker/complete-forecast I was uploading the above to Soundcloud and looking at the wav file I saw an island with towers, castles and forests so I made the picture. The words are of course Shakespeare as spoken by Caliban in The Tempest. My own words on Complete Forecast are slightly less worthy. Related posts: AND A STORY! Asphyxius Markham and The Book of Evil. Part 1: The Whitechapel Horror

Asphyxius Markham and The Book of Evil. Part 1: The Whitechapel Horror

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The streets of Old London Towne where shrouded in darkness, it happened to be night time not that you’d know the difference as it’s smog clad byways and alleys were always dark thanks to the factories and their steam engines ballyjackering day and night pumping clouds of steamsmoke and it’s felgid noxousities. “Murder” came the cry in an unfeasibly broad Cockney accent “Someone fetch a Peeler, Jacks been and gorn an dunnit again!” By chance not two streets away two men one tall and dark, enshrouded by it seemed more than his fare share of smog and the other whose Continue reading Asphyxius Markham and The Book of Evil. Part 1: The Whitechapel Horror