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Highland Folk Tales (Folk Tales: United Kingdom) [Kindle Edition]

Bob Pegg
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The Highlands of Scotland are rich in traditional stories. Even today, in the modern world of internet and supermarkets, old legends dating as far back as the times of the Gaels, Picts and Vikings are still told at night around the fireside. They are tales of the sidh - the fairy people - and their homes in the green hills; of great and gory battles, and of encounters with the last wolves in Britain; of solitary ghosts, and of supernatural creatures like the sinister waterhouse, the mermaid, and the Fuath, Scotland's own Bigfoot. In a vivid journey the Highland landscape, from the towns and villages to the remotest places, by mountains, cliffs, peatland and glen, storyteller and folklorist Bob Pegg takes the reader along old and new roads to places where legend and landscape are inseparately linked.

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Bob Pegg began his professional career in 1970 as singer, musician and songwriter with the folk rock band Mr Fox. Later he teamed up with instrumentalist Nick Strutt, and ended the decade as a solo singer-songwriter, with five albums for Transatlantic Records under his belt. In 1989, after a spell as one half of performance duo The Beasties, he moved to the Highlands of Scotland where he now lives, working as a storyteller, writer and musician.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Highland Folk Tales by Bob Pegg 25 July 2012
By T Muir
The term `master storyteller' gets used so often these days that it has all but lost its meaning, but in the case of Bob Pegg it is a fitting and well deserved title. His ability to hold an audience spellbound as he weaves his tales is an art that only a true master possesses. With the publication of his new book `Highland Folk Tales' we hear his voice set down on paper with great skill; losing nothing of the magic of the oral telling of his stories.
The book, which is split into themes, covers a tour around the Scottish Highlands where Bob has lived for the last 23 years, and contains many gems of local tradition and stories gathered from the old people that he has met along the way. The titles of the sections tantalises us with the promise of great stories to come, like `Waifs and Strays', `Stories in Stone' and `Hidden Kingdoms, Magic Lands'. In them we find stories of giants, witches, fairies, mermaids, black magic and selkie folk. Not all the stories are about supernatural creatures, but also historical figures whose reputation has given them immortality in folklore. Highwaymen, evil lairds, Pictish kings and exotic ladies bound to the Devil. There are also stories attached to the last wolves to be killed in Scotland; a theme that has fascinated Bob for many years.
The stories are funny, tragic, heart-warming and thought provoking, all told with a great humanity that comes from a deep love of the stories and of the people who told them. There are great wonder tales here too, told to him by friends from the Traveller community who Bob has championed over the years in his `Tales at Martinmas' storytelling festival.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful collection of Highland folk tales 30 Jun. 2012
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Bob Pegg's Highland Folk Tales is a book you should read with a map, so that you fully appreciate his careful placement of these stories in the varied landscape of the Highlands. We discover stories from the Cairngorm Mountains, from the Great Glen, from Hugh Miller's Black Isle, from the West Coast, and from Caithness and Sutherland. There are ancient tales about saints and warfare, stories about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, and a fair smattering of stories with supernatural themes: wild dances with fairy folk under the hills, greedy giants, seal people, mermaids, witches selling winds, the Devil extracting his payment yet again, and occasionally being bested. The bold illustrations by John Hodkinson are terrific. Whether they're long or short, comic or chilling, you always have the feeling that you're listening to a real person telling the tales. Sometimes that person is Bob himself, sometimes it's his Traveller friends Essie Stewart or Alec Williamson. You're in good company. In fact, you're in the ceilidh of a lifetime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 Nov. 2014
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A lovely way of telling with a sense of time and place throughout.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 23 Mar. 2015
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some strange tales some interesting some not so.
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