The Tain bo Cuailnge, or, in English, The Cattle Raid of Cooley, is the great heroic epic of Celtic Ireland. It is the story of how the warrior Cuchullain must defend the kingdom of Ulster by standing alone against a great raid led by Queen Maeve of Connaught. It is a tale of battles and striving, of courage and folly, of triumph and sorrow, a tale that recreates the world of the ancient Celts like no other.
“Irvine has a powerful, hypnotic voice that irresistibly draws listeners into the stories. He is a master at recreating the medieval world and making it come alive.” Larry Cooperman, School Library Journal Tales include: Merlin’s Prophecy – Dragons and visions concerning Uther Pendragon and the coming of Arthur The Sword and the Stone – A land torn by war awaits the coming of a king and beholds a miraculous sign. Sir Gawaine and the Green Knight – Sir Gawaine, the most gallant of Arthur’s knights faces temptations of many sorts in this retelling of the great Middle English poem. Listen to an excerpt. Sir Gawaine and the Loathly Lady – a comic retelling of a favorite tale, based on the 12th century original. Plus! – read Alan’s infamous critique of this story and how it is often told,
“Why I Hate Lady Ragnell” and the responses and controversy it sparked. And then listen to Alan’s version of the story Sir Gawaine and the Loathly Lady and see if he followed his own advice about how it should be told! Recommended for ages 8-adult
"If your kids’ favorite uncle came over to tell them bedtime stories, they might be a lot like these.” -Marilyn McPhie National Parenting Publications “Irvine’s friendly, conversational style will gently invite listeners into the familiar stories and his energetic delivery is guaranteed to maintain their attention.” Naomi Leithold Chicago Parent Humorous versions of traditional tales including: Goldilocks Listen to Alan's version of this tale The Three Little Pigs The Three Billy Goats Gruff The Bremen Town Musicians Cinderella How The Animals Got Their Coats – an African tale Jobuti and the Jaguar – a Central American tale Recommended for ages 3-8
Tales from the Celtic lands – traditional tales and legends, ancient myths and ghost stories Includes: Sean O’Reilly – one of the best known Irish stories of leprechaun Lochlan Mor – a Scottish tale of the fight for freedom from the Vikings The Return of Ossian – perhaps the greatest of the ancient legends of Finn McCumhail. Listen to an excerpt The Legend of Inverawe – a classic Scottish ghost story Midher and Etain – an epic Celtic myth of love and longing Thomas the Rhymer – a tale of art and the artist, from one ofScotland’s great ballads Recommended for ages 8-adult