Alan's Recordings

Tain bo Cuailnge:The Cattle Raid of Cooley


 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.      

  • Recommended for ages 13-adult 

Lost Love:Tales of Tragic Romance


  •  The love stories that truly move us are not the happy ever after ones, but the other tales – the tragic tales of love lost, of heartache and sorrow. These are those tales. Tales include: 
  • Romeo and Juliet – the classic tale of tragic love, adapted from Shakespeare’s play. Listen to an excerpt. 
  • Tancredi – a tale of love and pride adapted from Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron. Recorded live at Decameron Nights. 
  • Tiverton  Castle – based on a legend of a haunted castle in England. Recorded live at the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Festival Fringe. 
  • Lady Anne – an original tale of a love between the living and the dead. My favorite story. Recorded live at the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Festival Fringe.
         Alan's favorite story - Available now as an MP3 download on CD Baby        
  • Recommended for ages 13-adult 

Here There Be Dragons


  •  “Alan Irvine always seems to know the right story to   tell…On this, his latest recording, dragons take center stage and because they   are of the European variety, you can expect some truly nasty critters…very   highly recommended.”  Robert Rodriquez,  Territorial Tattler   Tales of Dragons and Dragon slayers. Tales include:  
  • The Lambton Worm   – a traditional English legend 
  • St. George and the   Dragon – the classic dragon tale - listen to an excerpt of the tale 
  • Nikita and the   Dragon – a Russian tale of a different sort of dragon slayer 
  • The Dragon of Rhodes – a medieval romance of dangers even greater than dragons 
  • Leviathan – the great dragon from the Book of Job        
  •  Recommended for ages 10-adult 

The Red Dragon:tales of King Arthur


 “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 

Goldiocks and Company


 "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 

Out of the Mist: Tales of Ireland and Scotland


 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 

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