Stew Smith : Da Music o’ Da Trows
The Shetland Islands are the most northerly in the British Isles and have a rich folklore tradition descending from their norse roots. The local version of the little people or faerie folk there are the Trows, small humanoids who live under the hills, emerging to cause mischief. They are famous for their love of music and many traditional Shetland folk songs are considered to be “Trowie Tunes”, directly inspired by interactions with the Trows. In this talk I’ll introduce you to the Trows and their music, as well as talking through a few other Shetland myths and monsters.
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This will be on Tuesday the 12th of May at 7.30pm BST and it’s a Fortean quiz! There will be hard and difficult questions and some explanations of the answers.
Come along and have some fun. If you’re in lockdown with a fellow Fortean compete against them, otherwise put your score in the comments and see how well you do against everyone else!
Edit : And here it is!
So, in these times of social distancing the Edinburgh Fortean Society is meeting online courtesy of YouTube.
Gordon Rutter will be talking on The Weird World of Charles Fort
The Edinburgh Fortean Society is named after Charles Fort. This is a chance to find out who he was.
We’ll be starting at 7.30pm on YouTube, the exact link to the stream will be put online on the morning of Tuesday the 14th
Hope you’re all well and I hope you can make it.
We’ll try to do something every month online until we can meet again in person.
James Kerr will be talking on
“Everything supernatural that has ever happened to me, in order”
A lively look at how the paranormal is experienced in an everyday life plus detailed descriptions of being a subject in ESP experiments at the Edinburgh Koestler Institute.
Tuesday the 10th of March
The Attic Comedy Room at The Beehive, Grassmarket, Edinburgh.
Scott Lyall will be talking on:
Bigfoot Realism: Hoax, delusion or unknown primate?
Since pre-colonial times, people across North America have reported encounters with large, hairy human-like creatures. More than 60 years after Bigfoot went from local legend to cultural phenomena, we’re no closer to an answer. Are these reports all hoaxes or mistakes, or could there really be a population of an unknown primate in the forests of North America? Or could there be something even stranger going on?
Tuesday 11th February
The Beehive Inn
Ghost Stories: Confessions of an Ex-Guide
A Talk to the Edinburgh Fortean Society by Lizzie Cory-Lopez
Whether or not people believe in ghosts, the supernatural or even an after-life, ghost stories are supremely popular. Over the last 30 years they have become big business in Edinburgh, fuelled by many a ghost-hunting television show. Edinburgh is a relatively ancient city by modern standards, wearing the several versions of multi-faceted history broadly painted on its capacious sleeves. Certainly, in the early days of the ghost-story trade, before the commercialism and hype, the tall, narrow shapes in the Old Town provided a suitable background and atmosphere.
The real question is: why?
In the modern era of science and rationality, why do humans still need to have the experience? Is it to do with our complex chemistry initiating the thrill of being frightened? Is it about feeling brave? Do we need to have a mystery to top-up our belief muscles? Or do we need the supernatural to exist?
Let us explore the fear…..let me tell you a story…………………
7.30pm, Tuesday 14th of January 2020
The Comedy Room
The Beehive, Grassmarket
It’s that time of year again!
This year’s Crimbo meal will be held at :
9 Hunter Square
on Tuesday the 10th of December
We have one of the vaulted areas booked. Order your food at the bar. If you intend to turn up, please let Gordon know so he knows what kind of numbers to plan for.
Please note : the event starts at 7.00pm, an earlier than normal start time.
Also note : Gordon will not be wearing the Santa outfit this year. Krampus, however…
Jan Bondeson will be talking on
QUEEN VICTORIA’S STALKER
In 1838, the Queen Victoria was a very frightened young woman. She was relentlessly pursued by Edward ‘the Boy’ Jones, a weird teenager who entered Buckingham Palace to stalk her. The Boy Jones broke into her bedroom and stole her underwear, and was once found hiding underneath a sofa in her dressing-room. He stole food in the kitchen, visited the royal library, and sat on the throne. Even when he was caught, there was no legal way of disposing of him, since simple trespass was not technically a crime; he could only be put in prison for a few months as a rogue and vagabond, before being released to continue pursuing his beloved queen. But government agents were plotting to get rid of Queen Victoria’s Stalker, for good …
Tuesday the 8th of October, 7.30pm
The Attic Comedy Room
The Beehive, Grassmarket