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The Crane Bag Podcast

Myths and stories from around the world brought alive and singing into the here and now by storyteller, musician and poet Jay leeming.

Tracks

Girl Meets Wolf: Exploring "Red Riding Hood"
There's trouble out there, big nasty toothy trouble and this life isn't just sitting with bread and honey by a warm fire. That's the truth expressed in this age-old narrative of innocence becoming wisdom, a primal building-block of story explored by storyteller Jay Leeming and who knows if on the way we might also meet the Buddha on the road? www.JayLeeming.com
32:13 5/2/24
The Odyssey Part One: Feasting the Sea-God
The epic of the Odyssey brought to life by performance storyteller Jay Leeming. www.JayLeeming.com
55:42 5/2/24
Songbox #1: Odysseus, Guslar and the Belly of the world
A live and unscripted riff on hunger, myth, and the origins of poetry by performance storyteller Jay Leeming, unedited and rowdy as an apple on a branch. www.JayLeeming.com  
44:24 4/18/24
The Odyssey Part Ten: Once I Went Hunting
The Odyssey brought to life by performance storyteller Jay Leeming.   www.JayLeeming.com
61:54 3/1/24
The Odyssey Part Eleven: The Rooted Bed
The Odyssey brought to life by performance storyteller Jay Leeming.   www.JayLeeming.com
60:23 3/1/24
The Odyssey Part Nine: Now You Must Be Someone Else
The Odyssey brought to life by performance storyteller Jay Leeming.   www.JayLeeming.com
58:10 3/1/24
Odyssey Part Seven: Blood for Ghosts
The Odyssey brought to life by performance storyteller Jay Leeming.   www.JayLeeming.com
55:28 3/1/24
The Odyssey Part Five: My Name is Nobody
The epic of the Odyssey brought to life by performance storyteller Jay Leeming.   www.JayLeeming.com
60:20 2/16/24
The Odyssey Part Four: Welcome, Stranger
The epic of the Odyssey brought to life by performance storyteller Jay Leeming.   www.JayLeeming.com
35:13 2/16/24
The Odyssey Part Three: Some Say He is My Father
The epic of the Odyssey brought to life by performance storyteller Jay Leeming.   www.JayLeeming.com
45:38 2/16/24
The Odyssey Part Two: The Kingdom of Rust and Honey
The epic of the Odyssey brought to life by performance storyteller Jay Leeming.   www.JayLeeming.com
41:45 2/16/24
Odyssey Part Eight: A Song You Must Not Hear
The Odyssey as brought to life by performance storyteller and poet Jay Leeming.
61:09 2/15/24
The Odyssey Part Six: With a Hawk Feather in Her Hair
Jay Leeming tells Part Six of the Odyssey.
71:30 2/15/24
The Seven Sisters
Could some stories really be 100,000 years old? A meditation on oral memory, story, and the constellation of the Pleiades, complete with music (played on the dilruba of India) for our winter darkness. www.JayLeeming.com
22:21 12/15/23
Storyteller Daniel Morden interviewed by Jay Leeming
Jay Leeming interviews the Welsh storyteller Daniel Morden about the Odyssey, his path to storytelling, and much more. 
82:02 9/27/23
The Mahabharata Part Sixteen: The Journey to the Otherworld
The age of Kali begins, kingdoms are destroyed and Yudishtira and his brothers set out for the otherworld, all in this final episode of the Mahabharata as told by performance storyteller Jay Leeming.
73:52 8/29/23
The Mahabharata Part Fifteen: Tranquility
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63:15 8/22/23
The Mahabharata Part Fourteen: War's End
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59:44 8/15/23
Mahabharata Part Thirteen: The Death of Drona
Truth and lies, elephants and chariots collide on the battlefied of Kurukshetra, where the vows and desires of every character create a pattern no one could have foreseen and the battle in the world is revealed to be also a battle within.     
51:12 7/13/23
Mahabharata Part Twelve: The Death of Bhisma
The epic which began with the theft of a cow continues as all the fruits of action grow ripe on the branches of what's possible, leading to a battle in which even a god can lose his way and the razor-sharp choices of one woman in her past life lead to the death of the Grandfather of us all.
41:12 6/30/23
The Mahabharata Part Eleven: Krishna's Last Efforts
The Kurus and the Pandavas hurtle towards a war which it seems cannot be stopped, though Krishna does everything in his power to prevent it in this episode of the Mahabharata as brought to life by performance storyteller Jay Leeming.
72:48 3/22/23
The Mahabharata Part Ten: In the Court of King Virata
The epic of the Mahabharata brought to life by performance storyteller Jay Leeming through the power of music and the spoken word. 
70:36 3/17/23
Episode 87: Persephone, Queen of the Underworld
Down we go, down the roots of this bright flower-loud world into the depths of the winter kingdom ruled by Hades himself. "The glacier knocks in the cupboard / the desert sighs in the bed / and the crack in the teacup opens / a lane to the land of the dead." So wrote the poet W.H. Auden, and by cracks and brokenness we learn who we are-- though the journey might also involve cattle-rustling, a mouthy youngster and the invention of the lyre. Let us go!
59:59 3/14/23
The Mahabharata Part Nine: Draupadi and the Jambul Tree
Princess Draupadi and the five sons of Pandu confront the limits of their powers in a wilderness alive with magical beings, rakshasas, and speaking trees in this episode of "The Mahabharata" as brought to life by performance storyteller Jay Leeming. www.JayLeeming.com www.Patreon.com/StoryJL
60:44 3/13/23
The Mahabharata Part Eight: The Search for Weapons
Performance storyteller Jay Leeming brings to life the Indian epic of the Mahabharata through music and the power of the spoken word. In this part of our story the Pandavas encounter powers greater than any they have encountered before; non-human powers who school them in humility and weakness. Along the way they meet the monkey god Hanuman, the sage Parashurama and the ageless seer Markandeya who gives them a glimpse of the end of the world. www.JayLeeming.com www.Patreon.com/StoryJL
67:48 3/5/23
Episode 84: The Mahabharata Part Seven: Into the Forest
Princess Draupadi and the five sons of Pandu leave their kingdom behind and begin their thirteen-year exile in the forest; the vast epic of the Mahabharata, brought to life by performance storyteller Jay Leeming.
67:52 11/25/22
Episode 82: Mahabharata Part Five: Draupadi's Laughter
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51:37 11/14/22
Orpheus and Eurydice
The story of Orpheus and Eurydice, brought into the here and now by storyteller, poet and musician Jay Leeming.
30:36 11/10/22
Episode 81: The Mahabharata Part Four: The Birth of Draupadi
Who's that stepping out of the bonfire? It's Draupadi, the princess who will change the world permanently and forever; who will witness the end of the third age of time and will even get to laugh hysterically for a few brief and beautiful moments.
42:17 10/17/22
Episode 57: The Norse Creation Myth
Darkness and fire and the tree at the center of all things: storyteller Jay Leeming brings the Norse creation myth to life through music, story, and the power of the spoken word.  
64:55 10/12/22

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