Cow that Ate the Piper

A favourite ghostly tale – versions are told in Ireland and Scotland

This Irish tale, ATU 1281A Getting Rid of the Man-Eating Calf, is told in many versions.
It was one of the first stories I heard when I began telling over 30 years ago – yet until making this recording had never told it myself. Strange how I could have ignored such a great tale!


The video clips here are all amateur quality, shot in various theatres or, as here, in my home studio.

Their intention is just to show the range of my storytelling and give a flavour of a live performance.

Permission is granted for use in non-commercial educational contexts.

The videos are © Richard Martin.

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For those who are teachers: Telling stories in the classroom: basing language teaching on storytelling