Inkubus Sukkubus (est 1989) – 35 years of witchcraft and wonder


Founded by Gloucestershire band  Inkubus Sukkubus in 2016, the  Tales of Witchcraft & Wonder events were established to celebrate the folklore and dark folk tales of Great Britain, and perhaps, more specifically, Gloucestershire and the West Country.

The first event was held at Gloucester’s historic  Blackfriars Priory in September 2016, comprising performances on pipe & tabor by  Gwilym Davies, storytelling by local author and historian  Kirsty Hartsiotis, and music from Inkubus Sukkubus, raising £2,284 for  Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. It also coincided with the launch of the first of Inkubus Sukkubus’  ToWW trilogy of albums,  Barrow Wake.

The following year, 2017, saw the release of the second album in the trilogy –  Belas Knap. To celebrate its release, Inkubus Sukkubus organised a weekend takeover of the entirety of  St Briavels Castle in the Forest of Dean –  Midsummer at the Castle – where for two days, music, talks, storytelling, ghost hunts and even a Pagan handfasting were enjoyed. Around 60 people – including the band – stayed within the ancient walls and managed to get two good nights' sleep, despite the resident ghosts.

In 2018, the band released the third album in the trilogy –  Sabrina: The Goddess of the Severn – and organised two separate  ToWW events in celebration. One was held at the historic  Minsterworth Village Hall on the banks of the River Severn – featuring storytelling by  Chloe of Midnight Storytellers, performance poetry by  Peter Wyton, and dancing by  Styx of Stroud – and the other in the ancient barn at  National Trust-owned The Fleece Inn, Bretforton, Worcestershire – also with Chloe storytelling, and all-female Morris side  Boss Morris dancing in the evening sunshine.

2019 saw the band enlisting the help of the brilliant  Exmouth Shanty Men as support and taking  Tales of Witchcraft & Wonder to three venues in the South West:  Exeter,  Boscastle and  Penzance. The acapella shanty men joined the band each night on singing the Inkubus Sukkubus song  Lost to the Sea. The band also returned to Minsterworth Village Hall, where they were joined by historian and archivist  John Putley in his guise as ‘ The Witchfynder’, and Border Morris dancers  Styx of Stroud.

In 2020 and 2021, the Covid pandemic hit the world, and so Inkubus Sukkubus joined other performers globally in doing live streams, while aching to get back out there and meet living, breathing human beings again. It was a tough time for all, although Mother Nature was able to recharge while there were no cars on the road and no planes in the sky. Candia and Tony also used the time to further research some of the songs featured on the trilogy of albums and published a paperback book featuring 13 stories, with illustrations by the couple, and a 13-track CD.

At the end of September in 2022,  Tales of Witchcraft & Wonder was held as a two-day affair within the Tudor buildings and extended site of  The Folk of Gloucester on the city’s historic Westgate Street. Throughout the buildings over the two days were a series of stalls, with performers including Devon-based  Circle of Spears with their WITCH play; a witchcraft talk by  Kirstie Bingham of  John Moore Museum in Tewkesbury; ritualistic music and dance by  Blackthorn (Herefordshire) and  Boss Morris (Stroud); a selling exhibition by  Decadent Drawing of Whitby; storytelling by authors  Kirsty Hartsiotis and Anthony Nanson; dance from  Merrie Morgana; and music from  Davey Dodds,  Bygonz,  Ominous Folk of Hopeless Maine,  Swing Rioters,  Sproatly Smith and Inkubus Sukkubus. The final figure raised from the event was   £3,300 , which went directly to The Folk of Gloucester to help protect its early-16th-century and mid-17th-century buildings for future generations.

In 2023, Inkubus Sukkubus took Tales of Witchcraft & Wonder back to Boscastle in North Cornwall to perform at the wonderfully intimate village hall, before being invited to return to Blackfriars Priory as part of Gloucester History Festival.

For the band’s 35 th Anniversary, in 2024, the band hosted a Tales of Witchcraft & Wonder mini-tour, with Gloucestershire band Toadstone in support on all dates. They started the tour off with a Beltaine weekend on May Hill near the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire (the location their song Forest Hill is based on) featuring a witches’ market, Border Morris from Styx and Erstwhile, local folklore with John Putley, storytelling with Anthony Nanson, and a celebratory ritual hosted by Whitby Krampus Run. They followed up with a return to Boscastle in Cornwall, the barn at National Trust-owned Fleece Inn in Worcestershire, and their first time playing the incredible medieval Great Hall at Leicester Guildhall.

On September 14, 2024 – in the lead up to the Autumn Equinox – Tales of Witchcraft & Wonder will once again be held at Minsterworth Village Hall on the banks of the River Severn. The brilliant Toadstone will be joining them once again with their distinctive songs of dark folklore, and camping will be available for those who are travelling and want to take advantage of the pop-up bar, serving mead, cider, ale, wine, and soft drinks. Tickets are available via – we hope you can join us!

Merry meet, merry part, and merry meet again.



The Folk of Gloucester

September 14th Tales of Witchcraft & Wonder

Minsterworth Village Hall

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‘One of our land’s most individual and interesting Gothic folk-rock bands now proves that it can deal as

effectively with prose as music, in a mixture of stories old and new, of horror, beauty and romance, that

capture perfectly the magical and mystical heritage of one of England’s most remarkable counties.’

Professor Ronald Hutton


A woman falls under the spell of a poisonous plant.

A young man discovers a mermaid, washed up on the shore.

A mysterious body is discovered hidden in the trunk of a tree.

An orphaned ape is raised as a child in a Cotswold village.

An old man’s body is discovered on a hill, mysteriously

pinned to the ground as though believed a witch.

These are some of the folkloric tales told in the songs of Inkubus Sukkubus in their trilogy of albums,

Tales of Witchcraft & Wonder. In this book, founder members and songwriters

Candia and Tony McKormack further research the stories, to explore the meaning behind the tales – the theories, the magic,

the romance, and the horror.

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