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Ghostly Tunes and Otherworldly Sounds

Bushy Bearded Man

Location: Abbots Bromley (Staffordshire) - Royal Oak Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This cloaked, bearded gentleman was seen lurking around the attic and one of the bathrooms. A few unearthly notes from a non-existent music box have been heard in the bar area.

Blind George

Location: Anstey (Hertfordshire) - Fields around the village, and Devil's Hole cave
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Said to still be playing his fiddle in tunnels under the village, Blind George ventured into the Devil's Hole cave with his trusted dog - the hound ran out, and was found with its hair burnt away, and George was never seen again.

Lost Piper

Location: Arbroath (Angus) - Dickmountlaw Farm
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Emanating from deep underneath the farmhouse, piping can be heard - a musician named Tam once hid in a nearby cave complex, found himself lost, and is still looking for a way out.


Location: Ardo (Aberdeenshire) - Gight Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: What is it with inquisitive pipers and tunnels? Playing his pipe while investigating this secret passageway, a man vanished without trace (though, of course, he is now heard).

Loud Heart Beats

Location: Aspley (Nottinghamshire) - 124 Melbourne Road
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Early 1987
Further Comments: A family fled the building after being subjected to strange sounds, including deafening heart beats and mournful music played by an unplugged organ, and furniture which would move itself around. When a priest tried to perform an exorcism, his holy water threw itself on him.

A fairy playing the bagpipes, surrounded by glowing lights.


Location: Athgreany (County Wicklow) - Stone circle, aka Piper's Stones
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Stone still present
Further Comments: Played by the fairy folk, the sound of bagpipes could once be heard emerging from the stones. A tree in the centre of the stone circle is considered to belong to the fairies.

Piper Piping

Location: Ballintra (County Donegal) - Cave system known as Pullans
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Moonlit nights (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The sound of pipes echoes throughout this cave structure on certain nights, as the ghost of a piper tries to find his way out.

Scottish Piper

Location: Berwick upon Tweed (Northumberland) - Berwick castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghostly Scot plays his pipes while pacing up and down one of the ruined battlements.


Location: Blaenavon (Gwent) - Former nursing home
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2013?
Further Comments: While checking out this site, investigators heard a piano and children playing in an empty area.

Lady in Red

Location: Bodiam (Sussex) - Bodiam Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, singing heard on Easter Sunday (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This spectre stands on the top of a tower, illuminated by bright moonlight, as if waiting for someone. A child haunts the bridge - the young boy disappears when he reaches the halfway point. More stories tell of phantom singing, music, and words spoken in an unknown tongue.

Moving Coffins

Location: Borley (Essex) - Church
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Ninetieth century
Further Comments: Music, crashes, thumps, bell ringing and footsteps have all been reported emerging from the church after it has been locked up for the night. A local tale involves the coffins in the Waldegrave family crypt mysteriously moving on their own accord between the times the tomb was opened.

Phantom Organ Music

Location: Bowers Gifford (Essex) - St Margaret's Church
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: A witness reported hearing the organ playing, though they were alone in the church at the time.

Woman's Voice

Location: Bradfield St George (Suffolk) - Private residence
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: February 2006, 04:15h
Further Comments: A couple awoke to hear their baby gripe in the adjoining room. Before they could climb out of bed, they heard a strange woman's voice say 'hello' in a maternal fashion, followed by a 'Shhh...'. Bounding into the baby's room to challenge the woman, all that could be seen was the sleeping child. A couple of days later, toys could be heard playing tunes in the loft, although the music promptly ceased when the loft hatch was opened.

Tinkling the Ivory

Location: Bradford on Avon (Wiltshire) - Fat Fowl restaurant
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: The piano in the restaurant is said to occasionally play a note or two under its own accord, while cutlery is moved, and doors close by unseen hands.

Secret Door

Location: Brecon Beacons (Powys) - Llyn Cwm Llwch (somewhere around the area)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 01 May (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Once a year, a secret door opens here which will take mortals to the fairy realm. The door was once always open, but after a man stole a fairy flower, access was restricted. The area is also home to an old woman who uses music to lure the weak willed into the lake waters where they drown - once she has killed nine hundred people, she will regain her youth and become mortal.


Location: Breedon on the Hill (Leicestershire) - Near the church
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 02 October 2012, approximately 19:00h
Further Comments: A couple sitting close to the church heard loud music, sounding like an ice cream van tune, although nothing was in sight. When the music started a second time, they left the area.

Music in the Air

Location: Bridport (Dorset) - Colmer's Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1939
Further Comments: Fairy music was once not uncommon in this area. While last heard in 1939 by a group of school children, one hundred years previous it was said a young girl danced herself to death to the tunes.

The ruined Brighton Pier.


Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Pier
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: January, early 2000s, around 23:00h
Further Comments: While walking along the seafront, two sisters watched Victorian figures walking around and listened to the sound of music and laughter. The seafront was lit up as if daytime, and a young man and a boy walked out to sea along a rope bridge. As the sisters walked away, they realised the scene they had watched was impossible, and turning back they saw only the darkness over the sea. One sister later discovered that there was a chain bridge on the spot which led to the pier, but it was destroyed in 1896.


Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Planet (club)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: A former member of staff reported that they and other staff have heard a piano being played when the club is quiet and no one else around.

Tidy Street in Brighton.


Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Private flat, Tidy Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: A friend of the owner was awoken to see the owner's deceased husband standing over the bed. The site was also home to phantom piano music and poltergeist activity in a bedroom.

Fairground Organ

Location: Bristol (Somerset) - Gardiner Haskins store (former soap factory)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2018
Further Comments: A few spooky events were documented in the local press, including the music from a fairground organ, a disembodied male voice, and the fleeting sighting of a Victorian woman dressed in white. A poltergeist was blamed for moving pots of paint around the site.

Town library, Burnley.

Piano Man

Location: Burnley (Lancashire) - Town library
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A piano in a lecture theatre here was seen to play itself and has been also heard several times since.

Pam the Fiddler

Location: Burnsall (Yorkshire) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Pam, the local schoolmaster, was killed by the village vicar after refusing to stop fiddling around the area after dark. The vicar covered up the crime by secretly burying Pam's body; within a few weeks villagers began to report hearing Pam playing the fiddle, and some claimed to have seen him, though his head had changed into that of a goat.


Location: Cahir (County Tipperary) - Knockgraffon Motte
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Fairies could once be heard making music under this artificial hill.


Location: Cairngorn Mountain Range (Highland) - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This author is not sure if this is a joke, but... the Famh is said to be a strange dog/mole hybrid (Dole? Mog?), which possesses a vicious set of teeth and a disproportionately sized mouth. It lurks in the mountain range, shying away from human contact. The area is also haunted by a piper, who is seen standing on the tallest peaks, and is heard playing at night.

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