Bull Feeney's Irish Pub/Restaurant, 375 Fore Street, Portland, Maine

In May 2006, I launched Seanachie Nights (Seanachie is the Celtic word for storyteller): a monthly series of musical storytelling performances from Celtic and British culture that introduces the old stories - with all their comedy, tragedy, and adventure - to an adult audience.


Seanachie Nights is usually held on every third Monday of the month. Admission: Free ($9 suggested donation). Email Lynne Cullen at thetwacorbies@yahoo.com or call 207-805-1062 for further details.



Monday, April 16, 7-9 PM

Bull Feeney's Irish Pub/Restaurant, 375 Fore Street, Portland, Maine

Lynne Cullen & Kurt Kish performing: The Life and Death of Cúchullain!



Lynne Cullen will telling tales from the Ulster Cycle of myths, featuring the great warrior hero, Cúchullain, with a musical score arranged and played by Kurt Kish on electric guitar.

The Ulster Cycle of stories, which includes 'The Táin', goes back to an age in which warfare, weapons, and single combat are paramount; a time of warriors, poets, strong-willed women, and Cúchullain, the "superman" of Ireland.

In this performance, Lynne will tell stories that precede and follow 'The Táin: The Boyhood of Cuchullain', 'How Cuchullain got his name', 'The Courting of Emer', and the 'Death of Cuchullain'.

"I am looking forward, in the future, to tackling The Táin, but I hope these stories of the life and adventures of Cúchullain, the great, tragic hero of Ulster, will pave the way."




Monday, May 21, 7-9 PM

Bull Feeney's Irish Pub/Restaurant, 375 Fore Street, Portland, Maine

Storyteller Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi



Original retellings of traditional tales, personal narratives,historic stories specializing in creating site-specific tales. Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi believes in the power of the spoken word to enlighten, educate and delight all who listen! For 22 years, she has shared the gift of story through performance, workshops, writing and story event production. A versatile performer and emcee, her stories of wit, wonder and wisdom captivate audiences of all ages whether she is standing in the classroom or on a concert stage.


In 2003, Lorraine collaborated with artist Johanne Renbeck to present Visual Narratives: The Artists' Workshop, a story and art workshop that allowed elementary school students to tell stories using murals they created after listening to an excerpt from the Ramayana.

"Lorraine Hartin Gelardi took us to the Fairy Raths and mystery of the Good Folk who aren't always so good. Just a wonderful evening. Thank you Story Space." - Libby Franck


For more about Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi, please visit lorrainetells.com


Monday, June 18, 7-9 PM

Bull Feeney's Irish Pub/Restaurant, 375 Fore Street, Portland, Maine

Irish storyteller Jim Hawkins



Jim Hawkins will tell Irish folktales, literary tales, and tales of growing up in Ireland. His performance here in 2016, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, was powerful and moving.

Jim's storytelling journey began in the 'Midlands of Ireland' (County Westmeath). As a child he saw the power of story to bring joy to people's lives. As a member of the ,Irish Art Center, in New York City, Jim was part of a production entitled 'Siamsa' ('gathering') - it told the history, struggles and triumphs of the Irish people through music, song, dance, poetry, and storytelling.


For more information about Jim Hawkins, please visit jimhawkinsirishstory.com




Monday, July 16, 7-9 PM

Bull Feeney's Irish Pub/Restaurant, 375 Fore Street, Portland, Maine

Actor and storyteller, Libby Franck



Actress/Storyteller Libby Franck makes her tenth appearance at Seanachie Nights with folktales to transport and delight. In previous appearances, Libby performed 'Thistle & Shamrock: tales from Ireland and Scotland,' 'The Girl From Botany Bay,' as Australian convict Mary Bryant, and a tale of the Welsh pirate, Captain Morgan.

Libby has conducted workshops at conferences, classical scholars and reading teachers. With a group of folk singers and musicians she has performed: '
The Outlaw Hero,' 'Victorian Humor' and, 'Drinking: the Musical - The Social History of Taverns and Temperance.'


For more information about Libby, please visit www.libbyfranck.com




Monday, August 20, 7-9 PM

Bull Feeney's Irish Pub/Restaurant, 375 Fore Street, Portland, Maine

British storyteller Simon Brooks



With his bodhrán, Simon Brooks performs tales with energy and wit. Performing to any size audience and retaining the intimacy of a one-on-one conversation is an experience not to miss. Telling folktales, myths and legends from all over the world, he brings characters vividly to life. From this world of stories, Simon captivates his audience with unique voices to animate characters, and with expressive body language he truly brings the stories to life.


For more information about Simon, please visit http://www.diamondscree.com



Monday, September 17, 7-9 PM

Bull Feeney's Irish Pub/Restaurant, 375 Fore Street, Portland, Maine

Kate Chadbourne in: 'The Coming of Autumn - Celtic tales and songs'



Kate Chadbourne is a singer, storyteller, and poet whose performances combine traditional tales with music for voice, harp, flutes, and piano. She holds a Ph.D. in Celtic Languages and Literatures from Harvard University where she teaches courses in Irish language and folklore - but the heart of her understanding of Irish folk tradition comes from encounters with singers, storytellers, and great talkers in Ireland.


"Could anything be lovelier than the chance to return to Bull Feeney's enchanted room and the warm hosting of ... Lynne Cullen? You can feel the richness of dozens of storytellers and singers who have filled this room with their magic, and I am honored to join them on a September night. And to weave my own spell so close to the sea in the company of beloved friends and family ... and you." - Kate Chadbourne


For more information about Kate, please visit www.katechadbourne.com




Monday, October 15, 7-9 PM

To Be Announced!




Monday, November 19, 7-9 PM

Bull Feeney's Irish Pub/Restaurant, 375 Fore Street, Portland, Maine

Virginia Storyteller Sheila Arnold Jones



We are excited to present, for the first time at Seanachie Nights, Sheila Arnold Jones of Hampton, VA. She is a Professional Storyteller, Character Interpreter and Teaching Artist. Through her company, 'History's Alive!', Sheila has provided storytelling programs, historic character presentations, Christian monologues, dramatic/creative writing workshops, professional development for educators and inspirational/motivational speeches at schools, churches, libraries, professional organizations and museums, in 29 states since 2003.


She has two books: a picture book, 'Weeping Willow', or, 'Why the Leaves Change their Colors', and an historical fiction using biblical persons, 'David's Mighty Man: Benaiah'. She also has two storytelling CDs, 'Mini, Many, Minnie Tales' and 'Hands Wide Open'. An new addition to Sheila's titles is 'Historical consultant' - helping museums and exhibit designers find the story, and how to share it, from historical documents, artifacts, buildings and the historical use of land and water.


Books can be purchased by contacting Sheila at sheilaarnold39@aol.com and the CDs are available through her website, www.mssheila.org and for download at CDbaby.com.




Monday, December 17, 7-9 PM

Bull Feeney's Irish Pub/Restaurant, 375 Fore Street, Portland, Maine

Balladeer Peg Aloi



Peg Aloi will share Celtic ballads and poetry in celebration of the winter Solstice. Most modern pagans acknowledge Yule as the rebirth of the light half of the year; some traditions perform the play of the Oak King and the Holly King, just as it is done at Midsummer, to mark the change of the seasons as one of them reigns over the other.

Peg is a traditional singer from Troy, NY, who has sung and recorded music with a number of groups throughout New England. She has also hosted open mics and bardic circles via the pagan festival circuit for several years