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.

 

 

Special Events

 

August 31 - September 16

Players Ring, 105 Marcy Street, Portsmouth, NH

The Pavement Artist

An original play by Lynne Cullen, presented by Gullinbursti Productions

 

 

The Pavement Artist tells a story of love, war, and the power of art.

 

'Nobody saw the pavement artist carry his tools into the parking lot of Burke Publishing. Nobody saw Saylor unpack his box of colored chalks and begin to work. He had been working on the mural for a long time; at last he was ready to finish it. Saylor had something to say to the owner of Burke Publishing, and this was the only way he knew how. One summer, one mural, will change everything.'

 

Gullinbursti Productions was formed by Lynne Cullen in 2016 for the purpose of producing her plays.

 

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 3:00 p.m. www.playersring.org

 

 

 

September 22, Noon - 1 PM

Sherburne Memorial Library, 2998 River Road, Killington, Vermont

Lynne Cullen & Kurt Kish perform "The Adventures of Thor & Loki"

at the Vermont Viking Invasion!

 

 

From the annals of Norse mythology come these exciting, hilarious stories about the original Odd Couple! Three great tales told by Lynne Cullen with an original electric guitar score by Kurt Kish.

 

Come enjoy authentic encampments of Viking re-enactors, hands-on workshops, storytelling, food, games, a mead tent, and much more! Fun for all ages!

 

For continual updates about this event, visit their Facebook Page. Admission is free with a non-perishable food item for the Vermont Food Bank or the Humane Society.

 

 

 

Friday October 26 and Saturday October 27: two shows each night, 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM

Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth Street, Portland, ME

Lynne Cullen & Kurt Kish tell "Irish Tales of the Supernatural"at Victoria Mansion

 

 

In the 19th Century, the Mansion's servants were Irish immigrants. For two nights in October, you can join Lynne Cullen and Kurt Kish in the stone cellar of the Mansion where Lynne will tell supernatural folktales, perhaps even the stories that the servants told to each other when their work was done. Lynne and Kurt will play music on concertina and ukulele.

 

A fearless girl is hired by the master of a great manor house to deal with a ghost.

 

A farmer discovers that his housekeeper is a witch!

 

And more! For tickets and more information, please visit victoriamansion.org

 

 

 

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays: October 18-20 and 25-27; 6.30-7.30 PM

Sundays: October 21 and 28; 5.30-6.30 PM

Portland Eastern Cemetery, Congress Street, Portland, Maine

Spirits Alive presents: Walk Among the Shadows - an evening of ghostly stories

in Portland's historic Eastern Cemetery

 

 

Lynne Cullen has written the script for this year's special event: Scandals, Scoundrels & Sinners!

 

Six spirits, most of whom are buried in the Cemetery, will rise up on the 350th Anniversary of Portland's oldest burying ground. Meet the outsiders: the brothel keepers, the murderers, the bootleggers, the thieves, as they tell their stories, and convey birthday messages to the Old Burying Ground herself!

 

For more information, please visit www.spiritsalive.org

 

 

Regular Seanachie Nights Events

 

 

Monday, September 17, 7-9 PM

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

Kate Chadbourne in a Celtic Harvest Celebration

 

 

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

The Seanachie Nights Regulars in: The Women of October

 

 

Join the Regulars: Lynne Cullen, Janet Lynch, and Kurt Kish, for an evening of supernatural tales and ballads; this time, it's all about the gals!

 

Lynne tells the story of Tamar, a willful Romani girl who meets a dark stranger one Christmas Eve; Janet tells a raucous Irish tale: when a coffin maker rashly curses a pushy old woman, the dead take it as an invitation to party at his house. And more! With music from Janet on fiddle, Lynne on concertina, and Kurt on ukulele.

 

 

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

 

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