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 207-253-0288 for further details.

 

 

Special event!

Uncanny Tales on the Hill: Historical Shivers in Eastern Cemetery

Eastern Cemetery, 224 Congress Street, Portland, Maine

 

 

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays:

October 19 to 21 & October 26 to 28
6:30pm to 7:30pm

 

Sundays:

October 22 & October 29
5:30pm to 6:30pm

 

Adults: $10
Children 12 & under: $5

 

For 8 dark nights, 5 ghostly storytellers will materialize in Eastern Cemetery with mysterious stories of the supernatural. Come and hear their spooky tales of phantom ships, sea monsters, black dogs, and unquiet ghosts-all set in historically-significant times and places in or near Munjoy Hill (Portland's easternmost neighborhood):

  • The mysterious fate of the Schooner Dash, and a strange occurrence at the Portland Observatory.
  • A sinister spirit haunts American POWs during the War of 1812 - will the curse be lifted?
  • At the Munjoy Hill Reservoir, a respectable citizen encounters a horror from the ocean's depths....
  • William Ruby saved the Abyssinian Meeting House during the Great Fire of 1866 with help from an unexpected source!
  • A haunting tale of the Eastern Cemetery, and supernatural warnings from a benevolent spirit.

The spirited storytellers are embodied by: Herb Adams, Patricia Mew, Seth Berner, Chalmers Hardenbergh, and Janet Lynch.

 

The stories were written by Lynne Cullen, who also directed the spirits.

 

For further information, please visit spiritsalive.org/wats/index.htm

 

 

Monday, October 16, 7-9 PM

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

Storyteller Andrea Kamens tells Jewish folktales

 

 

Seanachie Nights is pleased to feature for the first time, Andrea Kamens, telling Jewish folktales and other stories about the power of words, with Jewish and Slavic folk music played on the fiddle by Janet Lynch.

 

Andrea will be telling tales from the rich Jewish humor tradition, an original version of a Chasidic tale 'Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven', and her original, fictional tale based on a true story from her visits in Southern Georgia: "Billy said there was a wildcat in the woods. TJ said it weren't no wildcat, just a cat gone wild. Conner Davis-Freeman, a Boston Yankee in southern Georgia is going out to find out, because when you're 9 years old in a new school in a new place, finding out what's what and who's who is pretty darn important." And in honor of the spooky season, a tale of the Golem.

 

Andrea tells traditional, original, Jewish, and first-person stories that tremble with truth. With skillful structuring and improvisational verve, she opens up a dialogue between her listeners and the story, interacting and adapting on the spot so you never know what you'll get.


Andrea is on the board of The Story Space in Cambridge, MA, the region's longest running weekly storytelling venue, a repeat massmouth slam winner, and member of Northeast Storytelling. She tells to and teaches kids, adults, seniors, and people with special needs.

 

For more information about Andrea Kamens, please visit andreakamens.com

 

 

Monday, November 20, 7-9 PM

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

Irish storyteller Marianne McShane

 

 

A native of County Down, Marianne McShane is known for her expressive interpretation of Irish legends and Wonder Tales. Her lyrical storytelling transports listeners to a Celtic Otherworld of spells and enchantments. Marianne has been a featured storyteller at festivals and cultural events on both sides of the Atlantic. In July 2016, she was invited to tell at the Ulster Fleadh, a celebration of traditional Irish arts in her hometown of Bangor, Co. Down. She also performed this summer at the Foxford Riverfest in Co. Mayo.


Marianne loves to dance and play Celtic harp. She has even been known to kick off her shoes at the end of a tale to dance a step or two! M
arianne now lives in Stamford, CT, where she continues to tell and write stories.

 

For more information about Marianne McShane, please visit www.mariannemcshane.com

 

 

 

Monday, December 18, 7-9 PM

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

Musician/Singer/Storyteller Kate Chadbourne in: 'A Celtic Winter Celebration'

 

 

"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 December night. And to weave my own spell so close to the sea in the company of beloved friends and family ... and you."
- Kate Chadbourne

 

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 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. She has been a featured "tradition bearer" in the Revels Salon series and in the Gaelic Roots Concert Series at Boston College, and her music has been featured on NPR's programs, "Cartalk" and "All Songs Considered." She has published two collections of poetry: "The Harp-Boat", about her father, a Maine lobsterman, winner of the Kulupi Press Sense of Place Chapbook Contest, and "Brigit's Woven World & other poems of Ireland".

 

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

 

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