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 News


Check out this great video of Kurt Kish and me:


Teig O'Kane and the Corpse



On March 16, Kurt Kish and I told six Irish folktales-with-music at the Raymond Village Community Church.

My storytelling colleague Cheryl Andre was in the audience. Sherry is an artist with a unique and charming style. She made this delightful sketch of Kurt and me during the show, and I wanted to share it with you.






Seanachie Nights Events



Monday, July 15, 7-9 PM

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

Lynne Cullen and Kurt Kish in 'Above and Below the Sea!'



Host Lynne Cullen and musician Kurt Kish with tales and music from Above and Below the Sea. With musical accompaniment from Kurt on concertina, Lynne will tell oceanic folktales including 'The Fisherman of Kinsale and the Hag of the Sea (Ireland)', and 'Old Betty Booker (Maine)'. We'll play a few hornpipes and sing a few sea shanties together!


Lynne is a storyteller, playwright, box player, and host of Seanachie Nights. She has performed in Old and New England.


When Kurt was 14, he found a 4-string tenor acoustic guitar in his mother's closet. Kurt taught himself music and guitar. Later he studied music theory and composition. As a solo musician he has developed an original voice on electric guitar, and more recently, Kurt has taken up ukulele and concertina.




Monday, August 19, 7-9 PM

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

Storyteller Marni Gillard tells: 'Granuaile: Ireland's Pirate Queen'



Come join us for the true tale of Granuaile, (Grainne Mhaol) Ireland's Pirate Queen as told by Marni Gillard. We'll watch young Grace O'Malley, age 12, claim her right to go to sea with her chieftain father. We'll follow her into O'Flaherty territory after marrying another clan's chieftain-to-be who proves himself a poor political ally. When her children are "fostered away" Grainne reclaims her true calling as sea captain. With men from many clans she stands against England's administrators and generals sent by Elizabeth I to lure Ireland's chieftains into trading lands and treasuries for titles such as Duke, Earl and Viscount. When her son Tibbot is captured and jailed, she dares to sail up the Thames to meet the aging queen, and the two find common ground as caretakers of their people.




Monday, September 16, 7-9 PM

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

Celtic bard Kate Chadbourne



Kate Chadbourne is an award-winning songwriter and poet, a scholar and teacher of Irish language and folklore with a PhD from Harvard, and a beloved performer at venues throughout New England. She has been honored as a "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."


Kate is the founder of The Bardic Academy, a school for learning and growing at the crossroads of art and magic. She brings to her audiences the sounds of the harp, piano, tin whistle, Irish flute, and melodeon, a deep love and knowledge of traditional Irish story, a warm and welcoming presence, and a voice often described as "the voice of an angel."

Learn more about joining the Bardic Academy at www.bardicacademy.com and find out about CDs, books, and upcoming performances at www.katechadbourne.com.




Monday, October 21, 7-9 PM

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

Storyteller Libby Franck telling 'Scotland - Land of Deep Enchantment'



Seanachie Nights presents actress/storyteller Libby Franck, with tales from 'Scotland - Land of Deep Enchantment'.


Libby has made 3 trips to Scotland and is forever under its spell. Share the magic of 'Tales of Heroes', 'Selkies', 'Changelings', 'Jack tales', jokes and poems from people she met and enlivened with a wee dram from a Bottle of the Best!


Libby was introduced to the work of Scots Traveller Duncan Williamson by her dear departed friend David Ingle. As a fan of the work of Librarian/folkorist Sorche Nic Leodhas, she will take you from the Highlands to the Lowlands, from cities to misty isles.


Libby inherited her storytelling and love of history from her mother. Her programs feature folk tales and legends of strong women. The Framingham History Center commissions her to portray local ladies including a suffragist, a prison superintendent and Julia Ward Howe. Her CD 'Women of the Sea' contains two swashbuckling 18th century tales. She performs at arts centers, libraries, schools, museums, Civil War Encampments, the State House and MCI Framingham. At Burns Suppers, her favorite recitation is 'Tam o'Shanter'.


For more information about Libby, please visit libbyfranck.com