Seanachie Eves – Gaelic Storytelling Concerts at the Irish-American Heritage Museum

Seanachie Eves – Gaelic Storytelling Concerts at the Irish-American Heritage Museum (IAHM), 370 Broadway, Albany New York   7:00 PM – 9:00 PM beginning January 9, 2015

Cost/Contribution Members of IAHM $5/person $12/Family; Non Members $10/person, $25 family- Reservations suggested please call (518) 427-1916


Evenings in the Spirit of Celtic Storytelling – Albany is the home to many stories, many launch at the top of State Street hill. The Irish American Heritage Museum is pleased to re-introduce the Seanachie, the traditional Irish Storyteller, to downtown Albany. The Seanachie were travelers, carrying stories and news between hamlets and families. For the price of a warm meal, they’d share stories of the old ones and lively tales of romance and blarney.  There would be music, smiles, a bit of learn’in, and a bit of carrying on.  In that spirit join us for, stories, fine fellowship, and fun.  If you haven’t visited the IAHM this will be a fine opportunity to view current exhibits.

Seanachie Eves Schedule January – May 2015

January   9,  2015 :  Stories and Songs of Irishtown and Adirondack Lore Dan Berggren and Joe Doolittle – The IAHM currently has an exhibit on Irishtown, a hamlet in Minerva, New York, settled in the early 1800’s.  It’s people were new to the country and worked the land, timbered the forest and dug in the mines. Dan Berggren grew up there ‘on land famed by his family for generations.. The award-winning musician and educator has developed a style that captures the spirit of the mountains and shares the feelings of this special place on the south side of the Adirondack High Peaks in his songs, and stories.  He is a talented troubadour and entertainer. Joe Doolittle is a regional storyteller with a lifelong love affair with the Adirondacks, and it’s people and will share tales of the place where the “Mountains stand up together”  For more information

February  13, 2015  –Stories to Warm a Heart in Winter –  Lorraine Hartin-Gillardi/ Karen Pillsworth/ –  For several years, Karen and Lorraine have been active in producing the Celtic Festival, Hooley on the Hudson, in Kingston, NY.  They bring this heritage and enthusiasm to their performances and are known to captivate listeners. Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi is an author and storyteller based in the mid-Hudson Valley. Her book Wisdom in the Telling: Finding Inspiration and Grace in Traditional Folktales and Myths Retold contains stories that reveal the universality of all human beings, reminding us that we are not alone.  Karen Pillsworth has been sharing her stories for 30 years in libraries, schools, camps, churches, and festivals. She is regularly featured at Mohonk Mountain House and was named the Storyteller Laureate for the city of Kingston, NY. 

  March 13, 2015  Come Into the Parlor:  Irish Mirth, Myth, and Memory- Tale-telling by Mary Murphy and Marni Gillard

Marni Gillard, is a well-known regional storyteller and author of Storyteller, Storyteacher (Ann Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award winner), She has a long interest in Celtic culture and stories,  In 2010 &2011 she brought to the area an acclaimed one-20man performance of Granuaille (Grace :O’Malley) who like her contemporary Elizabeth 1, was Irish woman in a man’s world and as a role model for those marginalized by political power.  Mary Murphy is a regional writer and storyteller who has performed regionally at Proctors, and Story Sundays  and nationally at  the Hawaii Storytelling Festival. the Clever Gretchen Storytelling Festival at Syracuse University & National Storytelling Festival. Widely known for her humorous and family tales, her stories have been published in the anthologies: Give a Listen and A Solstice Evergreen.  T’is sure to be an entertaining evening!

April 10, 2015 Stories of  *Spring Green, Fair winds and Flowers – Open

May  8,  2015 – Life and Story of Jeanne Robert Foster ; Eileen Egan Mack  Jeanne Robert Foster (1879-1970) was a child of the  southern Adirondacks. The oldest child of a lumberjack and a school teacher she was known by her penname Jeanne Robert Foster. By the end of her life, she had been a famous beauty model, a poet, a journalist and a social reformer. She left behind a rich legacy of prose and poetry which recreate the world of the 19th century Adirondacks as few others have done.  Join us as her life, times and perspectives are re-created by Eileen Egan Mack regional storyteller . Eileen discovered the works of Jeanne Robert Foster several years ago and was compelled to put together a one woman show in which she portrays the Adirondack writer and tells the stories of the Jeanne’s Adirondack neighbors of yesterday. Join us for stories that will echo in your memory.


For More Information: Ryan Mahoney,, Executive Director, Irish American Heritage Museum, 370. Broadway. Albany, New York 12207,

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