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Tales from across the pond - ZOOM event

Armstrong Storytelling Trust is delighted to support Tales from Across the Pond. Storytellers from Derry Public Library, New Hampshire USA will join with AST storytellers from Derry Central Library, Northern Ireland for an evening of folklore and tales.

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Tales from across the pond - ZOOM event
Tales from across the pond - ZOOM event

Time & Location

18 Jan 2024, 18:30 – 20:00

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About the Event

Featured storytellers and musicians

From this side of the pond

Liz Weir

Liz Weir is a storyteller and writer from Northern Ireland. She was the first winner of the International Story Bridge Award from the National Storytelling Network, USA, which cited her “exemplary work promoting the art of storytelling”.

Liz Weir has told her stories to people of all ages on five continents. She has performed in pubs and prisons and hospital rooms. She worked on stages in the mighty Vanderbilt Hall of New York’s Grand Central Station and in the Royal Albert Hall.

Liz Weir has worked for people with very different cultural backgrounds – for children from Israel and Palestine, at universities in Germany and Wales, on TV between South-Africa and Canada. And she appeared at major events, such as the National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee and the Australian National Storytelling Festival.

Madeline McCully

Madeline is a storyteller, artist and writer living in Derry. She is the author of several books including "Derry Folk Tales", "Haunted Derry", "Haunted Antrim" and "Haunted Donegal". She has deep interest in Irish folklore and often sings and plays autoharp which is very popular during her storytelling sessions.

Ciaran Mulholland

Ciarán Mulholland is a musician and singer-songwriter who lives close to Slemish Mountain in County Antrim. He has been playing the fiddle since he was 11 years old and is part of a three-piece band called Ceolta. He is a regular performer at storytelling sessions and together with Liz Weir devised a music and storytelling piece called ‘All for a Dead Man’s Penny.’

From that side of the pond

Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki

Bringing fresh energy to traditional Celtic music, Jordan is an award-winning New Hampshire-based fiddler/singer who has been performing professionally for over two decades. He has toured nationally with bands in various genres, performed across Ireland, and released multiple recordings of Celtic music that can be heard on radio stations in Ireland and Scotland as well as around New England. He is also an EmmyR-nominated composer who has written soundtracks for audiobooks and television and appeared as a guest on over 100 albums. His lifelong passion for history helps bring to life the traditional music around which he built his career.

Anne Jennison

Anne Jennison is a traditional Native American storyteller and historian of European and Abenaki heritage. With Master Degrees in both Storytelling and History, Anne also brings a wealth of cultural and historical knowledge to enrich her retelling of timeless Northeast Woodlands Native American stories. Anne is listed on the New Hampshire Traditional Artists Roster as a traditional Native American storyteller & craftsperson, is a presenter for NH Humanities, the current Chair of the NH Commission on Native American Affairs and is also a member of the Indigenous NH Collaborative Collective.

Anne is an Affiliate Faculty member for the University of New Hampshire Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) Minor, and a co-creator of the "People of the Dawnland" interpretive exhibit about the Abenaki/Wabanaki peoples at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH.

TJ Cullinane

TJ Cullinane is the author of Forward, Steady, Stay Cool!: Derry's Civil War Soldiers and Sailors. He is currently employed in the aero-space industry in Massachusetts. T.J. serves on the Derry Heritage Commission and volunteers with the Derry History Museum and the Friends of Forest Hill Cemetery.

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