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9th November, 2018
‘Around The Fireside’
Storytelling with Kate Corkery and Special Guests Steve Lally and Paula Flynn
Plus Open Floor Spots
Kate is an Irish storyteller with a background in acting, singing and language teaching. Born and educated in Cork, she originally left Ireland to work in Kenya, after which she moved to Europe, performing in a variety of theatres before joining UK-based Common Lore, a company of storyteller/musicians from different folkloric backgrounds.
This month she will be joined by the fantastic Steve Lally and Paula Flynn.
Steve Lally grew up in Co. Kildare and has worked as a storyteller throughout Ireland and the UK for over fifteen years.
His Grandmother was a Seanchaí (Storyteller) and she was a huge influence on his storytelling. He is both authentic and original, he has a wonderful stage presence and a great old Irish wit and charm that some would feel is long gone. He is constantly collecting and writing new material. He brings his stories far and wide and wants to continue on with this vital and significant art form.
He writes his own material and is an avid collector of folklore and mythology. He has written three books on Irish Folklore. Steve is experienced with all age groups and abilities, he is equally at home in all areas from firesides to festivals, from dance halls to libraries, to schools and hospitals. He has written three very successful books on Irish Folklore and his latest book (which is co-written with his wife Paula) ‘Irish Gothic – Fairy Stories from the 32 Counties’, is due for release very shortly.
“What a joy it was to watch Steve Lally telling Stories at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. From the outset there was a mischievous sparkle so that the children were immediately at one with him. You could see by looking at them that they were trapped in his story while the hospital went on around them. This man is a genius with stories and I look forward to seeing him with a bigger audience.” – Graham Langley, Artistic Director, Traditional Arts Team
Paula Flynn is a singer songwriter from Forkhill in Co. Armagh and to many she’s best known as the voice from the Ballygowan advert with the David Bowie cover ‘Let’s Dance’. The song became very popular very quickly and EMI released it as a single which reached number 1. The song also won a Shark Award for best music used in an advert. Paula independently released her first solo album entitled ‘Miss Paula Flynn’ picking up nothing less than four out of five stars from reviewers. She is just about to release an EP.
Boriss M. (Ouch! Magazine. New York) described her as having“a voice that is crystal clear and light as air, yet strong and expressive. She sounds like that perfect pastry tastes. She makes you feel, she makes stories, and she tells stories. Grab a glass of milk or a cup of coffee and indulge!”
Steve and Paula together capture the true essence of the bardic tradition.
They have had some really successful performances in the UK to date, most recent was the Festival at the Edge. Together they weave a web of classic Irish folk and Fairy Stories linked with songs and poetry from their own personal repertoires and the archives of the old masters.
Be prepared to laugh, cry, and wonder, whilst on this journey of love, adventure and mystery.
This winter they release their first book together called ‘Irish Gothic, Fairy Stories from the 32 counties of Ireland’.