MEET OUR 2021 GUEST ARTISTS
In 2018 and 2019 Maria featured as an emerging storyteller in the annual Cape Clear Storytelling festival with ‘ Maria headlined our festival in 2020 and has been a Featured Teller in the States, Oloumouc, The UK, Scotland and at a number of festivals in Ireland. Maria has brought the famous Listowel Rambling House online during the Covid Pandemic, founding an expanding play list of excellent Rambling House nights which you can find on https://tinyurl.com/KWM-Playlists.
Maria has been exploring the Medicinal Story through her work as a Dramatherapist and Storyteller with the Cork Yarnspinners. She has collected many delightful tales and wisdoms from Cork based Community work.
His tenth solo album “Song Bridge”, almost released in Australia last year (but postponed due to COVID restrictions) will be released in a series of concerts this autumn and Colum is delighted that one of the first venues for its Irish release will be Listowel International Storytelling Festival!
Her plays have been produced globally and she has written two books of stories, ‘Dublin Folk Tales for Children’ and Wild Waves and Wishing Wells’ (The History Press). She also works as an actor for stage and screen, a clown doctor, and a voice talent. Órla can be found dipping in the Wild Atlantic, rain or shine, most weeks.
Colin also performs solo and with other musicians and storytellers. In recent years he has been working closely with the world-renowned storyteller Liz Weir MBE on a variety of exciting live, virtual and recording projects. Colin is regularly invited to sing and tell at local storytelling venues, schools and community groups and has also performed at the Glens Storytelling Festival.
It was in Listowel, of course, that Frances met John B. Keane, one of her idols and there were many great singing nights in his pub. John B. encouraged Frances to tell a recitation or a yarn and before she knew it she was entertaining often.
His first album ‘Peter Pan and Me’ was released in 1992 to critical acclaim and since then many of his songs have been recorded internationally by such artists as Christy Moore, The Wolfe Tones, Mary Black and The James Last Orchestra. His album ‘Joined Up Writing’ features many new songs and takes a wry look at life and politics, not just in Ireland but worldwide.
Originally from California, Godfrey now lives in Listowel, with a leprechaun, a fancy dog, and a retired pirate. She tells stories regularly at the Kerry County Library and works with Fighting Words, a creative writing program that helps students of all ages develop their writing skills and explore their love of writing.