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THE GLENS OF ANTRIM STORYTELLING FESTIVAL

DATES FOR 2021 COMING SOON

THERE'S NO STRONGER CONNECTION BETWEEN 

PEOPLE THAN STORYTELLING...

 
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Listen to fine stories and music
in the heart of the Glens of Antrim

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions this year's Glens Storytelling Festival organised by Antrim Glens Tourism cannot take place in its normal format as we would not want to compromise the health and safety of our community and visitors. However members of the newly formed Glens Storytelling and Cultural Heritage Group have got together to create a virtual festival with events son each of the four days. Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th October 2020. This is felt to be essential to hold a space for next year's festival and to remind our listeners of the beauty of The Glens area and of its rich heritage of storytelling and music. Our local tellers and musicians have recorded stories many of them set in our stunning landscape.

 

WE HOPE SUPPORTERS WILL ENJOY WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER AND THAT IT WILL ENCOURAGE THEM TO RETURN FOR THE 2021 GLENS STORYTELLING FESTIVAL.

 

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GLENS OF ANTRIM STORYTELLING FESTIVAL 2020 LIZ WEIR & JUSTIN MACARTNEY

 

MEET THE STORYTELLERS

Find out about each of our Storytellers featuring in the Glens of Antrim 2020 Storytelling Festival by hovering over their picture and clicking on who you want to find out more about. The artists telling us sales include Karen Edwards. Ciaran Mulholland, Stephen O'Hara, Colin Urwin, Janice Witherspoon and festival director Liz Weir

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Ciaran Mulholland

Ciarán is a musician and singer songwriter who lives close to Slemish Mountain. He has been playing the fiddle since he was 11 years old and is the regular fiddle player for Haste to the Wedding ceilidh band based in Larne and is also part of a new three piece band called Ceolta

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Stephen O'Hara

A native of Cushendun Stephen came to storytelling via his interest in creative writing, and he tells stories from Irish mythology and folklore. Stephen owns Café Revive in Cushendall, where he regularly tells stories for locals and visitors alike.

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Colin Urwin

Colin is a storyteller and singer songwriter who lives on a small hill farm near Glenarm. His storytelling repertoire includes traditional mainly Irish and Scottish folk tales and many of his own stories written in a very traditional style and always set in his beloved Glens of Antrim.

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Janice Witherspoon

Now living in Glenarm Janice is a storyteller who is passionate about nature and the earth and loves telling stories outdoors in natural settings. Janice tells stories to people of all ages and runs workshops aimed at helping people gain confidence in telling stories to adults or children.

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Karen Edwards

Living part time in Carnlough, with summers spent on Owey Island off the coast of Donegal, Karen tells a wide range of traditional and international stories as well as her own material, interspersing her performance with tunes on her Killarney D and low D whistle.

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Liz Weir

Festival Director Liz Weir is a committee member of Antrim Glens Tourism and Chair of the newly formed Glens Storytelling and Cultural Heritage Group. A storyteller for over 40 years, she has told stories on five continents, but her favourite place in the world is where she lives at Ballyeamon Barn near Cushendall.

 

Thank You to our partners and sponsors

The Antrim Glens Tourism Group is very grateful for the financial support received from Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and from the Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust as well as contributions from the Honorable Irish Society and from the National Lottery Community Fund.

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