Monday 14 October 2019

Yarn is back for ninth year

Yarn storytelling festival returns to Bray for the ninth year, from November 10 to 18.

The festival strives to bring the art-form of storytelling to as many people of all ages in the community as possible.

Yarn starts on November 10 with an Irish language storytelling event upstairs in the Town Hall with storyteller Cillian Brennan from Cork. Admission is free and this event is suitable for kids aged 5 plus.

Cillian then moves up to the farm market in Killruddery for some tales in English before the fire in The Shoot Room at 2 p.m.. Admission is once again free of charge and the event is suitable for ages 5 plus.

On Saturday evening at 8 p.m. join Antrim storyteller Frances Quinn with Clare fiddler Ultan O'Brien for The Cúchulainn Saga. Tickets for this event are on sale now and cost €12/10. This event is for adults (kids over 10 welcome if accompanied by an adult).

On Sunday, November 11, it's Poetry in the Park with a tale or two by Frances Quinn at 12 midday in People's Park.

On Sunday evening Rónán Ó Snodaigh, Olwen Pendred and the Zoryanna Dancers present Angus and Caer. Tickets are €12 or €10 concession.

Connie Regan Blake will be captivating her audience with her tales in Duff's Lounge on Main Street on Wednesday, November 14, at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

Thursday, November 15, will be a busy Yarn evening with two events to choose from.

The much loved Candlelit Tales will be upstairs in The Harbour Bar at 7 p.m. performing The Book of Invasions. This event is kindly sponsored by The Harbour Bar and the €5 payable on the door goes 100 per cent to the RNLI Lifeboats in Dun Laoghaire in order to help purchase new equipment.

Also on Thursday evening, John Connors will be at Mermaid Arts Centre with his performance 'Ireland's Call', which follows the lives and family histories of three young men as they grew up in Coolock. Tickets are €12 or €10 concession.

Little John Nee and The Tea-Dance Triode come to Mermaid Arts Centre on Friday, November 16. Tickets on sale now and cost €12/10.

On the same evening Caffé Letterario GattaNera have a performance commemorating Neopolitian singer Roberto Murolo. Admission is free but booking advised. Call 01 2116861.

The second weekend of Yarn is also jam packed. Join Scottish storytelling legend Tom Muir in the Shoot Room at the Killruddery Farm Market at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, for family storytelling.

Suitable for ages 5 plus. Admission free.

At 4 p.m. storyteller Philip Byrne will be sharing family tales in the Little Bray Community Centre, Fassaroe. Admission free. Age Suitability is again 5 plus.

One of the highlights of this year's festival takes place in Mermaid Arts Centre on Saturday 17th November at 8pm.

The People of the Sea brings three of the world's most loved tellers together - Tom Muir from Scotland, Nuala Hayes from Ireland and Abbi Patrix from France.

This storytelling evening will focus on Celtic legends of seals, selchies, mermaid and mermen and the people who live side by side with them. Tickets on sale now cost €12/10.

On Sunday 18 November a Masterclass workshop with Abbi Patrix will take place from 2-5pm.

The Musical Skills of the Storyteller is a unique opportunity for any performer to work with a world class expert to learn how to use music, with or without an instrument, to enhance their performance.

The festival will conclude with Music and Me in Mermaid Arts Centre at 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 18.

Join Little Bray Writers Group facilitated by writer Carmen Cullen, guitarist Gerry Anderson and images by Deirdre Ridgeway for an insight into how music effects everyday life. Admission is free. Booking advised.

Visitors to Mermaid's Gallery during Yarn will learn the amazing story of local woman Josephine Heffernan, whose bracelet was lost in France 100 Years ago during World War 1 and recently returned to her family in Bray. As part of the exhibition, the Western Front Association Dublin branch will honour North Wicklow and Bray's lost with the focus on the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, which was the go-to regiment for people from the area in World War 1.

Wicklow People