Bull Feeney's Irish Pub/Restaurant, 375 Fore Street, Portland, Maine

In May 2006, I launched Seanachie Nights (Seanachie is the Celtic word for storyteller): a monthly series of musical storytelling performances from Celtic and British culture that introduces the old stories - with all their comedy, tragedy, and adventure - to an adult audience.


Seanachie Nights is usually held on every third Monday of the month. Admission: Free ($9 suggested donation). Email Lynne Cullen at thetwacorbies@yahoo.com or call 207-805-1062 for further details.



Special Events



Friday October 26 and Saturday October 27: two shows each night, 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM

Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth Street, Portland, ME

Lynne Cullen & Kurt Kish tell "Irish Tales of the Supernatural"at Victoria Mansion



In the 19th Century, the Mansion's servants were Irish immigrants. For two nights in October, you can join Lynne Cullen and Kurt Kish in the stone cellar of the Mansion where Lynne will tell supernatural folktales, perhaps even the stories that the servants told to each other when their work was done. Lynne and Kurt will play music on concertina and ukulele.


A fearless girl is hired by the master of a great manor house to deal with a ghost.


A farmer discovers that his housekeeper is a witch!


And more! For tickets and more information, please visit victoriamansion.org




Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays: October 18-20 and 25-27; 6.30-7.30 PM

Sundays: October 21 and 28; 5.30-6.30 PM

Portland Eastern Cemetery, Congress Street, Portland, Maine

Spirits Alive presents: Walk Among the Shadows - an evening of ghostly stories

in Portland's historic Eastern Cemetery



Lynne Cullen has written the script for this year's special event: Scandals, Scoundrels & Sinners!


Six spirits, most of whom are buried in the Cemetery, will rise up on the 350th Anniversary of Portland's oldest burying ground. Meet the outsiders: the brothel keepers, the murderers, the bootleggers, the thieves, as they tell their stories, and convey birthday messages to the Old Burying Ground herself!


For more information, please visit www.spiritsalive.org



Regular Seanachie Nights Events



Monday, October 15, 7-9 PM

The Seanachie Nights Regulars in: The Women of October



Join the Regulars: Lynne Cullen, Janet Lynch, and Kurt Kish, for an evening of supernatural tales and ballads; this time, it's all about the gals!


Lynne tells the story of Tamar, a willful Romani girl who meets a dark stranger one Christmas Eve; Janet tells a raucous Irish tale: when a coffin maker rashly curses a pushy old woman, the dead take it as an invitation to party at his house. And more! With music from Janet on fiddle, Lynne on concertina, and Kurt on ukulele.



Monday, November 19, 7-9 PM

Bull Feeney's Irish Pub/Restaurant, 375 Fore Street, Portland, Maine

Virginia Storyteller Sheila Arnold Jones



We are excited to present, for the first time at Seanachie Nights, Sheila Arnold Jones of Hampton, VA. She is a Professional Storyteller, Character Interpreter and Teaching Artist. Through her company, 'History's Alive!', Sheila has provided storytelling programs, historic character presentations, Christian monologues, dramatic/creative writing workshops, professional development for educators and inspirational/motivational speeches at schools, churches, libraries, professional organizations and museums, in 29 states since 2003.


She has two books: a picture book, 'Weeping Willow', or, 'Why the Leaves Change their Colors', and an historical fiction using biblical persons, 'David's Mighty Man: Benaiah'. She also has two storytelling CDs, 'Mini, Many, Minnie Tales' and 'Hands Wide Open'. An new addition to Sheila's titles is 'Historical consultant' - helping museums and exhibit designers find the story, and how to share it, from historical documents, artifacts, buildings and the historical use of land and water.


Books can be purchased by contacting Sheila at sheilaarnold39@aol.com and the CDs are available through her website, www.mssheila.org and for download at CDbaby.com.




Monday, December 17, 7-9 PM

Bull Feeney's Irish Pub/Restaurant, 375 Fore Street, Portland, Maine

Balladeer Peg Aloi



Peg Aloi will share Celtic ballads and poetry in celebration of the winter Solstice. Most modern pagans acknowledge Yule as the rebirth of the light half of the year; some traditions perform the play of the Oak King and the Holly King, just as it is done at Midsummer, to mark the change of the seasons as one of them reigns over the other.

Peg is a traditional singer from Troy, NY, who has sung and recorded music with a number of groups throughout New England. She has also hosted open mics and bardic circles via the pagan festival circuit for several years