Part of 2020 Connected Virtual Conference & Festival
Event for Ages 10+
SEODA – Is an Irish word for Treasures. Niall de Búrca hosts a celebration of performers each of whom has made a unique contribution to Irish traditional storytelling. Nuala Hayes, Colm Sands, Liz Weir and Eddie Lenihan have spent decades immersed in the art form. Their dedication and encouragement of new voices has seen Irish storytelling grow from strength to strength.
Niall de Búrca
Niall de Búrca is a bilingual storyteller from the West of Ireland. He has performed on six continents in diverse places including the European Parliament in Brussels and the President of Ireland’s residence in Dublin. Niall’s credo is the Irish proverb ”Níór bhris focal maith fiacal riamh….A good word never broke a tooth
Liz Weir MBE is the first winner of the International Storybridge Award from the NSN which cited her exemplary work promoting the art of storytelling within Ireland and between Ireland and other countries”. Liz has told her stories to people of all ages worldwide. She has performed in pubs, prisons and on the stages of the mighty Vanderbilt Hall of New York’s and London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Eddie Lenihan has been collecting and telling stories for over 40 years. As well as a seanchaí he has produced many books and recordings of lore. Eddie is a familiar figure to people in Ireland through his tv and personal appearances. His travels have lead him to perform at the Smithsonian Institute and countless other places. he has been shortlisted twice for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.
Nuala is an actor, broadcaster and storyteller. A Dubliner, she trained at the Abbey Theatre and toured extensively in plays by many of the great Irish Playwrights. Nuala is currently chairperson and a founder member of Storytellers of Ireland. She has performed Irish myth and legend worldwide and has collected; initiated and mentored storytelling projects throughout Ireland.
Colum Sands is a universal storyteller who draws on a long Irish tradition of poetic musicality. The power of his writing is confirmed by countless cover recordings of his songs. Colum has produced around one hundred albums, working with young musicians and veterans Joan Baez and Pete Seeger. He received a Living Tradition Award and was shortlisted for three nominations for the 2009 Grammy Awards.