A brand new album from an Irish storyteller bridges the gap between Irish legends and folk music
Helena Byrne is the resident storyteller for a travelling folklore show, but has an impressive background in singing and song-writing also. For her new album Scéal – a Collection of Irish Stories, Music & Poetry, she called on her friends and family to gather stories that they grew up with.
The result is a collection of Helena’s favourite Irish stories and poems, and the album brings the reader on a journey from Leprechauns and Trooping Fairies, encounters with the ‘Other Folk’ during the festival of Samhain and poems inspired by these magical tales.
“I hoped to capture a piece of Ireland in times past, illustrate the beliefs that our grandparents and great-grandparents had in days gone by and how those beliefs influenced their daily lives,” she says.
“I have been regaling guests with stories of the fairies and other enchanting tales from Irish folklore”
Her father John, mother Mary and brother James all lend their vocals to this 17- track album. As well producing her own storytelling events and being the resident storyteller for Irish Folk Tours’ show ‘An Evening of Food, Folklore & Fairies’ in Dublin, she has also performed for Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, and the National Leprechaun Museum.
“For the past number of years I have been regaling guests with stories of the fairies and other enchanting tales from Irish folklore. Having had many guests ask me to record these stories, I am delighted to share this collection of my favourite stories and poems that I’ve been fortunate enough to gather over the years.”
Helena also has an impressive musical CV having performed throughout Europe and America, and acting as support for the likes of James Taylor at the Source Festival and was also a third place winner in the 2fm Young Songwriter’s Contest with ‘Happenin’.
She has performed as a session vocalist for both Rónán and Colm Ó Snodaigh, founding members of Irish group, Kila and most recently collaborated with Rónán, who featured on my debut album ‘Ceol’, a collection of Irish folk songs.
• Further information, can be found at: www.helenabyrne.com