Long ago in Ireland, Celtic storytellers were very important people in the community; they had the task of preserving history in their stories. Like the Native Americans, the Celts had an oral culture and an elaborate mythology. Storytellers trained for years to become masters of their craft and they committed their knowledge and skill to memory. These stories were recited aloud and provided great entertainment for the people.
Bairbre McCarthy continues the oral tradition of the Celts. Featuring stories of ancient kings, fairy folk and historical heroes, the mythological legends she tells blend with the early history of Ireland. She teaches and performs for audiences of all ages. Bairbre works closely with librarians and teachers to design programs that fit their curriculum. Her residencies culminate in a storytelling performance with students.
For concerts, Bairbre enjoys collaborating with musicians in "A Musical Journey through the Stories of Ireland," a family program that includes audience participation in song and story.