St. Patrick’s Festival presents
ABAIR: Treasured People with Len Graham & Jack Lynch
Join traditional singer Len Graham and storyteller Jack Lynch for an evening of songs and stories on the theme of ‘treasured people’
Dublin-born Jack Lynch is rooted in the scéalaí tradition, and a founder member and current chairman of Storytellers of Ireland/Aos Scéal Éireann and of the Dublin Yarnspinners. Jack has presented papers on various aspects of storytelling (the Irish Oral Tradition, repertoire building, Reminiscence Work, collecting from patients with dementia) at various festivals and universities around the world.
Has been a full-time professional traditional singer since 1982. After he won the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann traditional singing competition in 1971 his reputation began to spread, and at the same time his own passion for the songs of his native Ulster was growing. He has released a number of albums and books and in 2002 was awarded the TG4 National Music Award for “Traditional Singer of the Year.”
Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland
Abair is a program of traditional singing and storytelling events exploring the oral folk traditions of Ireland. Taken from the Irish word meaning both ‘to say’ and ‘to sing’, the four-day program offers a broad range of intimate, unplugged performances, each highlighting the richness and beauty of the Irish singing and storytelling traditions still preserved and practiced to the present day.
The events will also feature a 'songs from the floor' session, giving audience members a chance to provide a song or story of their own, relevant to the theme of ‘treasures’.