Irish Storyteller Helena Byrne Returns to Mariposa

Irish Storyteller Helena Byrne Returns to MariposaThe acclaimed storyteller’s 2020 tour is entitled Saol Eile, which means afterlife in Irish. Delving deeply into Ireland’s unique relationship with the supernatural, Helena shares tales of haunted castles and poltergeists, guardian and angels and fairies. Parents, please note that as some tales are on the spooky side, guidance is advised.
Admission: $15 for nonmember adults and $5 for children; $10 for Mariposa members with children of members free.
“If you don’t get goosebumps when you hear her beautiful voice then you may need to consult a medical professional because chances are, you’re dead inside.” – Travel Ireland Magazine, March 2016

 

Singer, storyteller, actress and songwriter; Helena Byrne grew up in Ballyhale, county Kilkenny, in the south east of Ireland, a village well known for it’s phenomenal hurling players. But from a young age, it quickly became evident that Helena was not drawn to the field, but to the stage. With musical parents, Helena grew up surrounded by music of all kinds, from Irish folk songs to blues, country and pop.

As a young singer/songwriter, Helena quickly established herself in Ireland as a unique talent, playing as a support act for James Taylor, Katie Melua and Bob Geldof at the Source Festival, Kilkenny and Glenstall Abbey Sanctuary Concert alongside renowned Irish singers Moya Brennan and Cara O’Sullivan. She was a third place winner in the 2fm Young Songwriter’s Contest, Vicar’s Street, Dublin and performed as a ‘Lady of the Castle’ for Knappogue Castle Medieval Banquets. She performed as a session vocalist for both Rónán and Colm Ó Snodaigh, founding members of Irish group, Kíla and is fortunate to have worked with them on three of her studio albums.

Helena combines her passion for music and singing with her love of Irish folklore, performing as a seanchaí (storyteller) for audiences of all ages across Ireland and regularly in the U.S. Helena interweaves tales of Irish folklore and history, with traditional Irish songs and insights into an Ireland of days gone by. She has also released four studio albums.

As a singer, Helena has played as a support act for James Taylor, Katie Melua and Bob Geldof at the Source Festival, Kilkenny and Glenstall Abbey Sanctuary Concert alongside renowned Irish singers Moya Brennan and Cara O’Sullivan. She was a third place winner in the 2fm Young Songwriter’s Contest, Vicar’s Street, Dublin and performed as a ‘Lady of the Castle’ for Knappogue Castle Medieval Banquets. She performed as a session vocalist for both Rónán and Colm Ó Snodaigh, founding members of Irish group, Kíla, who are also featured on three of her studio albums.