Brian Herod, Marion Besmehn, Sally Bates-Goodroe,Susan Gallagher | Ceili House: Tales from Celtic Lands

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Ceili House: Tales from Celtic Lands

by Brian Herod, Marion Besmehn, Sally Bates-Goodroe,Susan Gallagher

Lush voices of Houston storytellers bring alive traditional and personal stories from the green pastures of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
Genre: Spoken Word: Audiobook
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Woman Who Flummoxed the Fairies
9:03 album only
2. Jack O'Shea
7:45 album only
3. The Great Salmon of Wisdom
16:08 album only
4. The Two Sisters
8:05 album only
5. The Man who Hated Seals
7:59 album only
6. Hobnail Boots
14:54 album only
7. She Moved Through the Fair
2:19 album only


Album Notes
Storytelling binds community. While performing together as members of the Houston Storytellers Guild, we found the common thread of the Celtic running deeply through our stories. In the same spirit of community, we created Ceili House. It's our hope that you'll listen to these tales with someone you love and pass along your own stories as a dedication to all the lands from whence we come.

Marion Besmehn was born on the Isle of Anglesea in North Wales just before the Second World War. Hobnail Boots is a true story that happened to the family in 1943. Marions's stories of her Irish grandmother and Welsh grandfather are her attempt to connect the "old country" and the "new".

Susan Gallagher grew up in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn in an Irish immigrant family which the beauty of language was savored and the magic of the spoken word was highly prized. Susan's love of the works of James Stephens and Lady Augusta Gregory led her to create her story The Great Salmon of Wisdom which is her original retelling of the famous pre-Christian tale from the Finn Cycle of Irish Mythology.

Sally Bates Goodroe came to storytelling from a love of folktales and folksongs. She loves both the mystical and practical elements found in Celtic stories and song. Winner of the prestigious John Henry Faulk Award for contributions to storytelling in the southwest, Sally was one of the founders of the Houston Storytellers Guild.

Having grown up all over the US and the world, Brian Herod searched for a sense of belonging that he found in storytelling. He tells traditional folktales of the Celtic lands and promotes storytelling as a way of creating sustainable community. Both original adaptations of traditional tales, Jack O'Shea and The Man Who Hated Seals capture both the conflict and redemption possible in community.



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Enjoyed this cd very much
a fun collection of celtic tales well read. recommended to all who enjoy folklore