Are you part of the Irish Diaspora and have five minutes to spare? Then Helena Needs You!
My next album will tell the story of Irish emigration to the New World over the past three centuries. As part of the album I am creating a montage of voices from the Irish Diaspora. If you would like to be part of this montage and be credited on my album, simply send me an audio clip stating who you are, who your ancestor was, where he/she came from and what date he/she left Ireland. Then state where your home is today and (optional) your occupation.
For example, ‘My name is Mary O’Rourke. My grandfather John O’Rourke was born in Kenmare, County Kerry and immigrated to Boston, Massachusetts in 1925. Today I work as a teacher and live in Milford, Connecticut.’
It doesn’t need to be super quality, just clear enough that your voice can be heard/understood and no music or major noise in the background
Email your audio clip, or ask for further information at Helena@HelenaByrne.com
Helena’s Children’s Show – October 2017 – Washington DC
NOTE: HELENA’S SHOWS IN HOUSTON TX ON SEPTEMBER 7TH & NEW ORLEANS ON SEPTEMBER 9TH HAVE BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO HURRICANE HARVEY
“Hi Everyone, unfortunately we have had to cancel my upcoming shows in HOUSTON TX & NEW ORLEANS LA due to Hurricane Harvey. Of course we will reschedule the shows for a later date, but right now my thoughts are with all those affected by this unprecedented event. H x”
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Online Storytelling Lessons with Helena
Helena now offers Online Storytelling Lessons to adults and children (age 6+). Through these lessons, Helena will guide you through the A to Z of storytelling and help you to bring out your true ‘seanchaí’ (storyteller) talents.
Storytelling & Irish Song with Helena
Combining her love of Irish folklore and passion for Irish music, Helena Byrne regularly performs as a seanchaí (storyteller) and singer in Dublin and further afield for both private and public groups. Helena’s storytelling interweaves tales of the Other World and the mysterious Fairy Folk with traditional Irish songs and wonderful insights into the Irish life of days gone by.
Yurt At The Yard – Children’s Storytelling at the Kilkenny Arts Festival – Stormfest
Helena brought her magical tales of the Irish Fairy Folk to the Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland on August 14th 2017, in association with Barnstorm Theatre Company and Creative Ireland
Children’s Storytelling at the Portavogie Seafood Festival
Helena performed a collecting of Irish Folklore Tales for Children at the Portavogie Seafood Festival on August 12th 2017
Walsh’s Bar – Traditional Irish Party (with storytelling, dancing & music)
Helena brought her stories and songs to this wonderful evening of Irish culture in Walsh’s Bar, Athlone on August 5th 2017
Walsh’s Bar, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
Helena’s US East Coast Tour USA – March 2017
Helena performed eight shows in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts for her East Coast Tour 2017
SCÉAL – Live in the Mermaid Arts Centre
Helena performed this unique theatre piece based on her studio album ‘Scéal’ at the Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow on Saturday November 19th 2016, as part of the YARN Storytelling Festival.
“In this modern world, are we really so far removed from our ancestors’ beliefs and behaviours? This was not a question that storyteller and singer Helena Byrne expected to answer when she set out to gather Irish folk tales. But her venture into Ireland’s past led her to discover more about her grandparents and herself than she had ever anticipated. In this unique theatre event, Helena brings Ireland’s most precious heirlooms to life; legendary tales of the Fairy Folk, the Other World, and a selection of much loved and newly composed Irish folk songs, with help from her father John Byrne and pianist Josh Johnston.”
Helena’s Scéal’ Tour USA 2016 – September 2016
Helena’s ‘Scéal’ Tour 2016 brought her to many parts of the US in September 2016, including New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Georgia.
‘An Evening of Ireland’s Stories, Superstitions & Songs’ at Cleary’s Bar, Hugginstown, Co. Kilkenny – Friday 4th December 2015 at 8.30pm
‘Helena Byrne at the YARN Storytelling Festival – Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd November 2015
>Helena was delighted to take part in the YARN Storytelling Festival 2015 in Bray, Co. Wicklow for her children’s storytelling show ‘Why We Should be Nice to the Fairies’ on Saturday 21st of November at 3.30pm in The Commonground, Church Terrace, Bray and for her adults show ‘An Afternoon of Irish Stories & Song’ on Sunday 22nd November at 5pm in Caffé Letterario Gatta Nera, Albert Walk, Bray.
‘Samhain – An Evening of Stories, Superstitions and Song with Helena Byrne’ – Thursday 5th November 2015
Helena entertained guests at the LexIcon Library, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin at 7.30pm as she delved into the mysterious world of Samhain, burrowing into the superstitious practices of years gone by, sharing stories of the Other World and bringing to life a collection of Irish folk songs that complimented these enchanting tales.
Culture Night at the Unitarian Church, Dublin – September 18th 2015
Helena was part of a wonderful line-up of performers at the Unitarian Church, Dublin as part of Culture Night 2015.
‘Helena Byrne & Enda Reilly live in Dublin – Sunday 23rd August 2015
Singer/Songwriters Helena Byrne and Enda Reilly joined forces for a special concert in August 2015.
Helena & Enda performed in Whelan’s Upstairs, Dublin on Sunday 23nd August 2015.
‘Irish Fairy Stories for Children’ – Saturday 15th August
Helena spent an afternoon in Dun Laoghaire’s LexIcon regaling children with Fairy Folk stories of magic and wonder. 2.30pm to 3.30pm on Saturday August 15th in the LexIcon, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.
‘The Lazy Band’ Special Guest Performance – Arthur’s Pub, 28 Thomas Street, Dublin – 25th May 2015
Helena performed a collection of her original songs, joining the Lazy Band as their special guest.
‘On Yer Bike’ – Dalkey Castle, Dalkey, Co. Dublin – 14th March 2015
Helena will perform alongside a wonderful cast in this beautiful compilation of the work of famous local writers — James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Hugh Leonard, Flann O’Brien, Maeve Binchy, John Millington Synge, Van Morrison and Joseph O’Connor.
‘Helena Byrne live in Concert’ – Cleere’s Theatre, Parliament Street, Kilkenny – 6th February 2015
The sparkles are resting again for now. I can’t begin to thank everyone enough for Friday night’s concert. To have an audience full of family and friends was something very special. Until next time… H x
‘Connecting Musicality’ – Saturday 29th November 2014 – New York & Dublin
Helena was one of the Dublin-based songwriter’s taking part in this exciting show produced by the Break-Away Project. ‘Connecting Musicality’ is an innovative project allowing Irish and American singers and songwriters to collaborate through technology and present those collaborative creations to Irish and American audiences in a unique and innovative way.
‘Beings of the Other World’ Break-Away Hallowe’en Spectacular – Friday October 31st 2014 – The Crypt in Christchurch Cathedral, Christchurch Place, Dublin 8
Helena played the role of ‘Evelyn’ for this special one-night-only event. Guests were brought into the realms of the Other World, where they encountered the Banshee, the Pooka and other Creatures of the Night followed by a musical theatre experience unlike any other.
‘Cáca Milis’ The Masqued Samhain Cabaret – Saturday 1st November 2014 – Arthur’s Pub, 28 Thomas St., Dublin
Helena performed a selection of her original songs as part of a fabulous evening’s entertainment.
Friday 26th September 2014 – ‘Ceol Album Launch’ – The Brazen Head, 20 Bridge St Lower, Dublin 8
The official launch of Helena’s debut album ‘Ceol’. She was joined by the wonderful Josh Johnston (piano) and Amy Ryan (Cello) along with special guest Rónán Ó Snodaigh for a great evening’s entertainment in the Brazen Head, Dublin.
Thursday 14th August 2014 – ‘Cellar Sessions’ – Katie Daly’s Cellar Bar, Gorey, Co. Wexford
Helena performed as a featured singer/songwriter at this exciting new showcase that gives songwriters a platform to showcase their original material.
Friday 30th May 2014 – ‘Break-Away Cabaret’ in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland – The Purty Loft, Monkstown, Co.Dublin
Helena performed as part of a wonderful evening’s entertainment all in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland. Line-up also includes Colm O’ Snodaigh, Josh Johnston, Dan Forde, Michael Heavey.
Saturday 24th May 2014 – ‘On Yer Bike’ – Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre, Dalkey, Co. Dublin
Helena performed alongside a wonderful cast in this beautiful compilation of the work of famous local writers — James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Hugh Leonard, Flann O’Brien, Maeve Binchy, John Millington Synge, Van Morrison and Joseph O’Connor.
Saturday 1st March 2014 – ‘The Rose of Allendale’ for Down Syndrome Ireland
In celebration of World Down Syndrome Day 2014, ‘The Rose of Allendale’, from Helena’s album Ceol, is now available for download. All proceeds go to Down Syndrome Ireland.
Saturday 15th March 2014 – Wexford Arts Centre
Sunday 16th March 2014 – Centre for Creative Practices, Dublin
Helena played the role of ‘Evelyn’ in the Break-Away Project’s staged reading of ‘Lusmór’, a new bilingual music theatre piece, in association with Foras na Gaeilge.