The Pursuit of Happiness Tour 2018
Following the release of her third studio album ‘Tóraíocht Shonais’ (Pursuit of Happiness) and the success of ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ East & West Coast Tour, Irish storyteller and singer Helena Byrne brings her new show ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ down south to Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee & Missouri this October 2018.
Helena delves into the music, superstitions & folklore of Ireland, alongside incredible stories of Irish emigration through the ages; the Great Famine, travelling on the Titanic, the Irish in the Wild West, John F. Kennedy’s visit to Ireland and so much more.
‘Thursday Lates’ at the National Gallery of Ireland: Lúnasa – August 23rd 4.30pm to 8.30pm – Free Event
Helena took part in the ‘Thursday Lates’ program on August 23rd 2018, telling Irish folklore stories at the National Gallery of Ireland. She was in good company, with lots of other performers & activities for guests to enjoy, including live traditional Irish music and specialty Irish food and drink.
‘Irische Musik Folklore Tours’ coming Spring 2018
“I’m delighted to announce that from Spring 2018, I will be presenting ‘Irische Musik Folklore Tours’, together with German native and lover of Irish culture Jörn Rodaebel.” – Helena
Irische Musik Folkore Tours startet im Frühling 2018
“Mit Freude möchte ich ankündigen, dass ich im Frühjahr 2018, zusammen mit Jörn Rodaebel, gebürtig aus Deutschland und Liebhaber irischer Kultur, ‘Irische Musik Folklore Tours’ präsentieren werde.” – Helena
Helena’s new album ‘Tóraíocht Shonais’ (Pursuit of Happiness) is out now.
‘Tóraíocht Shonais’ is a collection of stories and songs that illustrate the history of Irish emigration to the United States & Canada.
A note from Helena: “With this album, I hope to bring the listener on a journey through the Irish experience of emigration to the New World; the excitement, the tragedy, the hopes and aspirations for a better life.”
‘Tóraíocht Shonais’ includes 8 songs alongside incredible stories of Irish emigration through the ages; emigration during the Great Famine, travelling on the Titanic, the Irish in the Wild West, John F. Kennedy’s visit to Ireland and so much more.
Order your copy of ‘Tóraíocht Shonais’
On October 27th and 28th 2017 Helena was given the honor of performing at the Embassy of Ireland in Washington DC, and met with Irish Ambassador to the US Daniel Mulhall.
Photos by Marty Katz and Jörn Rodaebel.
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.