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, including walking tours, pub sessions and concerts, each highlighting the richness and beauty of the Irish singing and storytelling traditions, still preserved and practiced to the present day.
Gnás (meaning ‘custom’ or ‘rite of passage’) is a series of site-specific song and storytelling concerts which explores the ritualistic nature of the Irish folk arts. Taking on a narrative form, the various concerts focus on different chapters in the Irish experience such as childhood, coming-of-age, the quest for work, emigration and passing on, each one in a site of historical and cultural significance.
Join storyteller Liz Weir and singer Ann Buckley in Glasnevin Cemetery on a journey through death and the afterlife, with comic and sad tales of bidding farewell, passing on and ‘the other side’. As Ireland’s largest cemetery, Glasnevin (and it’s accompanying museum) is a beacon of Irish history and the resting place of over 1.5 million people.
The event will also feature a ‘songs from the floor’ session, giving audience members a chance to provide a song or story their own, relevant to the given theme.