What follows is a selection of past and future gigs. Try and catch up with me if you can! I’d love to see you at one of my gigs.
Catch me at 7pm at Olinda Kelly’s Bar and Kitchen, 1510 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd Olinda.
Saturday, 16 November, Malmsbury Hotel, Malmsbury, from 6pm. Something Russian, for the Gypsy cabaret night.
Village Festival, Edinburgh Gardens
Saturday, 2 November, Edinburgh Gardens North Fitzroy, 1pm, 2.30pm and late.
Scenes on the Yarra
Sunday 27 October 6.45pm. Meet at the Stonehouse Gallery car park at the bus stop and information map 103 Yarra St – Warrandyte. More info.
Bar 303, 303 High Street Northcote, 7.30pm. I’m there pretty regularly. Check out the Facebook page.
Daylesford Words in Winter:
Friday, 9 August. Sweeney of the Birds, 8pm The Rex Theatre, Daylesford. Based on a fifth-century Irish epic about King Sweeney, who in the thick of battle ‘levitatedin a frantic cumbersome motion, like a bird of the air’.
A physical reinterpretation of an ancient Irish story that explores madness, difference and what it means to step away from the throng, adapted from a beautiful 20th century translation by Seamus Heaney.
Sunday, 11 August, Kids Stories, Family Fun Day, the Rex Theatre Daylesford, 11.30am
Saturday, 22 June
National Celtic Festival, Portarlington
Weekend of 8-9 June: A Sheltering Spirit: Tales of Love and Loss
A woman braves a crazed wolf to save her lover; a gorgeous poetic vision of The Dream of Angus, where a young man is plagued by dreams of a girl and wakes each morning with a white feather on his chest; and a father lost to the river for ever … Andrew McKenna – twice winner of the Port Fairy Folk Festival storytelling award – performs stories about great acts, noble deeds and people going to the edge for love.
21 May, Japanese folktales
The wicked Tanuki and the tongue-cut sparrow
A journey into traditional Japan
Enter the fascinating world of Japanese folktales. Andrew takes young and old audiences on a rip-roaring ride through some well- and little-known Japanese folktakes: meet mischievous Tanukis, princes, commoners looking for a helping hand and the odd ghost on the edge of a Japanese moat. He uses masks, words and gesture, and there are lots of opportunities to join in and get involved.
Stay tuned for time and place details!
At the Newstead Short Story Tattoo
Friday 3 May 6.30pm, Community Hall Newstead
Storytelling for grown ups
The thin place at Castlemaine’s Public Inn
Wednesday 6 February and Wednesday 27 February, both at 6.30pm, The Public Inn, cnr Barker and Mostyn streets, Castlemaine
Performed by Andrew McKenna and Caithlin Meave
Irish songs and stories of mystery and life
Fresh from Newstead Live and the Tamar Valley Folk Festival, Andrew McKenna and Caithlin Meave perform The Thin Place in Castlemaine for two nights only. Nibbles and aperitifs on arrival, sit down to two savoury courses, interspersed with stories from the thin place. $39 per person.
Bookings essential: firstname.lastname@example.org / 5472 3568
Stories and songs that conjure the ‘thin place’, where our realm and the ‘the other place’ intersects. Not suitable for children under 12.
Newstead Live Folk Festival
The Thin Place: Irish stories and songs of life and mystery, with Caithlin Meave
Tamar Valley Folk Festival
The Thin Place: Irish tales of mystery and life, and more!
Folklore, Folktales and Friends of the Festa
Sunday, 4 November at 2pm
The Wasp Treatment, at The Swiss Italian Festa, Grange Bellinzona, 77 Main Road, Hepburn Springs
With Daylesford-based storyteller and past president of the Swiss and Italian Festa (1995–2001), Anne E Stewart, who hardly needs an introduction! Great to be working with her, and she will wend her way through 20 years of Swiss and Italian Festa history.
I really loved the Wasp Treatment – you are a great storyteller!
– Monique Harvey, Director, Swiss-Italian Festa
Children’s week at the Phee Broadway Theatre
Gig in Castlemaine for Children’s Week, 10.30am, Wednesday October 24
Enchanted Evening with Niki Pidd
The Convent Gallery, Abbotsford, 23 September 2012 at 7pm.
One of our audience members wrote:
Storyteller and co-host Niki Pidd was accompanied by Oisín Mckenna and they wowed us with stories of faraway lands, fair maidens, merrows (mermaids) and children who were turned into swans. My favourite tale of the night was that of Fionnula the skeleton woman, who after being thrown off a cliff by her father was hooked out of the sea by a fisherman many years later (much to his horror) and dragged through the village on the end of his fishing line (before he finally untangled her), and they fell in love!
I’m really glad I finally made it down to one of these events … The perfect way to end the weekend. – Josie Downey
Friday, 10 August, 7.30pm
A night of stories of life and mystery at Daylesford Words in Winter, The Courthouse Community Centre, Daylesford
One of my ancestors – Connor McKenna – married a merrow queen in County Monaghan in the 17th century, and madness, hallucinations and storytelling have been in the family ever since.
Newport Folk Festival, Newport, 6-7 July