St. Patrick’s Festival presents

ABAIR: Treasured Places with Jack Lynch and Macdara Yeates

Storyteller Jack Lynch and traditional singer Macdara Yeates present an evening of songs and stories on the theme of ‘treasured places’

Jack Lynch

Dublin-born Jack Lynch is rooted in the scéalaí tradition, and a founder member and current chairman of Storytellers of Ireland/Aos Scéal Éireann and of the Dublin Yarnspinners. Jack has presented papers on various aspects of storytelling (the Irish Oral Tradition, repertoire building, Reminiscence Work, collecting from patients with dementia) at various festivals and universities around the world.

Macdara Yeates

Is a traditional folk singer with a repertoire spanning traditional ‘big’ songs, songs of old Dublin dock workers, and ballads from the Traveller tradition. Macdara is one of a crop of singers associated with the recent resurgence of young singing talent in Dublin along with acts such as Lankum, Landless and Ye Vagabonds and as of 2018/2019 is the Artist in Residence with the North East Inner City Fund, working on a variety of community-engaged song projects in and around his native East Wall.


Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland

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, each highlighting the richness and beauty of the Irish singing and storytelling traditions still preserved and practiced to the present day.

The events will also feature a 'songs from the floor' session, giving audience members a chance to provide a song or story of their own, relevant to the theme of ‘treasures’.