Bill Harley
Bill HarleyUSA
Bill Harley is well-travelled, well-read, well-educated, well-spoken and well-loved. Accompanied by his guitar, his narrative songs and stories, both original and traditional, are a celebration of our common humanity. His ability to navigate through a confusing world with humour and wisdom is evident in his masterful storytelling as well as his numerous award-winning recordings and books. A two-time Grammy winner, he is vibrant, outrageous, unpredictable and genuine with songs and stories about what it is to be human – our connections with one another and with the planet we share. Bill tours internationally as a performing artist, author and keynote speaker from his home in Seekonk, Massachusetts.

www.billharley.com

Ruth Kirkpatrick
Ruth KirkpatrickScotland
Ruth Kirkpatrick is one of Scotland’s leading storytellers, a charismatic live performer and a highly regarded singer.
Born in the North East of Scotland, Ruth is widely seen as a Tradition Bearer, having been lucky enough to ‘sit at the knee’ of the great Scottish storytellers – Sheila Stewart, Stanley Robertson and David Campbell. She has a broad repertoire from Traditional and Traveller sources.
Her strength is in forming an authentic rapport with her audience, respecting the tradition but also bringing her own loving, feisty sparkle.
This makes her a popular guest at Festivals worldwide, from the glaciers of Iceland to the bookshops of India.

Diarmuid O Drisceoil
Diarmuid O DrisceoilIreland
Diarmuid O Drisceoil lives in Cork but has a family connection to Cape Clear and he has spent time there every year from when he was a child. The casual storytelling of his island uncles gave him a great love for a good story, well told. Diarmuid mainly draws his material from the Irish and European traditions, giving these ancient tales a contemporary feel with his unique style of telling. He also tells stories from his own life experiences and his quirky sense of humour and love of the bizarre can make his performances quite memorable. He is equally at home telling through English or Irish.
Kamini Ramachandran
Kamini RamachandranSingapore
Kamini Ramachandran is a storyteller with a deep knowledge of the Asian oral tradition. With a focus on culture and heritage she is an experienced educator for museum-based learning. Recognized for her immersive storytelling skills she was recently commissioned by the Singapore International Festival of Arts to produce ‘The Hidden’. Her repertoire is deeply influenced by her childhood years growing up in Malaysia surrounded by the sounds and stories of the jungle. She is known for her otherworldly and supernatural tales that allow the audience to travel with their imagination.
Through MoonShadow Stories she pioneered storytelling for adults in Singapore and is creative producer of StoryFest: International Storytelling Festival Singapore.
Colum Sands
Colum SandsNorthern Ireland
Colum Sands has been described as a poet disguised as a songwriter and a singer disguised as a story teller but few dispute that he performs in a style that is truly his own.For many years the County Down songwriter has been weaving songs and stories that have taken him to stages from around home to places like Berlin, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Sydney, Jerusalem, Vancouver and Auckland.Colum is also a BBC radio presenter, has produced around one hundred albums, working with young musicians and veterans like Joan Baez and Pete Seeger, and he was shortlisted for three nominations for the 2009 Grammy Awards.www.columsands.com
MC’s DURING THE 2019 FESTIVAL MC’s will include (various past & present members of the committee)

Pat Speight: Pat has told stories from Cork to Tennessee, Belfast to Montreal, North of England to Sardinia and many places in between. He has told stories to groups of two to 1200. A featured teller at festivals all over Ireland, England, and North America, is a regular visitor to Cape Clear.  He was Storyteller-in-Residence to Cork County Council in 2002.  He is the MC for the ever popular “Story Swap” event on Saturday afternoon.

Liz Weir: From County Antrim she is the founder of the Yarnspinner community storytelling groups in Ireland (1986). She was Director of the Ulster Storytelling Festival (1989-2008), and the North West International Storytelling Festival in Derry (1993-2000). She is currently the Director of the new Ghosts in the Glens Festival. She has been a member of the Cape Clear International Storytelling festival since its inception. Since 1992, she has travelled the world performing at international storytelling events, from the National Storytelling Festival (Tennessee) to the Australian and Canadian National Storytelling Festivals.

Paddy O’Brien: Born in Co Kerry he is a natural storyteller who has appeared at the Cape Clear Storytelling festival on three occasions including the first festival in 1994. He has also featured regularly at many of the other Irish storytelling festivals such as Slieve Bloom and Courtmacsherry.

Diarmuid O Drisceoil:  He grew up in a bi-lingual home, speaking English and Gaelic, and listened to the stories of his wide family network for years. He draws his stories mainly from the Irish tradition but adapts them to suit his surreal sense of humour. He has been a great favourite with audiences as MC at the festival for a number of years and this year we are delighted to have him as a featured teller. Diarmuid is the author of four books, three of which with his brother Donal. The most recent offerings “50 years have flown: A History of Cork Airport”, and “Serving a City: The Story of Cork’s English Market” have been widely acclaimed.

Jack Lynch: Jack has twice been the featured Irish storyteller at the Cape Clear Festival, and has been a regular teller at local arts festivals and at storytelling festivals – Cultra, Omagh, Scealta Shamhna, Slieve Bloom, Sperrins, and Courtmacsherry. He is a founder member of the Dublin Yarnspinners and of Storytellers of Ireland/ Aos Sceal Éireann.