Len Cabral
Len CabralUSA
Just like so many characters in the folktales and stories from ancient times to present day, men from Cape Verde travelled the world as whalers while searching for a better future for their families. Len is a great grandson of one of those men that immigrated to America in the early 1900’s.
Len has been engaging listeners of all ages with stories, songs, poetry and movement for over forty years, and believes that stories can help make the world a better place for it’s people and the environment.
He has enjoyed performing at festivals in Ireland, England, Belgium,
Holland and Singapore. Len is thrilled to be back at Cape Clear. www.lencabral.com

Mara Menzies
Mara MenziesKenya/Scotland
Mara Menzies is a Kenyan/Scottish performance storyteller passionate about the power of the story. She has a well-earned reputation as a dynamic and engaging storyteller for both adult and family audiences. She shares and creates stories inspired by her mixed heritage, particularly those that resonate with audiences due to their universal messages of betrayal, hope, justice, and love. She has performed at festivals and worked with schools and organisations around the world, including most recently, the National Storytelling Festival, Tennessee, The Hans Christian Andersen Festival, Denmark, Contes et Musique, Martinique and the British Council in Colombia on Storytelling for Peacekeeping. www.maramenzies.co.uk

Hjörleifur Stefánsson
Hjörleifur StefánssonIceland
Hjörleifur Stefánsson was born in west Iceland in the middle of second hay harvest in august 1979. He is a farmer, innkeeper, carpenter and a fan of all things brewed. Hjörleifur grew up on a farm with his grandparents living a stone’s throw away on the next farm over. He was served stories of old Iceland as well as poems and songs along with his porridge for years, his grandparents being storytellers by nature. Hjörleifur has collected and shared tales for years, both with his kids, audiences and his sheep. Giants, trolls, hidden people and ghosts are his companions as well as Icelanders of the past and their traditions of song and stories.
Clare Muireann Murphy
Clare Muireann MurphyIreland
Dublin born Clare Muireann Murphy is an international storyteller who has performed in more than 20 countries.  Clare has performed at all kinds of venues and festivals from the Globe Theatre London to Fabula Festival Sweden to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.  She has also had the honour of performing for the former President of Ireland Mary Robinson. She tells all kinds of tales from Irish mythology to Syrian folklore to quantum physics mixed with mythology.  She is delighted to be returning to Cape Clear, where she has volunteered, mc-ed and performed. www.claremurphy.org

Ger Wolfe
Ger WolfeCork-Ireland
Cork city-born and bred Ger Wolfe has spent a lifetime in love with singing and playing music. Starting on harmonica around 1976 and progressing through mandolin onto guitar and dabbling in tin whistle and fiddle he finally tuned to songwriting as a teenager. His main work is in composing his own songs, drawing on many influences, from sean-nós to old time country, gospel, jazz, Africana, reggae and rock and roll. Since the late 90’s he has released eight full albums of his own work, the latest “ Melody Bright & The Favourite Sparrow” with his band ‘The New Skylarks’. With songs like ‘The Curra Road’, ‘The Lark of Mayfield’ and ‘Summer at my feet’, prepare to be charmed. www.gerwolfe.com
MC’s DURING THE 2020 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.