Cape Clear International Virtual Storytelling Festival 4th- 6th September 2020

'It's not the real deal but it will be good craic'

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September 6th

Welcome to our final weekend event, the Sunday Grand Finale.

What do you get if you mix a worldly bunch of storytellers with 2 fabulous singer songwriters from Cork?

Cape Clear Virtual Storytelling Festival. All the featured Artists perform one last time. An Italian Folktale, Fairies of the Kenyan Coast, Heaven and Hell and good tobacco, a Lament for Bob, and the wayfaring stranger. And again a few surprise guests saying hello.

It’s been a great weekend to enjoy with you all. Thanks to the tellers, the producers, Arts Council and all those who got involved. And thanks to all of you listening and sharing, we wouldn’t be here without you! Hope to see you all again next year

The Previous Videos


September 6th

Liz Weir and featured tellers give stories for the younger audience, find out why a cat purrs and how the rabbit lost his tail…


September 5th

Join all the featured Artists as they introduce themselves and bring us into another place with their tales and merriment.

From how a herd of fine cows first came to Iceland, to songs of a mythical disease, and of knowing a place. There may be a few more people you recognise, saying hello!


September 5th

A celebration, in Irish, of stories and songs and a few tunes

Please note all of the content is As Gaeilge!

Scéalaíocht, amhráin, agus ceol, mar a bhíonn againn gach bliain ar Oileán Chléire


'Hear All the Tellers'

September 4th

Hear all the Tellers!

A very popular event at the festival. Here is the first ever online version, where you can hear all the MC’s as well as all the featured Artists. There are a few surprise appearances too…see if you recognise any of them. Stories range from how the storyteller got revenge on the king, to a mad Icelandic invention way ahead of its time...

No. 8: 'Lark of Mayfield'

A tune by Ger Wolfe

September 3rd

1 DAY TO GO! The festival weekend starts tomorrow. Here we have a great tune by Ger Wolfe, our featured songwriter. 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’.

No. 7: ‘How the letter X got in the alphabet’ A short story by Len Cabral

September 2nd

2 DAYS TO GO! As we continue our countdown to this weekend's virtual festival, we have another great short story from our featured teller, Len Cabral. 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.

No. 6: 'How Cape Clear Storytelling Festival Began- In a Nut Shell' A short 5 minute insight by guest Joel ben Izzy.

September 1st

3 DAYS TO GO! On 1st September at 7 PM we streamed this video of Joel on our FACEBOOK PAGE and on our YOUTUBE CHANNEL.

Joel ben Izzy was the international storyteller at our first ever festival on Cape Clear Island in 1994, and witnessed Chuck and Nell Kruger’s dreams come true. Joel, guest speaker, and friend and family of the Cape Clear Storytelling Festival tells a short tale of how this now internationally renowned storytelling event all started.

No. 5: ''Grandpa Oli' -A short story by Hjörleifur Stefánsson

August 31st

4 DAYS TO GO! As we continue our countdown to this weekend's virtual festival, we have another great short story from our featured teller, Hjörleifur Stefánsson. Hjörleifur, born in west Iceland with natural storytellers for grandparents, has been telling 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.

No. 4: 'Demon King and Enlightenment’ and 'Alice and the Waitress’ by Clare Muireann Murphy

August 25th

10 days to go! As we continue our countdown to the festival weekend of the 4th to 6th of September, here are another two great short stories from another one of our featured tellers, Clare Muireann Murphy. 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 (though in a virtual state this year), and she has volunteered, mc-ed and performed with us over the years.

No. 3: 'The Frog and the Rabbit' and 'Potatoes, Egg & Tea' Short stories by Mara Menzies

18th August

As part of our countdown to the festival weekend of the 4th to 6th of September, here are two great short stories from one of our featured tellers, Mara Menzies. She is a Kenyan/Scottish performance storyteller, passionate about the power of the story.

Mara 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.

No. 2: 'Hellos from around the World’

11th August

It has been heart warming to see the faces and hear the voices of our festival supporters from around Ireland and beyond! We wanted to share a few of these short but sweet snippets featuring 'Hello's from around the World'! We will see some more over the festival weekend too! Here we have:

-Abbi Patrix from France, featured storyteller at Cape Clear International Storytelling Festival 2016.

-Ferdia Ó Liatháin from Cape Clear Island runs ‘Bus Cleire’. If you have been to the festival you will probably recognise him!

-Vince Kiely from Tipperary, storytelling enthusiast with an ace imagination, and frequent visitor at our storytelling workshop weekend.

-Francis Mc Carron, part time storyteller from Monaghan.

-Karen Edwards from Owey Island, off the coast of Donegal, who has been involved with the festival for the last number of years.

No. 1: 'The Intro’- By Diarmuid O’Drisceoil

4th August

This year Cape Clear International Storytelling Festival will be held online on our website: and on our Facebook @capeclearstorytellingfestival on the 4th and 6th of September. We were sorry to cancel the 'real deal' but the festival organisers and the wonderful storytellers involved still wanted to see something go ahead. We hope you enjoy!

The Festival Weekend

Friday 4th


'Hear All the Tellers'

Saturday 5th


'Uncut Ceiliúradh'

Saturday 5th


'Saturday Evening Concert'

Sunday 6th


'Children's Stories'

Sunday 6th


'Grand Finale'