The Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany will celebrate the tradition of Seanichie, the traditional Irish Storyteller, at an event about the Irish in the Adirondacks featuring musician Dan Berggren and storyteller Joe Doolittle.
The Seanichie were travelers, carrying stories and news between hamlets and families. For the price of a warm meal, they’d share stories of the old ones and lively tales of romance and blarney.
The Irish American Heritage Museum is currently hosting an exhibit on the Irish influence in the Adirondacks. Included in this exhibit is a focus on Irishtown, a hamlet in Minerva, New York, settled in the early 1800s.
Dan Berggren grew up in Irishtown on land farmed by his family for generations. The award-winning musician and educator has developed a style that captures the spirit of the mountains in his songs and stories. Joe Doolittle is a regional storyteller with a lifelong love affair with the Adirondacks.
This event will be held on Friday, January 9th, at 7 pm. The cost is $5 for museum members, $10 for non-members, and $25 for a family of four.
The Irish American Heritage Museum is located at 370 Broadway in Albany, NY. For more information call (518) 427-1916.
Photo of the Irishtown school provided.