Evening will be Irish tradition
YOUNGSTOWN -- A seanachie, a seisuin and stepdancing will be featured during an evening of traditional Irish entertainment at 7 p.m. next Thursday in Youngstown State University's McKay Auditorium, in Beeghly Hall. Admission is free.
Seanachie is Irish for storyteller, a title that has been bestowed upon the evening's headliner, Batt Burns.
With tales of ghosts, adventures and heroes as well as humor, Burns is keeping alive the storytelling tradition he learned from his grandfather when they lived in County Kerry, Ireland.
His background: Burns, a former elementary school principal in Ireland, launched his second career in 1983 and moved to the United States in 1994.
His wife, Maura, is a traditional Irish singer and musician who performs in his shown.
Jam session: Seisuin means informal jam session, which will be led by several local musicians. Some of them have been meeting once a month for years in Irish music sessions that are now held at Borders Books in Niles.
The stepdancers are from Burke School of Irish Dance in Youngstown. Several of them are returning this week from Glasgow, Scotland, where they recently competed in the World Championship of Irish Dancing.
Among them is Brendan Trewella of Boardman, a 15-year-old freshman at Cardinal Mooney High School, ranked eighth in the world before the competition.
XThis event has been coordinated by the Mahoning Valley Irish community. Call Mary El'Hatton at (330) 788-6759 or Brendan Minogue at (330) 742-3448 for information.