Fado fado, or not so long ago, there was a boy who was slow to read, because his sister liked to read to him so much. She read him stories, stories that enthralled them both. Then they grew up and grew apart, yet the girl kept her fascination with stories, and the boy would come from far and wide to hear a tale or two. The boy knew they were good, the girl knew they were great. So one day she said to her brother, the only way to keep these stories alive is to tell them. So that’s what they did.
They lit some candles in the depth of winter 2014, and they started to learn one of the ancient epics, An Táin Bo Culaigne, from a fair few versions. They crafted their own story, they learned how to tell the it, and as the music came along to accompany them, the whole thing just felt right. So they’ve been telling stories ever since. And as Candlelit Tales kept going, we kept growing, and we kept working with various musicians, storytellers, performers and artists, all lending their talents and their skills to the troupe, to keep storytelling alove for sorts of audiences, big and small, all over Ireland and beyond ever since.
The boy, Aron, grew up listening to his sister, Sorcha, telling him stories, and now they tell stories together. And the friends they have gathered along the way have helped them to keep doing what they love best, telling, and hearing stories being told, with enchantment, passion and play and with music that will make you sway… or at least tap your foot!
Now we’re telling stories in a podcast, as well as performing our storytelling nights in and around various venues across Dublin and Ireland. We’ve created children’s shows, theatre shows, festival shows, and now a new podcast. And we keep finding more stories and more ways to tell them.
We have lots of other ideas as well, and we continue to be inspired by these stories and the creative beauties that keep working with us. We get swept up and away with these myths, and keep finding new insights and delights with every one. There’s a powerful kind of magic going on, and we don’t ever want to stop!
Candlelit Tales want to bring back the craic of the old myths and legends. We want to share these stories with the world so that everyone can hear and be inspired by the wealth of wit and wisdom in these old tales.
So keep her lit lads… keep her candlelit.