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Batt and Maura Burns (The Kennedy Center)

Batt and Maura Burns

As a youngster As a youngster Batt Burns experienced the seanachie (Storyteller) tradition firsthand when he lived with his grandfather in the Hills of County Kerry and heard him tell long, involved stories by the fire during the harsh winter nights. Today Burns helps to preserve that heritage with haunting accounts of ghosts, great adventure stories, tales of heroes, farcical stories, and witty jokes.During his early years as an elementary school principal, Burns worked hard to make significant changes in the Irish educational system, putting particular emphasis on storytelling. He is the author of many school textbooks, many of his stories have been published, and he has produced tapes and CDs of poetry and storytelling. His new book of Irish Folktales, The King With Horse’s Ears and Other Irish Folktales, was published in 2009 and has just won The Storytelling World Award 2010 for the best collection of folktales for young readers.

Watch Past Performances

<i>Whisperings of Ireland</i> 11/5/10: Whisperings of Ireland

Traditional Irish musician Maura Burns and Irish storyteller Batt Burns perform together with music, storytelling, poetry, Gaelic song and dance. Part of Kids Euro Festival 2010.

Whisperings of Ireland

Traditional Irish musician Maura Burns and Irish storyteller Batt Burns perform together with music, storytelling, poetry, Gaelic song and dance. Part of Kids Euro Festival 2010.
Batt and Maura Burns 3/17/10: Batt and Maura Burns

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Batt Burns—a 2010 Storytelling World Awards winner—and his singer/musician wife Maura as they weave a rich tapestry of Irish tales and songs.

Batt and Maura Burns

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Batt Burns—a 2010 Storytelling World Awards winner—and his singer/musician wife Maura as they weave a rich tapestry of Irish tales and songs.
Batt and Maura Burns 3/18/00: Batt and Maura Burns

Batt Burns teams up with his singer/musician wife, Maura Burns, to weave a rich tapestry of Irish tales and songs.

Batt and Maura Burns

Batt Burns teams up with his singer/musician wife, Maura Burns, to weave a rich tapestry of Irish tales and songs.

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