Storytellers at public library set to bring a Celtic experience

MOUNDSVILLE — “Stories and Ballads from Celtic Lands” is on tap at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Working in tandem, professional storytellers Susanna Connelly Holstein and Judi Tarowsky will present this multimedia program aimed at adults and students.

According to the duo, bogles and black dogs, selkies and sacred places weave a magical, mystical web of stories and ballads from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Folklore, superstition, legends and strange but true tales will combine with photos, artifacts and music in a presentation that will entrall and delight, and perhaps send shivers down the spines of their audience.

Holstein is known to many as “Granny Sue” and traces her heritage to England and Ireland. She has explored the connections between Celtic and Appalachian cultures through research and travel, and her performances often include ballads sung in the traditional unaccompanied style.

Tarowsky, a local educator and long-time newspaper journalist, applies those skills to research, adapt, write and present the stories in her repertoire. Like Holstein, she has ancestors from Ireland and England as well as Wales. Along with inspiring travel, a Welsh pen pal from her childhood helped spark her pursuit of storytelling.

Both storytellers have performed at venues throughout the region and for all ages. This collaboration should be a special treat for their many fans.

This event is free and open to the public, with support from the Robert Baker Family. Light refreshments will be available.

The Moundsville Library is located at Fifth Street and Tomlinson Avenue in Moundsville.

For more information call the library at 304-845-6911.


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