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Rhyme, Rant & Rann celebrates Ireland’s tremendous traditional arts heritage. Fresh and unfussy, the show offers audiences a great evening’s entertainment filled with tall tales, splendid songs and wickedly wise words.

Rhyme, Rant & Rann is performed by Len Graham (traditional singer), Jack Lynch (actor, storyteller) and Theo Dorgan (poet, writer).

In Rhyme, Rant & Rann, audiences can look forward to hearing Theo’s poetry and prose inspired by his love of the sea, alongside hilarious, outrageous yarns from Jack Lynch and moving songs from Len Graham.

For Theo Dorgan, the magnificent marine vistas off the rugged coast of Clifden are sure to bring back very special memories. As a novice sailor, Theo found himself undertaking two epic ocean voyages (in 2001, from Antigua to Kinsale and again in 2006, from Cape Horn to Cape Town, South Africa). The experiences served as literary inspiration for Theo’s two books about these sailing expeditions, namely “Sailing for Home” and “Time on the Ocean”, both of which received glowing press reviews.

The proximity of Clifden to America (“next stop New York”) will also resonate strongly with both Len Graham and Jack Lynch. As one of Ireland’s finest keepers of folk tunes and ballads, Len’s repertoire mingles sad farewells with joyous homecomings, in his heart-warming performances. Renowned storyteller Jack Lynch weaves his tales with sensitivity and expertise, bringing the audience along on his spell-binding theatrical journeys.

Rhyme, Rant & Rann appears at the Station House Theatre (as part of the Clifden Arts Festival programme) on Thursday 27 September. For this very special performance, they will be joined by the fantastic Irish tin whistle player, Sean Ryan.

Rhyme, Rant and Rann is kindly supported by an Arts Council Touring Award.
For more info, please visit www.rhymerantandrann.com

Rhyme, Rant & Rann
Thursday 27 September: Station House Hotel, Clifden, Co Galway @ 8:30pm
Tickets: €10

Theo Dorgan has enjoyed a long and varied career as a distinguished poet, writer, broadcaster, editor and translator. He was elected a member of Aosdána in 1999. Theo has produced a wealth of prose and poetry throughout his career, coupled with other literary achievements including international translations of his work (into German, Romanian, Greek, Italian, Hungarian, Russian, Catalan, Spanish, Slovenian, Japanese and French). He is well-known for his extensive broadcast media work with BBC, RTE and PBS (America). He was co-editor and instigator of THE GREAT BOOK OF IRELAND, and has edited many other books. His two prose sailing books, SAILING FOR HOME and TIME ON THE OCEAN, have been lavishly praised, and his latest collection of poems, GREEK, has been variously reviewed as “flawless”, “stunning” and “superb writing”. Theo is the recipient of the 2010 O’Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry (USA).
Theo Dorgan’s work and reviews can be found on his web site www.theodorgan.com

Dublin-born storyteller and actor Jack Lynch appears regularly throughout Ireland with his store of Wonder Tales, ancient myths, folktales, Tall Tales and picaresqueries. He has represented the Irish oral tradition throughout Europe, in the Middle East, North Africa, the Caribbean and the U.S. With his regular performing partner, Len Graham, Jack has appeared at the Whitby, Sidmouth and Girvan Folk Festivals and, in 2007, at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC. As an actor he has much experience on stage, television, film and radio, and has appeared in Fair City, The Tudors, Glenroe and Angela’s Ashes, amongst others. Jack is a founder member and current chair of Storytellers of Ireland / Aos Scéal Éireann. Jack’s web site can be found at www.jackstory.com

Len Graham is one of Ireland’s best known Irish singers who has gained an international reputation for his inimitable singing style and the breadth of his knowledge of Irish folk music. Len Graham offers traditional songs in English from the North of Ireland, with memories from a lifetime of collecting and singing. Len’s extensive repertory of songs covers the gamut of themes and human experience as portrayed in the old ballads, local songs, come-all-ye’s, lyric folksongs, music hall pieces; songs on politics, murder, love, emigration and more. Over the years, Len has collaborated and worked with numerous musicians, poets and storytellers. His association with the late John Campbell brought storytelling and song to a world audience. Their work together over twenty years made a significant contribution toward creating a deeper cross-community understanding of shared cultural traditions during many years of conflict in the north of Ireland. Together they recorded two albums – Ebb and Flow (1998) and Two for the Road (2001). In 2008 Len was awarded “Keeper of the Tradition” from the Tommy Makem Festival of Traditional Song and the US Irish Music Award in the “Sean-Nós Singing” category. In 2011 Len was awarded the Gradam na mBard CCÉ (CCÉ Bardic Award) at the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.