Billy Teare: Born in Ballycarry, Co. Antrim, he began on Belfast's comedy circuit, initially part-time, moving to professional touring by the 1980s.
He has appeared with leading artistes in the field, notably Packie Manus Byrne, Eddie Lenihan, Taffy Thomas and with the BBC Proms . . .
He also performs in early years settings, schools, libraries, heritage sites, community groups, council and cultural venues and has taken part in all the
major Irish, British and North American folk and storytelling festivals, including the International Storytelling Centre, Jonesborough, Tennessee, (he was
their artist in residence in 2008) and storytelling festivals in the Yukon and Toronto.
Since 2003 Billy has collaborated with Kathleen O'Sullivan and together they have developed popular programmes of stories and songs for all ages and
Billy incorporates comedy, music, and magic and a whole host of theatre skills.
BASED ON REFERENCE IN
FINTAN VALLELY (2011:678) COMPANION TO IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC. CORK UNIVERSITY PRESS.
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About: Billy Teare
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September 23rd to 27th 2008 Billy was 'Teller in
Residence' in the International Storytelling Center,
Jonesborough, Tennessee, USA.
“I’m as delighted with stories as a kid with a puddle on a rainy day.
It’s all verbal puddle leaping, that’s what it is.” - BILLY TEARE
© Kathleen O'Sullivan and Billy Teare 2010
The songster and the storytellin' man
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Billy Teare and Kathleen O'Sullivan at the 'Around the Fire'
storytelling festival, Hammersmith Irish Cultural Centre.
This video clip is their own arrangement of W B Yeats ' The
Stolen Child'. Kathleen has based the air of her refrain on
Kitty Gallagher's 'Keening Song'.
Kathleen O'Sullivan: Kathleen O'Sullivan was born in the East End of London. Father and mother were from Cork and Laoise respectively. The youngest of
nine children, she learned to sing from her mother: all her family sang and/or played traditional Irish music.
Her acclaimed solo album 'Born on St Patrick's day' (2002) was recorded at her home, by friend and musician Simon Wroe (who plays guitar on the only
For seven years she recorded and toured high profile venues and festivals throughout Europe and America as the vocalist with trad band 'The London
Lasses and Pete Quinn'
In the last nine years she has returned to her unaccompanied roots, working with Billy, presenting Original, Modern and Traditional Song and Irish
She is an artist and published poet and uses these skills in their presentations.
FROM AN ARTICLE IN 'THE IRISH WORLD' Jan 2012
About: Kathleen O'Sullivan
The Songster - a fine exponent of traditional Irish singing