The Irish Festival of Oulu

Official program partner of Oulu 2026

Storytelling

Storytelling Events

A long time ago, when Irish was the spoken language of Ireland, thick forests of ancient trees covered the land. And these forests were home to many animals, including the wolf who roamed freely in nature and thrived off the land…

Storytelling has been a popular event amongst audiences at our festival through the years and we are happy to welcome you to be inspired and entertained by numerous storytelling events throughout the festival.

Now, we introduce our versatile group of storytellers. Click on their names for full bio.

Arrive early to be seated.

Storytelling: Stories from the North

Stories from the North is a cross-cultural performance of oral storytelling from North Carolina, Northern Ireland, Oulu and Finland combined with Finnish folk music and sean nós (old style) Irish Gaelic songs. This storytelling and music experience represents the artistic backgrounds of musicians / storytellers Osmo Hakosalo, Brent Ó Caiside and Anna-Maria Toivonen and is inspired by their passion to revisit the oral storytelling traditions of the North combined with traditional music and songs.

Join Osmo, Brent and Anna-Maria for an interesting evening of storytelling, music and song.

This event is in Finnish and English.

This event organised in collaboration with Folk Music Association Rällä Ry.

Wednesday 25.9.

19:00

Storytelling: Stories from the North

Osmo Hakosalo, Anna-Maria Toivonen & Brent Ó Caiside

Bar Café Hemingway’s

Free Entry. Duration: 75 minutes

Storytelling: TALES & TARINAT

Join storytellers Eamonn KeenanAnna-Maria ToivonenBrent Ó CaisideAnna Kaisa Kettunen and Aaron Gorman for an intimate and entertaining evening of storytelling and song with a brilliant group of storytellers aiming to tell a whole bunch of stories around legends, myth, adventure, folk lore, saints and sinners, love, mystic creatures and much more.

Oral storytelling bridges the past to the present using imagination as a creative way to entertain and make sense of our surroundings, events and unexplainable phenomena found in nature. In olden days, it was a major form of entertainment and simply put, a good story always survives the quest of time.

These events are in English but there could be a tale or two in Finnish.

Thursday 26.9.

20:00

Storytelling: Tales & Tarinat

Eamonn Keenan, Anna-Maria Toivonen, Brent Ó Caiside, Anna Kaisa Kettunen, Aaron Gorman

Bar Café Hemingway’s

Free Entry. Duration: 2 hours

Saturday 28.9.

12:00

Storytelling: Tales & Tarinat

Eamonn Keenan, Brent Ó Caiside, Anna Kaisa Kettunen, Aaron Gorman

Bar Café Hemingway’s

Free Entry. Duration: 2 hours

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