Join us for an evening of traditional storytelling and Gaelic songs in the John Gray Centre, Haddington on Thursday, 4th September, 6.30pm for 7.00pm. Featuring Mary Gavan, Scottish storyteller living in Canada and Rena Gertz, Mod-winning singer of Gaelic and traditional Scottish songs. All welcome, especially if you’d like to bring along a musical instrument, a song to sing or a story to tell.
Mary Gavan is a storyteller of longstanding, having started in her home town of Haddington and continued in Vancouver, Canada where she now lives. A past president of the National Storytellers of Canada, Mary tells regularly at events, festivals and gatherings sharing her Celtic heritage as well as the foibles and fun of other folk so that she richly entertains audiences.
Rena Gertz, is East Lothian Council’s Data Protection and Freedom of Information Compliance Officer, but in her ‘other life’, she is also an in-demand singer of traditional Scottish folk music. She regularly participates in local and national Mods and last year won the Traditional Singing prize. Rena sings in Gaelic, which she speaks fluently, but it is two songs sung in her native German that Rena will shortly be recording for an upcoming BBC radio programme commemorating World One One. When Rena moved to Edinburgh she joined the Lothian Gaelic Choir and was encouraged to sing solo. She studied with singing teachers and is now being taught by the well-known classical tenor and Gaelic singer Paul McCallum.