STORYTELLING
Brief clip of live performance from “Before The Dhoul Knows Yer Dead!”
Castle Dobbs, Carrickfergus, Ireland
For storytelling presentations, Robert portrays one of only two Irish harpers known to have come to the American colonies prior to the war for Independence. Michael Keane was the household harper to Arthur Dobbs, Royal Governor of North Carolina. He arrived in October of 1754. Despite his gift for music and storytelling, Michaels’ fortunes shifted and he found himself at the siege of Fort Oswego, entertaining the British officers. Little is known of Keane's exploits during the French & Indian War, so Robert has a wide range of possibilities upon which to draw. In addition to one performance which introduces Michael Keane, Robert has developed other performances suited to different seasons and holidays. These offerings have been acclaimed from Colonial Williamsburg to Carpenter's Hall and the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Different instruments are used in every program, and stories are featured along with songs and popular tunes of the 18th century.
Michael Keane - Harper In A New Land (St. Patrick’s Day) Before The Dhoul Knows Yer Dead! (Halloween) Drive The Cold Winter Away (Christmas)