YourClassical Storytime

An Irish Folk Tale

The queen kissed Nora daintily on each cheek.Nancy Carlson for MPR

YourClassical Storytime: Irish Folk Tale


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March 01, 2020

Once upon a time, in Ireland, there lived a "gloomery" little girl named Nora. What's "gloomery"? It's a sort of sad, crying feeling — the kind where, even if no tears fall from your eyes, you can still feel the crying deep in your bones. Restoring Nora's smile would take a magical adventure and the intervention of woodland fairies.

Listen now to the Irish folk tale Nora Mavourneen and the Fairy Queen, the latest episode of YourClassical Storytime, featuring Irish music plus original illustrations by Nancy Carlson. (See more of her illustrations in the gallery below.)

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Our telling of the Irish folk tale Nora Mavourneen and the Fairy Queen includes the following works from these recordings:

Victor Herbert: Irish Rhapsody
Ulster Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta
Naxos 573517

Charles Villiers Stanford: Irish Rhapsody No. 4
London Philharmonic, Adrian Boult
Lyrita 2338

Courtesy of Naxos of America Inc.


Storyteller: Andrea Blain
Story: Andrea Blain and Valerie Kahler, adapted from The Birthday Honors of the Fairy Queen, by Hapgood Moore (public domain)
Illustrations: Nancy Carlson
Producer: Valerie Kahler
Digital producer: Seiji Cataldo
Senior digital producer: Randy Salas
Program director: Julie Amacher