About the Armagh Rhymers
The Armagh Rhymers are one of Ireland’s most celebrated traditional music and theatre ensembles. For 30+ years we have delighted audiences at international children’s theatre festivals, ritual drama and folk festivals. We are Mummers, ballad singers, actors, musicians, dancers, storytellers and clowns, dressed in amazing costumes and masks of flax, willow and straw.
The masked tradition of rhyming with its unique blend of music, drama, song and dance dates back over 2,500 years. It celebrates the ‘theatre of the people’ and has inspired many major Irish poets such as Seamus Heaney, Brendan Kennelly, John Montague and John Hewitt.
What people say
Fantastic show - full of energy, fun and participation. Rhymers had wonderful rapport with the children. A day they will remember for a long time. Rhymers had excellent awareness of disabilities and working caringly and sympathetically with the young people to get the very best from them.
- Fleming Fulton, Special Needs School
Those festival goers lucky enough to catch the Armagh Rhymers at Glastonbury had a whale of a time
- Gordon Adair, BBC on Glastonbury Festival
There were people from 12 European countries and they were blown away. One girl from Slovenia said 'it was the most brilliant thing that has happened to me in Ireland'
- Andy Pollack, Trans Frontier Euro-Institute Network
Myths and Legends - a fantastic part of our book week. Thanks again.
Millisle Primary School
Very interactive, enthusing, enjoyable, great music, excellent use of instruments to match parts of the story. Great interaction with children.
Mt. St. Catherine's P.S.
The Rhymers were excellent, ages ranged from 3-10. Children interacted fully and were enthused and willing to take part. It was great fun and the stories were inspirational. The music was excellent, incorporating different cultures. Parents said that the children will remember it forever.
- Children's Festival, Mayo
As always a wonderful and energetic performance which engaged a very varied audience drawn from many ethnic groups in our area.
- Public Library, Dublin
It was an excellent session. the children thoroughly enjoyed the show. It was appropriate for the age level and suitably varied.
- Dromtrasna, N.S.