Belfast Girl
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Tender and evocative true stories of growing up in Belfast before the Troubles

"I am a Belfast girl: reared in the singing streets of Northern Ireland's capital city, married in Scotland and finally arriving in America in 1964,where kindly circumstances hailed me in the late 1960s as a singer and storyteller of her native land" So Maggi Kerr Peirce sums up her remarkable life as a bearer of her native song culture from Belfast to the American folk music revival of the late Twentieth Century. Also a revered storyteller, Maggi (no "e," she was named for an Irish breakfast cereal) has been featured at the National Storytelling Festival and received the National Storytelling Network (USA) Oracle award for lifetime achievement.


MAGGI KERR PEIRCE sang her native Irish ballads from the Newport Folk Festival to Puget Sound during the 1970s. She performed on many of the same stages as Pete Seeger, the Kingston Brothers, and the Peter, Paul and Mary trio. Her Irish stories have graced storytelling festivals coast to coast. She lives in Fairhaven, Massachusetts with her husband, Ken and the support of her nearby daughter, Cora, and son, Hank.


"Maggi's stories sparkle, they go straight to the heart. They are like Maggi herself: not sentimental, but not afraid of anything, including sentiment."
-Michael Parent, National Storytelling Network Oracle Award winning storyteller

"Charles Dickens would have loved A Belfast Girl. Maggi Kerr Peirce's characters are alive and beautifully drawn. I felt invited into a new world. This is a marvelous book."
-Jay O'Callahan, author, workshop leader, and occasional NPR commentator

"Maggi Kerr Peirce was there at the beginning of the American storytelling revival with her wonderful Irish stories and songs. Maggi brings that same charm, wit and lyrical prose to her life story in A Belfast Girl."
-David Holt, four-time Grammy winner, author, and host of Jazz from the Landing on PRI