• 3.5 stars out of 5
• Stage 7, Yardbird Suite
Storyteller Carlyn Rhamey spins an amusing “Celtic adventure tale” about her travels last year in Ireland and Great Britain along with details about her own “lighthearted train wreck” of a life.
Among other things, she’s happy to tell us she likes to drink alone, she has ADHD and she’ll likely die a spinster whose body is eaten by cats.
There are enough tangents in this hour to keep a geometry professor happy — we learn about her problems with underwear, her dud dating record, her life as a serial bridesmaid and a brief marital history of King Henry VIII.
Once on the road, she talks to charming Irishmen, incomprehensible Irishmen, touring Canadians and, eventually, the handsome Mr. Darcy, a Canmore boy with whom she starts a long-distance relationship after they meet at an Amsterdam strip show.
The love affair, which forms the main thread of this yarn, ends before a planned joint sojourn in Scotland, but Rhamey travels by herself anyway — saor is a Gaelic word for free.
She’s a cheery, self-deprecating presence who doesn’t take things too seriously and has an engaging ability to poke fun at herself.
She visits lands known well by many Canadians, so you won’t learn much about exotic faraway cultures from her show, but you will know a little more about what makes Rhamey tick.