Athens Alabama Storytelling Festival Promo Video
Donald Davis was born in a Southern Appalachian mountain world rich in stories. “I didn’t learn stories, I just absorbed them,” he says as he recounts tales and more tales learned from a family of traditional storytellers who have lived on the same Western North Carolina land since 1781. Davis grew up hearing gentle fairy tales, simple and silly Jack tales, scary mountain lore, ancient Welsh and Scottish folktales and most importantly, nourishing true-to-life stories of his own neighbors and kin.
Entertaining thousands of adults and children alike with her ultra-energetic and charming style, Carmen Deedy has recounted her tales of growing up Cuban in Decatur, Georgia for over a decade. A large number of her published works are award-winning, including Martina the Beautiful Cockroach, the 2008 Pura Belpre Medal Winner (honor book). This is one of the highest honors for books by and about Latinos and their culture.
A native of Covington, GA, Andy Offutt Irwin started out in comedy, but added music and storytelling because he had a lot more to say. In storytelling circles, he is especially known for relating the adventures of his eighty-five-year-old aunt, Marguerite Van Camp, M.D. In July, this summer,
he was Teller in Residence for a week in Jonesborough, TN and sold out all of his shows! Also, he was the recipient of the 2013 National Storytelling Network’s Oracle Circle of Excellence Award and all five of his storytelling CDs have won Storytelling Word Awards.
Michael Reno Harrell is an award-winning songwriter and veteran storyteller from the Southern Appalachian Mountains whose unique brand of entertainment appeals to a very diverse audience. The whole family will enjoy his performance, inspired by his life in the South as well as his time touring Europe and the British Isles.
Bil Lepp tells original, hilarious, tales that will bring a smile to the face of even the most ill-humored person around. Bil has been a Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival several times, and at The Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Bil is an award-winning author and recording artist, and has been featured at venues across the nation, including a recent appearance for Comedy Central. Lepp is the recipient of the Storytelling Circle of Excellence Award. He recently won the 2013 Parents’ Choice Gold Award for The King of Little Things, his first picture book.