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.
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.
"Dolores Hydock talks with her hands. And her elbows. And her shoulders. When she speaks, she is literally irrepressible." That's how one reviewer described Dolores' vivacious style that fills the stage with wit, energy, and a swirl of characters that populate her stories of family fireworks, food fads, true love, turnip greens, and other peculiarities of everyday life. She lives in Birmingham.
Three on a String is a long-lived bluegrass trio. The group was founded in Birmingham in 1971 by banjo player Bobby Horton, guitarist Jerry Ryan, and bassist John Vess. Their debut was at the Lowenbrau Haus in Homewood and that became their regular home for the next two decades.
Three on a String have played for two presidents and with nearly a dozen symphony orchestras. Introducing each show with "We're here to have fun!", they pepper the act with comedic banter and even occasional skits. They have made numerous television appearances, including several for Tom York's "Morning Show" and have been inducted into the Alabama Blue Grass Hall of Fame and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.