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Storytelling Studios

During the National Storytelling Festival, come inside the Storytelling Studio for up-close and revealing interviews with some of storytelling’s most exciting voices.  A one-time only opportunity, these fascinating and intimate conversations offer listeners a look at some of their favorite tellers in the theater of the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall. 

Tickets are $15 and on sale now.  Call (800) 952-8392, ext. 222 or Buy Online.  Seating is limited (and usually sells out quickly!), so be sure to reserve your seat soon.

2018 Storytelling Studios

Riding the Rails
Abby the Spoon Lady and Chris Rodrigues
Saturday, October 6 · 11:30 am and 2:30 pm
This one-of-a-kind studio with the “Spoon Lady,” Abby Roach, and one-man-band Chris Rodrigues will make you feel like you’re inside NC’s lively busking scene. Abby first got into street performance as a way to make money for her travels across the United States by hopping freight trains. She taught herself to play the spoons, eventually becoming an internationally-known street performer, folk percussionist, storyteller, radio personality and free speech activist.  Chris, a multi-instrumentalist, has carved out his own unique blues, Appalachian style, playing the resophonic guitar, blowing the harmonica, and singing his takes on traditional songs. Together, they’ll showcase the complex rhythms of modern hobo culture and the music that surrounds it with their stories of busking, riding freight trains, and more. The duo has racked up more than a million video views, been featured in several TV shows and documentaries, and Abby can be heard weekly on FM radio 101.3 Asheville.


Dusting off the Past
Donald Davis
Sunday, October 7 · 11:30 am
Our memories are sort of like dusty old attics—sometimes it’s hard to remember what’s in them until we’re up there really rooting around. In this exclusive studio, Donald Davis will talk about some of the different ways to access even your most passive memories, and how your half-forgotten past can become fodder for your own stories. Visit with Donald as he pulls back the curtain on how his stories come together, and how you can find and share your own.