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National Storytelling Festival | October 4 - 6, 2019

"Like a Bonnaroo
of the spoken word..."

-Garden & Gun

National Storytelling Festival | October 4 - 6, 2019

National Storytelling Festival
October 2-4, 2020

National Storytelling Festival | October 4 - 6, 2019

"For what New Orleans
is to jazz . . . Jonesborough
is to storytelling."

-Los Angeles Times

National Storytelling Festival | October 4 - 6, 2019

 

October 2–4, 2020 Jonesborough Tennessee

The 48th annual National Storytelling Festival is October 2 – 4, 2020. (Book early for discounted tickets!) Consider this your one-stop-shop for details about the program, as well as other useful info to plan your visit.

Buy Tickets  2020 Festival Brochure  2019 Festival Schedule    

 

Meet the Tellers

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Charlotte Blake Alston – Ghost Story Teller

Charlotte Blake Alston has performed in venues throughout North America and abroad, including the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Women of the World Festival in South Africa.

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Simon Brooks – New Voice

Born in England, Simon Brooks was raised on traditional tales. His work as a storyteller began in 2003, and since then, he has taken his powerful performances all over New England and the U.S.

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Regi Carpenter
Photo by Dede Hatch

Regi Carpenter

Regi Carpenter, an award-winning performer, has toured her solo shows and workshops both nationally and internationally. 

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Donald Davis

Donald Davis was born in a Southern Appalachian mountain world rich in stories, surrounded by a family of traditional storytellers who told him gentle fairy tales, simple and silly Jack tales, scary mountain lore…

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Eth-Noh-Tec

Eth-Noh-Tec, founded in 1981 by Nancy Wang and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo, is interdisciplinary story theater of precision choreography, music and lyrical word-weaving.

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Josh Goforth

Josh Goforth was already playing piano at four years old, but it was his 6th grade experience seeing Sheila Kay Adams that inspired his interest in his musical heritage.

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Andy Offut Irwin

With a manic, Silly Putty voice, hilarious, heart-filled stories, and amazing mouth noises, (arguably the greatest in the world), Andy Offutt Irwin has been described as “The Marx Brothers meet Eudora Welty.”

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Rev. Robert Jones

The Rev. Robert Jones is an inspirational storyteller and musician celebrating the history, humor and power of American Roots music. With a repertoire that blends timeless stories with original and traditional songs, he has shared his work throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.

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Dan Keding – Ghost Story Teller

Dan Keding is well-known for his telling of personal narratives, ghost stories, world folktales, and superbly crafted original pieces. 

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Bil Lepp

Bil Lepp is an internationally-known storyteller, author, and recording artist whose style has been described as a satisfying blend of Bob Newhart and Jeff Foxworthy.  A five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest, his outrageous tall tales and witty stories are a signature of his repertoire.

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Barbara McBride-Smith

Barbara McBride-Smith grew up in Texas, was educated in Massachusetts, raised her family in Oklahoma, and finally settled down in Tennessee. McBride-Smith’s colorful voice along with its native Texas twang, (according to the Bar Harbor Times), might remind you of “a fire and brimstone preacher, carnival barker, used car salesman, or Butterfly McQueen.”

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Mara Menzies – International New Voice

Scottish/Kenyan storyteller Mara Menzies enthralls audiences around the world with stories from her rich dual heritage.

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Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton – Midnight Cabaret Teller

Although only 30 years old, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton has earned a reputation for transporting audiences back to the 1920’s and making them wish they could stay there for good. 

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Sam Payne – New Voice

Sam Payne has brought his stories – punctuated with music that critics have called “jazz-inflected folk” – to Canada, Bulgaria, Tokyo, and from coast to coast in the U.S., including the Kennedy Center. 

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Carolina Quiroga-Stultz – New Voice

Carolina Quiroga-Stultz is a Colombian storyteller and performer who researches and brings to life a wide repertoire of myths and traditional tales from Hispanic and Latin America.

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Antonia Rocha

Antonio Rocha, a native of Brazil, presents a unique fusion of verbal narrative and mime that he’s shared in sixteen countries across six continents.

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Laura Simms

Called “riveting” by the New York Times, and “luminous” by The Soho Theater in London, Laura Simms is an award-winning storyteller who performs, teaches and conducts story projects worldwide.

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Minton Sparks

Minton Sparks fuses wildly original poetry and an intoxicating gift for storytelling into performances that share her memories of growing up in a small-town southern family.

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Tim Tingle

Tim Tingle is an Oklahoma Choctaw storyteller and award-winning author of 12 books.

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Donna Washington

Donna Washington has traveled the world for more than 30 years sharing her stories and presenting workshops about the inextricable link between storytelling and literacy.

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Pippa White – New Voice

Pippa White turned to solo performing in 1994.  Prior to that, she had an extensive career in theatre and television on the West Coast. 

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