One Festival,
Three Days, a
World of Stories!

One Festival, Three Days,
and a World of Stories

-Garden & Gun

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

One Festival, Three Days,
and a Word of Stories

Historic Jonesborough, Tennessee

October 4–6, 2019

One Festival, Three Days,
and a Word of Stories

Los Angeles Times

Jonesborough is to storytelling."

"For what New Orleans is to jazz. . .

One Festival, Three Days,
and a Word of Stories

 

October 4–6, 2019 Jonesborough Tennessee

The 47th annual National Storytelling Festival is October 4 – 6, 2019. (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.

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Meet the Tellers

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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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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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With a manic, Silly Putty voice, hilarious, heart-filled stories, and amazing mouth noises, (arguably the greatest in the world), Andy Offutt Irwin is equal parts mischievous schoolboy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern Balladeer.

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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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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 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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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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