Storytelling Online Concerts

Storytelling concerts you can watch from home – now through the end of the year on Thursday nights. 

Storytelling Online! is our new concert series that you can watch directly from your living room. Using the state-of-the-art platform we developed for the National Storytelling Festival, we’ve planned seven evening concerts and one special children’s show to take us through the end of the year.

Storytelling Online! tickets are $12 per household and available for sale through the date of the event — and they’ll remain available for three days afterward in case you miss the show or want to watch it again. You can also purchase a special combination ticket right now that includes all three December concerts for just $25.

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Storytelling Online Workshops

Each season, ISC hosts applied storytelling workshops on a variety of special topics as part of our traditional Teller-in-Residence series. Typically held in-person, we’ve modified them this year to allow for a live, interactive, virtual experience. These workshops are designed to explore the art and science of storytelling and how it can be used across multiple disciplines like healthcare, education, and business.

Storytelling Online Concert Schedule

Thursday, October 29 at 7:30pm EST
Sheila Kay Adams

Enjoy music, downhome stories, and a chat with seventh generation ballad singer Sheila Kay Adams, who hails from Western North Carolina and delights in passing on the rich musical heritage and stories of her ancestors. Her many honors include the nation’s highest nod to the folk and traditional arts, the NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award. Adams has performed across the nation and abroad, including appearances at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. “An accomplished claw hammer style banjo player and a delightful raconteur of mountain life. Her artistry conveys a powerful sense of family and place.” – North Carolina Arts Council

Thursday, November 5 at 7:30pm EST
Sam Payne

Spend an evening with Sam Payne, as he delivers his original songs and stories often called “jazz-inflected folk.” In performances across the U.S. and abroad, his stage presence, craftsmanship, and soaring tenor voice have established him as a favorite with audiences and critics alike. Sam serves as the Weber State University Storytelling Fellow, and hosts The Apple Seed, a national radio show on the art of storytelling. “Payne delivers his riveting tales with passion, emotionally stirring hooks, and an almost supernatural ability to tell a story.” – The Independent magazine

Visit Sam’s website.

Thursday, November 12 at 7:30pm EST
Sheila Arnold

Join Sheila for stories created during her sheltering-in time she refers to as “Corona Creative.” In this program, you’ll hear folktales, adaptations and personal narratives, all told in her personal, interactive, and dynamic style.  Arnold’s been featured at multiple festivals across the U.S. “She was passionate about the storytelling…slipping in and out of characters with ease.  Her performance demanded attention.” – Culpeper Star-Exponent

Visit Sheila’s website.

Thursday, November 19 at 7:30pm EST
John McCutcheon

Enjoy a fine evening of stories and music with Folk music’s Renaissance man, incredible instrumentalist, and powerful singer-songwriter, John McCutcheon.  Hailed as “one of our country’s best songwriters” by Pete Seeger and the “most impressive instrumentalist I’ve ever heard” by Johnny Cash, few people communicate with the versatility, charm, wit or pure talent of McCutcheon, who is a recipient of seven Grammy nominations. “He has an uncanny ability to breathe new life into the familiar. His storytelling has the richness of fine literature.” – Washington Post

Visit John’s website.

Thursday, December 3 at 7:30pm EST
Bil Lepp

Prepare for an evening of hilarity with Bil Lepp’s family-friendly tall tales and stories that have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life. Though he is a five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars Contest, his stories often contain morsels of truth, which present universal themes in clever and witty ways. Bil has been featured on, and guest hosted for, NPR’s Mountain Stage “Just as New Jersey has Bruce Springsteen, West Virginia has…Bil Lepp.” – Goldenseal Magazine 

Visit Bil’s website.


Workshop Price – $125
Saturday, December 5 and Saturday, December 12 at 11am – 1pm EST
Minton Sparks
Who We Are: A Two-Part Story-Writing Workshop

Each one of us has a story about who we are. Some are wildly inspiring; other times, they are the very things that hold us back. This workshop offers a unique opportunity to explore your family tree, listen deeply to your own story, and locate yourself within a particular time and place while learning new storytelling techniques. No writing experience necessary.

In addition to writing and performing, Minton teaches her “Create Your Story” workshop at universities and professional organizations across the country. Since 2014, she’s been an artist in residence at the Banff Performing Arts Center.

Visit Minton’s website.

Workshop Price – $75
Saturday, December 12 at 2:00pm – 4:30pm EST
Regi Carpenter
Using Traditional Tales to Elicit Personal Stories and Coping Strategies

Stories from the world’s story traditions often mirror the issues of people who seek professional care: confusion, depression, addiction, grief, and a loss of identity. This workshop demonstrates how these tales also contain coping skills, resourcefulness and resiliency. Suitable for health care workers, caregivers, addiction counselors, bereavement counselors and volunteers in any of the helping fields.

Carpenter is the founder of Stories with Spirit, a creative initiative dedicated to bringing stories of hope to palliative care patients, families, and caregivers. She also trains medical professionals in the use of stories as narrative medicine.


Visit Regi’s website.

Thursday, December 10 at 7:30pm EST
Barbara McBride-Smith

An ancient proverb says that if we tell the stories of those who have died, we keep them with us forever. In this set, Barbara recalls her “mom & pop wisdom” with tales of how the off-kilter wisdom of her parents has stuck for a lifetime. The award-winning McBride-Smith, who now resides in Jonesborough, Tennessee, has entertained audiences on multiple stages across the U.S.  “McBride-Smith, with all her humor, doesn’t forget the poignant sorrows of women’s and men’s lives.  Her stories will make you laugh … break your heart, and give you a new take on the struggles of ‘we mortals’ to live our lives on this earth.”  – New Directions for Women

Visit Barbara’s website.

Thursday, December 17 at 7:30pm EST
Dolores Hydock

Join Dolores Hydock as she celebrates the spirit of comfort, joy, and connection that makes this such a memorable time of year. Truman Capote’s classic, A Christmas Memory, comes alive as Dolores relays the story of a joyful Christmas from a simpler time and the enduring friendship of a 7-year-old child and his 60-something cousin. In this two-part hour, she begins with an original story, It’s Not the Food, It’s the Fellowship. A storyteller and actress, Dolores fills the stage with wit, energy, and a swirl of characters in an array of personal stories, medieval adventures, oral histories, and literary classics. “Dolores’ stories are funny and touching, smart and insightful, personal and universal.” — The Birmingham News

Visit Dolores’ website.


You will receive your access link in a separate email from It will contain your “Magic Link” to the event. This email will arrive within 24 hours before the event.  If you don’t see it in your inbox, please check your junk, spam, social and promotions folders.

Once you receive the email, please click on the “Magic Link.” This will take you to the event site. 

First you must create a password by clicking on your initials in the circle at the top right-hand corner of the page. Click on the security tab, where you will create and confirm a new password.

Once your password is saved, click on the circle with your initials in it to return to the event site.

You are now ready to view the event. Once the event begins, it will be available for viewing for 72 hours.

You can re-access the event by clicking on this link:

We strongly recommend that you use Chrome as the internet browser on your computer as it will give you the best experience. Safari (Apple), Firefox, and the latest version of Microsoft Edge are other alternative browsers that will work on your computer. If you aren’t sure what browser you are using or if it’s up-to-date you can go here to check:

1. When you login, you should see the event(s) you registered for on the first screen. Click on ‘Details’ for the event you would like to access.

**If you have used the Magic Link to access your event, skip to step 2.



**If you do not see your event, please double-check again to make sure that you used the same email when creating your account that you used when you registered for the event.

2. You are now in your Virtual Event Home Page. Here you can navigate to ‘Event Schedule’ to preview and add Sessions into ‘My Schedule’, watch the Welcome Video, and download event Resources.





3. In the Event Schedule, you will see all Sessions arranged chronologically. From here, you can Add and Remove Sessions to your Schedule, Filter through the Sessions, or Search Schedule.

***Please note: this is not required, but a nice convenience to save Sessions on your My Schedule area.



5. If you would like to learn more about a Session or view the content, click anywhere on the row to open up to the Session.



6. Within a Session, you can download Materials, click on Speakers to see their Bios, Email, LinkedIn, Phone Number, etc. You can also click Join if your Session is live.



7. To navigate back to the Event Schedule, click on ‘Back to Sessions‘ in the top left corner.



8. To navigate back to the Virtual Event Home Page at any time, click on the Event Title in the top left-hand corner of the page. You can also click on the Menu option to open your Navigation Menu.



Enjoy your Event!

Most likely, yes, however it ultimately depends on your television. It may require some special hardware such as a cord to connect your computer or laptop to your television, or a casting device such as Google Chromecast or an Amazon Fire TV Stick. For more information on these types of products and how to set up your television in this manner, contact your local tech store such as Best Buy.