Storytelling Online Concerts

Storytelling concerts you can watch from home – ISC’s online Winter Series 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 a winter series of evening concerts and one special children’s show to take us through the chilly season. Grab a blanket and a warm beverage and join us!

Storytelling Online! tickets are $15 per household and available for sale through Friday at 4:30 p.m. the week of the event — and they’ll remain available for four days afterward in case you miss the show or want to watch it again. You can also purchase a special season ticket right now that includes all eight concerts for just $75. Prices include all fees.

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Storytelling Online Concert Schedule

Thursday, Feb 25 at 7:30pm EST
Robert B. Jones, Sr.

Reverend Jones is an inspirational storyteller, singer, instrumentalist, and visual artist celebrating the history, humor, and power of American Roots music. His initial love was country blues guitar, but over the years his repertoire has expanded to include many styles of traditional African American folk, including spirituals and gospel which he has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. “Perhaps the world’s most highly educated blues musician, an ordained minister, a longtime DJ, and a living encyclopedia of blues history, the Reverend Robert Jones is comfortable among juke joint loud talkers, fancy-hatted church ladies, and PhDs alike.”  – James Fraher, internationally known photographer, musician and author

Visit Robert’s website.

Thursday, March 4 at 7:30pm EST
Noa Baum, Alton Chung, and Beth Horner

Join internationally known storytellers Noa Baum, Alton Chung, and Beth Horner, for this diverse collection of historical tales that remind us that although hard times have always been a part of life, the human spirit endures.

Born and raised in Jerusalem, Noa Baum’s stories focus on the power of stories to heal across divides and build bridges of peace. Alton Chung’s finely spun tales mix together the magic and superstitions of the Hawaiian Islands with the history of Japan and Korea. Beth Horner’s warm and energetic style inhabits her repertoire of stories called “heartfelt, articulate and truthful.” She is an NSN ORACLE Storytelling Circle of Excellence award recipient.

Visit teller websites here: Noa Baum, Alton Chung, Beth Horner

Thursday, March 11 at 7:30pm EST
Andy Offutt Irwin

Spend an evening with Andy Offutt Irwin and Aunt Marguerite and remember why laughter is often the very best medicine. With a manic, Silly Putty voice, hilarious, heart-filled stories, Andy Offutt Irwin is equal parts mischievous schoolboy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern Balladeer… Irwin’s appearances have taken him across the U.S., including the Library of Congress and Walt Disney World’s EPCOT Center.  Irwin is a recipient of the NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence award.  “A fiendishly clever union of Tom Lehrer’s topicality…cut with Bobby McFerrin-style mouth music.  Andy Offutt Irwin’s shows are good quirky fun!”  – The Atlanta Journal/Constitution

Visit Andy’s website.

Thursday, March 18 at 7:30pm EST
Mara Menzies

Travel along with Kenyan-born storyteller Mara Menzies, as she enthralls audience members with stories from her rich dual heritage. Her inimitable physical and interactive style has garnered a following from Russia to Singapore, Nigeria, Denmark, and Scotland, where she also lives. She is the founder of the Kwale Sculpture Park and Heritage Trail, a unique social project in Kenya where culture, heritage, and stories are the basis for regenerating a rural community.  “Mara’s story built in a carefully-controlled crescendo, whipping the audience into a quite astonishing frenzy of excitement….at one point almost every single person in the auditorium jumped out of their seat with pure rapture.” –  Director, Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Visit Mara’s website.


Thursday, March 25 at 7:30pm EST
Tim Lowry

Audiences across the country enjoy storyteller Tim Lowry, as he mixes stories from American History with a variety of folktales and personal narrative.  The award-winning recording artist and author has performed on television and in hundreds of appearances nationwide. When he is not on the road, he makes his home in Summerville, South Carolina, where he often performs stories of southern culture and history from the “Sweet Tea Trail.”  “From the time he took to the stage, Tim Lowry claimed the full attention of his audience.  They followed him wherever he was performing.  They loved Tim’s style, his humor, his material and the man himself.”  – Connecticut Storytelling Festival 

Visit Tim’s website.

Thursday, April 8 at 7:30pm EST
Carol Birch

A storyteller and award-winning recording artist, Carol Birch is known for a compelling blend of energy, warmth, vulnerability, and directness.  Her style revitalizes language, her art is an absence of artifice, and the stories she tells offer memories worth keeping.  Her tales bring to life legendary Americans like Lou Gehrig, as well as the unheralded in the words of renowned authors like John Steinbeck and Ray Bradbury.  Birch has shared her work around the world including in Singapore, Australia, and Europe; her media appearances include NPR, the CBS Morning Show, and ABC’s Nightline.  She is an NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence award recipient.  “An articulate, skillful weaver of images and creator of moods . . .”  – Booklist Magazine

Visit Carol’s website.

Thursday, April 15 at 7:30pm EST
Kim Weitkamp

Kim Weitkamp is an award-winning storyteller, humorist, singer, and songwriter who shares her original stories and songs at theaters and festivals throughout the U.S.  With a commanding presence, impeccable comedic timing, and velvet voice, she weaves precious memories and delightful details into panoramic pictures that take the listener on a personal journey.  Weitkamp’s material is played regularly on NPR affiliate stations and on SiriusXM Radio “If we are talking Rock ‘n Roll, Tina Turner was a national treasure; country has Dolly Parton and in the world of storytelling we have Kim Weitkamp.” – Highway 89, SiriusXM

Visit Kim’s website.


Thursday, April 22 at 7:30pm EST
Children’s Concert

Hear stories from West Virginia’s top ‘liar’ Bil Lepp, Japan-born Motoko, and Native American Gene Tagaban, in this entertaining concert with three of storytelling’s best artists. This mixture of good and good for you tales is sure to delight both young listeners and those who love them.

Bil Lepp’s children’s books and audio collections have won numerous awards including the PEN/Steven Kroll Award, Parents’ Choice awards, and a NAPPA (National Parenting Product Award).. “Just as New Jersey has Bruce Springsteen, West Virginia has…Bil Lepp.” – Goldenseal Magazine

Motoko’s appearances include PBS’ Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood and a tour with the CarnegieKids in Miyazaki project sponsored by Carnegie Hall. “The entire evening was outstanding!  Motoko translates intrinsically Japanese cultural ideas and idioms for an English speaking audience, and crafts the words to make them understand, laugh and be transported in time and space.”  – Asian Arts & Culture Program, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

A teller of stories that teach, entertain, and heal, Tagaban travels internationally, sharing his music, dance, and traditional stories. “Next time you hear that he’s performing … drop everything and go.  Simple as that.”  – Flip Breskin, arts reviewer

Visit teller websites here:  Bil Lepp, Motoko, Gene Tagaban

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 96 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.