2021 Festival features a great lineup!
We know you were looking forward to listening to the line-up we had planned for you in 2020. Tim Lowry, Dan Keding, Anne Rutherford, Adam Booth, and Regi Carpenter all in one Festival weekend was something we were looking forward to as well, so we contracted those same tellers for the 2021 Festival this fall and they will enthusiastically tell those pent-up stories with all the talent you have come to expect on the Kansas Storytelling stage.
Tim Lowry serves up a refreshing brew of historic facts, regional folk tales, and personal narratives garnished with poetic language that is never saccharine but unmistakably Southern. As a six-year-old at the circus, Tim was enthralled with show business and as a youngster he manipulated ways to be on stage. In college he continued by studying Shakespeare and romantic opera until an elective class in storytelling fulfilled his quest for a personal art form. Working for five years as an English teacher, he used innovative and creative (“disruptive and unorthodox”) methods in his classroom, but left the classroom to pursue a fulltime career in storytelling and being the “Sweet Tea Commentator” of life.
Dan Keding, storyteller of international acclaim, is well known for his telling of traditional world folktales, personal narratives of his boyhood in Chicago, ghost stories and dark tales, and superbly crafted original pieces. As a child he learned the traditional stories that his grandmother brought to this country from Croatia, and today continues to share stories that are both upbeat and thought provoking. A well-respected ballad singer, he accompanies himself on guitar, banjo and spoons. This combination of dynamic storytelling and powerful ballad singing has made him a festival and concert favorite throughout the US, Great Britain and Ireland, endearing him to audiences of all ages.
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For over twenty years Regi Carpenter has been bringing songs and stories to audiences of all ages throughout the world in school, theaters, libraries, at festivals, conferences and in people’s back yards. An award-winning performer, Regi has toured nationally and internationally, and also utilizes the power of stories to motivate, inspire, energize and focus individuals in corporate, academic and non-profit settings. Her stories uplift people as they are reminded of the tremendous impact each individual has within their circle. Regi is also the founder of Stories with Spirit, a creative initiative dedicated to bringing songs of joy and stories of hope to grieving children and the people who love and care for them in homes, hospices, and hospitals.
For more information on Regi Carpenter go to http://www.regicarpenter.com/
Adam Booth's original stories blend traditional mountain folklore, music, and an awareness of contemporary Appalachia. Adam’s style brings both touching insight and humor to the stage and is influenced by generations of diverse storytellers from West Virginia. As a nationally touring artist, his professional telling appearances include premiere storytelling events across the United States. His stories and recordings have been honored with awards and he is a four time West Virginia Liars’ Contest winner. He is equally at home as an educator and is an adjunct instructor of Appalachian studies at Shepherd University. Booth is the founding director of the Speak Story Series, now in its seventh season. Booth is the founding director of the Speak Story Series, now in its seventh season, and is committed to sharing stories and music in the Appalachian tradition with his audiences – wherever they may be.
Storyteller Anne Rutherford delights audiences nationwide with funny, touching performances that include tales of personal adventure, folklore and prize-winning lies. Her singing and mandolin playing add to the fun, along with vivid vocal and physical characterizations such as her original Wild West alter-ego, the adventurous Clementine Ryder. Anne grew up in a little Pennsylvania town along the Susquehanna River, in a house with a grave-yard on one side and a cow pasture on the other, but now resides in the Pacific Northwest. She is grateful for the storytelling community and audiences because, as she says, “Without you — I’d be talking to myself."
For more information on Anne Rutherford go to http://www.annerutherford.com/