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A celebration of song and story with Angela Lloyd

Personal tales, much like folk tales and fairy stories, are staples in the world of storytelling. Most tellers naturally tend to focus on stories about family—especially scenes from childhood. Veteran storyteller Angela Lloyd has a somewhat different approach: her favorite personal stories are about strangers.
It’s not that she never tells stories about her parents; it’s just that you meet some really interesting hitchhikers when you spend six years on the road, as Lloyd did in the early 1980’s.
Soon to be Jonesborough’s storyteller in residence, Lloyd will share highlights from her wide-ranging repertoire, which includes music, traditional stories, and even puppetry. Tuesday through Saturday, August 4 – 8, Lloyd will host daily matinees in the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall. Performances are scheduled for 2 p.m. sharp, and tickets are just $12 for adults and $11 for seniors, students, and children under 18.
In addition to daily matinees, Lloyd will host a special children’s concert on Saturday, August 8, at 10:30 a.m. The show is just $5 for all ages, and ticket holders will receive coupons for 15 percent off at The Lollipop Shop, a popular Main Street store that sells old-fashioned sweets and toys.
Like her offbeat perspective, Lloyd’s music offers the thrill of the unexpected. In Jonesborough, she’ll accompany herself on a variety of interesting instruments, including the spoons, the Autoharp, the ukulele, and the washboard. “What I’ve discovered is that all of a sudden the washboard creates a space where you can sing all the ridiculous songs you learned as a kid—those songs you sang in the back of the car, or at a campfire,” she says. “Suddenly, because you’re wearing a washboard, you can be 60 and still sing those songs.”
Lloyd thinks of music as a second language (well, third including Spanish—she spent her first 14 years living abroad in South America). Her mother was a gifted pianist, and her father, though technically minded, was a huge fan of musical theater. It’s not uncommon for Lloyd to break into a snippet of a Broadway tune mid-story—for her, it’s just another way to convey information.
Reservations for Lloyd’s matinees and children’s concert are highly recommended, and all ticket holders will save 10 percent on same-day dining at The Dining Room, Jonesborough General Store and Eatery, or Main Street Café.
Information about this season’s performers, as well as a detailed schedule, is available at www.storytellingcenter.net. Storytelling Live! is supported by program sponsors CrestPoint Health and Eastman Credit Union, and media sponsors News 5-WCYB, FOX Tri-Cities, Tri-Cities CW, Johnson City Press, Kingsport Times-News, Herald & Tribune, Cumulus Media and Foster Signs. Additional funding comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Niswonger Foundation, and the Arts Fund of East Tennessee Foundation.
The International Storytelling Center is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information about Storytelling Live! or to make a group reservation, call (800) 952-8392 ext. 222 or (423) 913-1276.