Award-winning storyteller Diane Edgecomb will be the next performer featured in the Storytelling Live! series. Her stories will be accompanied with the musical stylings of Margot Chamberlain, who plays the Celtic harp. With voices that blend perfectly and a finely-tuned partnership developed over thirty years, Edgecomb’s and Chamberlain’s weaving of story, music and song is masterful.
Designed to bring a new storyteller to Jonesborough each week, Storytelling Live! has imported performers from all over the country since the season opened in May.
Edgecomb is best known for her traditional tales, though she also performs original tales. “I love doing myths and folkloric stories,” she says. “I like looking at the beauty and power and humor in these very old tales and legends.” Many of her traditional pieces are originally from Ireland, where Edgecomb has family roots.
In recent years she has also developed a series of nature stories designed to reconnect modern listeners to the great outdoors. “A lot of times we think we know everything,” she says. “We don’t have any sense of wonder or mystery about the world. The aim of these stories is to reconnect us to those things.”
The natural world provides a handy metaphor for the way in which Edgecomb approaches storytelling itself. “Stories are travelers,” she says. “A lot of times, people just cut them off. They don’t bring the root. What I try to do is put all the roots back in, put the soil around it, and make sure that all those things that have been lost are put back in. That helps the story live and breathe.”
During her weeklong residency in downtown Jonesborough, Edgecomb will pull a variety of stories from her vast repertoire. Matinee performances will be offered for five days, Tuesday to Saturday, September 3 – 7. All concerts are in the International Storytelling Center’s intimate state-of-the-art theater, located on Main Street.
Edgecomb’s daily matinees begin at 2 p.m. sharp. Tickets can be purchased in advance on ISC’s website, in person, or over the phone. Additionally, walk-in seating may be available the day of the show on a first come, first served basis.
Tickets for all afternoon matinees are $12 for adults, and $11 for seniors, students, and anyone under 18. Exclusive discounts are available to ticketholders for the evening concert and matinee shows. Ticket stubs will earn a 10 percent discount on same-day dining at Main Street Café (lunch only), Olde Towne Pancake House, Texas Burritos & More, Krazy Krepes, Jonesborough Barrel House, the Icing on the Cake (lunch only), and the Corner Cup. Additionally, Boone Street Market is offering 10 percent off prepared meals and 5 percent off any other purchase.
The premier sponsor of Storytelling Live! is Ballad Health. Additional program funding comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Niswonger Foundation, Eastman Credit Union, the Mooneyhan Family Foundation, and Food City. Media sponsors include News 5-WCYB, FOX Tri-Cities, Tri-Cities CW, Johnson City Press, Kingsport Times-News, Herald & Tribune, and Cumulus Media.
ISC’s Storytelling Live! season extends through late October, with several encore performances scattered throughout the rest of the year.
The International Storytelling Center is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information about Storytelling Live!, including the full 2019 line-up, or to purchase tickets and season passes, visit www.storytellingcenter.net or call (800) 952-8392.