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Success seen at town venue through storytelling concerts

The Jonesborough Visitors Center is seeing its fair share of tall tales this year with at least three storytellers offering concerts at the facility within a few months.
In April, popular storyteller Donald Davis performed two concerts, bringing in the largest attendance yet for one of his performances at the Visitors Center.
“We had to add more chairs both nights,” said Amber Crumley, facility manager. “We had close to 200 people come each night and we only expected 100 each night.”
On Sunday, June 9, storyteller David Holt will offer a matinee performance at the Visitors Center that leaders hope will be just as successful.
“He is usually a big draw,” Crumley said. “And this time, he is bringing his son, too.”
Holt, who first performed at the National Storytelling Festival in 1976, is a four-time Grammy Award winner. A musician, storyteller and entertainer, Holt performs traditional American music and stories.
His show will take place on a Sunday afternoon, which leaders hope will encourage more concert-goers to stay overnight in Jonesborough.
Another storyteller, Buck Creacy, will offer two concerts at the Visitors Center in mid-July.
“From the conversation I had with him on the phone, he is just a wealth of storytelling information and has been doing this for years and years and years,” Crumley said. “He does all kinds of live feeds and blogs and videos.”
Creacy, who has never performed in Jonesborough before, tells “Appalachia stories,” according to Alicia Phelps, the town’s tourism and marketing director.
“He looks very authentic,” Phelps said. “I think he’ll draw a crowd.”