A York County Library Presentation   

Performers: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Featured artists include:

Donald Davis, Carmen Deedy, Bil Lepp, Billy Jonas, Tim Lowry, and Polecat Creek

Donald Davis
     Donald Davis was born in a Southern Appalachian mountain world, surrounded by a family of traditional tellers who told him Jack tales, scary mountain lore, ancient Welsh and Scottish folktales, and-most importantly-nourishing true-to-life stories of his own neighbors and kin. Featured at festival throughout the United States and the world, Davis is also known as a prolific author, producer of books and tapes, a master teacher of workshops and storytelling courses, and a guest host for NPR’s Good Evening. Davis, a recipient of the National Storytelling Network's coveted Circle of Excellence Award, has presented his stories across the globe.

Carmen Deedy
     Best known for her razor-sharp wit and light entertaining style, Carmen Deedy is an award winning storyteller and author of numerous best-selling children’s books. Born in Havana, Cuba, Deedy migrated with her family to the state of Georgia during the Cuban Revolution. Today her stories convey a strong sense of her dual heritage, drawn from growing up in both Latin American and Southern culture. As a professional storyteller for many years, Deedy has shared her stories with thousands of children and adults at festivals, schools, conferences, theaters, and museums across the nation and the ocean. Her stories have also aired on NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered.

Bil Lepp
     Bil Lepp is a nationally renowned storyteller and five time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest. His outrageous, humorous tall-tales and witty stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life. Though a champion liar, his hilarious, insightful stories often contain morsels of truth which shed light on subjects such as politics, religion, death, relationships, and human nature. An award winning storyteller, author, and recording artist, Bil has been featured at the National Storytelling Festival, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and at major storytelling and corporate events across the country.

Billy Jonas
     A Billy Jonas performance is an explosion of energy. In singalongs, bangalongs, whisperalongs, as well as improvised songs, his creative and interactive performances have enchanted and inspired folks from all walks of life. Jonas' original pieces are played on fanciful "industrial re-percussion" instruments made from found objects as well as on traditional instruments. Jonas' heartwarming work has been enjoyed across North America since 1987. Previously a member of the highly acclaimed duo, "The Billys," he has been featured at prestigious festivals and venues nationwide.

Tim Lowry
     Telling stories "of the People, by the People, and for the People" has been Tim Lowry's passion for more than twenty years. His repertoire includes Stories from American History, Folk Tales From Around The World, Bible Stories and Original Works. Tim has performed at Schools, Churches, Folk Festivals and Cultural Centers in twenty different states.

Polecat Creek
     In the mid 1990’s, Kari Sickenberger and Laurelyn Dossett started writing their own songs and eventually formed the roots duo known as Polecat Creek. Today Kari and Laurelyn are perhaps best known for their singular style of harmony singing. Polecat Creek has featured many fine musicians over the years, including recording artist and veteran old-time banjo, guitar and fiddle player Riley Baugus and more recently, fiddler Natalya Weinstein . Polecat Creek has released three CD’s, including Sea Salt Bound, Leaving Eden, and their newest recording, Ordinary Seasons.

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