A York County Library Presentation   

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

Featured artists include:

David Holt, Andy Offutt Irwin, Antonio Rocha, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Tim Lowry, and Hawk Hurst

David Holt
     Four-time Grammy Award winner David Holt is a musician, storyteller, historian, television host and entertainer, dedicated to performing and preserving traditional American music and stories. Holt plays ten acoustic instruments and has released numerous recordings of traditional mountain music and southern folktales. He is host of public television's Folkways, a North Carolina program that takes the viewer through the Southern Mountains, visiting traditional craftsmen and musicians. He served as host of The Nashville Network's Fire on the Mountain, Celebration Express and American Music Shop. He has been a frequent guest on Hee Haw, Nashville Now and The Grand Ole Opry. David can also be seen as a musician in the popular film, O Brother, Where Art Thou? Today, he brings to the concert stage the fun and spirit of old-time music and storytelling. An evening with David Holt offers tales, ballads and tunes told, sung and played on the banjo, slide guitar, guitar, harmonica, bones, spoons and jaw harp.

Andy Offutt Irwin
     With a manic Silly Putty voice, astonishing mouth noises, and hilarious stories, Andy Offutt Irwin is equal parts mischievous schoolboy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern balladeer. He is one vibrantly odd bird with a whopper of a personality, which barely fits in most rooms. A native of Covington, Ga., Irwin started out in comedy, but added music and storytelling because he had a lot more to say. In storytelling circles, he is especially known for relating the adventures of his eighty-five-year-old aunt, Marguerite Van Camp, M.D. An award-winning artist and educator, Irwin has appeared at venues such as the Library of Congress and Walt Disney World. 2010 marks his fourth appearance at the National Storytelling Festival and his fifth appearance as Teller in Residence at the International Storytelling Center. Four of his CDs have won Storytelling World Awards, and he has received two Just Plain Folks Music Awards.

Antonio Rocha
     Antonio Rocha, a native of Brazil, began his career in the performing arts in 1985. In 1988, he received a Partners of the Americas grant to come to the U.S. to perform and deepen his mime skills with Master Tony Montanaro. Since then, he has earned a Summa Cum Laude Theater B.A. from the University of Southern Maine and studied with Master Marcel Marceau. Rocha's unique solo shows of stories and mime have been performed from Singapore to Hawaii and many places in between, including ten countries on five continents. Some of the venues include the Singapore Festival of the Arts, Aruba International Dance Festival, National Storytelling Festival, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Geographic, the Tales of Graz in Austria, and the Dunya Festival in Holland, as well as many other storytelling festivals and educational institutions around the U.S. Mr. Rocha is a member of the Maine Arts Commission, the New England Foundation for the Arts, and the National Storytelling Association.

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
     Cathy and Marcy are trailblazers in children’s and family music. They play dozens of instruments from banjos to mandolins to rockin’ electric guitar, steel drum and ukulele. They sing, yodel, chicken cluck in harmony, twirl a mean lariat rope, scat sing and inspire effortless participation from every audience. With over 50 recordings to their credit, they love what they do and have been rewarded for their excellence with 2 Grammy Awards, 11 consecutive Grammy nominations and literally hundreds of other awards. Over 5,000 shows in performing arts centers, schools, folk festivals, community centers, libraries and children’s festivals have given Cathy and Marcy the superb skills to deliver a show that is fun, wacky, energetic, and participatory and that also brings meaning to their song, It’s Better When We Sing It Together.

Tim Lowry
     Telling stories "of the People, by the People, and for the People" has been Tim Lowry's passion for more than 20 years. Lowry mixes stories of the American Revolution, the Civil War, and the Western Frontier with tales of growing up Baptist, teaching English to Russian immigrants, exciting road trips to Disney World, baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet! His repertoire includes stories from American history, literary classics, and biographies of famous heroes. Lowry has performed at schools, churches, folk festivals and cultural centers in 20 different states, and audiences of all ages enjoy his whimsical character voices and animated style.

Hawk Hurst
     Hawk Hurst has offered his lively performances for nearly two decades all across the country. His performances, workshops, and residencies dynamically bring the wonders and wisdom of ancient cultures to life, as he shares from a vast storehouse of knowledge and first-hand experiences. An eight-time recording artist, Hurst is also the author of a children’s book, The Story of the First Flute, and an accomplished naturalist and master craftsman who personally creates many of the Native American-style flutes, drums, and rattles used during his performances. He and his wife, Ayal, currently live in Charleston, South Carolina, where they operate Merhaven Bed no Breakfast and share an art studio.

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