A York County Library Presentation   


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. 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. Holt is well known for his television and radio series. Currently, he is hosting the PBS series, David Holt’s State of Music. He has hosted the North Carolina PBS series, Folkways, and also hosted Riverwalk Jazz for Public Radio International. Holt weaves songs, humor and stories together with awe-inspiring musicianship. The Asheville Citizen Times says, “David Holt could ring music out of a stump.” Vogue magazine called him “the best minstrel and storyteller.”

David Holt is an NSN Oracle Circle of Excellence award recipient.


Andy Offutt Irwin

With a silly putty voice, hilarious heart-filled stories, and amazing mouth noises (arguably, the greatest whistler in the world) one-person-showman, Andy Offutt Irwin, is equal parts mischievous schoolboy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern balladeer. Andy is especially known for relating the adventures of his eighty-five-year-old-widowed-newly-mintedphysician-aunt, Marguerite Van Camp. October of 2015 marked Andy’s sixth year as a Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival. He has appeared ten times as Teller in Residence at the International Storytelling Center. According to Georgia Music Magazine, “as an accomplished singer-songwriter, Irwin tackles genres like a veteran defensive lineman tackles quarterbacks … The man’s a master musician with some VERY talented lips.”

Andy Offutt Irwin is an NSN Oracle Circle of Excellence award recipient.


Charles Pettee

Charles Pettee's fresh approach to the traditional arts of flatpicking and folksinging began during his childhood in Asheville, N.C., where he started on guitar and mandolin at an early age. He is co-founder of Flying Fish recording artists, The Shady Grove Band, from Chapel Hill, N.C. His distinctive mandolin style, voice, and original compositions are an essential part of the group's appeal and garner airplay in over twenty foreign countries. He has performed with Charles Pettee & Folk Psalm, and has been the driving force behind Chuck and the Waggin'Ears for over twenty years. Charles has performed over 5,000 shows in his thirty-two years as a professional musician.


Madcap Puppets

Madcap Productions Puppet Theatre was founded in Cincinnati in 1981 by the late Jerry Handorf and Beth Kattelman. Since the beginning, Madcap Puppets has been rooted in the art of professional puppet theatre, children’s literature and world cultures. Madcap Productions combines puppetry, music, acting, and the fine arts to engage diverse audiences with images that challenge and delight, educate and celebrate.


Presented by