A York County Library Presentation   

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

Featured artists include:

Connie Regan-Blake, Jackson Gillman, Heather Forest, Roger Day, The Shady Grove Band, TellTale Theatre

Connie Regan-Blake
One of America’s most celebrated storytellers, Connie Regan-Blake helped shape and ignite the American storytelling revival. She has captivated the hearts and imaginations of audiences around the globe with her powerful performances and workshops. Both as a solo artist and a member of the acclaimed Folktellers duo, her performances have enchanted audience members in North America, Europe, and Asia. She has been featured on five award-winning recordings and two videos produced by PBS. New Age Magazine, School Library Journal, and Southern Living have praised her work. She has been a guest on NPR’s All Things Considered, ABC’s Good Morning America and CNN.

As a founding member of the National Storytelling Association, and a frequent host and featured performer at the annual festival in Jonesborough, TN, Ms. Regan-Blake is recognized as a pioneer in bringing storytelling to a national audience.

Jackson Gillman
One never knows what to expect from "the Stand-Up Chameleon" but you can be assured that it will be sparkling with energy, whimsy, and wisdom. Song, dance, mime and/or sign language might be incorporated into his interactive comedy sketches --whatever works best to bring any age audience along for a rollicking ride into his wildly imaginative worlds of creativity and fun. Shining through Jackson’s wit and extraordinary versatility is his bemused, warm-hearted honesty. Jackson’s humor evolves from finding that which is funny in human beings trying to be human and often tripping over their own being in the attempt.

Heather Forest
Heather Forest is a nationally acclaimed storyteller, recording artist, and author. For the past twenty-five years, she has toured her performance repertoire of World Tales to theatres, festivals, schools and reading conferences throughout the United States and abroad. She has authored four children’s picture books, two folktale anthologies and eight recordings of storytelling. Her recordings have won an American Library Association Notable Record Award, and two Parent’s Choice Gold Awards. She holds a Master’s Degree in Storytelling, is a recipient of the National Storytelling Association’s Circle of Excellence Award, and is an adjunct Professor of Oral Tradition in the Library Science Dept. at Southern Connecticut State University.

Roger Day
Roger is known for his high-energy live performances, inspiring enthusiastic audience participation, even from a few unsuspecting adults! He has earned four straight National Association of Campus Activities Family & Children’s Program of the Year nominations. He has performed for schools, festivals, libraries, museums, family series concerts, radio shows and university family weekends.

A magna cum laude graduate of Washington & Lee University and a summer student at Oxford University in England and the University of Bayreuth in Germany, Roger has a keen interest in promoting children’s literacy through quality songwriting and student and teacher workshops.

The Shady Grove Band
From the Netherlands to Napa, or Calgary to the Carolinas, Chapel Hill, North Carolina’s The Shady Grove Band has made a tradition of delighting audiences with their unique "new-timey" bluegrass sound. Banjo, mandolin, dobro, guitar, and bass combine with stunning vocals to produce a sound that is grounded in America’s past, yet remains fresh at the same time. The group has performed over 2500 concerts, festivals, and special events throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Their recordings on Flying Fish Records of Cambridge, MA, have received airplay in twenty-two foreign countries, and the U.S.

TellTale Theatre
TellTale Theatre is a professional for children theatre company entering its 17th season. The first professional theatre in Cobb County, the company has been ranked #1 three times by the Georgia Council for the Arts in its division. The goal of TellTale Theatre is to promote imagination education through original plays and workshops while dramatizing vital social themes. In over 4,000 performances, TellTale has delivered "imagination education" to over 1.2 million children and special audiences.

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