A York County Library Presentation   

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

Featured artists include:

Diane Ferlatte, Andy Offutt Irwin, Tim Tingle, Rixon Lane, Roger Day, The Kickin Grass Band, and Charles Pettee

Diane Ferlatte
     Diane Ferlatte’s early childhood years in Louisiana were spent on her grandparents’ porch with the family and neighbors swapping stories, lies, and tales. After moving to California as an adolescent, Diane has fond memories of the annual trek back to Louisiana with her family, where she recalls fishing in the bayou, making hoecake bread, singing, and storytelling.
Embracing her role as a traditional preserver of folk history, culture, and values, she weaves tales from many cultures, while naturally many of her stories have African, Southern, and African-American roots. In her performances, the multi-talented Ferlatte sings, signs (American Sign Language), uses percussive instruments, and is frequently accompanied by Erik Pearson on banjo and guitar. With a repertoire of hundreds of stories and songs, she tells folktales, fables, legends, and historical, contemporary, and personal stories for all ages.
Diane has received numerous awards and honors including those from the American Library Association, the Parents’ Choice Award, the National Endowment of the Arts, and the National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence Award, as well as the California Arts Council’s highest ranking.

“Her Tales never fail to turn heads.” – Miami Herald

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., Andy 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. He’s always on the go, performing at festivals, theatres and schools throughout the United States, including two performances as a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival.
Andy has been the Artist-in-Residence at Oxford College of Emory University, where he directed plays from time to time. He spent five years writing, directing and performing with the comedy improv troupe, SAK Theatre at Walt Disney World. He is the host, storyteller, and audience trainer for the radio show, Evening Star, on Georgia Public Broadcasting. Andy is an award-winning recording artist with five titles and growing.

"Amazing interactive folk from an eccentric who punctuates his tunes with humorous anecdotes... Andy Offutt Irwin's shows are good quirky fun, and so's his new CD, 'Banana Seat.' " - The Atlanta Journal / Constitution

Tim Tingle
     Tim Tingle is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, a sought-after speaker and storyteller, and an award-winning author of Native American fiction and folklore. As a storyteller, Tingle brings the lore of the Choctaw Nation to life in lively rabbit trickster tales and compelling historical stories. He plays the Native American flute and often accompanies himself with an assortment of gourd rattles and drums, adding a haunting dimension to a concert.
Tim has appeared at major storytelling festivals throughout America, and has completed eleven storytelling tours of Germany for the U.S. Department of Defense. He has also collected Native American stories for two decades, and has an extensive collection of recordings of older tribal members telling their stories. From these stories he has created a concert that includes Native humor, cedar flute music, and history; as well as contemporary stories of Native people struggling and finally achieving a place of dignity in modern America.
Many of these stories are selections from Tingle's award-winning book, Walking the Choctaw Road. This book was Storytelling World Magazines‘ Best Anthology for 2003. In a Governor's Commendation read before the Senate in May of 2005, Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry praised Tingle for his "devotion to preserving the Choctaw heritage," and declared May through November as Walking the Choctaw Road months in Oklahoma.

"You have your finger on the pulse of what it is to be Choctaw." - Board member, Choctaw Code-Talkers Association

Rixon Lane
     Hear the future of storytelling when sixteen- year old youth storyteller Rixon Lane takes the stage. One of South Carolina’s own, Rixon has been telling stories and “holding audiences spellbound” since the age of three. He is a four-time participant in the prestigious National Youth Storytelling Showcase, and a three-time winner in his age group. He has participated in numerous festivals across the country, including the the Ocala Storytelling Festival, Storyfest, Storytelling Festival of Carolina, Firelight Fright, and the National Storytelling Festival-Swapping Grounds Teller event.

Roger Day
     From his first job as a camp counselor to his current jam-packed concert and recording schedule, Roger Day has been writing and performing smart, interactive music that encourages kids to sing loud, jump high and dream big.
A two-time Parents’ Choice Award recipient and an approved Dove Family Foundation artist, Roger plays over 200 concerts every year. He's been a featured artist at the Target Children's Book Festivals in Chicago, Detroit and Boston; the International Children's Festival in Edmonton, Alberta; and the Savannah Music Festival in Georgia. His family concert video recently made its debut on public television.
Roger released his first CD of family music, Rock n’ Roll Rodeo, in 1998. He followed with Ready To Fly in 2001. Parenting Magazine said the songs would make “imaginations soar” and made it one of their “Parenting Picks." In 2003, Roger filmed a family concert, Roger Day Live! Roger’s third fulllength family CD is Dream Big! The culmination of his 10-year focus on creating joyful children's songs that exercise both mind and muscle, body and brain, it has everything from old school rock featuring rock n’ roll legends like The Crickets, to new school rap.

“Roger Day takes his place among the finest solo rockers making music for families” – Kathy O’Connell, Metro Kids Philadelphia

The Kickin Grass Band
     The members of the up-and-coming bluegrass group, The Kickin Grass Band, have set themselves a cut above the rest with their tight vocal harmony, driving instrumentation and effusive energy on and off the stage. Their high-energy and entertaining programs incorporate standard bluegrass tunes, rock and country classics, and a number of their own original works. The Kickin Grass Band took the category of Best Band Name in the Independent Weeklys’ 2003 "Best Of" Issue, and in the same year won the title of Best Band In Raleigh. Their three recordings to-date include Backroads, On the Short Rows, and The Kickin Grass Band.
With rich vocals, skilled fiddle and a banjo that lives in the perfect space between Scruggs and Fleck, The Kickin Grass Band brings traditional music to the forefront of modern bluegrass and a new generation of music fans.

Charles Pettee
     Charles Pettee delights audiences with a tasty blend of original and traditional American folk, bluegrass, and Celtic music seasoned at more than 3,500 performances throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. Wielding mandolin, guitar, mandola, or harmonica, Mr. Pettee brings virtuosity and good humor to any venue presenting family concerts.

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