Festival Storytellers of Years Past

Storytellers Featured at our Festival

  • Eva Abram – Ancestral tales from Africa (2007).
  • Charlotte Blake Alston – Storyteller and singer of the African and African-American oral tradition (2011).
  • Patrick Ball – Celtic harper and storyteller (1996, 2011).
  • Naomi Baltuck (1997).
  • Diana Bigelow (1997).
  • (The late) Brother Blue – The street storyteller of Cambridge, MA. A powerful performer of parables, life stories and idiosyncratic retellings of Shakespeare’s plays. (1999)
  • Morris Bond – Stories of experiences as a logger on the Olympic Peninsula. (1996)
  • Antoinette Botsford – Canadian metis (French Canadian / Native American) stories with drum and song. (1995)
  • Bryan Bowers – Master of the autoharp, and personal stories from growing up in Virginia (2014).
  • Batt Burns – Traditional Irish seanachie (1997).
  • Charlie Chin – Traditional Chinese storytelling. Charlie Chin was named a community folklore scholar by the Smithsonian Institution. (2002)
  • Alton Chung – Japanese and Korean roots, and a Hawaiian upbringing form the basis of Alton’s personal stories and cultural tales (2008).
  • Brian Conroy (2004).
  • Kevin Cotter – New Zealand, South Pacific, Maori stories (1997).
  • Allison Cox – Multicultural storyteller from Puget Sound, author of the Healing Heart books of storytelling (1996, 1997, 2004, 2012).
  • Sharon Creeden – Ancient tales of justice. (1996).
  • Kathy Currie – From Pouslbo, WA; tales of local history (2005).
  • John Dashney (1997).
  • Donald Davis – Master of the personal story, from North Carolina (1996, 2008).
  • Pleasant DeSpain – Author of several collections of tales to tell; captivating and riveting. (1995)
  • Mary Dessein (1998).
  • Don Doyle (1998).
  • Mary Gay Ducey – Teller of personal, historical, and traditional stories. (1996, 1999, 2005, 2008, 2014)
  • Dayton Edmonds – Native American storyteller, minister, artist, puppeteer, and musician (2004, 2009).
  • Eth-Noh-Tec – Myth, movement, and music from Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo and Nancy Wang bring Asian stories to life (2005).
  • Diane Ferlatte (1997, 1998).
  • Lyn Ford – Affrilachian Home Fried Tales; a soft-spoken, humble, masterful teller of Appalachian, African American, and other tales (2012).
  • Zelda Foxall (1998).
  • Michale Gabriel – Founder of Storytelling International, cross-cultural stories for diplomacy, peace, and understanding. (2002)
  • Tom Galt (1998).
  • Harlynne Geisler. She was the resident storyteller for the San Diego Museum of Art. (1996).
  • Anne Glover – Stories illustrated with sign language or string-figures. (1995)
  • Nan Gregory – folk tales and fairy tales, myths, legends, stories from history, literary stories and stories from her own life. (1995, 1997)
  • (The late) Robert Greygrass – Native American actor and storyteller (2012).
  • Elaine Grinnell – Jamestown S’Klallam teller of the stories of her people (1996, 2008).
  • Karen Haas – Pacific Northwest living history (2007).
  • Mary Hamilton – Kentucky storyteller of tall tales, personal stories, and folktales (2004, 2013).
  • Omar & Lori Hansen – Theatrical tandem tellers of personal stories woven in with classic folktales, legends and myths (2007).
  • Bill Harley – Singer, songwriter, storyteller, playwright who can help you remember what it was like to be a kid (2012).
  • Michael Reno Harrell – Humor, heart, songs, and stories about growing up in rural North Carolina (2011).
  • Debra Harris-Branham – Seattle storyteller of African and African-American stories (2003).
  • Rene Harvey (1998).
  • Rebecca Hom – Olympia, WA teller of world tales with personality (2006).
  • Beth Horner –  high comedy and stunning drama: childhood farmyard escapades, eerie folktales, a bawdy spoof on romance novels (2003).
  • Will Hornyak – updated folktales from around the world (2002, 2012).
  • John Hottowe – A Makah tribe patriarch from Neah Bay. (1996)
  • Andy Offutt Irwin – Comedic troubadour (2009, 2013).
  • Joel ben Izzy – Travelling storyteller, Jewish and international stories. (2002)
  • Jill Johnson – Washinton storyteller of world folktales, original and personal stories and historical pieces (2003, 2014).
  • Dan Keding – Master of world tales, ghost stories, and personal stories (2009).
  • Johanna Kuyvenhoven – Dutch stories of chickens, farmers, devils and tricksters on the road.
  • (The late) Syd Lieberman – Award winning teacher, author, and leading Jewish storyteller (2007).
  • Angela Lloyd – Musical storyteller and washboard player (1999, 2007).
  • Margaret Read MacDonald – Folklorist, author of numerous collections of stories, international performer. (1995)
  • Barbara McBride-Smith (1998).
  • Ian McDonald (1997).
  • Heather McNeil – from Bend, Oregon, tells superb versions of stories she personally collected in Africa and Scotland (2010).
  • Marilyn McPhie – Funny Scottish stories. (1999).
  • Robin Moore (2004).
  • Chris Morganroth III (1997).
  • Todd Jefferson Moore – Seattle actor. He performs his original story of the forest industry. (1995)
  • Johnny Moses – Northwest Native storyteller, oral historian, and traditional healer. (1995)
  • Joseph Naytowhow – traditional and contemporary First Nation stories as well as world tales (2003, 2007).
  • Rosemary Newday (1997).
  • Ingrid Nixon – Up and coming Northwest teller of historical, personal, and traditional tales (2011, 2015).
  • David Novak (1998).
  • Jay O’Callahan – Boston-bred storyteller, author, musician, juggler (2006, 2014).
  • Michael Parent – Maine stories, where imagination meets the spoken word (2003, 2010, 2015).
  • Anne Penfound – Haggis Hunter extraordinaire, explorer, time traveller and storyteller (2015).
  • Pat Peterson – Old favorite stories, and originals. (1996)
  • Meg Philp – A Queensland Australia teller, Scottish by birth, teller of traditional tales (2013).
  • Tom Rawson – Seattle based singer-storyteller (2006).
  • Melanie Ray – Canadian teller of Medieval romances, Canadian literature, personal stories and folktales from everywhere. (1995)
  • Connie Regan-Blake – from traditional Appalachian tales to personal stories, with humor and charm (2009).
  • Anne Rutherford – Portland, OR teller of great lies, original stories and folktales (2013).
  • Katy Rydell (1997).
  • (The late) Steve Sanfield (1997).
  • Dunc Shields (1998).
  • Ed Sheridan – Bainbridge Is, WA teller of wisdom tales, love stories, and personal stories of people he has worked with (2003).
  • Sky Shivers – Teller of western and cowboy tales (1999, 2006).
  • Nejama Shtull – Shares her love for the wild, the natural, and the supernatural. (1996)
  • Laura Simms – Mythic storytelling for individual and community transformation (2010).
  • Leslie Slape – Tales of adventure, nonsense, satire and pathos. (1996, 1998)
  • Carol Soth (1997).
  • Cathy Spagnoli – A specialist in Asian tales – of tricksters, ghosts and heroes. (2002)
  • Jim Stapleton (1997)
  • Joy Steiner – Specialist in children’s stories (2009).
  • Anne-Louise Sterry – Portland singer, storyteller, children’s specialist (2008).
  • Ed Stivender – Actor, comedian, writer and teacher. (1995).
  • Gene Tagaban – Tlingit Raven dancer and storyteller (2013).
  • (The late) Max Tell (1998).
  • Tim Tingle – Choctaw storyteller (2005, 2014).
  • Cherie Trebon (1997).
  • Jamie Valadez (1998).
  • Kira Van Deusen – Stories of her Siberian grandparents. (1996)
  • Paul “Che oke’ ten” Wagner – traditional stories and songs of the Coast Salish people (2011).
  • Kirk Waller – African-American storytelling, from Oakland CA (2010).
  • Liz Weir – Internationally recognized storyteller and peacemaker from County Antrim, Ireland (2006).
  • Kim Weitkamp – Hilarious, heart-rending, musical teller from Virginia (2010).
  • Cathryn Wellner – Storyteller, writer, community change facilitator; Cathryn uses stories to help people (1999, 2006).
  • Paul Wilson – Cowboy poet, singer, storyteller (2005).
  • (The late) Diane Wolkstein – A major figure in renewing interest in oral storytelling; mythology and cultural tales from around the world (2008).
  • Clara Yen (1998).
  • Yvonne Young (2004).
  • Debra Gordon Zaslow – Stories with strong female characters from all over the world. (1999)
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