Appalachian Storyteller Adam Booth to host concert series.
Adam Booth is a purveyor of Southern storytelling with a modern twist. He will soon serve as the next teller in residence for Storytelling Live!, the International Storytelling Center’s signature performance series.
For each week during ISC’s six-month seasonal series, a new storyteller will be invited to Jonesborough for daily concerts and storytelling activities for the week. The program runs through the end of October.
Booth, who is a college professor at Shepherd University, specializes in Appalachian studies. It’s a program that’s centered on tradition, but in others, it’s changing with the times. “A lot of my students, and people throughout Appalachia, call themselves Appalachian, but they’re not quite sure what it means anymore,” Booth says. “There was a much more accepted definition 50 years ago, and now it has changed quite a bit.
Above all, during his week in Jonesborough Booth plans to share a number of elaborate new stories centered on his idea of what he calls the “New South.” He’ll also bring a wide variety of stories that pay tribute to other storytellers and folk musicians.
“I’ll be performing a new piece called ‘Smoke!’” Booth says. “I created it after the work of Jay O’Callahan, and dedicated it to him, too. It is a triptych from three parts of my life: a chimneysweep’s visit to my grandmother’s house, a parade seen from my great grandparents’ furniture store, and halftime at homecoming my senior year. Several elements stitch the stories together, including various forms of smoke and marching bands.”
Booth will also tell a variety of personal and family-oriented tales, as well as original tall tales and reconsiderations of old Southern lore.
During his weeklong residency, Tuesday through Saturday, June 26 – 30, Booth will offer daily matinees beginning at 2 p.m. All performances will take place in the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall, on Main Street in downtown Jonesborough.
Tickets for all matinees are just $12 for adults, and $11 for seniors, students, and anyone under 18. Heavily Discounted Season passes are still available for a limited time. Furthermore, Advance purchase is recommended for all performances.
Certainly, all ticketholders can present their ticket stubs for a 10 percent discount on same-day dining at JJ’s Eatery and Ice Cream; Main Street Café (lunch only); Medley Vegan Vegetarian; Olde Towne Pancake House; and The Corner Cup. Boone Street Market is offering 10 percent off prepared meals and 5 percent off any other purchase.
Storytelling Live! runs from May through the end of October, with daily matinees Tuesday through Saturday and special programming like evening concerts and workshops scheduled throughout the season.
A detailed Schedule can be found at www.storytellingcenter.net. The premier sponsor of Storytelling Live! is Ballad Health. Additional program funding comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Niswonger Foundation, Eastman Credit Union, and Food City. Media sponsors include News 5-WCYB, FOX Tri-Cities, Tri-Cities CW, Johnson City Press, Kingsport Times-News, Herald & Tribune, and Cumulus Media. The International Storytelling Center is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information about Storytelling Live! or to make a group reservation, call (800) 952-8392 ext. 222 or (423) 913-1276.