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Alabama Storytelling Association Newsletter - April 2009

ASA Board Meeting

The ASA board meeting will be held on April 25th from 11 AM to 1 PM in Montgomery at the E.L. Lowder Public Library, 2590 Bell Road. You are all invited to attend!

Welcome New Members

Doug Wells - Athens
Gail Hopson - Huntsville
Cliff Ibsen - Huntsville
James Miller - Huntsville
Willa Brigham - Cray, North Carolina
Mack Vann - Huntsville
Gibbs Couch - Auburn


Happenings from Across the State


Holmes Street Storytelling & Bluegrass Festival

The Holmes Street Storytelling and Bluegrass Festival will featured Bruce Walker and Buck P Creacy, storytellers: James Smith and the Walker Street Opry (Bluegrass). Bruce Walker will be celebrating the national distribution of his storytelling CD, “Good for Your Soul,” at a release party held during the festival. Bruce’s stories are based on life observations and family lore. Bruce has appeared at the Three Foot Festival in Meridian, MS, and at the Black Warrior Storytelling Festival, Tuscaloosa. Walker Street Opry is comprised of seasoned Bluegrass veterans who have played with Claire Lynch, Iron Horse and other established Bluegrass acts. They perform Bluegrass standards as well as songs of their own composition. Buck P Creacy is known as the “Working Man’s Storyteller”, he has appeared at the NSN Storytelling Conference, Tale Spinner Festival and has recorded numerous CDs on the Aslan label. James Smith is known as the, “Autoharp Man from ALabam”; James performs roots music that he describes as, “The music behind the music we hear today”.


May 2nd, 2009


Saturday, 7 PM


Founder's Hall at
Holmes Street United Mothodist Church
501 Holmes Street
Huntsville, Alabama


Free for all ages!


Bruce Walker at (256) 658-1735


View the Press Release for this event.

We Piddle Around One Woman Show

Barbara Bates Smith will do a one-woman performance of Lee Smith’s popular character, Ivy Rowe from “Fair and Tender Ladies” at the We Piddle Around Theater in Brundidge. Jeff Sebens, an outstanding guitarist, plays background music and Amanda Porter, a local bluegrass singer, will provide preshow entertainment.


Thursday, June 11, 2009 and Friday, June 12, 2009


Thursday ladies luncheon at Noon
Friday "y'all come" summer supper performance at 7 PM


We Piddle Around Theater in Brundidge, Alabama


$20 - include preshow and lunch or supper




(334) 735-3125 or (334) 735-3675


Alabama Book Festival is set for April 18th at Old Alabama Town, Montgomery

Candy DuboseAlabama Book Festival is set for April 18th at Old Alabama Town in Montgomery. Candy Dubose (ASA member) will be one of the participating authors. On April 19th, I will do a storytelling program for the library in Alabaster, Alabama at 2 p.m. Auburn Library has invited me for May 2nd and Opelika on June 19th. Candy entertained us with a great story about a “Senior Moment” at our February organizational meeting in Clanton; you will enjoy her sparkling wit and her obvious love for the craft of storytelling. Candy is the sate representative for the Alabama Storytelling Association representing the Southern-MIddle district of our state. Visit the teller directory for further information about having her come to your event.


What has 36 strings, two spoons, one washboard, blue eyes and travels? Angela Lloyd

"Angela Lloyd and I have been e-mailing about performing in Alabama. She is a Selma native and is interested in performing in Alabama. Angela is delightful in every way. I have seen Angela at the International Storytelling Center when she was a Teller in Residence and at the National Storytelling Festival. I’ve copied part of her biography from her website:” Millie Jackson - ASA member - Tuscaloosa.

Angela Lloyd is a matchmaker of spoken word and music. Combining an eclectic listener's ear, a penchant for rhythm and a longing for harmony she performs for all ages sharing her constant companions, Rhythm, Rhyme and Melody. The daughter of a composer and an engineer, she was raised in South America listening to Carl Orff, Gian Carlo Menotti, Miriam Makeba and Mitch Miller. One of the unique performers on the national storytelling circuit today, she was featured at the 25th (1997) and 31st (2003) National Storytelling Festival, in Jonesborough,Tennessee and regularly appears at regional festivals and theatres around the country.

A virtuosi on Washboard, Angela's performances are a whimsical braid of poetry, story and song played on Autoharp, Tenor Guitar, Spoon and Bell.

The stories are selected from a variety of sources including traditional world folktales, the oral tradition, original works based on personal experience and the best in children's literature, i.e. (Carl Sandburg's Rutabaga Stories, the poetry of A. A. Milne, Naomi Shihab Nye).

The songs are drawn from vinyl record albums from her childhood: Mitch Miller, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Carl Orff’s Music for Children, contemporary singer/songwriters, folk songs, along with her original musical compositions based on the poetry of e.e. cummings, A. A. Milne, Pablo Neruda.

See www.angelalloyd.com for further information or contact her at storyboat@aol.com


Past Newsletters

March 2009


From Bruce

Bruce WalkerIf you have any news about storytelling in Alabama, please send it to me:



Bruce Walker
P.O. Box 19062
Huntsville, AL 35804


Until next month:  Keep Telling and sharing the wonderful gift of storytelling!!!!

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