IN FOCUS: A Weekend with Storyteller Donald Davis11.17.2005
Internationally acclaimed storyteller Donald Davis appear in a series of performances throughout the Mountain Empire the last weekend of October 2005.
Davis performed at Virginia Highlands Community College in Abingdon, VA and he headlined Tellabration! at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, VA.
On Sunday, Oct. 30, Davis appeared in concert at the Paramount Center for the Arts to raise funds for the Bristol Public Library. Joining him were Tennessee storytellers Pat Musselman of Bristol and Wayne Rush of Johnson City. The Full Grace Grifters of Kingsport provided music.
Born in a Southern Appalachian world rich in stories, Davis grew up hearing gentle fairy tales, simple and silly Jack tales, scary mountain lore, ancient Welsh and Scottish folktales. To that, he has added the nourishing, true-to-life stories of his own neighbors and kin. Davis has been visiting the Tri-Cities and neighboring communities biannually since 2001. He is one of only two storytellers invited to tell at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN every year. He has been a featured teller at the Smithsonian Institution, the World's Fair, and at festivals around the world. He is also known as a prolific author, producer of books and tapes, and as a guest host for National Public Radio's "Good Evening."