Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Teller and the Tale featuring Bob Newhart, Anthony Griffith, and Garrison Keillor

Bob Newhart
This week on The Teller and the Tale, feature three different storytellers: comic actor Bob Newhart, actor Anthony Griffith, and storyteller and host of the Prairie Home Companion Radio show, Garrison Keillor.

Bob Newhart is an icon of American comedy. Newhart came to fame during the 1960s with his appearances on the Ed Sullivan show where his deadpan humour and trademark stammer had audiences laughing hysterically. He developed the comic monologue to new heights with his particular use of the imagined telephone conversation. In this episode, I feature one of Newhart's classic storytelling routines -- a conversation with Sir Walter Raleigh about his proposed introduction of tobacco to the Old World.

Anthony Griffith
Anthony Griffith is an actor and storyteller, whose appearance in 2003 on the famous Moth storytelling stage in Los Angeles has earned him more than a million views on YouTube. In this story, "The Best of Times, the Worst of Times," Griffith tells the heart-breaking story of success and loss. It's a story right from the heart, the sort of story that has earned the Moth the place to go to for personal stories of all kinds.

Garrison Keillor
Like Newhart was for his generation, Keillor is a storytelling icon for our age. His wry humour and observations of small town life draw comparisons with the likes of Mark Twain and Stephen Leacock. Keillor develops these in his famous stories and sketches of the inhabitants of Lake Wobegon, a fiction town in northern Minnesota. Keillor, of course, is also known for his long-time hosting of public radio's Prairie Home Companion, a live recording format which brings to mind the golden years of radio drama and storytelling at its best. Here, I feature Keillor as an honoured guest at The Moth in New York City on the occasion of being awarded a Moth Award for his contribution to the art of storytelling in 2007.

You can also learn more about our guests and listen to other shows at The Teller and the Tale web site

Michael WilliamsHostThe Teller and the Tale

Friday, February 6, 2015

Teller and the Tale features storyteller and artist Owen Pilgrim

Owen Pilgrim, storyteller and artist
Join me this week on the Teller and the Tale radio as I meet up with storyteller and artist Owen Pilgrim. Born in Canada and growing up in the far north of Newfoundland, Owen acquired a deep love of nature.

In 2001 he graduated from Nova Scotia's College of Art & Design with a specialty in sculpture. Moving to Scotland, he developed his creativity through the art of wood-carving which sparked a deep love of trees and their role in mythology and folklore.

Owen supported his art through part-time employment as a tree surgeon, an occupation which allowed him to become better acquainted with trees and their surroundings. Eventually, he trained and qualified as a Forest School leader and wove his love of trees into his storytelling as well as his carving.

Today, Owen is an accomplished and creative artist and storyteller. When he's not busy working on a commissioned piece of woodwork, he can often be found facilitating a storytelling workshop or performing for a group of schoolchildren. Owen is also one of the founders of the Blether Tay-Gither storytelling club in Dundee, not far from where he lives.

Learn more about Owen and his work at

Mabon, one of Owen's hand carved mythical works of art

Listen to Owen on The Teller and the Tale only on Blues and Roots Radio:

Sunday 8th February at 7am EST (Canada/US) and 12 noon GMT (UK/Ireland)
Tuesday 10th February at 8pm EST and 1am GMT
Thursday 12 February at 4pm EST and 9pm GMT

Monday, February 2, 2015

Teller and the Tale featuring Scottish-French storyteller Fiona MacLeod

Speaking from her home in Brittany, Fiona reminisces about her life in Scotland, Ireland, and France as well as share a wonderful story. Begins Sunday 1st February at 12noon GMT (UK/Ireland) and 7am EST (Canada/US). Repeated on Tues/Wed and Thursday. Blues and Roots Radio ( was born in Perthshire and raised there and in northern Ireland before following her grandmother's footsteps and heading off to France.

It was in Paris, 25 years ago, that Fiona first heard a storyteller. That experience hooked her and she's never looked back. Now living in the traditional village of Locronan, Fiona has made herself at home within storytelling circles, performing and giving workshops to children, young people, and adults.

Fiona is as passionate about the environment and our fellow creatures as she is about storytelling. She recently 'adopted' a donkey from a nearby sanctuary and often contributes her storytelling talents to raise awareness of environmental issues, including holding an annual week-long storytelling in nature workshop.

You can read more about Fiona's interests and storytelling on her Facebook site

Fiona is an energetic traveller having taken her talents to North America, performing in Montreal, Canada among other places. Back in France, she's even followed in the footsteps (or donkey steps) of Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson, retracing much of his 19th-century journey around France.

Don't miss this talented and effervescent storyteller with a joie de vivre.

"French is my adopted language. My grandmother spoke and loved this language at the beginning of the 20th Century. I am her continuation. As we say in stories, 'Walk today, walk tomorrow, if you just keep on walking, you will find the path.' "