Monday, May 25, 2015

Rewind session with Scottish storytellers Ruth Kirkpatrick and David Campbell

Ruth Kirkpatrick, storyteller
This week on the Teller and the Tale, I return to a previous programme where I featured two of Scotland's finest storytellers -- Ruth Kirkpatrick and David Campbell. Although both live in or near Edinburgh today, Ruth and David grew up in the North-East of Scotland and still retain much of their 'mither tongue'.

Having been mentored by Traveller storyteller Stanley Robertson, she has developed a unique talent for connecting with people through story. She has pioneered the use of story with children and adolescents as part of her social and educational work and is a much sought-after workshop leader and speaker. Listen as Ruth shares her story of the 'Seven Ravens' taken from her recent Stories Allways resource pack where she is also accompanied by the excellent musicians Gica Loening and Jenny Gardner.

David Campbell, storyteller
David Campbell was born in Edinburgh but raised in the fishing town of Fraserburgh on the Moray Firth in the north-east of Scotland. A former teacher and BBC Radio Producer, David has developed a sensitive ear for story and language. His passion for story was further enriched through his friendship with another Traveller storyteller Duncan Williamson, of whom he has written a 2-volume account of Duncan's life and their friendship. Today I feature David's story about the famous song 'Loch Lomond', taken from the CD Scotland in Love, which David recorded with the singer and harpist Katie Targett-Adams.

Broadcast times:
Canada/US    Sunday 24 May at 7am EDT; Tuesday May 26 at 8pm EDT; and Thursday 28 May at 4pm

UK/Ireland    Sunday 24 May at 12noon GMT; Wednesday 27 at 1am; and Thursday 28 May at 9pm

Australia       Sunday 24 May at 9pm EDT; Wednesday 27 at 10am; and Friday 29 May at 6am.

Check Blues and Roots Radio for scheduling in your area of the world.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Teller and the Tale features storyteller Ed Stivender

He's been called the "Robin Williams of storytelling" and has earned many accolades. He calls himself a Shakespearean actor, a juggler, a mummer, a banjo player & raconteur. He's none other than Ed Stivender and if you've never heard of him, you're in for a treat. Let Ed tickle your funny bone with three stories. Starts Sunday 17 May at 12noon GMT (UK/Ireland), 7am EDT (Canada/US) and 9pm EDT (Australia). Check for times in your part of the world.

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Teller and the Tale features Scottish storyteller and music teacher Alec Miller

On the Teller and the Tale this week, I offer a "rewind" session featuring young Scottish storyteller and music teacher Alec Miller.

Alec lives and works in Aberdeen where, among other things, he leads ACE, a community organisation that offers children and young people a holistic experience of music, singing, storytelling, and outdoor education. Alec's a great champion of storytelling among young people as a way of helping them find their voice and share their experiences. Many of those he works with come from backgrounds where such opportunities are rare or beyond the reach of their parents' budgets. Along with his volunteers, Alec has succeeded in transforming the lives of children, young people and their communities through story and song and a love of the environment.

Listen to Alec share his own story and a tale called "The Luckless One" only on The Teller and the Tale, only on Blues and Roots Radio.

Begins Sunday May 3 at 12noon GMT (UK), Tuesday May 5 at 8pm GMT and Thursday May 7 at 4pm. Check for times in your part of the world.