Saturday, March 26, 2016

The Teller and the Tale features Ottawa storyteller Dean Verger, Week of March 27th

Singing at Rasputin's in the 80s
This week storyteller Dean Verger celebrated his 60th birthday so what better gift could we give him than to replay his interview with us (well, we couldn't give him world peace as much as we would've liked to).

Dean has been a stalwart force on the Ottawa storytelling scene for many years. He was the founder of Rasputin's (, that iconic folk club known for launching and celebrating the careers of numerous singer-songwriters in the 70s like Sneezy Waters, David Whiffen, Ian Tamblyn and many others, and is still going strong, although a fire officially closed it in 2008. Its stage was also known as the place where many stories were told and shared and Dean was one of its most prolific storytellers.

Dean came to storytelling through his work as a writer, actor, and as programme producer. He has acted with Ottawa's Theater For Children, Orpheus, and Ottawa Little Theater. He has appeared at Centrepointe Theater, on stage at the National Arts Centre's Fourth Stage, and in the Museum of Nature. He has performed his original works on both radio and television, and across Canada at festivals, in schools, cafes, and libraries.

Listen to Dean Verger talk about his life and share a story on The Teller and the Tale only on Blues and Roots Radio. Starts on Sunday 27 March at 7am EST (Can/US) and 12noon (UK/Ireland) and 9pm (Australia). Repeated on Thursday at 4pm (Can/US), 9pm (UK/Ireland) and 6am Friday 28th March in Australia.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

The Teller and the Tale with Scots-French storyteller Fiona MacLeod

This week the Teller and the Tale rewinds to a previous programme with Scots-French storyteller Fiona MacLeod.

Fiona 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.

Catch the show again on Sunday 6 March at 7am EDT (Can/US), 12noon (UK/Ire) and 9pm (Australia). Rpt again on Thursday 10 March at 4pm EDT (Can/US), 9pm (UK/Ire) and 6am on Friday 11 March in Australia.