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David S. Sharp
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Glastonbury duo - Storytelling and Music

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Travel back in time for an evening as Glastonbury Duo plays music from the Celtic countries, Tudor England and Renaissance Europe. Carol and Dave Sharp play many kinds of music, including haunting harp and flute, songs of long ago, and rousing dance tunes. Glastonbury Duo includes period costumes, hand carved instruments, and storytelling, with elements of culture, history and language. (Stories include: Tom the Tailor, David of the White Rock, The Glashan's Flute, The Lobster, Donald and the Changeling Child, Donald and the Water Kelpie, The Jackdaw's Ring, The Fairy Tinker and King Halvar's Cat.) Instruments include a hand carved Celtic Harp, Bowed Psaltery, Irish Flute, Whistles, Recorders, Flute d'Accord, Alto Cornamuse, Rebec, Zils, Bodhran, Tamborine, Mountain Dulcimer. (known as the Schietholt or Epinette). Vocals are sung in Gaelic, Welsh, English, and Latin. You can even see a Unicorn percussion toy that was used in Medieval and Renaissance music and plays. For willing participants, we might pass out percussion instruments and teach a dance or two from the villages and courts of Europe. We also have a small puppet show "The Clown and the Princess" and "The Trouble with Crickett". Glastonbury Duo is comprised of Dave and Carol Sharp, founding members of the Celtic Group Idlewild that has toured and played in many major festivals in the region for over 12 years. Recently, Glastonbury Duo has performed in the "Age of Chivalry Festival" in Las Vegas, Nevada, "The Merry Greenwood" Renaissance fair in the Tri City area in Washington, Pioneer Trails "Candle Light and Pumpkin patch tours, the Utah Performing Arts Tour 2004 through 2008, the Farmington New Mexico Medieval faire and the Timpanogas Storytelling Festival, to name a few. Dave and Carol have released 24 albums through Idlewild Recordings. Our current CD's are available through CD baby or as mp3 downloads at: Sincerely, David S. Sharp

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The Utah Pioneers in Story and Music

July, 21st, 2012 - Idlewild duo with Laraine Miner - Dave and Carol Sharp - The Utah Pioneer Heritage Arts and the Draper Arts festival present Stories and music of the Western Pioneers with Idlewild duo - 8:00 to 9:00 pm stories and music with a dance called by our long time friend Laraine Miner 9:00 to 10:00 pm. Stories of the early Pioneers of Utah from our family…


Posted on July 11, 2012 at 1:54pm

Joseph and Adam Sharp deliver a message to Johnson's Army

One day, since the Sharp family had arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in the fall of 1850.Joseph and Adam Sharp used the wagons the family brought with them to ship the sandstone that was quarried from their camp site in Red Butte Canyon. Many of the first permanent stone buildings in the valley were built with the stone the brothers hauled and quarried under the supervision of the older brother John.

When Brigham Young spotted them he came over to ask a task of them, since Porter… Continue

Posted on January 6, 2011 at 2:54pm

The Sharp Family immigrates to America

The Sharp family originally came from Clackmanan in the county of

Clackmannanshire, Scotland. The family worked their hands in stone as quarrymen, stonecutters and coal miners since the earliest mention of Sharps in Clackmannan around 1500. The Sharps were allies or a sept of the Stewarts of Apin. Clackmannan means "Stone of the Manu" in Scottish Gallic. Manu is the Scottish version of the Irish Sea God Mananon Mac Lir. The Stone sits on top of a stone pillar in the town square next to the… Continue

Posted on January 6, 2011 at 2:33pm

Stories about the music we play and being a frustrated anthropologist.

The Music for the comment is on our page Radio player.

Long before I became a storyteller I would often talk to our audiences about the history, inspiration, context and folklore of the tunes we would play. I also feel that melodic music has an emotive language or communication to it. Many melodies imitate the language of the culture they come from and they communicate a great deal. I should say that among Celtic musicians it is jokingly said that all the love songs are sad and all…


Posted on January 21, 2010 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Don't look at the Cat!

This is a story I don’t tell on stage, I usually tell this to friends that have met this particular Cat.

Years ago, I had more time on my hands than now days. One of my best friends and I used to go out to coffee every Friday, since we both had that day off for one reason or another. I would arrive around 10:00 am and we’d get some lunch at some place that had good coffee. Every morning as I would come over to pick him up he would open the door and as I came in he would say, “I’m… Continue

Posted on November 17, 2009 at 1:43pm

Memories of my Great Grandfather Ed Spalding Deputy Sheriff of Fremont County, Colorado.

Some of my earliest memories surrond a trip my parents made along with my maternal grandmother. We arrived somewhere in Colorado to a farm where some one special lived. My parents came to the door and were greeted by an elderly couple that came out and hugged my Grandmother and mother. I came to realize later that they were the parents of my Grandfather Clay long past away leaving my Grandmother a widow to raise her only child my mother Elaine.

My Great Grandfather had a Parakeet… Continue

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 6:12pm — 8 Comments

The Holy Tree

The Holy Tree

I've told this story just once to an audience, during a Saint Patrick's

Day concert we did in a theatre with our band "Idlewild" and a troop of

step dancers, a pipe band and some of my storytelling, four years ago.

At the time some years ago I would travel to and fro in downtown Salt Lake

City and in one part of the inner city neighborhood my wife and I would have lunch at a wonderful little Japanese Restaurant called the Koko Kitchen. They… Continue

Posted on June 9, 2008 at 1:04pm

Ohe-hano-ihu, the Hawaiian Nose Flute


The Hawaiian Nose Flute

Ohe-hano-ihu, is the name for the Hawaiian Nose Flute. Instruments of this type are made of bamboo and are of undoubted antiquity long before contact with western civilization. The instrument consists of a simple joint of bamboo, with an embouchure placed about half an inch from the closed end, thus enabling the player to supply the instrument with the air of his left nostril. The left hand covers the three holes bored mid-way along the… Continue

Posted on June 6, 2008 at 4:00pm

Scary stories I tell my children to stay in school

Now that my children and step children are grown up, I no longer read them stories like when they were little. My wife and I do that with the grand children now. I still preach at them and tell them stories of acidents I've seen other people have when working a labor job when I was younger, and why they should get or finish that degree.

It starts with a story of I'm still in High School and one summer job I took with a couple of buddies was to mow lawns at the local city cemetary.… Continue

Posted on June 6, 2008 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

The Railroad Bishop and his decendants

John Sharp was born in Scotland in the year 1820. He was a hard-working Scotsman that began work in the coal pits at the age of eight years of age. He and his two brothers were converted to the Mormon Church in 1847, and they set out for Zion the next year. They reached Salt Lake City in August of 1850 and shortly after his arrival became the superintendent of the Church quarry where the huge blocks of granite were cut for the Salt Lake Temple and the massive wall around Temple Square, along… Continue

Posted on June 5, 2008 at 3:30pm

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At 5:23pm on January 3, 2013, Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) said…

No problem, David!  Have you discovered another ning network specifically about puppetry?  Puppet Hub is by subscription only, but is open for viewing.  You can see all on the site (although possibly a few groups aren't on view -- maybe local guilds?), but to send communications to the network or members you must subscribe to meet their Ning fees.  I've a group there (inactive lately, but perfect for storytellers who include puppetry), called "Out Front with My Puppet."  It's for those of us not "hiding" behind a puppet stage. 

As for music, I've a few groups on that, too, but it all depends on your instruments.  Personally I'd love to see discussions here about including music with storytelling.

At 1:22pm on September 19, 2008, Emma Alexander Arthur said…
Dear David, Sharp is a very common name in Fife where I come from. My home town, Kirkcaldy, is about 45 minutes from Falkirk by car. My family were also coal miners. I've never been to Utah but I'm sure I would like it. The Highlands of Scotland are beautiful and Skye has an atmosphere all of its own. I lived near Vancouver for a year and drove down to Los Angeles in an old automatic. Great fun! Emma
At 1:02pm on September 15, 2008, Baba the Storyteller said…
You're spot on David about the instruments, both harps belong to bardic traditions; the only difference with the Kora was that, typically, the player was supposed to have been born into one of the families responsible for its creation and continuence.
At 11:13am on June 14, 2008, Karl Behling said…
Dave, it was great to chat with you and Clive that rainy morning at Gardner Village, but I have to tell you that the stage I was sitting on was soaking wet, and my leathers got really cold and slimy for the ride home. Probably not the best image I could conjure, but there it is. Great to see you at the Guild, even though it's not my chapter. Reading through your blogs, I didn't notice if you play the sacbut (sp) or crumhorn. Do you? Just asking. :-) Karl Behling
At 11:41pm on June 13, 2008, Suzanne Hudson said…
Hi Dave,
I started to comment previously, got interrupted, now I'll try again. Anyway, it was good to talk with you at the guild this week. I've always enjoyed your music and want to hear more of your stories.
By the way . . . I looked up the siblings of Lorenzo and Eliza R Snow and they are Leonora, Percy Melissa, Lucius and Samuel . . . but no William. Ask your wife again how William is related to them. Now I'm curious. Maybe he's a nephew. I'd love to know. Best, Suzanne
At 3:16pm on June 12, 2008, Julie Barnson said…
Good to see you at the meeting last night! That really was fun!

At 7:27pm on June 11, 2008, Csenge Zalka said…
Hey, good to hear from you! I'm glad you liked my blog :) (I'm in Jonesborough right now, working on some new posts, it kinda got stuck with all the things going on at the end of the semester...)
And I'm so happy you liked Hungary :) Be sure to let me know if you visit again! I work with a Renaissance group ( I hope I'll hear you play music someday :)
At 1:06pm on May 22, 2008, Dianne de Las Casas, Founder said…

Thank you so much for the kind words about my newsletter. I have 11,000 subscribers worldwide! It's cool to be able to promote literacy through storytelling. Best wishes to you and Carol.

At 2:55pm on May 18, 2008, Mimi Rockwell said…
I hope we can be Friends again. My former request and comments were from a second My Page that I have now deleted. I have sent you a new Friend request. Mimi
At 12:09pm on April 29, 2008, David S. Sharp said…
Thanks for the mention of! There is also CD Baby that will take CD's and distribute them digitally. For a $35. fee they put up a permanent webpage and stock 5 CD's initially and give people an option of digital distribution with the major download sites.

Thanks again for the great support and commeraderie,

Dave Sharp
DBA Idlewild



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