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This Christmas Eve - Turn on the Radio, Tuck Yourself Up, and Let Me Tell You a Story

Snuggle down under the duvet this Christmas Eve, with a slurp of cocoa, and have a listen to BBC Radio 3. I have just had the honour of recording a Winter-Themed piece with two musicians; a singer an a percussionist; for the BBC Arts programme Late Junction. The three of us had never met before we came together for one day only to improvise and play a piece for the christmas Eve programme. I had a wonderful time, writing words, words, words, telling, singing and playing a HUGE gong! Have a… Continue

Posted on December 10, 2009 at 8:30am

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At 10:54am on September 29, 2010, Christi U. said…
I saw your conversation with Dave Tonge re: Morris Dancing. I have a friend in East TN who enjoys that tradition as well, even though his job keeps him away more often than not.
He has a great story about going to an event and watching the paired dancers from the wings. All of a sudden, a big burly gentleman approaches him and says, "You dance ? Come on, let's get there. I know the girl's part."
At 11:42am on December 12, 2009, Simon Heywood said…
Hi Debs

Last April (!) you left a (very kind indeed!) comment for me on Prof Storyteller - I haven't been keeping up regularly and just came across it and I don't *think* I ever replied. Slapped wrists all round ... and ... very belatedly ... thank you!

Hope all's well anyway. Don't know if you ever make it this far north with your storytelling head on (he wrote from Sheffield) or if the Globe Theatre, CS House AND Christmas Eve Late Junction QUITE eat up all your storytelling time! But it'd be good to catch up.

Generally speaking you can catch up with all my stuff on Facebook (including a clip and pics from the premiere of 'Myths of Mercia') and pretty soon (in the next week or two) I'll have a proper website up :) I didn't do much at FATE this year but next year it looks like I'll be doing the new show with Katrice Horsley, 'Myths of Mercia' - tales and legends from Birmingham and the west Midlands - some lovely and magical stuff which we have unearthed and are putting back into circulation.

See you further down the road!

At 1:53pm on November 3, 2009, Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' said…
You are much further advanced than I Debs, I do the odd bit of telling in the City and I'm sure our paths will cross in the future.... Dave
At 6:58am on November 3, 2009, Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' said…
Have just seen that you plan to learn the ancient art and mystery that is morris Debs. So to am I, but I am not that good and always looking for tips. If you have started and have some advice for someone is tone deaf when it comes to dancing, then I would gladly swap a story...
At 6:50am on November 3, 2009, Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' said…
Hello Debs
I'm glad to hear the big onion story went so well. It actually became a big turnip story for me last weekend. I like to keep it fresh! I don't think that my apple day event at Ely was as riotous as yours. It was very reserved and english, but I did get to tell to the Mayor himself and all of the other great and the good in their gold chains and fancy hats and I also enjoyed a cider or two!
At 12:30pm on September 17, 2009, Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' said…
You are more than welcome Debs and yes, now you say it a really, really big onion is a wonderful and funny thing! And by all means give a me a few leads on apple stories. I can't wait.
Pip pip (get it!) Dave
At 11:41am on September 17, 2009, Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' said…
I might well 'borrow' some of your suggestions for Ely Debs and I especially liked the joke! So to return the favour, an apple themed riddle of sorts.... What did the baker put in his apple pies to stop them going rotten?

The answer.... His teeth!

I think thats worth an even bigger groan or maybe two. And as for the Onion Tale, I've heard both an African and a English version of this. To cut a long story short, a poor cottar, a poor man grows a great big onion, so big he could put you, you and even you inside (Sorry about that I went into telling mode there). An onion so big that everyone who passed by his small garden stopped and stared. An onion so big it reached the ears of his Lord who went to see it. The Lord however was less impressed for could not see the point of a really, really big onion and besides I have it good authority that he much preferred leeks. The Lord mocked the big onion, but undeterred the cotter decided to send the onion to the King as gift and the King was much pleased for no one had ever sent him such an unusual gift before. He was so pleased that he sent the cottar a great bag of gold. The poor cottar was now a rich man!

News of his new found wealth reached the ears of the Lord who was jealous and more than a bit miffed. He did not think it fair that the king gave the cottar gold for a manky onion. But then he thought to himself, if the King gave the cottar gold for one onion, what would he give me for my finest charger, my finest white horse? And he sent his horse to the King. The King was much pleased and wanted to send the Lord a reward. But what?...

A few days later there was a knock at the Lord's door and there were the Kings men carrying a great chest for the Lord. He was overjoyed; a chest full of gold and all for him. But he decided not to open it then. Instead he thought he would spend some of the gold upon a feast and invite everyone including the cottar, so that he could see what a really good gift to the King got as a reward. The feast was held. Everyone ate themselves full and drank themselves silly (Perhaps on cidar!) and then at the end of the evening the Lord stood up, stroked the box and lifted the lid. And as he did the smile fell from his face, for there inside the great wooden box, was a great big onion! Or was it an apple? Its hard to tell for we storytellers grow new corn from old fields!

I hope this helps Debs or at the very least eased your cares...

At 10:53am on September 17, 2009, Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' said…
Hello Debs.
Its funny that you should asking about cidar for I was having discussion with one of my boys just this very day about strawberry cidar! I'm not sure about that and will take some convincing. But when it comes to apples I too love a bit of scrumping, especially if it means being chased by a farmer. That's the icing on the cake for me! And as for what type of cidar, I'm not fussed as long as its good and frothy with a bit of a kick!

But when it comes to cidar and apple related stories, I'm a bit stumped, which is a bit of a problem because I'm telling at an Apple Festival in Ely in October. I see you've already got the Apple Tree Man, which I shall be telling, but I can't think of anything else. Except that I do tell a story about, a really, really big onion and I was thinking about making it a tale about a really, really big apple! If you are interested I'll tell you more...
At 4:33pm on May 6, 2009, Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' said…
Hello Debs. Nothing like a bit of audience participation-I like getting them to to me a nice creaky door! As for saxon tales, how about Wayland the Smith. Its a bit gruesome, but all ways goes down with well. Or the story about the Saxon hero Hereward the Wake if you have time. I know a version with a witch! I do have a nice tale I've just worked up about a blind archer who revenges himself on his tormentor, it just depends on your audience really...
At 2:43pm on April 9, 2009, Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' said…
We used to call him 'Waggledagger' when I were a lad Debs and he certainly didn't leave his best bed to me! I'm off telling for a few days now, but upon my return, I will gladly swap a bawdy geste for what I can only assume is an even bawdier folk song...



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