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At 6:06am on January 13, 2012, Red Phoenix (Terrie Howey) said…

Hello to you too! Yea it counts. You going to the Gathering again this year?

At 5:03pm on January 12, 2012, Kevin Walker said…

Omnipresent me mate!!

At 10:50am on September 29, 2010, Christi U. said…
A story swap sounds like a grand plan. When I have a chance, I post my new rewrites here. You'll see a few old ones in my blog posts from my page.
Last time I was at my regular gig, one of the storekeeper's daughter requested the tale she heard back in Feb. "You know, the one with the three princes and the cat!" It took me a minute to figure it out, but then I was able to dive right into "The White Cat", a French fairy tale.
Right now, I'm working on tales from Mexico for a school program I've got at the end of October. Got any suggestions?
At 10:56am on July 2, 2010, George Allen Williams said…
Good day, David. Just wanted to let you know that I've found copies of "Medieval Comic Tales" and "A Hundred Merry Tales," and am enjoying them tremendously. Thanks!
At 9:30pm on June 19, 2010, George Allen Williams said…
Dave, I just watched your new promo video. It was great. I think we must be kindred spirits. Your comments about the importance (and fun) of stories matches my thoughts to a "T" ... people are the same, then and now, only our surroundings have changed. (I've used that approach in some Biblical storytelling in an effort to make the people seem less than the "plaster saints" they are so often portrayed as being.) Like they say in Oklahoma: "That's good work, hoss."
At 2:30pm on June 18, 2010, George Allen Williams said…
Great, Dave! I've found the book on Amazon. There is a 2010 edition (the other was printed in 2008), so I'm ordering that one. Can't wait to read it. Any other suggestions? (I've committed to 2 more years as King, but then want to go full time Medieval Storyteller. BTW, where did you get your hat? It's exactly what I've been looking for, but can't find it in the States.

A few months back, my wife and I were asked to be costumed players at the world premiere of "The Mary Rose," a symphonic tribute to the great warship. (It was held in Oklahoma because apparently some rich Folks donated a lot of money to help raise the ship.) Prince Charles sent some emissaries to the premiere, along with several artifacts. It was a wonderful event. Thus far, that's as close as we've gotten to the "real thing."
At 9:21am on June 18, 2010, George Allen Williams said…
Good day, Dave. Thanks for making me your friend. Your gigs would be, I think, absolutely amazing.
At 12:30pm on November 3, 2009, Debs Newbold said…
Hi Dave,
Yes I am proud to say that I am a Morris dancer. I belong to a side called Sharp Morris and we dance out of Cecil Sharp House in Camden. We caper very high and love a good stick dance. We've been "dancing out" ie dancing for the public since April, and we do mostly Cotswold Morris. Our teacher is a bit like a mild mannered English Yoda (without the ears). I love it. I'm off to practise tonight in fact, and would be glad to lead you into the dance. The question is, how? What would you like to know? Which dances to start with, which traditions are which? Of course the best thing would be to meet with a fiddle player and I will teach you a jig. Then we could have a pint of cider! But since we are too geographically challenged for that, let me know how I can help and I would be glad to earn a story off you! x
At 5:03pm on November 2, 2009, Debs Newbold said…
How'd your Apple-gig go then, Dave? Mine was a riot! Although I had only the time to drink one pint of cider myself. I wrote an original tale for the evening concert in the end...but couldn't resist the giant apple/onion story for the kids in the afternoon. Ha!
At 11:59am on September 17, 2009, Debs Newbold said…
Thanks Dave! I really enjoyed that - it's a great tale. With your permission, I'll certainly be a-telling that one! Cheers! It'll be interesting to see if it works just as well with an apple; a really big onion is just such an inherently funny image, I think. Lets give it a go and compare notes. And do let me know if you are still short of material for Ely; I am still hunting round for stuff at the Vaughn Williams Library so if I find anything more I can pass it on to you. In the meantime, here's a big groaner: Why didn't the two worms baord Noah's Ark in an apple? 'cos you were only allowed on in pairs!
Oh dear........
Thanks again, kind Sir. Debs x
At 11:02am on September 17, 2009, Debs Newbold said…
A really, really big onion? How can a gal pass up the chance to hear a tale like that! Tell me more of your onion-lore. I am sat at my kitchen table writing an original tale about cider apples, such is the dearth of apple related tales in my world. I have had a bit of fun researching the cider making process - so many great words; pommage, must, scratting! If you're looking for other apple-related bits though, there is always the legends around William Tell and Johnny Appleseed. There's The Apple of Discord, a nice Greek myth - ooh, and not forgetting that Hercules' 11th Labour was to scrump some apples from the goddess Hera's apple tree (in the Garden of the Hesperides). There is also this joke: How do you make an apple puff? Chase it 'round the garden! (I will groan for you there!).....Looking forward to getting to the CORE of the onion story! Ha! Is it a MANY LAYERED tale? (OK, OK I will stop now, sorry).
At 7:19am on September 17, 2009, Debs Newbold said…
Hello Dave,
Hope all's well. Apple season is upon us and I am already busy scrumping and cooking up cobblers! I am preparaing a short set for adults around apples. I have to tickle the wassailing bones of the audience in the middle of a folk concert. I was thinking cider might be a good topic for this audience. I wondered if you had any cider-y nuggets yourself? Or, if not then tell me..what's ypour favourite cider?
At 11:25am on June 17, 2009, Abigail Ifatola Jefferson said…
Thank you. I look forward to meeting lotsaaa new folks. Talk to you soon...
At 9:14am on May 6, 2009, Debs Newbold said…
Hiya Dave,
Ooh, yes, I love a good growl, me. I think that photo was me giving the dragon a bit of a go. The audience were better at it than me, though! Hope all is well with you. I am doing a Story Walk for families on Hampstead Heath this weekend, and was just strolling there today when I found the Saxon Ditch said to date from the time of Ethelred the Unready (986 onwards, I think). It's got me looking for a last minute tale I can try and squeeze in when we pass the ditch on the walk. I certainly don't need to find one, as I've got enough material, but I would really like to tell a wee something that links to the Saxons, the ditch, or old Ethelred. I thought you might be the man to ask, so if you think of owt......Happy May-ing!
At 7:04am on April 24, 2009, Carolyn Stearns said…
I see you are in Merry Olde England. Your venues sound wonderful. I too am intrigued by the historical tale but mostly 18 th and 19 th century. I sometimes wander back further than that. I slipped into this career late and sorry to have missed so much but was set at farming until such bad allergies have driven me from the dairy farm. I still do the horses here at home and limit my exposure but cow dander is off limits and since we milk 300 there is no avoiding it except not to go at all. When the cows are lose in the road I go and any emergency. I absolutley love storytelling though it is perfect career for me and I am having so much fun!
At 3:52pm on April 21, 2009, Kat Quatermass said…
Hi Dave
Hope you'll go and visit the museum now you know of it!
Is Dez and Ali's museum, I just help them out a bit (and have no other website of my own for now)
I assume you aren't related to the storyteller Sally Tonge then!
At 2:04pm on April 21, 2009, Bill Dawson said…
A very fine website you have Dave and if you work words as well as you work wood then I look forward to seeing you some time.
At 6:04am on April 21, 2009, Dominic Kelly said…
Went on course with Ban Haggarty recently, and he recommends working in secondary schools as a way of developing more ambitious material that you can then go on to take to storytelling festivals, adult audiences etc... It's something I've started doing a little more of this year (secondary schools, that is) and so far have been pleasantly surprised, although I have heard other tellers having tough and wearisome experiences!
At 6:01am on April 21, 2009, Dominic Kelly said…
Hi Dave,

I know what you mean - I've got to that point too. General festivals and fairs are fun, but what with the level of distraction and noise and the unfamiliarity of audiences with storytelling, I'm often doing 'crowd-pleasing' telling rather than more ambitious stuff where you need a more congenial venue and a receptive audience thats 'ready' for it.
At 3:47am on April 21, 2009, Dominic Kelly said…
Newmarket to North Yorkshire in one weekend - sounds like you're seriously busy!

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