The Cumberland Falls Storytelling Festival promises to be a weekend of both traditional and unique entertainment for the entire family.
Visitors can tour the falls, hike the trails and visit with vendors all weekend. Vendors will be demonstrating and selling traditional and Kentucky-made crafts all around the park’s DuPont Lodge.
Three nationally known storytellers will share the stage as featured storytellers:
Bruce Walker his homespun humor has been featured on NPR. Bruce's CD "Good for Your Soul" (Aslan Records) won the NAPPA Honors Award and was reviewed for a Grammy in the spoken word category. Walker explains that storytelling is an art form that goes back to early humans passing on oral history around campfires. "Humans are hardwired to be entertained by stories"-Walker says. "I like to draw stories from everyday life, you find them everywhere. A good storyteller has to be a good listener".
Pam Holcomb taught high school arts and humanities, speech, oral communications, drama, and mathematics for 29 years in Harlan County, Ky. A true Appalachian storyteller, it is her desire to preserve the Appalachian culture that drew her to the performing arts and developed her love of storytelling.
Stephen Hollen has been telling stories for over 35 years. He is an Appalachian storyteller, Mark Twain impersonator and full-time storytelling professional. His first experiences as a storyteller were sitting on a front porch in Clay County, Ky., listing to uncles, aunts, friends and family tell folk tales, Jack tales and all sorts of bone-chilling stories. Through the years Stephen has told stories in 28 states and Canada.
Skip Jack Band - Skipjack is Robin Loeffler on vocals and hammered dulcimer; Todd Morgan on vocals and fiddle; Aviv Naamani on vocals, guitar,bouzouki and mandolin; and Deborah Thompson on vocals, clawhammer banjo, lap dulcimer, and rhythm guitar. They play a wide variety of tradition-based music, including old time string band tunes and songs, contemporary folk-based songs, country blues/Louisville jugband ditties, English country dance music and some Irish/Scottish songs and tunes.
Schedule of Events:
The Weekend kicks off at 9:00 p.m. at the Falls area for those brave enough to venture on a “Ghost Walk” . Please meet at the visitor center.
Saturday: 9:00 am Pam Holcomb Blair Building
10:00 am Stephen Hollen Blair Building
11:00 am Bruce Walker Blair Buildling
12:00 p.m. Open Mic Hour Blair Building
2:00 p.m. Stephen Hollen Pavilion
3:00 p.m. Bruce Walker Pavilion
4:00 p.m. Pam Holcomb Pavilion
5:00 p.m. Open Mic Hour Pavilion
6:30 p.m. Traditional Music concert by Skip Jack Blair Blg.
8:00 p.m. Concert by Bruce Walker Blair Blg.
The cost of this event is $ 20 per person for the entire weekend. Tickets will be sold at the door. For more information contact Bret Smitley at the Cumberland Falls State Resort Park at 606-528-4121.