CALENDAR

Dec
12
Tue
Folktale Superheroes Around The World @ Burke-Memorial School Extended Day, Medway, MA
Dec 12 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Diane performs Folktale Superheroes Around the World for kindergarten through fourth grade students at the Burke-Memorial School Extended Day this December! If you wish to preview, please contact dedge@livingmyth.com.

Folktale Superheroes Around the World

Superheroes Around the World

What do China, Africa and South America all have in common? Superheroes!!!

Long before the Superheroes of today, people all over the world used their SUPER IMAGINATIONS to create folktales about creatures and people with extraordinary powers. Anansi the entertaining Spider God from Africa has web-spinning adventures just like Spiderman. He captures a leopard, hornets and the snake that swallows people so that all the stories in the world can be set free. Ninja Turtles have nothing on Jabuti the flute-playing tortoise from the Amazon rainforest! He saves the other rainforest animals from a giant monster while teaching the audience how to dance and sing. Tian, the Lord of the Cranes from China, gives to the poor just like Robin Hood. Celebrate our common love of story with these exciting and engaging multi-cultural tales.

The Apple Tree Wassail Story and Song @ English Speaking Union Boston Holiday Gala at the Chilton Club, Boston, MA
Dec 12 @ 6:15 pm – 7:45 pm

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The English Speaking Union Boston welcomes Diane and Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain for their Holiday Gala at the Chilton Club downtown Boston. Margot will be performing Celtic Harp music, and Diane will present “The Apple Tree Wassail Story and Song.”

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Dec
20
Wed
Winter Solstice in Story and Song @ New Hampshire Theatre Project, Portsmouth, NH
Dec 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join master storyteller Diane Edgecomb, harper Margot Chamberlain and multi-instrumentalist Tom Megan for a featured performance of The Winter Solstice in Legend and Song, at New Hampshire Theatre Project in Portsmouth New Hampshire.

This special event is expected to sell out, so get your tickets in advance!
Click on THIS LINK for tickets or make your reservations by phone at 603-431-6644, ext. 5, or email reservations@nhtheatreproject.org. New Hampshire Theatre Project will confirm your reservations and send a link for payment.

wintersolsticeThe Winter Solstice in Legend and Song 

Award winning performer Diane Edgecomb accompanied by Celtic harpist Margot Chamberlain and multi-instrumentalist Tom Megan offers a fascinating look at the stories behind our holiday traditions. Classic evergreen lore, haunting legends of light and entertaining tales are surrounded by traditional and original music and song. The beautiful Legend of the Mistletoe from Scandinavian folklore, humorous Wassail traditions from England, and the poignant Greek legend of The Halcyon Days of Peace are just a few of the stories. Songs and sing-along moments evocative of the season and lovely instrumental melodies on Celtic harp and synthesizer round out the event.

“What a fabulous performance! The stories were fascinating and the music was beautiful we had so many people stop by to say how much they enjoyed it. It was the perfect way to start off the winter season.’ Liz Bailey  Morse Institute Library, Natick, MA

The compliments I heard as we filed out for intermission may have burned your ears: ‘so amazingly talented’, ‘versatile’, ‘drew us right in’, ‘we were THERE’, ‘funny and so expressive’, …and you made it all look so fun and easy.” Liz Gruber, Hartford, CT

Dec
21
Thu
The Winter Solstice in Story and Song @ Loring-Greenough House, Jamaica Plain, MA
Dec 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Don’t miss our annual Boston area event: The Winter Solstice in Story and Song at the historic Loring-Greenough House, in Jamaica Plain, MA, on Thursday December 21st- Saturday December 23rd.  The Thursday and Friday evening events begin at 8pm Doors open at 7:30. Tickets $25 – includes traditional refreshments.

(Saturday the 23rd is a shorter one hour matinee beginning at 2:00 pm)  

wintersolsticeThe Winter Solstice in Story and Song 

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with evergreen myths, haunting legends of light and entertaining tales accompanied by traditional and original music and song. Master storyteller Diane Edgecomb, accompanied by Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain and multi-instrumentalist Tom Megan, brings to life a variety of ancient tales revealing the deep meanings behind winter holiday traditions. Featured pieces include the beautiful Scandinavian “Legend of the Mistletoe,” humorous English Wassail traditions, and the poignant Greek legend “The Coming of the Days of Peace.” Lovely instrumental melodies, evoking the warmth of the season, round out the event.

Traditional refreshments, including a Wassail Bowl, will be served at intermission in the Loring-Greenough House’s elegant eighteenth century dining room.

Parking: There is ample non-restricted street parking and a large, free public parking lot off Centre Street between Burroughs and Thomas Streets just a block from the Loring-Greenough House.

Dec
22
Fri
The Winter Solstice in Story and Song @ Loring-Greenough House, Jamaica Plain, MA
Dec 22 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Don’t miss our annual Boston area event: The Winter Solstice in Story and Song at the historic Loring-Greenough House, in Jamaica Plain, MA, on Thursday December 21st- Saturday December 23rd.  The Thursday and Friday evening events begin at 8pm Doors open at 7:30. Tickets $25 – includes traditional refreshments.

(Saturday the 23rd is a shorter one hour matinee beginning at 2:00 pm)  

wintersolsticeThe Winter Solstice in Story and Song 

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with evergreen myths, haunting legends of light and entertaining tales accompanied by traditional and original music and song. Master storyteller Diane Edgecomb, accompanied by Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain and multi-instrumentalist Tom Megan, brings to life a variety of ancient tales revealing the deep meanings behind winter holiday traditions. Featured pieces include the beautiful Scandinavian “Legend of the Mistletoe,” humorous English Wassail traditions, and the poignant Greek legend “The Coming of the Days of Peace.” Lovely instrumental melodies, evoking the warmth of the season, round out the event.

Traditional refreshments, including a Wassail Bowl, will be served at intermission in the Loring-Greenough House’s elegant eighteenth century dining room.

Parking: There is ample non-restricted street parking and a large, free public parking lot off Centre Street between Burroughs and Thomas Streets just a block from the Loring-Greenough House.

Dec
23
Sat
Winter Solstice in Story and Song @ Loring-Greenough House, Jamaica Plain, MA
Dec 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join master storyteller Diane Edgecomb, harper Margot Chamberlain and multi-instrumentalist Tom Megan for a special one-hour matinee of the Winter Solstice in Story and Song at the Loring-Greenough House, in Jamaica Plain, MA. The event starts at 2 pm. Tickets are $20  A brief gathering with free seasonal refreshments will be served after the performance.

wintersolsticeThe Winter Solstice in Story and Song 

This hour-long story and music event features Diane’s most popular Solstice tales, from the “Legend of the Mistletoe” to a traditional Wassail story where the whole audience joins in. Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain and multi-instrumentalist Tom Megan round out the event with songs, music and sing-alongs on harp, synthesizer and guitar.

Dec
31
Sun
Join In! @ First Night Sandwich, Sandwich Public Library, Sandwich, MA
Dec 31 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

First Night Sandwich welcomes back Diane to perform “Join In!” for the Sandwich Village New Year’s Eve celebration. The performance is included in the admission price of the festival and is open to families and children ages 4 and up. Diane’s performance will take place in the Sandwich Public Library.  Please visit the First Night Sandwich website for ticket information and directions.

First Night Sandwich 2018, Sandwich Village “Town of Giants”, will celebrate its sixth annual event on Sunday, December 31, 2017, from 4 to 9 pm. This New Year’s Eve non-alcoholic family festival of the arts and multicultural activities, musical presentations, and live performances is located in venues both inside and outside in and around Sandwich Village. The community celebration of music, art and dance is open to all, from 4 to 9 PM.

JOIN IN!

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Join In! With Interactive Stories and Songs from around the world. This animated performance with master storyteller Diane Edgecomb takes us from the heart of the Amazon Rainforest to the high mountains of China. Audience members get a chance to act out Jaguar, Monkey and Three-toed frog and learn a Chinese crane dance. Don’t miss the special chance to don sea-creature hats to welcome in Sandwich’s New Year 2018 as Lobsters, Clams, Squids and Ocean waves!

“My family was at your amazing performance of “Join In” yesterday. I have to tell you: It was awesome! It was so lively and full of joy. It’s amazing how you bring together many aspects of art and present them for kids so they use their imagination to “see” all the characters you’re talking, dancing and singing about. Personally, I was very happy with your folktales about the rainforests. I’m from Brazil where we have a rich heritage from Africa and we live in the US where my son was born. We were very pleased to hear from all those places that mean a lot to us. And, yes, we loved to hear “O Pião entrou na roda, ó pião! Roda pião, bambeia pião!”. I used to sing this song myself when I was kid. It was delightful. :~)” ~Marcia, Linden School, Malden, MA

Join In! @ First Night Sandwich, Sandwich Public Library, Sandwich, MA
Dec 31 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

First Night Sandwich welcomes back Diane to perform “Join In!” for the Sandwich Village New Year’s Eve celebration. The performance is included in the admission price of the festival and is open to families and children ages 4 and up. Diane’s performance will take place in the Sandwich Public Library.  Please visit the First Night Sandwich website for ticket information and directions.

First Night Sandwich 2018, Sandwich Village “Town of Giants”, will celebrate its sixth annual event on Sunday, December 31, 2017, from 4 to 9 pm. This New Year’s Eve non-alcoholic family festival of the arts and multicultural activities, musical presentations, and live performances is located in venues both inside and outside in and around Sandwich Village. The community celebration of music, art and dance is open to all, from 4 to 9 PM.

JOIN IN!

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Join In! With Interactive Stories and Songs from around the world. This animated performance with master storyteller Diane Edgecomb takes us from the heart of the Amazon Rainforest to the high mountains of China. Audience members get a chance to act out Jaguar, Monkey and Three-toed frog and learn a Chinese crane dance. Don’t miss the special chance to don sea-creature hats to welcome in Sandwich’s New Year 2018 as Lobsters, Clams, Squids and Ocean waves!

“My family was at your amazing performance of “Join In” yesterday. I have to tell you: It was awesome! It was so lively and full of joy. It’s amazing how you bring together many aspects of art and present them for kids so they use their imagination to “see” all the characters you’re talking, dancing and singing about. Personally, I was very happy with your folktales about the rainforests. I’m from Brazil where we have a rich heritage from Africa and we live in the US where my son was born. We were very pleased to hear from all those places that mean a lot to us. And, yes, we loved to hear “O Pião entrou na roda, ó pião! Roda pião, bambeia pião!”. I used to sing this song myself when I was kid. It was delightful. :~)” ~Marcia, Linden School, Malden, MA

Jan
8
Mon
Native American Nature Tales @ Griswold Elementary School, Kensington, CT
Jan 8 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Griswold Elementary School welcomes back Diane for a performance of Native American Nature Tales for the second grade students. Diane has been visiting Griswold for fourteen years, performing for students there since 2004. If you wish to preview, please contact dedge@livingmyth.com.

Native American Nature Tales

http://www.livingmyth.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/blueeagle.gif Native American Nature Tales explores tribal myths and legends of the animals and birds of North America. Ranging from the humorous to the heart-felt, these stories celebrate native culture and its strong links to the natural world. We learn an Abenaki canoeing song, explore over seven different animals in the Northwest legend of Loon’s Song and discover why America is called Turtle Island. Through these “How and Why” legends, we understand how Native American culture clothed the world in story, enlivening the natural world. Diane has received permission from many prominent native writers to present these folktales. Join one of New England’s favorite tellers as these rich stories create a colorful weave of landscape and people.

Jan
11
Thu
Native American Nature Tales @ Spofford Pond School, Boxford, MA
Jan 11 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am

Diane performs Native American Nature Tales for third grade students at the Spofford Pond School in Boxford, MA. This will be the third year Diane returns to the Spofford Pond School! If you wish to preview, please contact dedge@livingmyth.com.

Native American Nature Tales

http://www.livingmyth.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/blueeagle.gif Native American Nature Tales explores tribal myths and legends of the animals and birds of North America. Ranging from the humorous to the heart-felt, these stories celebrate native culture and its strong links to the natural world. We learn an Abenaki canoeing song, explore over seven different animals in the Northwest legend of Loon’s Song and discover why America is called Turtle Island. Through these “How and Why” legends, we understand how Native American culture clothed the world in story, enlivening the natural world. Diane has received permission from many prominent native writers to present these folktales. Join one of New England’s favorite tellers as these rich stories create a colorful weave of landscape and people.

Jan
16
Tue
The Language of Flowers @ Driftwood Garden Club at Abbot Public Library, Marblehead, MA
Jan 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Diane will be accompanied by Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain for a performance of The Language of Flowers for the Driftwood Garden Club held at the Meeting Room of Abbot Public Library in Marblehead, MA. This performance is co-sponsored by the Driftwood Garden Club and the Abbot Public Library. This event is free and open to the public.

The Language of Flowers

Diane and Margot near the Birch Grove Photo by Pamela Ruby Russell

Diane Edgecomb (Story and song) and Margot Chamberlain (harp)

In this enchanting performance master storyteller Diane Edgecomb brings to life the legends that surround favorite garden flowers revealing the deep meaning cultures around the world have found in them. The centerpiece of the performance is the Persian legend of the Nightingale and Rose. Diane’s original adaptation of this exotic legend follows the journey of the rose through the ages, weaving together the heartfelt myths that surround it.

Many other flowers are celebrated in this story and music event, including Native American myths and the mysterious “language of flowers” that was celebrated in Victorian times. Accompanied by harper Margot Chamberlain, the performance has music throughout and features story melodies, songs and Celtic harp interludes. Diane’s humorous retelling of Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady rounds out the program and answers the age old question: What do Women Desire the Most in the World?

Feb
15
Thu
Stories and Songs of Nature @ 28th Annual Connecticut Recreation & Parks Association, Inc. Entertainment Showcase, East Hartford, CT
Feb 15 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Join Diane for “Stories and Songs of Nature” at the 28th Annual Connecticut Recreation & Parks Association, Inc. Entertainment Showcase at the East Hartford Community Cultural Center! This one-day event, sponsored by Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association, Inc. and East Hartford Parks and Recreation, features 42 live performances and over 75 tabletop displays. Their small stage features children’s entertainment and musical duos, while the large stage features large bands.

This daylong event offers those of you who book entertainers and musicians an opportunity to view a variety of quality acts in one place. If you belong to a Parks & Recreation department, Fair or Festival, Museum, PTO, Camp, Club, Library, Community Group, or another organization looking to hire fun, educational, or musical entertainment, this is the place to find it! To attend, please register online in advance.

Feb
19
Mon
Night Lights @ Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Feb 19 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

The Museum of Fine Arts welcomes back Diane as part of their “Art of Peace” February Vacation Week programming. Diane will be performing Night Lights for families at 11:30am and 1:30pm in the Alfond Auditorium. The performances are 30 minutes each and suggested for ages 4 and above. February Vacation Week programs are included in the cost of museum admission. Don’t miss her other interactive storytelling programs for February Vacation Week on Wednesday, February 21st and Friday, February 23rd!

Night Lights

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Enjoy music and the magic of the night sky as master storyteller Diane Edgecomb brings to life favorite starry legends. This participatory performance features beautiful legends about the many “stars” that spontaneously appear in nature. The delightful story of “The Old Apple Tree,” the Estonian legend of how the Milky Way began and a sweet story about a young child’s love of Fireflies complete this heavenly journey.

Feb
21
Wed
Lord of the Cranes @ Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Feb 21 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

The Museum of Fine Arts welcomes back Diane as part of their “Art of Peace” February Vacation Week programming. Diane will be performing Lord of the Cranes for families at 11:30am and 1:30pm in the Alfond Auditorium. The performances are 30 minutes each and suggested for ages 4 and above. February Vacation Week programs are included in the cost of museum admission. Don’t miss her other interactive storytelling programs for February Vacation Week on Monday, February 19th and Friday, February 23rd!

Lord of the Cranes

Span the Globe with these two stories and their messages of peace. When Tian, the Chinese Lord of the Cranes, hears of a beggar left to starve he soars down to earth on the back of the largest crane to test humankind. Volunteers help by participating in a Crane Dance and then the whole audience joins in with the next Native American story that tells why the whales were given the great gift of the “Pipe of Peace.”

Feb
23
Fri
Tales of Enchantment @ Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Feb 23 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

The Museum of Fine Arts welcomes back Diane as part of their “Art of Peace” February Vacation Week programming. Diane will be performing Tales of Enchantment for families at 11:30am and 1:30pm in the Alfond Auditorium. The performances are 30 minutes each and suggested for ages 4 and above. February Vacation Week programs are included in the cost of museum admission. Don’t miss her other interactive storytelling programs for February Vacation Week on Monday, February 19th and Wednesday, February 21st!

Tales of Enchantment

Warm up your hearts and your imagination with these wintertime tales of magic and fun. Stories include the classic Grimm’s fairytale of Snow White and Rose Red as well as Diane’s original story “Plenty of Nuts” in which Beatrice, a young girl, just cannot sit still. Fortunately, “Happily ever after” is the peaceful ending to every adventure. Don’t miss this delightful family event from one of New England’s favorite tellers.

 

Mar
8
Thu
Best Loved Stories @ Notre Dame Children's Class, Wenham, MA
Mar 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Diane performs her best loved stories for the young students of Notre Dame Children’s Class. Diane is donating this performance to Sisters Barbara Beauchamp, Sister Susan Raymo, and the children and families of Notre Dame Children’s Class in honor of the exceptional work they have done in educating young children. Diane has performed for the students of Notre Dame Children’s Class since 2005, and this performance will be Diane’s nineteenth visit. If you wish to preview this event, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

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This beautiful children’s center run by Sister Barbara and Sister Susan is one of my favorite places to visit. The grounds are so welcoming, the children are happy, and the learning there is well-rounded. This is the last year of Notre Dame Children’s Class and I send Sister Barbara, Sister Susan, and their staff good wishes for all they have given over so many years.

 

Mar
11
Sun
Fairy Legends of Ireland @ Duxbury Free Library, Duxbury, MA
Mar 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Diane and Margot are bringing “Fairy Legends of Ireland” to Duxbury Free Library! This intergenerational performance joins together seniors and families with children 6 and above for a shared experience of Irish stories and songs leading up to St. Patrick’s Day. This will be Diane’s fourth time performing at the Duxbury Free Library. The event is free and open to the public. Sign-up is suggested at the library or online.

FAIRY LEGENDS OF IRELAND
Master Storyteller Diane Edgecomb accompanied by Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain

There is plenty of laughter and delight in this animated retelling of Ireland’s best-loved gems including Irish favorites like Gilly Blackfoot where a young lad’s aversion to washinDianeEdgecombAccompaniedByMargotChamberlain-PhotoByStephenCicco-ForWebg his feet causes him to fall in with a fairy band. Cloaks of invisibility and magic spells abound as hapless Gilly sets out to help free the Princess of France. Known for her vivid comedic style, Diane brings delight to her interpretations of these classic Irish favorites. This performance is accompanied by Margot Chamberlain on Celtic harp.

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day and Irish culture in style with this captivating event.

Storyteller Wows Millicent Crowd: “Unfolded with zest and humor, the story captivated the audience which scarcely moved in the course of its telling. Proof, if any such were needed, that storytelling is as vital as ever, and is in good company in the presence of Diane Edgecomb and Margot Chamberlain.” ~ The Advocate, Fairhaven, MA

 

This event is funded in part by the LCC, a local agency administered by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

 

Mar
17
Sat
A Celtic Evening @ Not Just Another Coffee House, Sharon, MA
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Diane will be accompanied by Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain for a performance of A Celtic Evening at Not Just Another Coffee House at the Unitarian Church of Sharon, MA. Check back here for ticket information!

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In A Celtic Evening, Diane brings to life Ireland’s storytelling treasures from the humorous Legend of Knockgrafton to the hauntingly beautiful Deirdre of the Sorrows. The most famous of all Irish romances, Deirdre weaves together Druidic prophecies with a forbidden passion so profound it dares to defy the fates. The performance is set against a lush background of harp music: original and traditional melodies played by the versatile Margot Chamberlain on a variety of Celtic folk harps. Enjoy an evening of humor, passion and music with these two inspiring performers.

“Thoughtfully composed and beautifully presented, A Celtic Evening was a joy for us all. The combination of both your talents made for an inspirational evening that moved the audience to laughter and to tears, and left us with a feeling that magic was in the air.” Stephanie Plunkett, Events, Norman Rockwell Museum

“I’m still getting positive feedback examples: ‘Best thing I ever heard on campus.’ ‘Let’s make it an annual event’ etc.., Joan Laxon, Professor of Anthropology and Folklore, Pine Manor College

Mar
23
Fri
Fun with Aesop’s Fables Workshop at the Northeast Storytelling Conference @ Plymouth, MA
Mar 23 – Mar 25 all-day

Diane will present her workshop “Fun with Aesop’s Fables” as part of Northeast Storytelling’s 2018 Sharing the Fire Storytelling Conference. The theme is “Discovering Authenticity” and the conference will be held at the 1620 Hotel in Plymouth, MA. Registration coming soon.

Sign up for the whole day of workshops or come for the whole Conference which runs from Friday, March 23rd pre-conference intensives through till Sunday, March 25th. Find out why this is one of the most popular storytelling conferences around! Check out the program booklet -coming soon!

Fun with Aesop’s Fables a storytelling workshop led by Diane Edgecomb

hare-and-tortoise-loZany Animal Characters, Witty Plots and Human Foibles, Aesop’s Fables are just plain FUN to work with! These tales provide clever commentary on human failings by using timeless themes, characters and situations. Learn how to send-up contemporary situations that abound in greed, lies, excessive pride, excessive speed or an amusing lack of focus by improvising with these classic short tales. We’ll work with rhyme, word-play, exaggerated characters and absurd new situations to open up the fables to contemporary commentary. You’ll leave with a little gem to add to your repertoire while learning engaging techniques for working with “value” able tales.

Apr
3
Tue
The Language of Flowers @ Holliston Garden Club, Holliston, MA
Apr 3 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Diane will be accompanied by Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain for a performance of The Language of Flowers for the Holliston Garden Club held at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 600 Central Street in Holliston, MA. For garden club members only. If you wish to preview please email us at dedge@livingmyth.com

The Language of Flowers

Diane and Margot near the Birch Grove Photo by Pamela Ruby Russell

Diane Edgecomb (Story and song) and Margot Chamberlain (harp)

In this enchanting performance master storyteller Diane Edgecomb brings to life the legends that surround favorite garden flowers revealing the deep meaning cultures around the world have found in them. The centerpiece of the performance is the Persian legend of the Nightingale and Rose. Diane’s original adaptation of this exotic legend follows the journey of the rose through the ages, weaving together the heartfelt myths that surround it.

Many other flowers are celebrated in this story and music event, including Native American myths and the mysterious “language of flowers” that was celebrated in Victorian times. Accompanied by harper Margot Chamberlain, the performance has music throughout and features story melodies, songs and Celtic harp interludes. Diane’s humorous retelling of Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady rounds out the program and answers the age old question: What do Women Desire the Most in the World?

Apr
4
Wed
Tales for the Earth @ Ferryway School, Malden, MA
Apr 4 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Title One welcomes Diane’s “Tales for the Earth” for a performance series in Malden, MA. This evening’s performance is held at Ferryway School for families, especially ages 5 and up. If you wish to preview, please contact dedge@livingmyth.com

Tales for the Earth

Tales for the EarthTales for the Earth is a celebration of Nature and all the simple things we can do to help. This beloved performance is both educational and entertaining, exploring topics such as water conservation, recycling and the wonder of the creatures all around us through involving and participatory narratives. Stories include: What Now, Cloacina?, Diane’s hilarious water conservation story about a water sprite who travels through the sewage system in search of her pond. The Tailor! a participatory folktale that has us all telling the story by the end and a contemporary story about a child’s encounter with fireflies. What shines through the entire presentation is a love and respect for our place in nature; with many ideas communicated about how we can create a difference.

Apr
10
Tue
Tales for the Earth @ Salemwood School, Malden, MA
Apr 10 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Title One welcomes Diane’s “Tales for the Earth” for a performance series in Malden, MA. This evening’s performance is held at Salemwood School for families, especially ages 5 and up. If you wish to preview, please contact dedge@livingmyth.com

Tales for the Earth

Tales for the EarthTales for the Earth is a celebration of Nature and all the simple things we can do to help. This beloved performance is both educational and entertaining, exploring topics such as water conservation, recycling and the wonder of the creatures all around us through involving and participatory narratives. Stories include: What Now, Cloacina?, Diane’s hilarious water conservation story about a water sprite who travels through the sewage system in search of her pond. The Tailor! a participatory folktale that has us all telling the story by the end and a contemporary story about a child’s encounter with fireflies. What shines through the entire presentation is a love and respect for our place in nature; with many ideas communicated about how we can create a difference.

Apr
11
Wed
Tales for the Earth @ Beebe School, Malden, MA
Apr 11 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Title One welcomes Diane’s “Tales for the Earth” for a performance series in Malden, MA. This evening’s performance is held at Beebe School for families, especially ages 5 and up. If you wish to preview, please contact dedge@livingmyth.com

Tales for the Earth

Tales for the EarthTales for the Earth is a celebration of Nature and all the simple things we can do to help. This beloved performance is both educational and entertaining, exploring topics such as water conservation, recycling and the wonder of the creatures all around us through involving and participatory narratives. Stories include: What Now, Cloacina?, Diane’s hilarious water conservation story about a water sprite who travels through the sewage system in search of her pond. The Tailor! a participatory folktale that has us all telling the story by the end and a contemporary story about a child’s encounter with fireflies. What shines through the entire presentation is a love and respect for our place in nature; with many ideas communicated about how we can create a difference.

Apr
23
Mon
Tales for the Earth @ F.A. Cleveland Elementary School, Norwood, MA
Apr 23 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am

Diane performs “Tales for the Earth” for first through third grade students at F.A. Cleveland Elementary School. If you wish to preview, please contact dedge@livingmyth.com

Tales for the Earth

Tales for the EarthTales for the Earth is a celebration of Nature and all the simple things we can do to help. This beloved performance is both educational and entertaining, exploring topics such as water conservation, recycling and the wonder of the creatures all around us through involving and participatory narratives. Stories include: What Now, Cloacina?, Diane’s hilarious water conservation story about a water sprite who travels through the sewage system in search of her pond. The Tailor! a participatory folktale that has us all telling the story by the end and a contemporary story about a child’s encounter with fireflies. What shines through the entire presentation is a love and respect for our place in nature; with many ideas communicated about how we can create a difference.

Tales for the Earth @ F.A. Cleveland Elementary School, Norwood, MA
Apr 23 @ 10:15 am – 11:15 am

Diane performs “Tales for the Earth” for fourth and fifth grade students at F.A. Cleveland Elementary School. If you wish to preview, please contact dedge@livingmyth.com

Tales for the Earth

Tales for the EarthTales for the Earth is a celebration of Nature and all the simple things we can do to help. This beloved performance is both educational and entertaining, exploring topics such as water conservation, recycling and the wonder of the creatures all around us through involving and participatory narratives. Stories include: What Now, Cloacina?, Diane’s hilarious water conservation story about a water sprite who travels through the sewage system in search of her pond. The Tailor! a participatory folktale that has us all telling the story by the end and a contemporary story about a child’s encounter with fireflies. Diane includes her story The Boy Who Loved the Swamp, based on the true story of a 5th Grade student who saves his favorite nature spot from development. This piece inspires with its message of hope and advocacy. What shines through the entire presentation is a love and respect for our place in nature; with many ideas communicated about how we can create a difference.

Apr
24
Tue
Tales for the Earth @ Forestdale School, Malden, MA
Apr 24 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Title One welcomes Diane’s “Tales for the Earth” for a performance series in Malden, MA. This evening’s performance is held at Forestdale School for families, especially ages 5 and up. If you wish to preview, please contact dedge@livingmyth.com

Tales for the Earth

Tales for the EarthTales for the Earth is a celebration of Nature and all the simple things we can do to help. This beloved performance is both educational and entertaining, exploring topics such as water conservation, recycling and the wonder of the creatures all around us through involving and participatory narratives. Stories include: What Now, Cloacina?, Diane’s hilarious water conservation story about a water sprite who travels through the sewage system in search of her pond. The Tailor! a participatory folktale that has us all telling the story by the end and a contemporary story about a child’s encounter with fireflies. What shines through the entire presentation is a love and respect for our place in nature; with many ideas communicated about how we can create a difference.

Apr
25
Wed
Tales for the Earth @ Linden School, Malden, MA
Apr 25 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Title One welcomes Diane’s “Tales for the Earth” for a performance series in Malden, MA. This evening’s performance is held at Linden School for families, especially ages 5 and up. If you wish to preview, please contact dedge@livingmyth.com

Tales for the Earth

Tales for the EarthTales for the Earth is a celebration of Nature and all the simple things we can do to help. This beloved performance is both educational and entertaining, exploring topics such as water conservation, recycling and the wonder of the creatures all around us through involving and participatory narratives. Stories include: What Now, Cloacina?, Diane’s hilarious water conservation story about a water sprite who travels through the sewage system in search of her pond. The Tailor! a participatory folktale that has us all telling the story by the end and a contemporary story about a child’s encounter with fireflies. What shines through the entire presentation is a love and respect for our place in nature; with many ideas communicated about how we can create a difference.

Apr
28
Sat
Flora’s Holiday @ Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA
Apr 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Flora’s Holiday*

Only one performance! Saturday, April 28th, 6-8pm

Tickets: $25 members, $30 for non-members

TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON!

Celebrate flowers and the coming of spring with “Flora’s Holiday,” a unique story and music performance that travels through the gardens and forest paths of Tower Hill Botanic Garden. This event, specially crafted for Tower Hill by master storyteller Diane Edgecomb and Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain, leads the audience to some of the garden’s most beloved spots including an expansive field of 25,000 daffodils, a forest glade where Pan presides, a sunset balcony with expansive views of Mount Wachusett and an open-air gazebo where the haunting Persian legend of the Nightingale and the Rose will be told. The evening’s performance is drawn from Ancient Greek, Roman, Norse, Persian and Native American legends and songs revealing the mythical origins and meanings of favorite garden plants. Venture into spring with this enchanting evening stroll through Tower Hill’s botanic paradise. The event is designed for adults and an older family audience (twelve and above). Participants walk approximately one mile on trails and, sometimes, uneven terrain. Bring a cushion or light folding chair to sit on if you wish! The performance takes place rain or shine. In the event of rain, it will be held indoors at Tower Hill’s Stoddard Theater.
Each performance is limited to an audience of 30 ~ buy tickets early.

White Daffodils

May
5
Sat
Keynote Speaker @ Granite State Story SWAP Festival, New Hampshire
May 5 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Granite State Story Swap
Featured Speaker – Diane Edgecomb

Produced by New Hampshire Storytelling Alliance

Saturday, May 5, 2018
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Held at the beautiful: Seacoast Science Center
570 Ocean Boulevard
Odiorne Point State Park
Rye, NH

diane edgecomb - storyteller


Keynote:
“The Roots of Relationship: Storytelling and the Natural World”
Stories can illuminate the world of nature, holding it in the light in a very special way, enriching our lives and deepening our experience of the natural world. An awakening of compassion and fellow-feeling follows from these narrative journeys, whether they be mythic, folkloric, legendary or personal tale. Each way of telling casts a different light, reflecting and enabling relationships both age old and new that continue to evolve whenever we devote time and a place for them within our understanding.

Performance: Diane Edgecomb: The Salmon of Wisdom
A performance of nature-centric stories and songs with Oracle award-winning storyteller Diane Edgecomb accompanied by Margot Chamberlain on Celtic harp. Celebrate the natural world with all of its profundity and joy – deepening stories of unusual encounters with the natural world.

About the Featured Speaker –

Winner of the first Oracle Award for Storytelling Excellence in the Northeast, Diane is known for her evocative narratives, unique characterizations and for the passion and depth of her work whether myth, folkloric tale or personal story.

Featured at the National Storytelling Festival, the International Storytelling Center and on NPR, Diane’s transformational telling style, in which she fully embodies the tale, brings listeners into the heart of every moment. A gifted singer as well as a storyteller, Diane often brings a weave of music to complement her telling.

Publisher’s Weekly stated, “Edgecomb is a virtuoso of the spoken word…an entire cast rolled into one!”

Program Details

bird sculptures near lake in New HampshireThe cost for the entire day is $25 ($15 for members) which includes:

  • breakfast & lunch
  • admission to the keynote address
  • eight story swap groups
  • two storytelling concerts
  • parking fee

The morning begins at 8:00 am with registration and breakfast followed by some announcements and the keynote address at 9:00 am. This is followed by your first chance to tell your own story in the story swap circle.

Then who can resist the “free” lunch provided to us by our sponsors and board members? What a great time to get together and talk story.

Since the beginning, the afternoon concerts with multiple tellers have been a highlight.

This year there will be a concert of storytellers presenting stories, followed by story swap circles and ending with the closing concert featuring Diane Edgecomb.

Anyone wishing to attend only Diane’s afternoon concert can do so for a fee of $10 (no member discount). You can purchase tickets for this concert below or at the door on the day of the concert.

Hotel Information

Comfort Inn Portsmouth
1190 Lafayette Rd.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-433-3338

Guests may call the hotel directly to secure their own reservations, and are responsible for their own room payment. The discounted room rate is TBA per room per night for one or two adults, one or two queen size beds.

There is an extra charge for more than two adults. Children stay free.

Hotel Amenities:

  • Hot breakfast buffet, 6-10 am each day, with sausage, eggs, fresh whole fruits, make-your-own waffles, yogurt, juices and more
  • All rooms have fridges, microwaves and free WiFi
  • 50′ indoor pool, hot tub and fitness center

Register Online for Granite State Story Swap

Register online to reserve your spot for the Granite State Story Swap and to purchase tickets for the event.

For more information, contact Lauretta Phillips at events@nhstorytelling.org or phone: 603-735-5965

The mission of the NHSA is to promote the oral tradition of storytelling in the community in all its forms: traditional, creative, educational, cultural, personal, and therapeutic. Nurture family, community, and professional storytelling throughout New Hampshire.

May
9
Wed
The Language of Flowers @ Hillside Village, West Boylston, MA
May 9 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Diane will be accompanied by Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain for a performance of The Language of Flowers for the Hillside Village Women’s Group at Hillside Village, West Boylston, MA. This event is for members only. If you wish to preview, please email us at dedge@livingmyth.com

The Language of Flowers

Diane and Margot near the Birch Grove Photo by Pamela Ruby Russell

Diane Edgecomb (Story and song) and Margot Chamberlain (harp)

In this enchanting performance master storyteller Diane Edgecomb brings to life the legends that surround favorite garden flowers revealing the deep meaning cultures around the world have found in them. The centerpiece of the performance is the Persian legend of the Nightingale and Rose. Diane’s original adaptation of this exotic legend follows the journey of the rose through the ages, weaving together the heartfelt myths that surround it.

Many other flowers are celebrated in this story and music event, including Native American myths and the mysterious “language of flowers” that was celebrated in Victorian times. Accompanied by harper Margot Chamberlain, the performance has music throughout and features story melodies, songs and Celtic harp interludes. Diane’s humorous retelling of Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady rounds out the program and answers the age old question: What do Women Desire the Most in the World?

Jun
22
Fri
In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey @ Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA
Jun 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Diane and Margot perform In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey at Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, MA.

Registration Coming Soon!

In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey

Summer SolsticeThis enchanting evening of tree myths from around the world was designed specifically for Boston’s favorite tree sanctuary, the Arnold Arboretum. The Summer  journey starts at the Hunnewell Visitor’s Building and continues along tree-lined paths with story and music accompanying the way. As twilight descends, the audience visits cherry, evergreen, ash and birch groves, celebrating nature with tree legends, songs and music from many lands. Pieces are drawn from the rich cultural traditions of Japan, Wales, England, Australia, Russia and Native America. The evening culminates with the haunting Czech legend The Wild Woman of the Birch Grove told among the birches of Bussey Hill at sunset. This annual event is appropriate for adults and for children twelve years and above. Bring a cushion to sit on if you wish. The journey will be approximately two miles on and off trails. The performance takes place rain or shine. In the event of rain, it will be held indoors and additional Solstice legends will be added.

In The GrovesListen to audio samples of some of the stories on our latest CD In the Groves!

“It was one of the most moving storytelling nights I’ve experienced. It reawakened in me, and perhaps all of us there, a sense of the spirit in things.” – Storyteller, Jay O’Callahan

“I’ve heard this performance twice and can’t recommend it highly enough. It is magical, it is musical, it is beautiful, it is soulful, it is perfection.” Bambi Good, Brookline, MA

Jun
23
Sat
In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey @ Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA
Jun 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Diane and Margot perform In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey at Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, MA.

Registration Coming Soon!

In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey

Summer SolsticeThis enchanting evening of tree myths from around the world was designed specifically for Boston’s favorite tree sanctuary, the Arnold Arboretum. The Summer  journey starts at the Hunnewell Visitor’s Building and continues along tree-lined paths with story and music accompanying the way. As twilight descends, the audience visits cherry, evergreen, ash and birch groves, celebrating nature with tree legends, songs and music from many lands. Pieces are drawn from the rich cultural traditions of Japan, Wales, England, Australia, Russia and Native America. The evening culminates with the haunting Czech legend The Wild Woman of the Birch Grove told among the birches of Bussey Hill at sunset. This annual event is appropriate for adults and for children twelve years and above. Bring a cushion to sit on if you wish. The journey will be approximately two miles on and off trails. The performance takes place rain or shine. In the event of rain, it will be held indoors and additional Solstice legends will be added.

In The GrovesListen to audio samples of some of the stories on our latest CD In the Groves!

“It was one of the most moving storytelling nights I’ve experienced. It reawakened in me, and perhaps all of us there, a sense of the spirit in things.” – Storyteller, Jay O’Callahan

“I’ve heard this performance twice and can’t recommend it highly enough. It is magical, it is musical, it is beautiful, it is soulful, it is perfection.” Bambi Good, Brookline, MA

Jul
19
Thu
Insect Comedy @ EcoTarium, Worcester, MA
Jul 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The EcoTarium welcomes Diane’s “Insect Comedy” as part of their Summer 2018 Performance Series “Nature Explore: LIVE!” This event is free with admission to the EcoTarium. In case of rain, the performance will be moved indoors.

Children join in for Diane’s Insect Comedy!

Insect Comedy

WalkingStickOpen up your imaginations for a fun-filled look at our six-legged friends! Diane’s teaching tale, Kate’s Acorn, introduces us to a fast-talking earthworm, pill bug, and centipede as we find out about the importance of soil creatures in the life cycle of plants. This creative tale is complemented by Diane’s true stories about her encounters with Monarch Butterflies. Then, in the Japanese folktale Princess Firefly, entertaining facts are served up along with plenty of silliness as the Princess ponders, “Who will be the bug that I will love?” Hilarious renditions of the hapless suitors: Mr. Mosquito, Mr. Gnat and Felonious Moth keep us laughing as we take a closer look at the wonderful world of insects. Bugs, bees n’ wiggly critters will never be the same again!

“From the Academy’s point of view, the storytelling could not have worked better as a public program. The stories you told, captivated and fascinated our audience. I was impressed that they would not let you leave the stage without an encore performance. Diane your storytelling is fantastic!” Linda Wolf, Public Programs Coordinator, The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA

Aug
9
Thu
Folktale Superheroes Around The World @ Southeast Steuben County Library, Corning, NY
Aug 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Diane performs Folktale Superheroes Around the World for families at Southeast Steuben County Library! This event is free and open to the public. Please call Southeast Steuben County Library at (607) 936-3713 for more information and sign-up.

Folktale Superheroes Around the World

Superheroes Around the World

What do China, Africa and South America all have in common? Superheroes!!!

Long before the Superheroes of today, people all over the world used their SUPER IMAGINATIONS to create folktales about creatures and people with extraordinary powers. Anansi the entertaining Spider God from Africa has web-spinning adventures just like Spiderman. He captures a leopard, hornets and the snake that swallows people so that all the stories in the world can be set free. Ninja Turtles have nothing on Jabuti the flute-playing tortoise from the Amazon rainforest! He saves the other rainforest animals from a giant monster while teaching the audience how to dance and sing. Tian, the Lord of the Cranes from China, gives to the poor just like Robin Hood. Celebrate our common love of story with these exciting and engaging multi-cultural tales.

Sep
23
Sun
Native American Nature Tales @ Dighton Historical Society, Dighton, MA
Sep 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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The Dighton Historical Society invites Diane to the historic Winslow-Davis Museum in Dighton, MA. Diane will perform “Native American Nature Tales” to families, especially ages 5 and up. This event is free and open to the public.

 

 

 

Native American Nature Tales

http://www.livingmyth.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/blueeagle.gif Native American Nature Tales explores tribal myths and legends of the animals and birds of North America. Ranging from the humorous to the heart-felt, these stories celebrate native culture and its strong links to the natural world. We learn an Abenaki canoeing song, explore over seven different animals in the Northwest legend of Loon’s Song and discover why America is called Turtle Island. Through these “How and Why” legends, we understand how Native American culture clothed the world in story, enlivening the natural world. Diane has received permission from many prominent native writers to present these folktales. Join one of New England’s favorite tellers as these rich stories create a colorful weave of landscape and people.