CALENDAR

Jun
16
Fri
In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey @ Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA
Jun 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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

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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
17
Sat
In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey @ Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA
Jun 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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

Register NOW!

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
15
Sat
Fatima, the Kurdish Cinderella @ Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center, Central Park, NYC
Jul 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Diane in traditional Kurdish clothing from Iraqi-Kurdistan.

Diane will be performing Fatima, the Kurdish Cinderella and other tales from Kurdistan for families with children ages five and older at the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Series in Central Park, NYC (near 72nd street). Diane gathered this story from traditional tellers in the Kurdish region of Turkey

Diane’s dynamic storytelling embraces elements of theatre, movement and song, giving each story its own unique presence and life. Featured on NPR and at the International Storytelling Center, Diane has authored the first book of Kurdish folktales in English: A Fire in My Heart: Kurdish Tales gathering them in remote mountains.  “…an entire cast rolled into one!.”

 

For 60 years children and their families have gathered near the Hans Christian Andersen statue to hear his tales. This event is sure to be a special one and it is free and open to the public. This series is hosted by Laura Simms a world-renowned teller of traditional tales.

 

Aug
2
Wed
A Thousand Doorways @ Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Scotland
Aug 2 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Diane portrays an old Kurdish storyteller

A Thousand Doorways

Diane’s real-life quest to record the vanishing storytellers of Kurdistan leads to a harrowing, revelatory journey in Turkey. Mystical carpet dealers, chain-smoking grandmothers and shy village heroes unlock the hidden life of the mountains where true stories of their struggle mix with enigmatic ancient legends. A doorway opens onto a very different world, a fairytale landscape of shepherds, guard towers, caravans, impossible mountain passes and the mysterious “Eggs of the Ancient Tree.” A master storyteller, Diane takes the audience to the heart of her life-changing journey among the Kurds, bringing to life an unforgettable world.

Aug
3
Thu
A Thousand Doorways @ Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Scotland
Aug 3 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Diane portrays an old Kurdish storyteller

A Thousand Doorways

Diane’s real-life quest to record the vanishing storytellers of Kurdistan leads to a harrowing, revelatory journey in Turkey. Mystical carpet dealers, chain-smoking grandmothers and shy village heroes unlock the hidden life of the mountains where true stories of their struggle mix with enigmatic ancient legends. A doorway opens onto a very different world, a fairytale landscape of shepherds, guard towers, caravans, impossible mountain passes and the mysterious “Eggs of the Ancient Tree.” A master storyteller, Diane takes the audience to the heart of her life-changing journey among the Kurds, bringing to life an unforgettable world.

Aug
4
Fri
A Thousand Doorways @ Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Scotland
Aug 4 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Diane portrays an old Kurdish storyteller

A Thousand Doorways

Diane’s real-life quest to record the vanishing storytellers of Kurdistan leads to a harrowing, revelatory journey in Turkey. Mystical carpet dealers, chain-smoking grandmothers and shy village heroes unlock the hidden life of the mountains where true stories of their struggle mix with enigmatic ancient legends. A doorway opens onto a very different world, a fairytale landscape of shepherds, guard towers, caravans, impossible mountain passes and the mysterious “Eggs of the Ancient Tree.” A master storyteller, Diane takes the audience to the heart of her life-changing journey among the Kurds, bringing to life an unforgettable world.

Aug
5
Sat
A Thousand Doorways @ Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Scotland
Aug 5 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Diane portrays an old Kurdish storyteller

A Thousand Doorways

Diane’s real-life quest to record the vanishing storytellers of Kurdistan leads to a harrowing, revelatory journey in Turkey. Mystical carpet dealers, chain-smoking grandmothers and shy village heroes unlock the hidden life of the mountains where true stories of their struggle mix with enigmatic ancient legends. A doorway opens onto a very different world, a fairytale landscape of shepherds, guard towers, caravans, impossible mountain passes and the mysterious “Eggs of the Ancient Tree.” A master storyteller, Diane takes the audience to the heart of her life-changing journey among the Kurds, bringing to life an unforgettable world.

Aug
6
Sun
A Thousand Doorways @ Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Scotland
Aug 6 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Diane portrays an old Kurdish storyteller

A Thousand Doorways

Diane’s real-life quest to record the vanishing storytellers of Kurdistan leads to a harrowing, revelatory journey in Turkey. Mystical carpet dealers, chain-smoking grandmothers and shy village heroes unlock the hidden life of the mountains where true stories of their struggle mix with enigmatic ancient legends. A doorway opens onto a very different world, a fairytale landscape of shepherds, guard towers, caravans, impossible mountain passes and the mysterious “Eggs of the Ancient Tree.” A master storyteller, Diane takes the audience to the heart of her life-changing journey among the Kurds, bringing to life an unforgettable world.

Aug
7
Mon
A Thousand Doorways @ Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Scotland
Aug 7 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Diane portrays an old Kurdish storyteller

A Thousand Doorways

Diane’s real-life quest to record the vanishing storytellers of Kurdistan leads to a harrowing, revelatory journey in Turkey. Mystical carpet dealers, chain-smoking grandmothers and shy village heroes unlock the hidden life of the mountains where true stories of their struggle mix with enigmatic ancient legends. A doorway opens onto a very different world, a fairytale landscape of shepherds, guard towers, caravans, impossible mountain passes and the mysterious “Eggs of the Ancient Tree.” A master storyteller, Diane takes the audience to the heart of her life-changing journey among the Kurds, bringing to life an unforgettable world.

Aug
8
Tue
A Thousand Doorways @ Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Scotland
Aug 8 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Diane portrays an old Kurdish storyteller

A Thousand Doorways

Diane’s real-life quest to record the vanishing storytellers of Kurdistan leads to a harrowing, revelatory journey in Turkey. Mystical carpet dealers, chain-smoking grandmothers and shy village heroes unlock the hidden life of the mountains where true stories of their struggle mix with enigmatic ancient legends. A doorway opens onto a very different world, a fairytale landscape of shepherds, guard towers, caravans, impossible mountain passes and the mysterious “Eggs of the Ancient Tree.” A master storyteller, Diane takes the audience to the heart of her life-changing journey among the Kurds, bringing to life an unforgettable world.

Aug
9
Wed
A Thousand Doorways @ Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Scotland
Aug 9 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Diane portrays an old Kurdish storyteller

A Thousand Doorways

Diane’s real-life quest to record the vanishing storytellers of Kurdistan leads to a harrowing, revelatory journey in Turkey. Mystical carpet dealers, chain-smoking grandmothers and shy village heroes unlock the hidden life of the mountains where true stories of their struggle mix with enigmatic ancient legends. A doorway opens onto a very different world, a fairytale landscape of shepherds, guard towers, caravans, impossible mountain passes and the mysterious “Eggs of the Ancient Tree.” A master storyteller, Diane takes the audience to the heart of her life-changing journey among the Kurds, bringing to life an unforgettable world.

Aug
10
Thu
A Thousand Doorways @ Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Scotland
Aug 10 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Diane portrays an old Kurdish storyteller

A Thousand Doorways

Diane’s real-life quest to record the vanishing storytellers of Kurdistan leads to a harrowing, revelatory journey in Turkey. Mystical carpet dealers, chain-smoking grandmothers and shy village heroes unlock the hidden life of the mountains where true stories of their struggle mix with enigmatic ancient legends. A doorway opens onto a very different world, a fairytale landscape of shepherds, guard towers, caravans, impossible mountain passes and the mysterious “Eggs of the Ancient Tree.” A master storyteller, Diane takes the audience to the heart of her life-changing journey among the Kurds, bringing to life an unforgettable world.

Aug
11
Fri
A Thousand Doorways @ Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Scotland
Aug 11 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Diane portrays an old Kurdish storyteller

A Thousand Doorways

Diane’s real-life quest to record the vanishing storytellers of Kurdistan leads to a harrowing, revelatory journey in Turkey. Mystical carpet dealers, chain-smoking grandmothers and shy village heroes unlock the hidden life of the mountains where true stories of their struggle mix with enigmatic ancient legends. A doorway opens onto a very different world, a fairytale landscape of shepherds, guard towers, caravans, impossible mountain passes and the mysterious “Eggs of the Ancient Tree.” A master storyteller, Diane takes the audience to the heart of her life-changing journey among the Kurds, bringing to life an unforgettable world.

Aug
12
Sat
A Thousand Doorways @ Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Scotland
Aug 12 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Diane portrays an old Kurdish storyteller

A Thousand Doorways

Diane’s real-life quest to record the vanishing storytellers of Kurdistan leads to a harrowing, revelatory journey in Turkey. Mystical carpet dealers, chain-smoking grandmothers and shy village heroes unlock the hidden life of the mountains where true stories of their struggle mix with enigmatic ancient legends. A doorway opens onto a very different world, a fairytale landscape of shepherds, guard towers, caravans, impossible mountain passes and the mysterious “Eggs of the Ancient Tree.” A master storyteller, Diane takes the audience to the heart of her life-changing journey among the Kurds, bringing to life an unforgettable world.

Aug
13
Sun
A Thousand Doorways @ Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Scotland
Aug 13 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Diane portrays an old Kurdish storyteller

A Thousand Doorways

Diane’s real-life quest to record the vanishing storytellers of Kurdistan leads to a harrowing, revelatory journey in Turkey. Mystical carpet dealers, chain-smoking grandmothers and shy village heroes unlock the hidden life of the mountains where true stories of their struggle mix with enigmatic ancient legends. A doorway opens onto a very different world, a fairytale landscape of shepherds, guard towers, caravans, impossible mountain passes and the mysterious “Eggs of the Ancient Tree.” A master storyteller, Diane takes the audience to the heart of her life-changing journey among the Kurds, bringing to life an unforgettable world.

Aug
14
Mon
A Thousand Doorways @ Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Scotland
Aug 14 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Diane portrays an old Kurdish storyteller

A Thousand Doorways

Diane’s real-life quest to record the vanishing storytellers of Kurdistan leads to a harrowing, revelatory journey in Turkey. Mystical carpet dealers, chain-smoking grandmothers and shy village heroes unlock the hidden life of the mountains where true stories of their struggle mix with enigmatic ancient legends. A doorway opens onto a very different world, a fairytale landscape of shepherds, guard towers, caravans, impossible mountain passes and the mysterious “Eggs of the Ancient Tree.” A master storyteller, Diane takes the audience to the heart of her life-changing journey among the Kurds, bringing to life an unforgettable world.

Aug
15
Tue
A Thousand Doorways @ Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Scotland
Aug 15 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Diane portrays an old Kurdish storyteller

A Thousand Doorways

Diane’s real-life quest to record the vanishing storytellers of Kurdistan leads to a harrowing, revelatory journey in Turkey. Mystical carpet dealers, chain-smoking grandmothers and shy village heroes unlock the hidden life of the mountains where true stories of their struggle mix with enigmatic ancient legends. A doorway opens onto a very different world, a fairytale landscape of shepherds, guard towers, caravans, impossible mountain passes and the mysterious “Eggs of the Ancient Tree.” A master storyteller, Diane takes the audience to the heart of her life-changing journey among the Kurds, bringing to life an unforgettable world.

Aug
16
Wed
A Thousand Doorways @ Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Scotland
Aug 16 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Diane portrays an old Kurdish storyteller

A Thousand Doorways

Diane’s real-life quest to record the vanishing storytellers of Kurdistan leads to a harrowing, revelatory journey in Turkey. Mystical carpet dealers, chain-smoking grandmothers and shy village heroes unlock the hidden life of the mountains where true stories of their struggle mix with enigmatic ancient legends. A doorway opens onto a very different world, a fairytale landscape of shepherds, guard towers, caravans, impossible mountain passes and the mysterious “Eggs of the Ancient Tree.” A master storyteller, Diane takes the audience to the heart of her life-changing journey among the Kurds, bringing to life an unforgettable world.

Aug
17
Thu
A Thousand Doorways @ Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Scotland
Aug 17 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Diane portrays an old Kurdish storyteller

A Thousand Doorways

Diane’s real-life quest to record the vanishing storytellers of Kurdistan leads to a harrowing, revelatory journey in Turkey. Mystical carpet dealers, chain-smoking grandmothers and shy village heroes unlock the hidden life of the mountains where true stories of their struggle mix with enigmatic ancient legends. A doorway opens onto a very different world, a fairytale landscape of shepherds, guard towers, caravans, impossible mountain passes and the mysterious “Eggs of the Ancient Tree.” A master storyteller, Diane takes the audience to the heart of her life-changing journey among the Kurds, bringing to life an unforgettable world.

Aug
18
Fri
A Thousand Doorways @ Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Scotland
Aug 18 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Diane portrays an old Kurdish storyteller

A Thousand Doorways

Diane’s real-life quest to record the vanishing storytellers of Kurdistan leads to a harrowing, revelatory journey in Turkey. Mystical carpet dealers, chain-smoking grandmothers and shy village heroes unlock the hidden life of the mountains where true stories of their struggle mix with enigmatic ancient legends. A doorway opens onto a very different world, a fairytale landscape of shepherds, guard towers, caravans, impossible mountain passes and the mysterious “Eggs of the Ancient Tree.” A master storyteller, Diane takes the audience to the heart of her life-changing journey among the Kurds, bringing to life an unforgettable world.

Aug
19
Sat
A Thousand Doorways @ Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Scotland
Aug 19 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Diane portrays an old Kurdish storyteller

A Thousand Doorways

Diane’s real-life quest to record the vanishing storytellers of Kurdistan leads to a harrowing, revelatory journey in Turkey. Mystical carpet dealers, chain-smoking grandmothers and shy village heroes unlock the hidden life of the mountains where true stories of their struggle mix with enigmatic ancient legends. A doorway opens onto a very different world, a fairytale landscape of shepherds, guard towers, caravans, impossible mountain passes and the mysterious “Eggs of the Ancient Tree.” A master storyteller, Diane takes the audience to the heart of her life-changing journey among the Kurds, bringing to life an unforgettable world.

Sep
8
Fri
The Language of Flowers @ Stonehurst The Roberst Treat Paine Estate, Waltham, MA
Sep 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Diane will be accompanied by Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain for a performance of The Language of Flowers at Stonehurst, The Robert Treat Paine Estate in Waltham, MA. This stunning location is the perfect setting for stories featuring nature’s most beautiful plants.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.  Buy tickets here!

The Stonehurst Estate on a gorgeous day.

Stonehurst, the country place of social reformer Robert Treat Paine, is an American masterwork designed by architect Henry Hobson Richardson and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, whose work continues to inspire culturally and environmentally sensitive design.

The Language of Flowers

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

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

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?

Nov
4
Sat
Tell Me a Story ~ a storytelling workshop @ NASA Conference at Newton South High School, Newton, MA
Nov 4 @ 9:05 am – 10:20 am

Diane will be leading this interactive storytelling workshop at the Newton After School Association Conference in Newton, MA. In this workshop students will learn how to tell a folktale in their own words! Diane will lead workshop participants in group exercises that will develop everyone’s expressive abilities. Participants will explore their voice’s potential and learn how to create a character using Diane’s method of Voice and Body signatures. Skills learned from this workshop can be applied to storytelling, story-reading, and to public speaking venues. There will also be an overview of storytelling games and a chance to play them. Experience the power of story!

This workshop is only open to the Newton After School Association (NASA) Conference participants. For more information on how to join the NASA conference, check the NASA website: http://naaweb.org/

Nov
14
Tue
The Language of Flowers @ Oak Point Garden Club, Middleboro, MA
Nov 14 @ 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 Oak Point Garden Club of Middleboro, MA. This event is open to the public! For further information on attending please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

The Language of Flowers

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

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

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?

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!

Diane Edgecomb Storyteller Living Myth Margot Chamberlain celtic harp solsticeA Celtic Evening

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

May
5
Sat
Keynote Speaker @ Granite State Story SWAP Festival, Rye, NH
May 5 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Diane telling stories at the National Storytelling Festival.

Diane will be the Keynote Speaker as well as the featured Storyteller at the New Hampshire Storytelling Alliance’s (NHSA) Granite State Story SWAP! The festival will take place at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH.

 

Festival Registration coming soon!

 

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.