Storytelling and Celtic Harp

A Celtic Evening

Experience the storytelling treasures of Ireland from the humorous Legend of Knockgrafton to the hauntingly beautiful Deirdre of the Sorrows. One of the most famous of all Irish romances, Deirdre combines Druidic prophecies and the turbulent world of the pre-Christian Celts with a forbidden passion so profound it dares to defy the fates. Diane’s masterful performance is set against a lush backdrop of original and traditional melodies scored by Tom Megan and arranged and played by Margot Chamberlain on a variety of Celtic folk harps. Enjoy a Celtic evening filled with humor, passion and wit.

“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

rose - salmon elizabeth park by Ginny MazurThe Language of Flowers

Celebrate flowers and the stories that have been told about them through the ages with this delightful event.

In this enchanting performance master storyteller Diane Edgecomb, accompanied by Celtic harper and vocalist Margot Chamberlain, brings to life the legends and songs that surround favorite garden flowers revealing the deep meaning cultures around the world have found there. 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 the delightful Native American story about the Dandelion. The performance includes entertaining pieces about the mysterious “Language of Flowers” celebrated in Victorian times. Accompanied by harper Margot Chamberlain, the performance features songs and Celtic harp interludes. Diane’s humorous retelling of the Arthurian legend of Dame Ragnelle rounds out the program while answering the age old question: What do Women Desire the Most in the World?

“You brought my garden alive to me in the most unusual and delightful way. I will never see a rose in the same way again!” Pomperaug Woods, 2015
I want to thank you for bringing your performance to our Wellfleet Gardeners meeting. Your music and storytelling were beautifully done and everyone enjoyed your presentation. I loved the storytelling and was happy to know that other people responded in a similar way. Thanks and we all hope to see you again.” Judith Dalmas, President, Wellfleet Gardeners.

Diane Edgecomb and Margot Chamberlain at the Arnold Arboretum Photo by Pamela Ruby RussellIn the Groves

This story and music event celebrates the deep spirit of trees with an exquisitely crafted collection of myths, folktales and songs from around the world.  Pieces include Kansakura, a delicate tale of love featuring the cherry trees of Japan, The Dancing Spirit of the Birch from Czechoslovakia and Three Green Ladies, a poignant legend about the ancient tree spirits of Cornwall, England. Refreshing and lyrical each piece is surrounded by evocative music from the culture, Celtic harp and song.

“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

Midsummer Magic

Drawn from cultures all over the world, Midsummer’s Magic is a story and music celebration of nature at the time of the Summer Solstice. This delightful and entertaining performance brings alive Celtic, Czech, English, Japanese and Australian legends of tree-spirits, fireflies and magical transformations.

Midsummer’s Eve is traditionally a time of magic when the luminous world of fairies can join with our own. In this unforgettable story and music event master storyteller Diane Edgecomb, accompanied by Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain, takes us to the heart of the season on the wings of story and song.

The Winter Solstice in Legend and Song

Award winning performer Diane Edgecomb accompanied by Celtic harper 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 accompanied by songs and sing-along moments evocative of the season. A traditional wassail bowle and lovely instrumental melodies on Celtic harp and synthesizer round out the event. This wintertime performance event can be either a one-hour or two-hour event with an intermission.

“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

New Age Gawain and the Green Knight

The stakes are high for Arthur’s men’s group, into their midst hurtles a Green Man on a bungee cord brandishing a battle-axe and delivering an ancient macho challenge. Then a mysterious headless rider gallops off, taunting Gawain to follow. But the greatest fun comes when three seductive feminine archetypes use their wiles in an attempt to corrupt Gawain’s New Age virtue. Welcome to New Age Gawain and the Green Knight, a hilarious modernization of the 14th century classic. Edgecomb’s comedic adaptation has Arthurian knights heading for the therapist’s couch faster than you can say “LITIGATION!” Tom Megan’s score and Margot Chamberlain’s inspired harp accompaniment provide a lush atmosphere of sound as we take a fun-filled journey along the ‘road less traveled by.’

“Humorous and entertaining parody.” Booklist Magazine