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The Language of Flowers
Celebrate flowers and the stories that have been told about them through the ages with 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 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, including the delightful Native American story about the Dandelion. Accompanied by harper Margot Chamberlain, the performance features songs and Celtic harp interludes as well as entertaining pieces about the mysterious “Language of Flowers,” celebrated in Victorian times. 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!” Audience member- 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.
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The Salmon of Wisdom
This inspiring performance is for all those who love the natural world. The show opens with Diane’s upbeat original tale “Freddie and the Loon from Maine”, a humorous, participatory, rhyming story of a New York cabbie who travels ‘up North’ in search of this special bird. Humor abounds as this greenhorn reconnects with the wild and with some even wilder Mainers! This story is complemented by a beautiful original story: “The Salmon of Wisdom” ~ Diane’s true tale of a revelatory journey along California’s Pacific Coast ~ a moving story of the deep beauty and mystery of nature.
“No one worked more magic than you, Diane. You were one shining light! From the time you stepped onto the Gathering stage, you held the audience spellbound.” Peg O’ Sullivan, Festival Director, Connecticut Storytelling Center
The Winter Solstice in Story and Song
Celebrate the Winter Solstice with classic evergreen lore, haunting legends of light and entertaining tales surrounded by traditional and original music and song. Featured stories include the beautiful Legend of the Mistletoe from Scandinavia, humorous English Wassail traditions, and the poignant Greek legend The Halcyon Days of Peace. Master storyteller Diane Edgecomb accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Tom Megan and Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain offers a fascinating look at the stories behind our holiday traditions. Songs evocative of the season and lovely instrumental melodies round out the event. The Winter Solstice in Story and Song is also available as a one-hour performance event.
Praise for The Winter Solstice in Story and Song:
“Ms. Edgecomb is a true artist, able to evoke humor, heartbreak, or the joy of first love by her voice and manner. She can take on the personality and body language of an old man, a maiden, an ancient god, or an ox… More, she is a talented showman.” Valerie Hadden, Boston Pagan Examiner
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“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 Winter Solstice in Legend and Song received rave reviews from our members. The unique blend of storytelling and music was very well-received by all. We would be pleased to be added to your list of references.” Lincoln Garden Club, Lincoln, MA
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 story is set to a dramatic score by Tom Megan with 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.” Director of programming, Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge MA
“Publisher’s Weekly said it best when they stated: ‘A storyteller in the grand tradition, Edgecomb is a virtuoso of the spoken word.’ She has been researching, studying, collecting and telling Celtic stories for 20 or more years and it shows…mentally and emotionally we were wherever storyteller, Ms. Edgecomb, transported us to be, while Ms. Chamberlain and her Celtic Harp made us feel at home there.” article in the Ashland Tab
This delightful summertime performance brings to life ancient legends of transformation, tree-spirits and fireflies from cultures around the world. Midsummer is traditionally a time of magic when the fairy world can meet our own. Accompanied by harper Margot Chamberlain, master storyteller Diane Edgecomb brings us to this liminal world of twilight and beauty. This captivating event features stories and songs that speak of the deep meaning to be found in the natural world. The one-hour performance is suitable for adults and an older family audience.
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.” Director of programming, Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge MA
Tales of the Supernatural
Just in time for Halloween, Diane opens up the doors to the supernatural with this unusual collection of tales & songs. The performance features a true ghost story Edgecomb collected about the misshapen standing stones of Avebury, England and the eerie forces that emanate from them. The performance has a decidedly Celtic slant, exploring Gaelic traditions influencing Halloween including a humorous encounter with the devil that resulted in the first Jack O’Lantern.
“Your Halloween tale, Company is truly a work of art. I love to watch you go from that sweet, sweet old lady to that cigar-chompin’ dockworker who talks out of the side of his face. You do it in the twinkling of an eye, and during that twinkling, you play the harp!! I could watch you do that piece 10 or 15 times in a row!!” Carolyn Martino, event producer, Rhode Island