Wow. What an evening… a cascade, a cavalcade of chronicle from a veritable tintinnabulation of storytellers. Listeners and tellers, 13 in all, cosied up in the back room at the Old Hall Inn in defiance of the January cold. Adam kicked us off with a repeat telling of Truth and Story, while Jim followed up with a reading of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Song of the Morrow. Christine McMahon, a regular at the Shaggy Dog Storytelling Club and visiting tonight with another regular, Ursula Holden Gill, followed with a tale of a young woman who appeared fated to marry an ugly miserable old man, but the twist at the end warned us to never prejudge our fates. Another visiting teller, Shonaleigh Cumbers, provided a tale of a rather puffed up tailor and his wife who eventually had enough of his self-aggrandisement at her expense, and the harsh lesson she taught him. One of our regulars, Craig, read a poem, Not In My Backyard, and a short newly penned yarn about the bearer of a gift bringing the gift of community. The indomitable maker of mischief, Ash Mandrake, delivered an accapella version of one his story/songs, Knock Thrice, before Adam gave a told rendition of Tam Lin (it had been planned that this be interspersed with his daughter, Emily, performing verses from the ballad but unfortunately she was recovering from tonsillitis).
On the mention of ballad, Shonaleigh delivered a self penned one about a small white house that was there one day and not the next, rooted in the experience of her son, before Jim delivered a tall story from Ian McMillan entitled “Bibby Millington’s Walk To Slackbottom”. Ash went accapella on us again, this time offering rhythmic tale of how to dispense with unwanted dragons. Adam told an ancient tale of the boy who fell in love with the pharoah’s daughter who sought to make himself a man worthy of her through magic, only to discover that by changing, he lost the very thing his heart desired.
Comedy interlude. Swedish zip from Andy. You had to be there 😉
Jim told the tale of the piper and the tune “The Cow That Ate The Piper”, and Ash offered a final tale about habits. Adam finished this marathon of myth, this plethora of parables, this abundance of anecdote, with a short Mullah Nasrudin tale.