We are blessed to be able to bring you some of the very best storytelling talent for our Festival premiere. Truly a sensational set of nine storytelling superstars (counting the Twin Poets as one…which may not be fair). Outside of the top two festivals in the nation, you’re unlikely to find this level of storytelling talent in one lineup. Oh, and none of that counts National Storytelling Network Circle of Excellence honoree Ed Stivender, who will serve as this year’s Emcee.

Andy Offutt Irwin

Andy Offutt Irwin has graced the stage in Jonesborough and Timpanogos many times. He was inducted into the National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence in 2013. We look forward to bringing him back to Delaware. Again.

From Covington, Georgia

Kim Weitkamp

Another Jonesborough veteran, Kim Weitkamp is a storyteller/singer/songwriter who grew up as the red-headed middle child of exhausted parents. The perfect training for a career that has delivered 7 Storytelling World Awards.

From Mount Vernon, Ohio

Rev Robert Jones

This legendary Detroit storyteller and musician celebrates the history and power of American Roots music. The Reverend Robert Jones shares his deep love for the culture in live performances that weave timeless stories with song.

From Detroit, Michigan

Michael Reno Harrell

This southern gentleman is just as comfortable on the Gamble Rodgers Music Festival Stage as he is on-stage at Jonesborough. His songs are really mini-stories, full of Appalachian grit and wit.

From Morganton, North Carolina


With global credentials and local ties, TAHIRA’s original works and lore from the African and African American traditions are a spell-binding mixture of soul-stirring stories and rhythmic percussion.

From Wilmington, Delaware

Antonio Rocha

This award-winning teller delivers a unique fusion of mime and spoken word that has delighted audiences globally. In the US, he has performed everywhere from the Smithsonian to Jonesborough.

From Gray, Maine

The Twin Poets

These twin tellers aren’t yet on the story telling circuit…but they are a unique talent. With credentials handed down from the highest office in the land (of Delaware), they share a voice that must be heard.

From Wilmington, Delaware

Pippa White

Pippa White’s unique performances are ‘part theatre, part storytelling, and part history.’ After an extensive career in theater and television, she has graced the national storytelling stage¬† many times.

From Lincoln, Nebraska

Bruce Fite

Bruce Fite tells his stories with his guitar. He is a singer/songwriter who specializes in the children’s audience. His ‘kid-tested’ music makes an instant connection with a ‘laugh and a lesson in every song.’

From Nottingham, Pennsylvania