The Winter Solstice in Story and Song - ON DEMAND
Dec 01, 2021
Jan 09, 2022
The Winter Solstice in Story & Song
Featuring master storyteller Diane Edgecomb
Accompanied by Margot Chamberlain & Tom Megan
On Demand Dec 1, 2021 - Jan 9, 2022
Filmed Live in 2018 at NHTP
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New Hampshire Theatre Project celebrates the winter solstice with Oracle award-winning storyteller Diane Edgecomb, Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain, and multi-instrumentalist Tom Megan. Join us for popular favorites and some new stories on the longest night of the year as Diane weaves together a tapestry of ancient tales: evergreen myths, legends of light and entertaining stories that reveal the deep meaning behind our winter holiday traditions. Featured stories include the Scandinavian Legend of the Mistletoe, The Legend of the Christmas Rose, the Cherokee tale of Evergreen, and humorous English Wassail traditions. Margot Chamberlain and Tom Megan accompany the tales with instrumental melodies along with traditional and original songs evoking the warmth of the season.
One of the most versatile voices in storytelling today, Diane Edgecomb’s startling adaptations of traditional tales arch from a rollicking New Age version of Gawain and the Green Knight to classic retellings like the Irish myth, Deirdre of the Sorrows. Her dynamic style of telling, in which she fully embodies the characters and scenes, bringing each moment alive, won her the first national ORACLE AWARD for Storytelling Excellence in the Northeast. Publisher's Weekly called Diane “…a virtuoso of the spoken word...an entire cast rolled into one!” A featured teller on NPR, at the National Storytelling Festival and the International Storytelling Center, Diane is also the author of A Fire in My Heart, the first book of Kurdish folktales ever to be published in English. The personal story of her journey to the mountainous Kurdish region of Turkey to gather these folktales is entitled A Thousand Doorways and has been featured at theatres throughout the Northeast and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Tom Megan accompanies The Winter Solstice performance on piano, penny-whistle, synthesizer, guitar and accordion! He has written several full-length musicals and is a winner of numerous awards for the musical stage, including the prestigious 2013 Richard Rodgers Award. Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain has accompanied storyteller Diane Edgecomb since 1989, and also performs with The Christmas Revels, at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and in many other venues. As a GentleMUSE, she also plays harp for staff and patients at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.