Connie in the News

News: USA Today

News: USA Today

You can’t help but lean in when Connie Regan-Blake says “I’d like to tell you a mountain story.” Her voice starts to rise and fall, her hands weave through empty air…

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News: WNC Woman

News: WNC Woman

I was delighted with Connie’s engagement into the realm of symbolism, archetype, and myth; and her rich and detailed narration of her GIM adventures left us both breathless and wanting to know more of her unfolding journey…

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News: Mountain Traditions

News: Mountain Traditions

Connie Regan-Blake first discovered storytelling as an art form in 1971 at the age of 24. “I ended up falling in love with story-telling,” Regan-Blake says. “Within two weeks I knew I would tell stories for the rest of my life. I never thought I would make a living at it, but I fell right into it…

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News: Our State

News: Our State

Sometimes a story will come up to me, tap me on the shoulder, and ask to be told,” says master storyteller Connie Regan-Blake. “The tapping comes after you’ve been telling stories for some time.”…

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News: Asheville Citizen-Times

News: Asheville Citizen-Times

At her upcoming workshop, “ Giving Voice to Our Stories: A Storytelling Workshop” starting Friday in Candler, Regan-Blake will help participants of all skill levels weave a story into personal and professional lives. “One of the focuses for this workshop is how old...

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News: The Herald

News: The Herald

“I think storytelling is more than words,” Regan-Blake of Asheville, N.C., said in an interview before taking the stage as part of the ninth Patchwork Tales Storytelling Festival hosted annually by the York County Library. “I think it’s images. And it’s personal, because it’s your image.”…

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News: The Roanoke Times

News: The Roanoke Times

Connie Regan-Blake will perform with Roanoke College’s resident chamber music group the Kandinsky Trio at the Lyric Theatre. Their show “Tales of Appalachia” combines chamber music and traditional Appalachian storytelling to create a new genre of live performance…

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News: The Palm Beach Daily News

News: The Palm Beach Daily News

Combining words and music is as old as music itself — very little independent instrumental music predates the late 16th century. Words inspire composers and help to shape their music. Such a work is The Cantankerous Blacksmith, also known as “Wicked John,” from Tales of Appalachia…

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News: School Library Journal

News: School Library Journal

“Storytelling is so personal,” Connie said, “and because of that, it has great power to move people in the same way great music moves them. That’s what draws all people to storytelling – people have always listened to and told stories, so there’s a sense of familiarity…

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News: Good Housekeeping

News: Good Housekeeping

It’s a summer night in Philadelphia, and some 20,000 people are seated on quilts or blankets before a large outdoor stage on which two women are standing. A hush falls over the crowd as one of the women steps up to a microphone and says, “I’d like to tell you a story…”

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News: Laugh Makers

Once upon a time, nearly 20 years ago, two cousins from the South got in a truck and drove all over the United States telling stories to audiences who had forgotten or never knew the age-old storytellers art of talking to the heart and leaving imprints on the soul…

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News: New Age Magazine

News: New Age Magazine

The Folktellers are cousins whose families settled in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and Alabama. As a young girl Barbara lived in Nashville, Tennessee, while Connie’s family moved to Florida, but they spent the summers together riding horses, running…

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News: School Library Journal

News: School Library Journal

As these two storytellers unfolded tale after tale, the brick walls of suburbia melted away like the walls of the attic where the magic godmother lived in George MacDonald’s beloved The Princess and the Goblins, and for a few moments, the dinner guests were lost in a faraway world . . .

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