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Master storyteller Donald Davis returning to Jonesborough

Cameo Waters, community contributor • Mar 25, 2018 at 10:30 AM

Donald Davis, one of America's favorite master storytellers, is coming to the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center on April 16-17 at 7:30 p.m. The two-night concert will be unique with Davis telling different stories each evening.

Davis was born in a Southern Appalachian Mountain world that was rich in stories.

“I didn’t learn stories, I just absorbed them,” Davis says as he recounts tales learned from a family of traditional storytellers who have lived on the same Western North Carolina land since 1781.

This year, the Town of Jonesborough has new additions to everyone’s favorite storytelling performance. Before Davis hits the stage, live music will be provided by Scott Wild, an American singer/songwriter specializing in vintage folk rock. Directly after his concert, Davis will host a meet-and-greet for fans.

Davis’ resume boasts numerous experiences including Davidson College, Duke University Divinity School, a retired Methodist minister and former chairperson of the board of Directors for the National Storytelling Association. He is a favorite at the National Storytelling Festival and has also served as a featured teller at the Smithsonian Institute and the World’s Fair, as well as festivals and concerts throughout the United States and the world.

For Donald Davis, storytelling is a way of giving and living life. He invites each listener to come along, pull deep inside for one’s own stories and personally share the common experiences that celebrate the creative spirit. For Donald Davis, storytelling “is not what I do for a living, but it is how I do all that I do while I am living.”

General admission to the Donald Davis concert is $12. A special group rate for 15 or more people is available for $10 per person. For tickets or more information, call (423) 753-1010, visit Donald Davis Concert Facebook page or Jonesborough.com/tickets.

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