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Yarn Exchange Radio Show returns for eighth season

Whitney S. Williams, community contributor • Jan 25, 2019 at 4:30 PM

The Yarn Exchange Radio Show is set to return to the stage and the airwaves in January to kick off its eighth season of stories and music. The Jonesborough Story Initiative’s original storytelling radio show brings to life the (mostly) true tales of the region’s most interesting characters in an old-style radio show format that is a great occasion for audiences of all ages.

The radio show will be performed live at the International Storytelling Center at 7 p.m, Jan. 28, and monthly throughout the year.

To kick off the new season, the cast is bringing “Tales of Childhood” to the stage. The program is filled with misadventures, teenage antics, and even grown-ups who remain children at heart. Stories hearken back to the days when news of antics at school reached home before you did, and where praise (or punishment) was ready to greet you at the door. Stories include the Overbay identical twins pulling the big switch in school (and on dates!), sibling rivalries, and practical jokes.

Audience musical favorites Freddie Vanderford and Brandon Turner, bringing their Piedmont Blues music from Buffalo, South Carolina, will once again kick off the new year. Vanderford has been inducted into the South Carolina Folk Music Hall of Fame for his unique style of playing blues harp and harmonica. He studied under famous blues musician Sam “Peg Leg” Jackson, and from there, created a style all his own. Turner, with his rich resonate voice and artful guitar playing, regularly astounds audiences with his renditions of “Deep Ellum Blues” and other classics.

Admission is $5 per person. Season passes are available for $55 and ensure a seat all year long at the often sold-out productions. All tickets may be purchased online at Jonesborough.com/tickets or by calling the Visitor Center at (423) 753-1010.

The performances are aired on the last Wednesday of the month at 8 p.m. on WETS 89.5 FM and stream online at the same time at wets.org/listen. The radio show is funded in part by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

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