Virtual Shows

We are social distancing, however not socially isolated. Stories keep us connected, helping to build community. This is the perfect time to share stories and music!

Here are my favorites:

Grades 5-12: The Monkey’s Paw
Let’s face it, some stories are perfect for young adults. This is a delightful virtual program incorporating music, poetry and story. Johnny opens with an ancient nineteen-century banjo instrumental called, “Shaving a Dead Man”; setting the stage for an intriguing rendition of Bob Dylan’s “ISIS”. Johnny caps the performance off with a favorite, a W.W. Jacob story called, “The Monkey’s Paw”. It’s the real deal and perfectly suited for your older students.
Approximate length: 40 minutes.

Grades K-3: Tale Tales and Music Foolery
A fun-filled and engaging program of interactive stories, simple finger puppetry, and music. The students will be on the edge of their seats. Designed for the virtual experience, featuring Johnny’s very story, “How Johnny Appleseed got His Nickname”.
Approximate length: 35 minutes.

Grades 3-5: Don’t You Ever Laugh when the Hearse Goes By
This is an excellent virtual program combining music, poetry, and stories. What kind of stories do they want to hear? SCARY ones of course! This program features an array of old, time-tested Carolina favorites: the spooky kind.
It’s intriguing, suspenseful, and very engaging.
Approximate length: 40 Minutes.

Grades 3-5: Going Across the Mountain
This is a wonderful collection of animated American folktales, Native American legends, mountain music and a little Appalachian dance designed to capture the imagination of the elementary student. This Zoom program is a great combination of South Carolina social studies, folklore, and folk music.

Assemblies & Presentations

Beans in My Ears

An Interactive Program of Animated Stories and Music. Excellent for k-2nd Grades

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Going Across the Mountain

A Delightful Presentation of Southern Appalachian Stories and Songs. For 3rd-5th grades

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Where'd You Come From, Where'd You Go?

A Wonderful Social Studies Program for North & South Carolina 3rd or 4th grades.

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Tall Tales and Music Foolery

This program is a special classroom presentation of great American tall tales and music, designed perfectly for classroom or small library setting.

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Boo-Hag Can’t Cross the Color Blue

An Old South Carolina Gullah Tale.

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Our Music, Our Heritage, Our Story (2nd-12th.)

A wonderful social studies program

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Exploring the Wonderful World of Storytelling (1st & 2nd. grades)

An outstanding week of drama based storytelling activities.

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Performance Literacy Through Storytelling (3rd-6th.)

An excellent program that teaches storytelling and public speaking skills.

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Johnny Thomas Fowler, mountain-heritage storyteller, award winning musician and author is from the foothills of upcountry South Carolina. His work is featured on South Carolina Public TV where he has co-produced a number of documentaries for SC-ETV. He is a member of the SC Institute for Community Scholars. In 2011-12 he served as the project scholar for the Humanities Council of South Carolina.

Johnny Thomas is one of seventeen national storytellers captured in the book Southern Appalachian Storytellers (McFarland Press). In 2013 John was honored to receive the prestigious Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award, the highest award given to folk artists in South Carolina. He co-hosts a weekly old-time radio show on North Carolina public radio station WNCW-FM.

His storytelling is a wonderful anthology of Appalachian folk tales, fairy tales, outrageous tall tales and contemporary yarns,combining traditional songs and ballads. He has been a featured teller at Stone Soup Storytelling Festival, the International Storytelling Festival Exchange Place, Madison County Florida Storytelling Festival and is the host-teller-in-residence at Hagood Mill Storytelling Festival.

Johnny is an award winning musician. He is a two-time harmonica champion at Fiddler's Grove Old Music Festival in Union Grove N.C. He also received blue ribbons in the banjo competition at the prestigious Mountain Dance Folk Festival in Asheville N,C. and the Pickins Heritage Day Old-Time Music Festival.

His southern charm and theatrical presentation takes his audiences by surprise. His performances are hilarious, creative, energetic, and historically informative. He is simply a treasure to see.

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