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Film and Dramatic Adaptations
of Live-action Fairy Tale Films Directed by Tom Davenport
Bibliography of Dramas and Tales by R. Rex Stephenson
Bibliography of Works By and About Richard Chase: Audio and Video Recordings
Appalachian Spring. Dir. Peter Glushanok. Prod. Nathan Kroll. Perf. Martha Graham, Stuart Hoves, Bertram Ross. Phoenix Films, 1958. Southern Mountaineers Filmography by J. W. Williamson (Appalachian State University Libraries) describes the film as "an interpretation of a folk tale about the wedding day of a young couple living in the Appalachian wilderness during pioneer days." But Aaron Copeland's famous ballet, which premiered in 1944 and won a Pulitzer Prize, was not designed as a depiction of Appalachian life or folklore. The 1958 film was made for public television, with Graham dancing the role of the bride and sets suggesting a prairie home. See discussion of Martha Graham's role in naming the ballet at National Public Radio's "Milestones of the Millennium." NPR's Performance Today, 1999. Graham was inspired by a line in a Hart Crane poem, where a mountain stream is not identified as Appalachian in particular. See also "Aaron Copeland: Appalachian Spring." Classical Notes by Peter Gutmann, 2005.
Arnow, Pat. "The Road Company: Johnson City, Tennessee: Bob Leonard, Director." Now and Then, vol. 6:3 (Fall 1989): pp. 47-48. Interview includes discussion of folk ritual and drama.
Arnow, Pat. "Roadside Theater: Whitesburg, Kentucky: Dudley Cocke, Director." Now and Then, vol. 6:3 (Fall 1989): pp. 44-46. Interview includes discussions of folk ritual and drama.
Behm, Tom. Tarheel Tales. New Orleans: Anchorage Press, 1990. Plays for young people adapted by Tom Behm from stories collected by Richard Chase.
Brown, Joella. Molly Whuppie. Musical in 4 acts with Appalachian setting and language, combining adaptation of the folktale with a frame set in everyday life. Script published by New Plays for Children. (Other versions of "Molly Whuppie" are British predecessors of the Appalachian tale "Mutsmag.")
Bruchac, Joseph. "Possum's Tail." Pushing Up the Sky: Seven Native American Plays for Children. Illus. Teresa Flavin. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2000. "Uses drama to tell seven different stories from Native American traditions including the Abenaki, Ojibway, Cherokee ("Possum's Tail"), Cheyenne, Snohomish, Tlingit, and Zuni." Bruchac's drama "Possum's Tail" is also available as an Ebook.
Buck, Pat. "Playing the Past." Now and Then, vol. 6:3 (Fall 1989): pp. 26-29. Illus. About folk rituals and folk dramas.
Chase, Richard. See AppLit's Richard Chase Bibliography for more detailed listings than appear on this page.
Cocke, Dudley and Edward Wemytewa, eds. Journeys Home: Revealing a Zuni-Appalachia Collaboration. Zuni Ashiwi Publishing, 2002. Foreword by Gregory Cajete. From the Publisher: "The story of the sixteen-year collaboration between artists from two of the United States' most traditional cultures, and the bilingual play they made together." Kentucky's Roadside Theater collaborated with Zuni Pueblo's Idiwanan An Chawe (Children of the Middle Place), the first Zuni language theater, in western New Mexico. Their play, "Corn Mountain/Pine Mountain: Following the Seasons," which toured nationally, is included in the book. It combines "traditional and original stories, oral histories, humor, music, and dance to celebrate and comment upon two agricultural ways of life that once provided physical and spiritual sustenance for people in Zuni and Appalachia." See Jack and the Robbers page for more details on stories within the play. See also Burnham, Linda Frye. "Reaching for the Valley of the Sun: The American Festival Project's Untold Stories." TDR: The Drama Review, vol. 44, no. 3 (Fall 2000): pp. 75-112. Available online through library services such as Project Muse. Includes discussion of Roadside Theater and "Roadside's long-time partner from Zuni, New Mexico, Idiwanan An Chawe...Idiwanan An Chawe performed several times throughout the festival with Roadside Theater in their collaborative play Corn Mountain/Pine Mountain: Following the Seasons, about the commonalities of the cultures in Zuni and Appalachia." Roadside's methods of using the story circle were included in this festival and discussed in the article. Performers from Junebug Productions in New Orleans "performed with Roadside Theater in their collaborative musical-theatre work Junebug/Jack, created over the past 10 years with the hope of sharing each other's audiences--one predominantly white, the other predominantly black--both economically hard-pressed. The play features two culturally significant characters: 'Jack,' an archetypal Appalachian hero, and 'Junebug' a mythic African American folk character invented by people from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the 1960s to represent the collective wisdom of struggling black people. Both Junebug and Jack represent 'the triumph of wit over power, of the human spirit over oppression' (Arizona State University Public Events, 1999 Untold Stories Festival Program Book)."
Crawford, Lauren. Dye Fry and Wicked John and the Devil. Script published Charlottesville, VA: New Plays for Children, 2002. "Two short Appalachian folk tales in one volume, 25 to 35 minutes each." (See also "Old Drye Frye" and "Wicked John and the Devil.")
Das Puppenspiel Puppet Theater. "Beyond the Beanstalk." This traveling puppet theater company from Westfield, NY (now discontinued) produced this show based on Appalachian Jack tales in 2009. "Das Puppenspiel takes a step beyond the familiar 'Jack and the Beanstalk' to present a series of tales handed down by storytellers over many years. Originating in England and later coming to America and the Appalachian region, 'The Jack Tales' feature simple, but clever, Jack, who lands himself into all kinds of adventures in his travels. Large beautifully crafted 'bunraku' style puppets and traditional folk music combine to bring new life to this storytelling tradition. Come and be part of the magic and fun as 'Beyond the Beanstalk' re-introduces American audiences to a part of their cultural heritage!" Photo at right from Orange County Performing Arts Center web site, 2008-2009 season. A different graphic image with banjo music is on the Montalvo Arts Center web site.
Davenport, Tom. See AppLit's bibliography From the Brothers Grimm: Tom Davenport’s Fairy Tale Films, and Davenport's web sites Davenport Films and Folkstreams.net. Clips from Davenport films with comments by viewers are also available on YouTube.com.
Davy Crockett films and drama. See index page on Davy Crockett at this link.
Gregg, William and Perry Deane Young. Frankie. New play performed at Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre at Mars Hill (NC) College on Aug. 1-5 and 9-12, 2001. See Frankie—Review and photos by Lana A. Whited of play on Frankie Silver legend. (See also 2002 press release with photo, "Best-Selling Author to Visit Ferrum College.")
Hatfield, Sharon. "Tales of Appalachia: Roadside Theater." The Drama Review: TDR, vol. 27, no. 2, Grassroots Theatre (Summer 1983), pp. 44-49. Includes discussion of first traveling show, Mountain Tales, with tales of Mutsmeg, Wicked John and the Devil, and Jack tales. A record of tales for children was played on National Public Radio. Later shows included one on a legendary preacher who was hanged, Brother Jack with tales and music, and South of the Mountain about Ron Short's boyhood in Dickensen County, VA. Photos from Brother Jack and Red Fox/Second Hanging.
Herweck, Diana. Davy Crockett. Building Fluency Through Reader's Theater series. Huntington Beach, CA: Teacher Created Materials, 2010. 24 pp. With tips for reader's theater adapted from Aaron Shepard.
Hicks, Orville, and Hicks, Ray - see separate page on these famous storytelling cousins from NC. Fixin' to Tell About Jack includes Ray's telling of "Whickety-Whack, Into My Sack."
How the Sun Came Up: A Cherokee Folktale. Filmstrip 135 mm. + 1 audiocassette (9 min.). Chicago: Eye Gate Media, 1991.
Jack and the Robbers. Costa Mesa, CA: Pied Piper Productions, 1987. Richard Chase tells a folktale about a lazy young man who runs away accompanied by five downhearted animals. Describes their hilarious encounter with a band of fierce robbers.
Jack Tales and other story theatre adaptations by R. Rex Stephenson. See Bibliography of Dramas and Tales by R. Rex Stephenson.
Jack Tales Storytelling Theater of the Smoky Mountains. Facebook page at this link. "Jack Tales Storytelling Theater of the Smoky Mountains originated at Clear Creek Campground in 1987." Facebook pages include photos and videos from a variety of tales. "Jack Tales Storytelling Theater is performed at Jack's Playhouse, located in the Adventure Bound Camping Resort (also known as Crazy Horse Campground), Highway 321, between Cosby and Gatlinburg, Tennessee." (accessed 5/1/10)
Joey Learns to Fly. Dir. Ed Counts. Perf. Tommy Ray Bledsoe (narrator). 1992. "Comments: A wee little animated folk tale for children about necessity being the mother of invention. A story about magic, which seems just possible enough in the Appalachian mountains under the influence of Tommy Ray Bledsoe's voice." Information from Southern Mountaineers Filmography by J. W. Williamson, Appalachian State University Libraries.
Johnson, Paul Brett. Reader's theater scripts for a number of Johnson's original and adapted tales, some of which appear in his picture books, such as Old Dry Frye, Jack Outwits the Giants, Fearless Jack, Bearhide and Crow, The Pig Who Ran a Red Light, and The Goose Who Went Off in a Huff. Other scripts include "Jack and the Talking Mule Hide," "The Hungry Fox," and "The Old Woman and the Talking Catfish." Were available at PBJ Scripts for Kids, 2009 (no longer online).
Junebug/Jack. See notes under Cocke, Dudley, above.
Kehde, Daniel S. Hector's Warehouse, and Other Ghost Stories. Tallahassee, FL: Eldridge, 2000. Script. 63 pp. "Four friends tell five ghostly stories using the most potent special effect of all: the audience's imagination. Using only chairs and candles (plus some well-timed blackouts), the characters re-enact their own eerie experiences and generate plenty of spine-tingling moments for us along the way. In 'Toni's House,' Phyllis takes us to a house she lived in with footsteps above and a fear-inducing basement below. 'George's Church' is the site where folks hear 'the Screamer.' Linda tracks down a cougar that shouldn't be living in rural West Virginia in the third story. At the start of Act II, John tells the story of 'Hector's Warehouse' and how a ghost reacted when he was being filmed for a national TV special. Finally, 'Phyllis' Suitor' turns out to be an evil presence they may have encountered before." Kehde is a Charleston, WV dramatist who has produced many new plays for young audiences. This play is based on paranormal experiences in New Jersey and D. C. as well as WV, according to the Dramatists Guild web site.
Kinsella, Marilyn A. Taleypo the Storyteller. Web site contains drama choir adaptations (also adaptable as reader's theater) of "Little Eight John" (1981, based on Treasury of American Folklore by B. A. Botkin and Carl Sandburg, 1944) and "Wicked John and the Devil" (1980s, based on Richard Chase). The Illinois storyteller who calls herself Taleypo also offers print retellings of a number of stories (not dramatized), including "Tailypo" and "The Hairy Toe," and the Cherokee tales "Grandmother Spider Brings the Light" and "The Legend of the Red Cedar" (the latter about the creation of the seasons and the sun calendar at Cahokia Mounds, Illinois).
The Legend of Hillbilly John. Dir. John Newland. Prod. Barney Rosenzweig and Percy Rodriquez. Perf. Severn Darden, Hedges Capers, Sidney Clute, Denver Pyle. Jack H. Harris Enterprises, 1973. "Comments: Filmed in NC and AK and based on a book by Manly Wade Wellman. This weird movie had the look of Hippie Storybook Theatre—a Jack tale in which Jack encounters a seemingly limitless series of embodiments of Old Lucifer himself (the corrupt adult world?), and defeats every one of them. This is the mountaineer as classic 'fool'—the naif who blunders across a boundary into what is taboo and has to deal with the devil." Information from Southern Mountaineers Filmography by J. W. Williamson, Appalachian State University Libraries.
Lime Kiln. Since 1983, the unique outdoor Theater at Lime Kiln, near Lexington, VA, has presented dramas based on Appalachian folklore and culture, as well as other plays. Adaptations of specific folktales have included Munci Meg, Three Drops of Blood, and Like Meat Loves Salt. The Baker, the Bear and the Blacksmith is a musical comedy about folk hero Simon Greene. The Magic Mirror is based on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen" and set in Virginia.
The Little Ice Man. Filmstrip. Imperial Films Co., 1969. Color. 35 mm. and phonodisc. Also issued with cassette. Listed for elementary and junior high school. Based on the story of the same title by Gilbert Livingstone Wilson (1868-1930). "Relates the Cherokee legend that explains the hissing noises in the lake bottom as the remains of a large fire put out by the ice man from the North" (WorldCat). Audio cassette, 1968, 8 min., by International Teaching Tapes, Lakeland, Fla.
Marais, Josef, and Max Berton. Tony Beaver. New York: G. Schirmer, 1954. Musical score for folk opera with music by Marais and libretto by Berton. "Review of Tony Beaver" by Joseph Levine in Notes, vol. 12.3 (1955): 486. Review available online through library services such as JSTOR.
Miller, Kathryn Schultz. Mountains Are a Feeling. Children's Theatre Plays, Cincinnati, OH. A play of Appalachian stories and songs for junior and senior high students and adults. In a 45-minute production adapted and directed by Michael Anthony Williams, in Blacksburg, VA, June 25, 2008, the stories included a funny tale about Billy trying to be a lion tamer, a scene in a country church, a vision of a stallion in the east as an omen of war, discussion and songs about families migrating to Cincinnati and then driving back home on weekends, and a Civil War ghost story about a soldier killed in Tennessee, who wouldn't stay underground in his grave or let his lover marry until the ghost and the girl were married as they had promised each other. The play's title is from a line by the English Romantic poet Lord Byron.
Moss, Gary. Old Dry Frye. 16 mm. film and videocassette. Riverwoods, IL: Film Ideas, 1986. 30 min. "Set in North Georgia in the late 19th century, the film tells how the accidental death of a chicken-gobbling itinerant preacher initiates a bizarre episode of guilt and deception among the residents of an isolated 'holler'" (WorldCat).
Mountain Mother Goose: An Operetta for Young Audiences. Composer Dr. Alice A. Moerk. Dir. Dr. Francine Kirk. Fairmont State University, May 2012. Six stories are "woven together to bring Mother Goose to life.... Directed by Kirk, the operetta tells the story of Mother Goose, who wanders the land looking for children who will listen to her stories. She comes upon a group of children playing in a field. A small group of 'tough girls' try to intimidate some of the children. They single out one girl and torment her most. Complications ensue as Mother Goose attempts to use her stories to teach the children life lessons through story. 'At the beginning, the children are all skeptical of Mother Goose. They are particularly mean to one little girl, Marigold. The kids are also mean to Mother Goose, and she thinks she is failing. At the end, they’ve all made up, and the children encourage her to finish her stories. She realizes they are changing,' Kirk said." See photos from the operetta and YouTube video on the folklore collection and operetta, with comments by editor Judy Byers and the operetta director. See also the book Mountain Mother Goose by Musick and Barnes in Appalachian Poetry Collections for Children.
Musick, Darrell. "Interview with Ron Short." Appalachian Heritage: A
Magazine of Southern Appalachian Life & Culture, 17:2 (Spring 1989): pp.
6-13. Discussion of Roadside Theater.
Pica, Tony. Tradition Will Never Die. One-man show on Richard Chase, written and performed by Ferrum College drama senior Tony Pica. Includes a retelling of "Jack and the Robbers," and a depiction of Marshall Ward as an off-stage character introducing Chase to the Jack Tales. Directed by R. Rex Stephenson. Feb. 2003.
Pumpkinhead. Dir. Stan Winston. Prod. Howard Smith and Richard C. Weinman. Perf. Lance Henriksen, Jeff East, John Di Aquino, Kimberly Ross, Joel Hoffman, Kerry Remsen. Lion Films/United Artists,1988. "Comments: Teenage urban invaders violate nature and suffer the revenge of Pumpkinhead, a hillbilly monster raised by a mountain witch out of a mountain cemetery. Stan Winston was the man who created the monster in Alien, so Pumpkinhead bears more than a faint resemblance." Information from Southern Mountaineers Filmography by J. W. Williamson, Appalachian State University Libraries. The sequel Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings (1994, Dir. Jeff Burr) moves from 1958 flashback to 1990s teenagers who resurrect the murderous son of Pumpkinhead, which goes on a rampage for revenge. President Clinton's brother Billy plays a supporting role.
Richardson, Howard and William Berney. Dark of the Moon. Script rpt. New York: Routledge/Theatre Arts Books, 1987. A musical play about a witch boy in a Smoky Mountain community who falls in love with beautiful Barbara Allen (based on the heroine from ancient ballads). When Barbara becomes pregnant with his child, the witch makes a deal with a conjure man that allows him to become human for a year, with hopes for longer human life if Barbara Allen will remain his true wife. Barbara's local admirers and other meddling, superstitious townspeople and their preacher contribute to the tragic development of the plot. A Broadway hit in 1945, the play continues to be produced often across the country, in high schools and colleges as well as professional theatres. A Boston production is described in Life Magazine September 11, 1944. There was a live TV production on NBC Cameo Theatre in January, 1952. See background on Richardson (1917-85) and his papers at University of Iowa.
Scamps. "This is a great participation show for disabled audiences and performers, as well as young people. Featuring the stories of 'Jack and the Bean Tree', 'Brer Rabbit and the Tar-Baby', and 'The Scarecrow Boy', Scamps is all about having fun on stage and expressing yourself. Classic sing-along songs and storybook characters will put a big smile on the faces of all audiences. Scamps is a flexible production that can be adapted to best fit the needs of your special group." From web site of Once Upon a Blue Ridge: A Traveling Theatre Company, Peter and Christina Holland, Meadows of Dan, VA (accessed 5/1/10).
Shelby, Anne. The Adventures of Molly Whuppie. A play based on eastern Kentucky tales collected by Leonard Roberts about heroic girls and Jack. The play is described in March 2001 Events, Women's Studies, University of Kentucky; and in Meihaus, Stacie. "Get Ready for Some Folk 'Whuppie.'" Kentucky Kernel 7 Mar. 2001, online archives of the student newspaper of the Univ. of KY, Lexington. See also "Rema Keen and the After School Drama Team." In "2002-2003 Visiting Artists." Polk County, NC Schools, 2001. Description with two photos of Rema Keen's adaptation of The Adventures of Molly Whuppie with students at Saluda School (preK-8th grade), Saluda, NC. For details on Shelby's 2007 book The Adventures of Molly Whuppie, see Appalachian Folktale Collections K-Z.
Siegmeister, Elie. Darling Corie. Libretto by Lewis Allen. New York: Chappell, 1954. Opera in one act. "Review of Darling Corie" by Emerson Meyers. Notes, vol. 12.3 (1955): 486-87. Review available online through library services such as JSTOR.
Snipes, Larry. Jack and the Wonder Beans. New Orleans: Anchorage Press, 1996. A musical play based on James Still's retelling of the folktale. Musical selections with original lyrics by Mark Noderer, additional lyrics by Vivian Robin Snipes.
Stephenson, R. Rex. See Bibliography of Dramas and Tales by R. Rex Stephenson.
Surface, Mary Hall and David Maddox. Sing Down the Moon: Appalachian Wonder Tales. Theater of the First Amendment. George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 2000. Conceived by Mary Hall Surface (from KY) and David Maddox (from NC). Written by Mary Hall Surface. Lyrics by Mary Hall Surface and David Maddox. Music by David Maddox. Play with music based on Appalachian folktales, including "Jack of Hearts and King Marock," "Catskins," "Jack's First Job," "Jack and the Wonder Beans," "The Sow and her Three Pigs," and "The Enchanted Tree." Web pages include photos, authors' notes. Also produced as set of 2 CDs. Picture, summary of each tale and downloadable script excerpts at Dramatic Publishing Online Catalog. Reviews of CD at Mega Music Reviews.
Tailypo: The Folktale. Austin, TX: Bill Wadsworth Productions, 1990. A film adaptation of an Appalachian children's folktale about an old hunter who chops off the tail of a critter which got stranded in his cabin. The hunter cooks the tail for supper, and the critter returns for his tail after the hunter falls asleep.
Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song. Dir. Dudley Cocke, Anne Lewis, and Susan Wehling. Appalshop,1985. 29 min. The video "showcases the work of three theater companies that performed together in the mid-1980s to celebrate cultural pluralism and bring theater from diverse cultural traditions to underserved audiences. Members of Junebug Productions, A Traveling Jewish Theatre, and Appalshop's Roadside Theater are seen in this program in performance excerpts, interviews, and playing to a group of Calhoun County, Alabama fifth and sixth graders."
Three Mountain Tales. Appalshop, 1982. 12 min. "Roadside Theater produced these mountain folk tales, illustrated with pastel drawings by Angelyn DeBord. Told in mountain dialect and accompanied by fiddle, banjo, and guitar," the tales for all ages include "Fat and Lean," a ghost story; "Little Fish Story" from the Smoky Mountains; and "The Big Toe," about a boy's encounter with a goblin. Originally produced as a filmstrip.
Unto These Hills. An outdoor drama performed every year in the ancient homeland of the Cherokee. It is primarily a history play, beginning in 1540 when white explorers first encountered the Cherokee and ending with the Trail of Tears (1838-9). Historical figures such as Sequoyah, Junaluska, Drowning Bear, and Tsali are included, as well as traditional music and the Eagle Dance. "Presented yearly since 1950 on the Qualla Boundary in Cherokee, North Carolina."
See also AppLit's essays and bibliographies on WV and Appalachian films by Steven Fesenmaier.
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Storytelling Films and Recordings
Note: Some web sites also contain audio and video recordings
of storytellers. See Appalachian
Folktales in General Collections, Journals, and Web Sites.
Adams, Sheila Kay. See Adams' recordings (stories and music) and books, such as Come Go Home with Me, on her web site at this link. Many of her stories are about the small town of Sodom, NC.
Appalachian Journey. Film by Alan Lomax. Association for Cultural Equity, 1991. 58 min. Available at Folkstreams.net with background materials. Lomax presents video clips and discussion of Appalachian history in relation to storytellers, musicians, dancers, and makers of toys and instruments. He talks with members of the Hicks family: Stanley Hicks tells a tall tale of a catfish that lives on land for a while and Ray Hicks tells a tall tale about hunting with Jack. Lomax says that such tales reflect the "delight of hungry pioneers at the game-rich woods" they found in America. He calls this living storytelling tradition a "main source of American imagination." They sing songs and talk about toys and courting traditions in their youth, as well as the creation of recreation areas that shut them off of land they were used to traveling on. Frank Proffitt, Jr. sings on the film and Lomax tells the history of the song about Tom Dula (Dooley), which begins with Proffitt's father singing it. He discusses John Henry and other influences of African Americans on Appalachian music and dancing. People "played their misery out" in ballads related to poverty, making moonshine, mining and black lung and unions, floods, etc.
Arneach, Lloyd. Can You Hear the Smoke? CD and MP3. 2004. Sold by CDBaby. A collection of Native American stories and legends adapted by Cherokee storyteller Lloyd Arneach.
Awiakta, Marilou and Belcher, Anndrena. See Telling Tales and For Old Time's Sake.
Birch, Carol. A Storytelling Treasury: Told at the 20th Anniversary National Storytelling Festival (at Jonesborough, TN). 5 cassettes. National Storytelling Network, 1994. Many kinds of stories, including Hardy Hardhead.
Carden, Gary. The Cherokee Stories. Audio cassette. Highland, NC: Media Divide, 1992. Contains "Uktena" and "The Nunnehi." Carden is a NC storyteller who worked with the Eastern band of the Cherokee for some years.
Carson, Rick. Giggles and Ghosts. Audio cassette. Elizabethtown, KY: Alpha Recording, 1991. A storyteller from Hamilton, Ohio tells how he got advice about storytelling and soaking up the flavor of the land from an old storyteller he met at the Jonesborough, Tennessee festival. The introduction blends into a tall tale about his impossible hunting adventures with this old man. Other tales told include "Soap, Soap, Soap," and "Wicked John and the Devil."
Chase, Richard. See AppLit's Richard Chase Bibliography for more detailed listing. Items based on Chase's work are no longer added to this page after 5/30/03.
Chase, Richard. "Jack and the Robbers." Pied Piper Productions, 1974. "Comments: The veteran poseur Richard Chase, who popularized Jack tales to a huge American public in the late '40s and '50s, narrates a Jack tale in App dialect." Information from Southern Mountaineers Filmography, Appalachian State University Libraries.
Chase, Richard. Richard Chase Tells Three "Jack" Tales from the Southern Appalachians. LP. Sharon, Conn: Folk-Legacy Records,1962. "Jack and the Three Sillies," "Jack and the Robbers," Jack and the Kings Girl" (about Jack's foolish behavior making the princess laugh). Jacket notes say Chase, "the Hans Christian Andersen of America," discovered Jack tales nearly 30 years before. His books give the Jack tales "written down much as he heard them told, but the printed page, for all of its magic, can offer only a pale replica of the story-tellers art. 'To get em right, youve got to hear em!'and to hear them right, one should hear them being told to children." Thus these tales were recorded live in a 2-room school in NE Tenn.with an audience of children.
Crabb, Gladys. Jack and the Mule Eggs and Other Jack Tales. CD. Musark, 2003. Told by a storyteller from Virginia and Georgia. Includes "Jack and the Mule Eggs,""Jack and the Bean Tree," "Jack & The King's Girl," "Jack and the Varmints."
Daboiku, Omope Carter. Stories from Around the World, Lesson #1. CD. Cincinnati, OH: Kaldy Studios, 2003. Five well-told stories from different countries by an African American Appalachian storyteller, including "Jack's Wife." The CD stresses the lessons about life that are learned in each story. When Omope told this tale at the 2003 Ironweed Festival, she also told a humorous story from her childhood in Ironton, Ohio.
Davis, Donald, and Ted Parkhurst. Going to Grandma's. CD. Little Rock, AR: August House Audio, 2002. "Going to Grandma's" (including "Old man Hawkins' Lucky Day") (27:56); "Jack and the Soap" (7:05); "The Time Jack Lost his Wishes" (10:08).
Davis, Donald. Grandma's Boy. 1 sound cassette (59 min.). Little Rock, AR: August House Audio, 1999. Recorded in Sevierville, TN. "Grandma's Boy" is "a vivid memoir" of childhood visits to Davis' grandmother's house. Side two contains "The Time Jack Made the King Mad."
Davis, Donald. Grandmas Lap Stories. Audio cassette. Little Rock, AR: August House Audio, 1995. Davis "weaves for a new generation the same tales his grandmother told him as he sat in her lap so many years ago" in "the heart of the Appalachian Mountains." Tales include "Working in the Garden," "The Little Red Hen," "Jack and the Animals," "Grandma's Farmyard," "The Pig Who Went Home on Sunday," and "The Little Old Woman Who Lived in a Syrup Can." In "Jack Poems," Davis discusses and recites "The House that Jack Built." Marketed for ages 3 to 7.
Davis, Donald. Jack Tales: More Than a Beanstalk. Weston, CT: Weston Woods, 1985. 1 sound cassette. 44 min. Includes "Jack and Old Bluebeard," "Jack Tells a Story," "Jack and the Silver Sword." WorldCat links these tales to Jack Tales collected by Richard Chase.
Davis, Donald. Jack's First Job. Little Rock, AR: August House Audio, 1993. 1 sound cassette. 56 min. Four tales from Davis' book Jack Always Seeks his Fortune: "Jack's First Job" (19:13), "Jack Seeks his Fortune" (9:57), "Jack Told a Big Tale" (13:43), "Jack Stole Some Cows" (12:45).
Davis, Donald. The Lighter Side of Jack: Five Stories. Cassette recording. Charlotte, N.C.: D. D. Davis, 1983. "Jack Cures the Doctor," "Jack Fools the Miller," "Jack's First Job," "Jack's Biggest Tale," "Jack's Two Rides."
Davis, Donald. Listening for the Crack of Dawn: A Master Storyteller Recalls the Appalachia of the 50's and 60's. Little Rock: August House. Audio Cassette, 1991. Audio CD, 2000. A former Methodist minister and professional storyteller tells four original stories based on his childhood in a small mountain town in NC. From the book with the same title. Includes a story of Christmas in Sulphur Springs.
Digital Library of Appalachia. Appalachian College Association. A collection of digital reproductions of print, visual, audio and video items from archives in colleges affiliated with ACA. Includes audio of storytellers such as Ray Hicks and Loyal Jones telling Jack Tales, audio versions of tales collected in 1949 and published by Leonard Roberts.
Ellis, Elizabeth. I Will Not Talk. Cassette recording. New Moon Rising, 1989. Contains Anani uses his head (11:00) -- The tailor and the Hudgin (7:02) -- Why sun rises slowly (4:42) -- Obedient Jack (6:04) -- Don't fall in my beans (13:02) -- Why cats wash after they eat (1:58) (Worldcat record).
Ellis, Elizabeth. Like Meat Loves Salt [and Other Tales]. Sound cassette. Dallas, TX: New Moon Rising, 1984. Contains "The Peddler's Dream," "Owl," "The Dancing Man," "The Magic Box," "Like Meat Loves Salt," "How Grandmother Spider Stitched the Earth and the Sky Together."
Ellis, Elizabeth. Mothers and Daughters, Daughters and Mothers. CD. Dallas, TX: Elizabeth Ellis, 2001. Includes a hymn and the myth about Demeter and Persephone, as well as other stories about mothers and daughters.
Ellis, Elizabeth. See also Homespun Tales and Tales of Humor and Wit and Twelve Moons Storytellers, below.
Folkstreams.net. A web site created by Tom and Mimi Davenport, folklorist Daniel Patterson, and others in 2002 "to build a national preserve of hard-to-find documentary films about American folk or roots cultures.... [and] to give them renewed life by streaming them on the internet." Includes Davenport's documentary films about Appalachia and other American films.
The Folktellers (Barbara Freeman and Connie Regan-Blake). White Horses and Whippoorwills. Asheville, NC: Mama-T Artists, 1983. Sound recording. 50 min. Tales include "Two White Horses" (9:22) by Elizabeth Seeman, "Old Drye Frye" (12:58) by Richard Chase, "Jazzy Three Bears" (1:50), "No News" (3:01), "Mountain Whippoorwill" (7:38) by Stephen Vincent Benet, "Oliver Hyde's Dishcloth Concert " (14:55) by Richard Kennedy.
For Old Time's Sake. Appalshop, 1989. Videocassette. 87 min. Presenter: Anndrena Belcher. A blend of storytelling, music, and dance designed especially for use in educational settings, including "Ashpet" (30 min.); "Bubble Gum Baby" (24 min.); "Jim Barton's Fiddle" (15 min.); Interview (18 min.).
Freeman, Barbara. See Folktellers, above, and Graveyard Tales and Storytelling the National Festival and Tales of Fools, below.
Goodman, Linda. Bobby Pins.
Grandfather's Greatest Hits. Whitesburg, KY: June Appal, 1900-1979? LP sound recording. Tales from Chase's Grandfather Tales: "Soap, Soap, Soap," "Gallymanders, Gallymanders," "Chunk of Meat," "Mutsmag," "Two Old Women's Bet." With voices of Don Baker, Jeff Kiser, Marcia McIntosh, Jane Moody, Jack Wright, Angie DeBord, Frank Taylor. Roadside Theater (WorldCat information).
Graveyard Tales. Audio cassette. Jonesborough, Tenn.: National Association for the Preservation and Perpetuation of Storytelling, 1984. 45 min. Little Rock: August House, 1992. Live from the National Storytelling Festival. Five ghost stories and one poem. " Recommended in review by P. Hoffman in Wilson Library Bulletin, vol.66 (May 1992): p. 74. (Information from MediaRevDigest). Includes "The Skeleton Woman," told by Gayle Ross, "The Ghoul" by the Folktellers: Barbara Freeman and Connie Regan-Blake, "The Hole that will not Stay Filled" by Kathryn Windham, "Dead Aaron" by Mary Carter Smith, "The Woodcutter" by Laura Simms with Steve Gorn, "The Monkey's Paw" by Jackie Torrence.
Greene, Gary. Tales from the Enchanted Land of the Cherokee. CD. [Kingston, Ga.?]: G. Greene, 2004. Contents (from Worldcat): Introduction, "Rabbit and Old Man Flint," "Why Possum's Tail is Bare," "The Legend of the Corn Beads." "Spearfinger," "Why Owl Has a Spotted Coat," "The Ravel Mockers," "The Little People," "The Return of the Iceman," "Cherokee Names," "The World is Full of Stories," Bonus track: "The Wolves Within" (a Lakota Sioux story).
Hackworth, Dianne. Tales & Tunes. Audio cassette. Contains "Jack & The Frogs," "Don Gato," "Possum & Snake," "The Fox," "You Talk Too Much," "Jack & The King's Girl," "Cat Came Back," "Chipper," "Father Grumble." Description at Dianne's Storytelling Site. See also The Jack Tales Festival and Mountain Tales.
Hamilton, Mary. Haunting Tales. Audio cassette. Frankfort, KY: Hidden Spring, 1996. CD. 2001. Includes "Tailypo," "Sop Doll." Click on her name for other information and recordings in Hamilton's web site.
Hamilton, Mary. Stepping Stones: Stories for Ages 4-10. Audio cassette. Louisville, KY: Hidden Spring, 1992. An international collection that includes a tale called "Jack and the Wishgiver."
Hamilton, Mary. Some Dog and Other Kentucky Wonders. Audio CD. Frankfort, KY: Hidden Spring, 2001. Contents: "Lazy Jack"; "Stormwalker" (based on Roberta Mae Brown's true story recorded in her book The Walking Tree and Other Scary Stories); "The Farmer's Daughter"; "Some Dog," a tall tale that includes an incredible "split dog"; "Jeff Rides the Rides," a funny family anecdote; "Jump Rope Kingdom," a childhood memory about learning to jump rope that contains children's schoolyard and jump rope rhymes.
Hicks, Orville, and Hicks, Ray - see separate page on these famous storytelling cousins from NC, and other storytellers from their family.
Hider, Sam. Cherokee Legends. Audio cassette. Indian Legend Series. Various Indian Peoples Pub., 1991. ca. 25 min. Contains "The Rabbit and the Bear" and "Why the Hog's Tail is Flat."
Homemade Tales: Songs and Sayings of Florida Slone. Dir. Anthony Slone and Angelyn DeBord. Appalshop, 1993. 28:00 minutes. "This documentary includes Florida's remembrances of her early years of struggle. She is shown imitating bird and animal sound, and singing songs she has made up about the natural world around her. She tells stories about witches who lived near her as a girl, and speaks of the visions and premonitions that guided her as she raised six children" in Knott County, KY.
Homespun Tales: A Homecoming Collection. LP recording, with Doc McConnell, Kathryn Tucker Windham, Donald Davis, Jackie Torrence, and Elizabeth Ellis. Jonesborough, TN: National Association for the Preservation and Perpetuation of Storytelling, 1986. "Produced in celebration of Homecoming '86 with funds provided by the Homecoming '86 Office of the State of Tennessee and the Tennessee State Library and Archives through the Library Services and Construction Act, Title I." Tales are "The Snake and the Frog," "The Farmer Who Vanished," "The Crack of Dawn," "Wiley and the Hairy Man" "The Foolish Bet," "The Peddler's Dream."
Howard, Gregg. Grandfather's Stories. CD. Richardson, TX: VIP Pub., 1998. Contents, told by Cherokee Gregg Howard: Introduction, "Origin of Fire," "The Ballgame of Animals and Birds," "Why Mole Lives Underground," "Why Rabbit has a Short Tail," "Why Possum's Tail is Bare," "Little Turtle," "Why Bat Flies at Night."
Howard, Gregg, and Nash Hernandez. Tales of Wonder Traditional Native American Stories for Children. CD. Dallas, TX: Rich-Heape Films, 1998. Also Heape, Steven R., Chip Richie, Gregg Howard, Nash Hernandez, and Kathleen Raymond Roan. Tales of Wonder: Traditional Native American Fireside Stories. VHS video. Dallas, TX: Rich-Heape Films, 1998. 60 min. Cherokee tales told by Cherokee Gregg Howard: "Rabbit & the Bear ," "Rabbit's Short Tail," "Why Possum's Tail is Bare," "The Ruby Necklace," "How Deer Got his Antlers," "Pleiades & the Pine," "Little Gray Bat," "Little Turtle," "Origin of Fire," Conclusion. DVD 2004 contains additional tales.
Hush Little Baby. Weston, Conn: Weston Woods Studio, 1970. LP recording. Songs include "Billy Boy" by Richard Chase, "Casey Jones" by Glen Rounds, "Mommy, Buy Me a China Doll" from book by Aliki.and Harve Zemach. Performers Jennifer Brown and Ann Markussen. Also issued as four filmstrips with four booklets, 1974 (WorldCat).
Jack in the City. Video produced and directed by Jean Donohue. Covington, KY: Media Working Group, 1999. Author Gurney Norman was a participant in this multimedia project, which studied Appalachian culture in urban Appalachian, working with traditional tales about Jack and Molly/Mutsmag. The video "interweaves some of the Jack tales in an evening of song and story with the oral histories of Appalachians who have moved to the city of Covington, Kentucky" (Worldcat).
The Jack Tales Festival. 2002. Includes "Big Jack & Little Jack" by Connie Regan-Blake, "Jack's First House" by David Joe Miller, Jack & the Frogs by Dianne Hackworth, "Mutsmag" by Charlotte Ross, and "Jack and the Doctor's Girl" by Orville Hicks. Videotape from the 4th annual festival to benefit the Ray and Rosa Hicks fund, August 17, 2002, at Bolick Pottery and Traditions Pottery, near Blowing Rock, NC. For more information, see page The Latest Tale. . . . by Dianne Hackworth in Dianne's Storytelling Site, or call 336-877-4110.
John Henry. At this link AppLit's Annotated Folktale Index gives many recorded songs and retellings of the John Henry legend.
Jones, Ron. Do Tell! Cabin Tales from the Mountainside. Durham, NC. Includes "The Toe" (a jump tale), "Uncle Jake and his Pet Rattlesnake" (from a joke Glenn Rounds told Jones); "Caleb and Sara" (based on Richard Walser's North Carolina Legends, with an original ballad), and "Jack and the Two Bottles." In the latter, this North Carolina storyteller adapted a tale about Clever Peter from a Howard Pyle book and tells it as a Jack tale. Jack is considered "not very smart" at the beginning of this tale. Walking to the city to sell eggs, Jack finds a magic door in a tree. Audio clips at these links in Jones' web site.
Lawson, Patty Hatfield. Perfect Quilts and Burnt Coffee. 2002. Sold by CDBaby. A native of rural East Tennessee, who is a psychologist and therapist as well as a storyteller and teacher, tells four stories about her farm family and rural culture in the 1950s and 1960s.
Lawson, Patty Hatfield. Aunt Ruby's Funeral Trip. 2005. Sold by CDBaby. Five stories, including "The Melungeon Gift," a "tribute to a Melungeon farm hand named Lidgie."
Lepp, Bil. Buck Meets the Monster Stick. Audiobook on CD. Atlanta: August House Audio, 2007. "Remember the monster stick? The greatest-and most dangerous-fishing rod ever? What about Buck, who simply 'ain't no ordinary dog'? Anyone who has seen the Lepp boys perform or read their book, 'The monster stick' will never forget them. In this recording, we revisit West Virginia with Bil Lepp as he tells some of the stories that made his brother Paul and himself repeat winners of the West Virginia State Liars Contest" (Worldcat).
Lomax, Alan. See Appalachian Journey.
Littlejohn, Kathi Smith. Cherokee
Legends I and Cherokee Legends II. Cherokee, NC: Cherokee Communications,
1992. Tales told by a Cherokee storyteller, with background music.
Long, Maud. Folklore of the United States. Jack Tales I and II. Told by Mrs. Maud Long of Hot Springs, NC. Ed. Duncan Emrich. LP. Washington: Library of Congress, Division of Music, 1947.
I. Introduction to Jack Tales, "Jack and the Drill," "Jack and the Sop Doll," "Jack and the Bull"
II. "Jack and the Giants New Ground," "Jack and the Varmints"
Jacket notes say Long "tells the tales in much the same way they were told to her by her parents." Her mother, Mrs.Jane Gentry, had sung for the British folklorist Cecil Sharp.
MacDonald, Margaret Read. Folktales of Peace. Oral Traditions, V. 1.Videotape. Seattle: JRB Motion Graphics, 1996. Also released by Early Autumn Pictures Corporation, 1996, and Akron, PA: Mennonite Central Committee, 1995. "A collection of three stories, one a Limba tale from West Africa ["Strength"], one an Iroquois story from North America ["Argument Sticks"] and one an Appalachian tale from eastern United States. The stories are from the book, Peace Tales: World Folktales to Talk About by Margaret Read MacDonald (Linnet Books, 1992)" The Appalachian tale is "Agreeing to Get Along: Two Foxes, a Tale from Appalachia" as told by Pam Nolte: "an Appalachian story of two foxes and their search for the foundation of friendship that does away with fussing, fighting and quarreling. These are folktales from cultures around the world, reflecting different aspects of war and peace" (Worldcat).
MacDonald, Margaret Read. Tricksters, Fools, & Heroes. From Teller to Teller. Sound cassette. Ballwin, MO: ACTS, 1989. "A program of an 108th American Library Association annual conference preconference sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children and entitled: Tricksters, fools and heroes: how to evaluate, appreciate and use folklore collections for children." Contributors include Margaret Mary Kimmel, Jane Yolen, Barre Toelken, Margaret Read MacDonald, Anne Pellowski, and Carol Birch (Worldcat).
Mountain Tales with Charlotte Ross, Dianne Hackworth, & Orville Hicks. Dianne Hackworth, 1998. "This video includes 2 hours of tales from the Appalachian Region." Orville Hicks tells "Red Devil Suit," Jack and the Varmints," "Two Uncles and Their Horses," "Mule Eggs," "Jack and the Three Sillies." Dianne Hackworth tells "Here's To Cheshire"; "The Hoe Handle, Snake, and Barn"; "Old Dry Frye"; "Chipper." Charlotte Ross tells "Catherine Sherrill" and "The Cabin." Info. with photos at Dianne's Storytelling Site.
Mountain Tales by Roadside Theater. 1 33 1/3 rpm, mono. sound disc (36 min.). Whitesburg, KY: June Appal Recordings, 1980. Contents: Jim Wolf [story] -- Cripple Creek [song] -- Fat or Lean [story] -- Fat Man [story] -- Thousand Legged Worm [song] -- Cat and Rat [story] -- Old Smokey [song] -- Three Gold Nuts [story] -- Handsome Molly [song].
Mountain Talk. Dir. Neal Hutcheson. Executive Producers Walt Wolfram and James W. Clark. Narrated by Gary Carden. North Carolina Language and Life Project and NC State Humanities Extension Publications, 2003. Contains hundreds of interviews on language and life of Appalachia, including storytellers such as Orville Hicks.
New York Times Company. Jack and the Witch; The Ghost Fox. American fables. Filmstrip. New York: New York Times, 1970. "An Indian fable and a tale from Appalachia tell about early life" (Worldcat). These tales also appear with others, including "John Henry," in a filmstrip series American Fables, produced Westminister, MD: Random House Media, 1969. Also in filmstrip American Folk Tales. Look, Listen & Learn, Inc., distributed by International Book Corp., 1969.
Norman, Gurney. Ancient Creek: A Jack Tale. Sound recording. Whitesburg, KY: June Appal Recordings, 1976. With "King Condominium the Third" (24:20), "The Last Panther in Eastern Kentucky" (15:08), "The Prisoners" (24:20), "Jesse Bull" (8:06), "The Ceremony" (22:00). Performers Gurney Norman and Si Kahn, Roadside Theater. Released as CD in 2012 with publication of Gurney's novella Ancient Creek, by Old Cove Press.
Ramsey, Gwynn W. Folktales, Songs, and Poems of the Southern Appalachians. Audiobook on cassette. Lynchburg, Va.: Gwynn W. Ramsey, 2002. Includes the same tales as in Telling Six Tall Tales (below) as well as other tales, songs, and legends.
Ramsey, Gwynn. Telling Six Tall Tales from the Southern Appalachians. 199? VHS videocassette. 30 min. color. 1. The Split Dog. 2. The Norther and the Frogs. 3. Pat and the Mule Eggs. 4. Pat and the City Billies. 5. The Snake Bit Hoe Handle. 6. The Big Toe. Told by Gwynn Ramsey, Professor of Biology Emeritus at Lynchburg College. This information is from the Randolph Macon Women's College Video List.
Regan-Blake, Connie. See Folktellers, Graveyard Tales, and The Jack Tales Festival on this page. See also her web site at this link for other recordings and audio clips.
Regan-Blake, Connie. Dive-Into Stories: A Telling Performance. Audio CD. Asheville, NC: Storywindow Productions, 2006. Contents: "Lantern," a funny tall tale about two girls telling fishing tales; "The Foolish Bet"; "Two Friends and One Horse, "a folktale told in Israel about making peace"; "Rice Balls," a Japanese tale about a hungry old woman outsmarting hungry and perpetually hungry ogres; and "Lucky Duck," a true story about a mentally retarded man and a social worker. "Ray's Amazing Grace" tells of Regan-Blake's close friendship with Ray Hicks and his family.
Regan-Blake, Connie and The Kandinsky Trio. Tales of Appalachia: Stories and Chamber Music. Salem, VA: Flat Five Press and Recording, 2004. Regan-Blake tells "The Cantankerous Blacksmith" (Wicked John) with music by Mike Reid, and "Big Jack, Little Jack." She cites Ray Hicks, Barbara Freeman, and Richard Chase as her influences in this fascinating retelling of "Wicked John" with music. She notes that Ray Hicks called the second tale "Lucky Jack and Unlucky Jack" and that it also appears in Chase's The Jack Tales. The trio (Alan Weinstein, Elizabeth Bachelder, and Benedict Goodfriend) also plays "Dark Eyes" (a Russian folk song) and "Gypsy Medley (blending the Russian "Kolinka" and a Hungarian tune).
Roberts, Leonard. Raglif, Jaglif, Tetartlif, Pole [and Other Tales from Appalachian Tradition]. Audiocassette. Berea, KY: Appalachian Center, Berea College, 1993. Side 1. Raglif, Jaglif, Tetartlif, Pole, Irishmen Tales, Jack Outwits the Giant, Riddles. Side 2. Daniel Boone's Hunting Trip, Jack and the Bull Strap, Remarks by Dr. Roberts on Appalachian Region.
Ross, Charlotte. See The Jack Tales Festival and Mountain Tales.
Ross, Gayle. For other tales recorded by Cherokee storyteller Gayle Ross, see AppLit bibliography at this link.
Ross, Gayle. How Rabbit Tricked Otter and Other Cherokee Animal Stories. The Parabola Storytime Series. Caedmon Audio Cassette, 1996. A Cherokee storyteller from Texas, daughter of Cherokee leader John Ross, tells tales of Rabbit, the Cherokee trickster hero, from a time with animals and people spoke the same language. For details on the book, see Appalachian Folktale Collections.
Rucker, Sparky, with Rhonda Rucker. Patchwork Tales: Stories From the Rucker Performance Archives. An African American North Carolina storyteller tells "The Tricksters," "Long John," "Bootlegger's Blues," "Against the Law," "Airborne!!!" "Goin' Fishin'," "Brer Rabbit and Sister Hornet," "Tailypo," "Chain Gangs and Donuts," "Here Rattler! Here." Maryville, TN. No date is given but orders are taken from the Rucker web site.
Salsi, Lynn. The Appalachian Jack Tales Audiobook. CD. Terra Alta, WV: Headline Kids, 2013. NC storyteller and author Salsi tells "Jack and the Dragon" and "Jack and the Giants."
Sloan, Raymond. Audio recordings by a Franklin County, VA, storyteller and folklore collector for the WPA are in the Blue Ridge Institute, Ferrum, VA, and in the Appalachian College Association's Digital Library of Appalachia. "Jack and his Lump of Silver" is the one Jack tale he remembered.
Slone, Florida. See Homemade Tales, above.
Stories from the Mountain: Appalachian Folk Tales and Traditions. 1 sound cassette. Author Jim Thompson. Reader Donovan H Bond. Bruceton Mills, WV: Unicorn Limited, 1993.
Storytelling the National Festival. 2 LPs (c. 95 min.). Jonesborough, Tenn.: National Association for the Preservation and Perpetuation of Storytelling, 1983. Contains (not all by Appalachian storytellers): Side 1. Count those Buzzards / Kathryn Windham (1 min., 35 sec.) -- Elvira and Henry / Jackie Torrence (9 min., 50 sec.) -- The Bubble / Jay O'Callahan (3 min., 43 sec.) -- The Coin / Cora Bardwell (55 sec.) -- Joseph / Michael Parent (7 min., 51 sec.) -- Side 2. No News / The Folktellers (3 min., 2 sec.) -- Jack Seeks his Fortune / Donald Davis (10 min., 28 sec.) -- Nazrudin / Pleasant DeSpain (4 min., 53 sec.) -- Desert Pete / Lee Pennington (2 min., 55 sec.) -- Side 3. The Princess and the Frog / Ed Stivender (8 min., 35 sec.) -- The Seer of Lublin's Shirt / Diane Wolkstein (5 min., 21 sec.) -- Tucker's Knob / Doc McConnell (3 min., 49 sec.) -- Great Splash / Ray Hicks (1 min., 7 sec.) -- Priests of Mungret / Maggie Peirce (4 min., 2 sec.) -- Side 4. Martin and the Snakes / David Holt (6 min., 46 sec.) -- The Baker's Smell / Heather Forest ( 2 min., 59 sec.) -- Romeo and Juliet / Henry Hatch ( 9 min., 8 sec.) -- Perceiving the Godhead / Gayle Ross (4 min., 11 sec.) -- The Storyteller / Ron Evans (1 min., 33 sec.) Also in 2 Audio cassettes (116 min.).
Tales of Fools and Wise Folk. Cassette tape. Jonesborough, TN: National Association for the Preservation and Perpetuation of Storytelling, National Storytelling Press, and August House Publishers, 1991. c. 50 min. "In these classic tales, the honest win rewards while the evil do themselves in, rubes get the best of Ph.D.'s, and a poor young adventurer finds a helpmate with powerful magic" (WorldCat). Recorded live at the National Storytelling Festival. The seven tales by different storytellers include "Old Dry Frye" told by Barbara Freeman, "Jack and the Northwest Wind" told by Jackie Torrence, and "The Poor Man and the Rich Man's Purse" told by Mary Hamilton.
Tales of Humor and Wit. Cassette tape. Jonesborough, TN: National Association for the Preservation and Perpetuation of Storytelling, National Storytelling Press, and August House Publishers, 1991. c. 50 min. Contents: Obedient Jack / Elizabeth Ellis and Gayle Ross -- The Walkin' Catfish / Doc McConnell -- How the Rhinosaurus Got his Skin / Carol Birch -- The Hog-o-phone / David Holt -- Cinderella / Ed Stivender -- The $50,000 Racehorse / Hannah McConnell Gillenwater -- Sketches of Nostalgia / Gamble Rogers (Worldcat).
Tall Tales of the Blue Ridge Mountains: Stories From the Heart of Appalachia. Ray Hicks, Donald Davis, Sparky Rucker. Dir. Phillip Williams. Videocassette. Asheville, NC: Eastern National Park and Monument Association, 1992. c. 42 min. Music by Sparky and Rhonda Rucker.
Jean Haskell Speer of E. Tenn. State Univ. introduces Appalachian storytelling and the three NC storytellers. She calls Hicks a "repository of ancient tales, local lore, and distinctive mountain speech."
Hicks was filmed at his mountain home with his wife and others around the kitchen table, telling two first-person tall tales. First is a hunting story in which he jokes about the prey making the mistake of landing on his shoulder. The second is about gathering apples during the long walks of his youth. He claims the apple tree acted as if it was trying to get its apples back, like a dying person who doesn't want others to get his property.
Davis, at a general store in Pensacola, NC, tells two family stories. One is a tall tale about Uncle Frank's foxhound named Rainy Weather, whose movements while chasing a fox are traced as it jumps over and around trees and fences that were removed from the field years before. Then it goes to Baltimore and breaks into a store to chase an old fox coat. The dog's owner asks to buy the old coat instead of paying more for the dog to be shipped home, knowing that the dog will follow the coat home. His second tale is about amusing arguments between Uncle Mark and Aunt Esther, who was in charge of their household. Uncle Mark insists on calling city cousins from Richmond Yankees because they are from the north and "spit white."
Tell Me a Story - series of storytelling videos; see also Williams below.
Tell Me a Story. Vol. 1. Videocassette. Hometown Entertainment, 1995. 60 min. Live performances from the 20th Anniversary National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn. (storytellers aren't Appalachian). David Novak (from Calif.) uses string in amazing and humorous ways to tell "Jack and the Beanstalk" and performs "The Itsy Bitsy Spider," Ed Stivender (from PA) tells "Brer Possum," Rex Ellis (Williamsburg, VA) tells "The Girl with Large Eyes" (from Julius Lester's Black Folktales), Jon Spelman (from MD) tells "The Necklace," Jackson Gillman (from New England) tells "I was Right, I was Wrong," Johnny Moses (Tulalip Native American, B. C.) tells "The Boy Who Wished for a Bicycle," and Bob Jenkins (from Calif.) tells "The Man Who Wanted Incredible Things."
Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song. Dir. Dudley Cocke, Anne Lewis, and Susan Wehling. Appalshop,1985. 29 min.
The video "showcases the work of three theater companies that performed together
in the mid-1980s to celebrate cultural pluralism and bring theater from diverse
cultural traditions to underserved audiences. Members of Junebug Productions, A
Traveling Jewish Theatre, and Appalshop's Roadside Theater are seen in this
program in performance excerpts, interviews, and playing to a group of Calhoun
County, Alabama fifth and sixth graders."
Telling Tales. KY Educational TV series of folktale programs. See http://www.ket.org/education. for information on programs and videos. Teacher's Guide online (Part One,with Table of Contents; Part Two) contains summaries of each tale and discussion questions and activities. In addition to four African-American tales, the Appalachian tales and tellers are:
By Anndrena Belcher: Ashpet, a mountain version of the Cinderella story; Mutsmag, the story of a humble gift and a brave little girl; Balaam Foster's Fiddle/The Banjo and the Loom, a tale about a pact with the devil, plus a poem; Hardy Hard Head, a "Jack tale" in which Jack bets with a witch; The Two Gals, a story about a good sister and a bad sister; Passing It On, a documentary about the storytelling tradition with Appalachian folklorist Anndrena Belcher.
By Tom Bledsoe, Rich Kirby, and Joy D'Elia: Wicked John, the story of a really mean man, told by Appalachian storytellers and musicians; Jack and the Magic Mill, a cautionary tale about greed, which is also a pourquoi tale about why the sea is salty.
By Tom Bledsoe and Rich Kirby: Jack and the Giants, a "Jack tale" which pits Jack against four giants; Soap, the tale of a forgetful little boy and how forgetfulness gets him into trouble, and Cat and Rat, a story collected by Leonard Roberts of how the rat lost his tail and got it back again.
By Marilou Awiakta: Rising Fawn and the Fire Mystery, a tale about cultural identity from Choctaw history, told by a Native American storyteller; Little Deer and Mother Earth, a Cherokee tale with an environmental message.
Thompson, Jim, and Donovan H. Bond. Stories from the Mountain: Appalachian Folk Tales and Traditions. Bruceton Mills, WV: Unicorn Limited, 1993. Includes Jack tales.
Torrence, Jackie. Country Characters. LP and audio cassette. Chicago, Il: Earwig Music Co., 1983 and 1986. From an evening of storytelling live in Lexington, MA to benefit Arts Created Together. Recorded at Cary Hall, Lexington, MA. Includes Old Dry Frye, Wicked John and the Devil, Sop Doll, "The Maco Station Light," and "The Fiddler's Dram."
Torrence, Jackie. Jack Tales. Audiobook on tape. Columbia, MO: Nita, 1980.
Torrence, Jackie. Jackie Torrence—The Story Lady. Sound cassette. Weston, CT: Weston Woods, 1982. 47 min. Includes "Jack and the Varmints," "Tilly," "Brer Possum's Dilemma," "Kate the Bell Witch of Tennessee."
Torrence, Jackie. Jackie Torrence -- the Story Lady. Videocassette and DVD. Jonesborough, Tenn: National Storytelling Resource Center, 1979. "Jackie Torrence demonstrates storytelling techniques in her presentation of two stories": "The Monkey's Paw" and "Soldier Jack."
Torrence, Jackie. Jackie Torrence "The Story Lady": Two White Horses, a Mountain Tale. Videocassette. Curriculum Materials Center. Weston, CT: Weston Woods Studios, 1987. Producers Donald Fouser and Kenneth Fink. "Storyteller Jackie Torrence presents a tale of love, loyalty, death, and reunion, in which a child experiences the loss of her mother, her father's grief, and the strange behavior of two white horses unwilling to cross the bridge to the cemetery."
Torrence, Jackie. Legends from the Black Tradition. Audiobook on tape. Weston, Conn: Weston Woods, 1982. "The Legend of John Henry" (also "The Legend of Annie Christmas," "The Legend of Stag-o-Lee," "High John the Conqueror," "How Brer Rabbit Outsmarted the Frogs").
Torrence, Jackie. More Jack Tales. Audiobook on tape. Columbia, MO: Nita, 1980. "Jack is Young," "Jack is Old," "Jack Captures the Death Angel," "Jack Runs Away from Home with a Gang of Talking Animals," "Jack is Magical," "Jack is Lazy."
Torrence, Jackie. Mountain Magic Jack Tales I. Chicago Earwig Music, 1984. Audiobook on tape. Includes "Jack and the Northwest Wind." "Jack and the Three Sillies," "Jack and the King's New Ground." Mountain Magic Jack Tales II, produced at the same time, contains "Soldier Jack" and "Jack Goes Out to Seek His Fortune." Both sets are included in a four-cassette set Jackie Torrence Tells Stories for Children. Chicago: Weston Woods, 1984, with Brer Rabbit stories and other classic tales for children (from The Story Lady recording, above), including "Jack and the Varmints" and "Kate the Bell Witch of Tennessee."
Torrence, Jackie. My Grandmother's Treasures. Audio recording. Description at August House (with audio file of "The Stawberry Pie"): "In these stories, recorded here for the first time, the woman known to audiences nationwide as 'The Story Lady' tells how some of the rough moments of childhood have helped smooth her way as an adult. Rich in details from her . . . youth, and leavened with humor, these stories recall lessons learned from gentle folk, and the rewards of a constant heart." Contains "My Grandmother's Treasure" 17:52, "The Big Cotton Patch" 6:45, "Miss Maetroy's Flower Bed" 6:43, "My Granddaddy's Haint" 7:36, "The Strawberry Pie" 8:40. The last story is about the storyteller's mother's childhood experience of taking a strawberry pie from the pie safe and being frightened into confessing. Torrence is from North Carolina east of Appalachia; she was influenced by Richard Chase's tales and also tells mountain stories.
Torrence, Jackie. Traditions: A Potpourri of Tales. Audiobook on Tape. Cambridge, MA: Rounder, 1994. "Presents six tales from African, African-American, Euro-American, and Appalachian traditions": "Sody Salleradus" (17:55), "The Fresher the Better" (7:30), "The Ku Bird" (6:23), "Why Spiders Hang in Corners" (10:03), "The Big Hairy Toe" (8:38), "Brer Rabbit Builds a House" (13:15).
Twelve Moons Storytellers, Gayle Ross, and Elizabeth Ellis. Twelve Moons. Cassette recording. Dallas: The Twelve Moons Storytellers, 1982. Contains "Sandy Raccoon," "He was a Stranger," "White Horse Girl and the Blue Wind Boy," "Tale of the Three Moustaches," Origin of the North Star," "When the Whale Sang among Us."
Twentieth Anniversary of the National Storytelling Festival: A Commemorative Documentary. Videocassette (20 min.) S. I.: Hometown Entertainment, 1995. Dir. David Coggeshall. "Storytellers from all over the world share their stories. . . Recorded live from Jonesborough, Tennessee, the National Storytelling Festival./ Participants: Storytellers: Carol Birch, Milbre Burch, Rex Ellis, Diane Ferlatte, Heather Forest, Jackson Gillman, Bob Jenkins, Syd Lieberman, Waddie Mitchell, Johnny Moses, David Novak, Jay O'Callahan, Michael Parent, Jon Spelman and Ed Stivender" (WorldCat).
An Unclouded Day: Stories and Songs of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. CD. North Carolina Language and Life Project and NC State Humanities Extension Publications, 2003. 60 min.
Vencill, Jerry. Tall Tales from Long Ago. JO-NAH PRODUCTIONS (P.O. Box 338, Pounding Mill, VA 24637), 1997. Cover design by Ken Henderson. "56 minutes of stories, songs and riddles from the 1800's and early 1900's, told by Jerry 'Old Jonah' Vencill and set in the Appalachian Mountains with mountain music and scenes of the past." (Back of Video Box)
Voices of Memory. Authors John Morgan and Richard Smith. Performers Greg Jowasis, Jim Slone, Stanley Hicks, Ray Hicks, Bob Hutchison. Videocassette (60 min.). Lexington, KY: The Kentucky Network, 1989. Summary: "Focuses on the importance of the oral tradition as the only voice of a people's memory, specifically the Cherokee Indians."
Wheeler, Billy Edd. Some Mountain Tales about Jack. Told and sung by Billy Edd Wheeler. Spoken Arts Cassette Library for Young Listeners, 1980. Vol. III contains "Jack and the Doctors Daughter," "Jack and the Heifer Hide," "Jack Goes A-Swappin," "Jack and the Wild Animals."
"Why the Possum's Tale is Bare." In Powell, Patricia Hruby. Hans & Gret: The Rap and Other Stories from Around the World. Sound Cassette. Tuscola, IL: One Plus One, 1996.
Williams, Michael "Badhair." Tell Me a Story. Vol. 5. Videocassette. Irwindale, CA: Barr Entertainment, 1986. 30 minutes. A professional North Carolina storyteller who does great character voices tells stories to a small group of children. Includes "Muts Mag," "Old One-Eye" and a short song, "Turkey in the Straw." Tales are from Richard Chase's Grandfather Tales. Cartoon-like drawings illustrating the plot are shown occasionally during the storytelling. Also released by Butterside Studios as a cassette tape, 1986.
Williams, Michael "Badhair." Tell Me a Story. Vol. 6. Videocassette. Irwindale, CA: Barr Entertainment, 1986. 25 minutes. Williams tells "Wicked John" and "Soap, Soap, Soap" to a group of children.
Womack, Daniel. Audio recordings by an African American storyteller and singer of spirituals are available in the Blue Ridge Institute, Ferrum, VA, and in the Appalachian College Association's Digital Library of Appalachia."He grew up in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and lived in Roanoke for most of his life." He tells animal tales as well as family stories and personal/historical reminiscences.
Ywahoo, Dhyani. Audio cassette. Cherokee Teaching Stories. Bristol, VT: Sunray Meditation Society, 1990. Contents: "The Story of Magic Lake," "Immortals Among Us" and "The Coming of the Fire."
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