2015 Featured Storytellers & Musicians
Regi Carpenter - Mistress of Ceremonies
We are pleased to welcome Regi Carpenter back to our festival as our official emcee. With a bubbly personality and wonderful voice, Regi brings color and passion to every performance. Regi tells personal stories, folktales and her most recent piece, “Snap” won the Boston Story Slam. There’s never a dull moment when Regi takes the stage.
www.soaringstories.com | video
Considered by many to be the father of family stories, Donald Davis captures the heart and soul of his audiences through his tender and hilarious reminiscences of his childhood. Donald brings his stories to life through the use of animated gestures and telling facial expressions. His carefully crafted tales are full of twists and turns and delight audiences of all ages. We are so pleased to present a man who tells his stories so that you may discover your own tales. Appearing for the eighth time at the festival, Donald is definitely an Ojai tradition. www.ddavisstoryteller.com | video
Diane Ferlatte is at the forefront of the multicultural renaissance of the oral tradition as she augments inventive stagecraft with the actor´s skill at expression, gesture, and intense emotion, to create multiple characters for each story. Embracing her role as a traditional preserver of folk history, culture, and values, she weaves tales from many cultures using songs, sign language and percussive instruments. She is accompanied by Erik Pearson on guitar and banjo.
www.dianeferlatte.com | video
Andy Offutt Irwin
Some people have inner-kids. Andy Offutt Irwin has an outer-kid. With a manic Silly Putty voice, astonishing mouth noises, and hilarious stories, he is equal parts mischievous schoolboy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern balladeer. In storytelling circles, he is especially known for relating the adventures of his eighty-five year-old-widowed-newly-minted-physician-aunt, Dr. Marguerite Van Camp, a woman who avoids curmudgeonship by keeping her finger on the pulse of… well herself, but also the changing world around her.
andyirwin.com | video
Clare Muireann Murphy of Dublin is a contemporary storyteller and writer. Known for her lively physical style and playful wit... Her repertoire includes myths, legends, folklore, fables, contemporary personal tales & original stories. Her vocal range and stylish movement create an engaging experience for audiences of all ages.
www.claremurphy.org/ | video
Vijai Nathan is a comedian and storyteller who has performed in South Africa, England, Canada and at festivals in the United States. Her material comes from experiences as an Indian girl in America — raising two immigrant parents, dating boys with mothers who wished their sons could find a nice blonde girl named Tiffany, and the universal quest for love, understanding and a good pair of undies.
www.vijaicomedy.com | video
It’s mighty hard to envision singular performances by a poet and short story author, a character actor and a songwriter being offered on a single bill. That is, until one Minton Sparks takes the stage. For she is all three, a lean, literate livewire in a flower print church dress who balances writerly, theatrical and musical gifts as easily as she balances the prop pocketbook on her slender wrist. Minton Sparks fuses music, poetry, and her intoxicating gift for storytelling to paint word pictures of the rural South that put you square in the middle of the people and the places she knows like the back of her hand.
www.mintonsparks.com | video
Musical Picnics at the Bowl
Sgt. Pepper Band
One of Ojai's favorite bands, Sgt. Pepper performs music by the Beatles and other British Invasion artists. Come enjoy the good times as we travel back to one of music's most famous eras.
Alan Thornhill and Martin Young
Alan Thornhill: While his melodic playing captivates audiences of all ages, from concert halls to festival stages, it is simply a stunning accompaniment to what is called by many “one of the most beautiful voices ever heard.” Alan’s a singer admired by his peers and beloved by devoted fans and mesmerized first timers.
alanthornhill.com | video
Martin Young: Martin has written and performed with Jim Messina, Kenny Loggins, Kim Carnes and Hoyt Axton. Together Martin and Alan Thornhill opened shows for Taj Mahal, Kenny Loggins, Jackson Browne and many others.
video: Martin & Alan 2011