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Storytelling Takes Center Stage at Chester Arts & Literary Weekend Saturday Night


A highlight of the Chester Arts & Literary Weekend is a night of storytelling from the Connecticut Storytelling Center. Taking the stage at the Chester Meeting House (4 Liberty Street, Chester) on Saturday, February 10 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. will be three renowned performers: Jennifer Munro, Liz Gruber and Joe Flood.


Munro, the recipient of the Barbara Reed Award from the Connecticut Storytelling Center and the National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence Award, is a master storyteller whose funny, original stories will touch your heart, lift your spirits, and make you laugh. Per her website, “

As a child growing up in a large working-class family in the English Midlands, Jennifer fell in love with the spoken word.  Every Sunday, a cast of rogues, ne’er-do-wells, raconteurs, and heroes gathered around the family’s old wooden table to tell stories, share secrets, and gossip.  Their tales are the inspiration for Jennifer’s extensive repertoire of stories.  Poignant, funny, and profoundly moving, they are carefully crafted narratives that resonate with the frailty and courage of the human spirit.” 


As a storyteller, Liz Gruber has embarked on an ongoing exploration of world story traditions. Gruber relishes sharing the fruits of her wanderings: an eclectic mix of folktales, myths or her own tales created from her experiences or whole cloth. A form of storytelling Gruber often adds to her performances is Kamishibai, a method popular in Japan after WWII through which “the storyteller uses a “theater” frame and pictures while telling the story.”


Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joe Flood has traveled a long musical road.  He worked the streets of Paris with the Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band, wrote songs with Levon Helm of The Band, won a Gold Record for his work with Blues Traveler, and had on-stage and studio encounters with such giants of American music as Pinetop Perkins, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, and John Sebastian.  He’s released five albums under his own name and been featured prominently on several albums produced by Eric "Roscoe" Ambel; written and recorded with stalwart roots rockers the Bottle Rockets and producer/artist Jono Manson; had his song sung on the Conan O’Brien Show by country singer Laura Cantrell and had the thrill of hearing legendary jazz great Doc Cheatham soloing on a recording of another.  


Tickets ($10) for this benefit performance can be purchased online at the Connecticut Storytelling Center or at the door. For more information about the Chester Arts & Literary Weekend, go to Visit Chester CT.


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