Thursday, 24 January 2019

NEWS: Acclaimed authoress Joanne Harris brings her Storytime Band to Sale.


Internationally acclaimed author Joanne Harris brings her  Storytime Band to Waterside, Sale

There is a story the bees used to tell, which makes it hard to disbelieve….

Joanne Harris brings her musical storytelling show to Waterside in Sale, Trafford on Friday 1 March, combining original music, songs, images and stories.  The internationally acclaimed author, who is very active on Twitter, has made her live storytelling a popular phenomenon. From these stories, written from scratch in front of a Twitter audience, and sent out into the Twittersphere in segments of 140 characters, a whole book of stories has emerged – thought-provoking, funny, sad and completely original. 

Honeycomb, an illustrated collection of 100 dark and interconnected tales, will be published by Gollancz in the autumn of 2019. Meanwhile, Joanne and the Storytime Band have created #Storytime: a live show featuring tales from the book, plus image projections and music, as well as longer pieces based on her 2017 novella A Pocketful of Crows, and her new 2018 novella The Blue Salt Road.

Joanne Harris is known for her award-winning book Chocolat (later made into the Hollywood film starring Juliette Binoche), along with other best-selling novels, including The Gospel of Loki, Runemarks and Runelight. Her career also includes writing for TV, opera and musical theatre, and her work has been published in over 50 countries.

#Storytime (which premiered in 2016 as part of the Tête-à-Tête Festival) is intimate, engaging, quirky and darkly magical, will appeal to audiences of all ages, but especially lovers of folklore, fantasy and fairytale.

The Storytime Band is Paul Marshall on keyboards, vocals and guitar, Kevin Harris on drums, vocals and percussion; Matt Cundy on bass and effects and Joanne Harris on flute and vocals.

#Storytime takes place on Friday 1 March at 19:30 at Waterside in Sale, Trafford. Tickets at watersidearts.org or 0161 912 5616.

#Storytime carefully builds on the framework of the tales, bringing the band she’s been part of since her teenage years to perform at venues and festivals around the country ….a completely fresh, integrated whole that merges story, music and song … Harris and the musicians have created something wonderfully fresh that’s also deliciously deep and compassionate, a very rare combination.” (Chris Nickson, author)

Brave, evocative and pretty proggy stuff. Harris plays a mean flute, her band supply accomplished folk-prog textures, and surely there’s a concept album bursting to emerge from each enchanting story, of dream flowers, camel herders and undersea queens...” (Prog Magazine, August 2018)

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