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Winter Storytelling Festival

Featured Teller Dan Keding

Dan Keding, storyteller of international acclaim, is well known for his telling of traditional world folktales, personal narratives of his boyhood in Chicago, ghost stories and dark tales, and superbly crafted original pieces. A well respected ballad singer, he accompanies himself on guitar, banjo and spoons. This combination of dynamic storytelling and powerful ballad singing has made him a festival favorite throughout the US, Great Britain and Ireland, endearing him to audiences of all ages.

In the summer of 2000, in recognition of his artistic achievements and his contributions to the art of storytelling, Dan was presented the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Network. Dan has been a featured performer at some of the most prestigious events in storytelling including The National Storytelling Festival, The Sidmouth International Folk Arts Festival (England), The Illinois Storytelling Festival, and The Texas Storytelling Festival. His love for story goes beyond the performance stage and into research, resulting in a unique masters degree from The University of Illinois at Springfield in the history and performance of traditional folktales and ballads. He currently writes a column on storytelling for Sing Out!, the folk music magazine.

Dan is a sought after workshop and seminar leader for teachers, librarians, and professional and amateur storytellers and has been a featured presenter at dozens of conferences. Among these are The National Storytelling Conference, The Once Upon a Time Storytelling Conference at Kent State University, The Florida Storytelling Camp, The Storytelling at the Edge Workshops in Shropshire, England and the International Storytelling Institute at East Tennessee State University.

Working as a performer and as an educator for close to thirty years, he has entertained students from pre-school through high school in countless assemblies and served as artist-in-residence for over 400 schools. In 1989 he received a Special Recognition Award from the Illinois Alliance for Arts Education and in 1993 was awarded a Distinguished Service Award from the Sun Foundation for the Arts & Environmental Sciences.

In 1999 his recording Rudy and the Roller Skate, original & traditional folktales and songs, won the American Library Association Notable Recording for Children Award.

Dan’s latest CD is The Gypsy Wagon and Other Neighborhood Tales, remembrances of a Chicago boyhood. In 2000, he recorded In A Dead Man’s Company, a CD of dark and ghostly stories that received The Storytelling World Winner Award as one of the best storytelling recordings in 2000. In 1998, three of Dan’s recordings won the Storytelling World Honor Award, Rudy and the Roller Skate, Strawberries in Winter, and Once Upon a Midlife, recorded with Janice Del Negro.

Dan has performed throughout the United States, Great Britain and Ireland appearing at festivals, schools, libraries, colleges and concert halls. He tells the old stories from times long ago and people almost forgotten and he tells the stories of his own journey and the people whom he will never forget. Folktales and fairy tales, myths and legends, original stories and personal narratives these are the tales of storyteller Dan Keding.


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