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Parents' Choice Awards : Audio : Storytelling
The Pooka and the Fiddler & Happy As Larry

The Pooka and the Fiddler & Happy As Larry

Spring 2006 Storytelling
Ages: 10 & Up
Producer: Colcannon
ISBN: 0976951800
CD Price: $15.00
Though loosely based on folktales, Mick Bolger’s original stories are told in poetic narrative style and delivered with refreshing charm. The Pooka and the Fiddler is the tale of young Sean Seamuisin, an untalented fiddle player who “found his own inner music” as a result of a dreamy journey. In the story about a king who didn’t smile, Happy as Larry explores the saying, “Giving the shirt off his back.” Larry gives so generously of his time and talents he literally becomes shirtless—leaving listeners with the subtle message that reducing one’s worldly possessions can often result in a feeling of personal satisfaction.

The musical and vocal accompaniment of the Colcannon: Jean Bolger (fiddle, concertina, bowed psaltry), Mick Bolger (vocals, bodhran, trombone), Mike Fitzmaurice (double bass, guitar, baritone ukelele, bass harmonica, tenor banjo, bad fiddle), Rod Garnett (18th and 19th century flutes, clarinet, fifes), Brian Mullins (guitar, mandolin, cittern, tenor banjo, tuba, bowed psaltry, flute, whistles), adds lovely layers to the stories’ charm and intrigue.

Dr. Flora Joy   ©2006 Parents' Choice
Flora has been described as a “founder” in the world of storytelling. The following are a few examples of programs or events that she began: (1) Storytelling World, an international journal for which Flora has continued to serve as editor since its first issue in the 1980s. This journal is currently part of NSN’s Storytelling Magazine. (2) The Annual Storytelling Resource Awards Program, (3) The National Storytelling Youth Olympics, and (4) The Master’s Degree Program in Storytelling at ETSU (where she taught for 41 years and is currently a Professor Emeritus). She has won many prestigious awards, including NSN’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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