Hairy Toe Productions Hairytoeproductions@juno.com Lorem Ispum Dolor Lorem Ispum Dolor A life that has been dedicated to celebrating folk traditions in storytelling and roots music was recognized on May 2, when John appeared before the South Carolina General Assembly to accept the 2013 Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award. This award, the highest designation for traditional art in the state, was established in 1987 by the SC General Assembly to recognize outstanding practitioners and advocates of those art forms perpetuated over many generations in informal communities – the traditional arts. Lorem Ispum Dolor Lorem Ispum Dolor It’s Looking Like Another Blast This past year has been outstanding with the release of a new book and book tour, a concert tour, and the opportunity to tell at the National Storytelling Festival Exchange Place Stage. The year began with several wonderful school residencies in January. In February the much anticipated biography, Trotting Sally: The Roots and Legacy of a Folk Hero was released with outstanding reviews. Nearly two-hundred people came to the opening. A book tour followed with more then a dozen local and out of town appearances and special programs throughout the spring and summer months. In March John was asked back at Fair Oaks Elementary to conduct a week residency in storytelling, and in April he visited Inman Elementary not to mention conducting several programs and concerts at other schools. The Summer months were jaded with several book signings and concerts, along with a number of special speakers bureau programs. It was crazy! It was full swing in autumn with a concert tour in the midlands and coastal regions. In September John was a featured author signing books at the Barnes and Noble in Spartanburg and was  honored in being the host of the first storytelling gathering at Travelers Rest Baptist Church in Greer S.C. The festival featured The James Brothers; two African American brothers who told real life stories and sang gospel songs. John conducted an "on stage interview" with them, as well as some featured storytelling. John was also honored to be the featured storyteller and workshop leader at the South Carolina Storytelling Network Conference in Sumter. No doubt about it October was off the map. John traveled to Jonesbourgh Tennessee and preformed on the Exchange Place Stage. It was exhilarating!!!  Still on cloud nine John took the stage as host and storyteller at the prestigious Hagood Mill Storytelling Festival. In November he was a featured teller at several schools and local events, as well as conducting a lecture class at USC in Columbia. The year winded down with several Christmas programs not to mention a special program with friends at the Altamont Theater in Asheville.  What About This Year 2015 is looking like a blast. John is already booking shows and concerts at schools, libraries and concerts halls with several school residencies lined up. Expect to hear news about up coming appearances at Merlfest, Charleston Arts Festival, Asheville Storytelling Summer Series, Hagood Mill, and Conway Concert Series as well as numerous other events. Don't forget about the book. John will be doing several special signings and there is a follow up in the making for the end of the year. More about that later. It's going to be BIG.  Consider booking one of his fabulous shows. Just get in contact. It's that easy, so stay in touch. New Features on You Tube For several years John has been toying with the idea of catching with new you tube performances and features. It’s hard to believe almost ten years ago he was one of the first to up load videos. In fact you tube featured him. There are now brand new features to enjoy. So check the out at www.youtube.com . You can easily find him at Storyteller John Fowler. Make plans to visit often as other specials will be added.