November 4, 2017, 7:30 pm: Pioneer Tales: Choose Your Own Adventure
You don’t have to have survived the Oregon Trail to be a pioneer.
This evening, Holly Robison, Patrick Gannon, and Avery Hill share stories and songs of people throughout time who were willing to take a risk. Willing to try something new. These stories include personal, family, and historical narratives featuring characters ranging from suffragettes to suffering stepfathers; from County Mayo, Ireland to Independence Rock, Oregon. It’s an adventure for everyone!
Patrick Gannon is a retired, elementary schoolteacher who taught mostly third grade. As a five year member of the Portland Storytellers Guild, he is practicing the education principle “We are all life-long learners.” He is exploring the genre of oral storytelling. Patrick enjoys telling a variety of stories. He likes sharing the biographies of little known people and obscure but meaningful, historical events. In keeping with his experience as an elementary school teacher, he also shares childrens’ stories.
Hailing from a small town in northern Wisconsin, he was raised as the oldest of 9 children. Patrick is the father of two adult daughters and the proud grandfather of an 18 month old grandson.
Holly Robison grew up in New Mexico. “I told stories of my daily adventures to my mom every day after school. My parents say my siblings didn’t get a word in at the dinner table until I moved out! I always wanted to be a performer. I found the spotlight on stage whenever I could, singing, acting and dancing with two left feet. I love the magic that happens when stories are told on stage that capture the imaginations of everyone in the theater! I was studying Theater at BYU when I took a storytelling class and realized I could create that magic as a storyteller. It was then that I found my passion! I hope that as I share stories others will catch the passion as well. I know that stories are what bind us together and heal our wounds.”
Avery Hill Bicknell — Family legend has it you could hear Avery Hill singing before she even came out. Since then, she has taken a winding road toward her present work in music, all the while developing her singular style of storytelling and songwriting by integrating stories of the past into her observations of life today.
Though Avery studied to be a school teacher, an environmental educator, and then a storyteller, all of these things eventually led her back to music, the thing she knows and loves best of all. Avery’s first full-length recording, titled Dreams & Ghosts: A Family Album, features songs inspired by her family’s history. Like a photo album, this recording presents musical snapshots of different times in history, reflecting on universal themes of growing up and being brave. Avery is also currently developing the songs of this album into a performance program of songs and stories, which was workshopped at the 2015 Fertile Ground Festival in Portland, Oregon.
“This emerging singer-songwriter has a memorable, lilting voice and is already penning songs that could someday be classics. She is an extraordinary young talent.” – Tom May, River City Folk
This show is a part of Portland Storytellers’ Guild monthly performances at The Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202.
Get tickets for Pioneer Tales: Choose Your Own Adventure [Link coming soon] for Saturday, November 4 at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm) in the Clinton Street Theater.