Adam Booth

Jefferson County


M.M. Music History (Case Western Reserve University)B. M. Music Composition (University of South Carolina)


About Adam Booth

Adam Booth travels the country sharing original and traditional Appalachian stories. As a professional teller for over ten years, Adam has told tales at major festivals and intimate house gatherings, with a repertoire that includes historical fiction, tall tales, ghost stories, witchlore, and fairy tales. His voice, both humorous and touching, is influenced by generations of diverse storytellers from West Virginia. He has also apprenticed with internationally-recognized storytellers, including Dovie Thomason and Elizabeth Ellis. In addition to creating and researching stories, Adam dedicates time to educate people of all ages about story crafting and story history, offering classes at universities, folk art schools, public schools, and private workshops.


I am a performance storyteller whose art blends traditional folklore, music, and an awareness of contemporary Appalachia. My storytelling appearances have included Teller-In-Residence at the International Storytelling Center, New Voice at the National Storytelling Festival, resident at the Banff (Alberta) Spoken Word program, a collaboration with the West Virginia Dance Company, and multiple events in seventeen states. Equally at home as a teller and educator, my research and presentations have included the Berea Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowship, Ghost Ranch, the National Storytelling Conference, the Appalachian Studies Association Conference, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Voices from the Misty Mountains summer seminars. My stories and recordings have been honored with two Parents’ Choice Silver Honors, three Storytelling World Awards and Honors, the NSN’s J.J. Reneaux Mentorship Grant, and four West Virginia Liars’ Contest wins. I teach Appalachian studies at Shepherd University and am the founder of the Speak Story Series. I am most at home sharing stories and music with the next generation of listeners and tellers throughout Appalachia.

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