Virginia barber shares stories, leads workshop at MC on Friday

April 10, 2002

On Friday, April 12, a storytelling performance and workshop will be held at Maryville College featuring Jim Lloyd with musical accompaniment. Lloyd's performance, which will combine storytelling with music, will be held at 3:30 in Isaac's student café located in Bartlett Hall. The event will conclude the Blue Ridge Undergraduate Research Conference.

Lloyd is originally from Lebanon, Va., and now lives in Rural Retreat, Va., where he is a local barber and vice mayor. The 38-year-old barber has never been to the College, but he does travel to Appalachian State University annually for performances. He will be offering his input about storytelling on the stage located in Isaacs' Café.

Many of Lloyd's stories deal with cultural heritage of southwest Virginia. He performs old-time music that accompanies his stories.

"He knows how to play the guitar, banjo, bass, fiddle," said David Ruble, a Maryville College senior from Rural Retreat. "If it has strings, he'll play it."

Lloyd's performance and the workshop is being coordinated by Ruble, the College's Humanities Department, Student Government Association and Impressions, the campus literary magazine.

Lloyd's performance will last about an hour. The storytelling workshop will follow the performance. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own stories to share.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.