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.