The Liars Bench, a troupe of award-winning storytellers and musicians, will present “Tall Tales, Mountain Myths, & Flat-Out Lies” at the Franklin Folk Festival on Saturday, July 16, from 10 to noon and 1 to 2:30 p.m. The Liars Bench is an authentic traditional Southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, dramatic, and folk arts variety show. Founded in 2010 by storyteller, writer, and playwright Gary Carden, the group promotes and showcases all aspects of Southern Appalachian culture, continuing the grand tradition of true mountain folkways through down-home entertainment.
The July 16 performers include Carden, whose short story collection, “Mason Jars in the Flood,” won the 2001 Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year Award; Cherokee storyteller and historian Lloyd Arneach; folklorist, musician, and poet Barbara Duncan, recipient of the N.C. Folklore Society’s Brown-Hudson Folklore Award; and traditional folksinger, song writer, and mountain humorist Dave Waldrop.
The Liars Bench artists will perform in the spacious second floor hall of Peoples on the Square, Main Street at Iotla Street in downtown Franklin; just follow the “Tall Tales” signs. This program is sponsored by the Arts Council of Macon County, with funding from the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. Contact the Macon Arts Council for information, www.artscouncilofmacon.org, or (828)524-7683.