Handed Down: Bringing Appalachian Folk Tales To Life

REPORTING: MICHAEL EDWARD MILLER

Some stories are meant to be heard out loud–fables from oral traditions, such as the Jack Tales, which originated in Europe.  Immigrants brought Jack Tales to Appalachia, and more than sixty years ago, folklorist Richard Chase collected these tales and published them in print form.

Now these tales are being brought back to life as dramatic readings.  Kate Forbes, a professional stage and voice actress, has produced a 2-CD collection called Handed Down: Tales of Southern Appalachia.

Forbes, a Chattanooga resident, received a MakeWork grant from CreateHere to fund this project.  She used mostly local voices and produced it at a local studio, Sound Resources.

Listen to an interview with Kate Forbes about her audio book:

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