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Barry Gray Bio
Barry was born and raised, and graduated from high school in Rossland, a seventh son, which, if legend is to be believed, endows him with unusual good luck at the least, and perhaps even mystical powers !
Notwithstanding his High School reputation as master joke teller, Barry Gray’s involvement with the Art of Oral Storytelling began during his training in Dornach, Switzerland to become a Waldorf School teacher. Storytelling is a formal offering at the teacher’s college.
His storytelling skills were honed during fifteen years of teaching.
In 1998 Barry was the founding storyteller at the Kootenay Storytelling Festival in Procter, BC and told at that festival every year for as long as it ran. He is also a founding member of the Nelson Storytelling Guild. He told four times at the Slocan Valley’s festival WORD OF MOUTH. With funding from the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, Barry has conducted storytelling workshops in schools in Crescent Valley, Winlaw, Slocan City, The Whole School, Crawford Bay, Yahk and the Ktunaxa First Nations school in Creston. He has also told stories in most other schools in the West Kootenays and at many other events and venues.
Barry is also a published author. He is currently working on a new book of stories, as well as various projects with Wayne Krewski, including a series of ad-libbed, on the spot stories for broadcast on RidgeRadio. Barry is also a pretty good harmonica player and is working with Wayne on some musical projects.
Word Of Mouth <> Two performances by Barry at the Word Of Mouth festival at Passmore Lodge in 2006 and 2008
The Journey <> Barry’s Advent story
Truth And Reconciliation <> Barry's essay, written on the eve of Canada Day 2021
Canada Day 2021 <> The audio track of our Canada Day Session
Barrytales <> Barrytales is the soundtrack from a film Barry did with Wayne in 2007. We shot it from the chest up, against a black background. Barry was seated, so there was no movement, no arm or hand movement, just his voice and his face. It was remarkable how powerful his presence was ... it was like a master class in storytelling !