adam booth

words artist & musician

Adam Booth is a young Appalachian storyteller and musician. Born and raised in West Virginia, the study of Appalachian history and culture lies at the heart of his award-winning work.

Adam Booth's storytelling blends traditional folklore, music, and an awareness of contemporary Appalachia. His original voice, both humorous and touching, is influenced by generations of diverse storytellers from West Virginia. His telling appearances include Teller-In-Residence at the International Storytelling Center, New Voice at the National Storytelling Festival, resident at the Banff Centre (Alberta) Spoken Word program, and multiple events in fifteen states. Equally at home as a teller and educator, his research and educational presentations have included the Berea Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowship, Ghost Ranch, the National Storytelling Conference, and the Appalachian Studies Association Conference. His stories and recordings have been honored with two Parents' Choice Silver Honor Awards, three Storytelling World Award recognitions, the NSN's J.J. Reneaux Mentorship Grant to work with Dovie Thomason, and four West Virginia Liars’ Contest wins.

Adam holds a masters degree in music history from Case Western Reserve University, a bachelors in music composition from the University of South Carolina, and completed additional music theory study at Cleveland Institute of Music. He has also studied folk music with old-time traditional Appalachian musicians. 

His presentations include a unique blend of story, education, and traditional and contemporary music. 

"A real West Virginia treasure." Nila Cobb, WVU 4-H Extension

 

Photographer: Katelyn Stoneberger