RACHEL ANN HARDING
Traditional Storyteller and Musician, Rachel Ann Harding is passionate about telling the most beautiful folk, myth, and traditional tales.
Rachel Ann weaves story and song together to create unique and entertaining storytelling events, keynotes and workshops that display the relevance of storytelling in our lives. She believes that fairytales are not just for children and mesmerizes audiences with old tales woven into new adventures.
Rachel Ann Harding began singing and playing a variety of instruments in her early twenties, crafting lyrics laced with tenderness and humor. She blends harmonies on the ukulele and looper to create melodies that connect to the heart and the ear. Her music has been called, “delightful, folksy, avant garde.”
She is based in Boulder, CO and is so willing to travel.
So – what story would you like to hear?
Rachel Ann Harding is a storyteller and musician who is passionate about finding and telling the most beautiful folk, myth, and traditional tales. Rachel Ann weaves story and song together to create unique and entertaining storytelling events, keynotes and workshops that display the relevance of storytelling in our lives. She believes that fairytales are not just for children and has mesmerizes audiences with old tales woven into new adventures.
Rachel Ann Harding began singing and playing a variety of instruments in her early twenties, crafting lyrics laced with tenderness and humor. She blends harmonies on the ukulele and looper to create melodies that connect to the heart and the ear. Her music has been called, “delightful, folksy, avant garde.” She is based in Boulder, CO and is so willing to travel.
Rachel Ann is a consummate professional who puts a great deal of effort into planning each storytelling event. She’s on time, always perfectly prepared for every engagement and in my experience, is always incredibly well-received by the audience.
If you have an opportunity to hire a storyteller for your event, or you need a storyteller with pedagogic experience for your school, or you want to develop your skills as a storyteller yourself, Rachel Ann is precisely the right person for you.”
Suzanne Whitby – Whitby Global Solutions
“Rachel Ann tells the best stories!
Luke, age 5
The New Life Center hired Rachel Ann Harding to help my team create an emotionally driven storyline for a marketing video. Through a series of questions and reflection she helped us refine and clarify the target market and message to our audience. We appreciated her playing devils advocate and asking critical questions while coaching us to clarify what our customers needs would be and how we would serve them.
David Cope –A New Life Center
Rachel Ann was wonderful, engaging and informative. The workshop had a good pace and opportunity to practice and observe the subject matter. Really appreciate her promise to follow up with additional resources. It was a good opportunity to have questions answered.
Sarah A. – preschool classroom teacher
NOTABLE FESTIVALS AND EVENTS:
Santas House 2013-2016, National Storytelling Network Conference 2014 – Fringe Guest (Phoenix, AZ), National Storytelling Network Conference 2015 – Panel Guest (Kansas City, MI), Boulder International Fringe Festival 2015-2016, Boulder Family Fringe Festival 2015, Truth Be Told – Featured Teller June and August 2015
Featured Teller at StoryCrossroads Storytelling Festival 2017, Salt Lake City UT
EmCee Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, Lehi, UT 2018-current
Featured Performer on the Exchange Place Stage, International Storytelling Festival 2018, Jonesborough TN
New Voice at Stone Soup Storytelling Festival 2019, Woodruff SC
SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES: Community Montessori, Patience Montessori, Horizons Elementary, Creekside Elementary, Jarrow Montessori, Windsor Public Library,
ORGANIZATIONS: Niwot Knitting Circle Amelia’s Mama’s, Fort Collins Tours, Living Arts School, Fraiser Meadows Retirement
CAFFE SOLE, NIWOT KNITTING CIRCLE, AMELIA’S MAMA’S, FORT COLLINS TOURS, LIVING ARTS SCHOOL, FRASIER MEADOWS RETIREMENT COMMUNITY, BOULDERING POETS
Are you really a professional storyteller? Yes.
So you read books to children? No. I tell stories to people of all ages. However, I can read books to children with expression and interactive suggestions. I can also read silently, but no one has hired me for that particular skill yet.
What is a storyteller? I am a storyteller in the classic sense of the word. I search through dusty tomes and web archives looking for traditional or historical stories to reweave into an oral form and gift to audiences. I also listen to many other amazing storytellers and beseech them for their permision to use a story that they have told. There are many occupations that could be considered storytelling, and use storytelling quite effectively, however I do what storytellers did in the beginning and tell it with my mouth and some body movements.
Is that your actual job? Yes. Another way to put it is that I am a self-employed freelance artist. Or perhaps a person with a special set of skills that allows me to be in front of a large group of people or a gaggle of active children, and mesmerize them with story and song.
Do you do anything else? I am am also a musician, certified Montessori preschool/kindergartener educator and Certified Tourism Ambassador for Fort Collins CO.
Where do you tell stories? Anywhere I am invited to do so. I have told stories in churches, homes, Boulder’s Santas House, basements, old spooky garages, childrens and adults parties, old jail morturaries, schools, preschools, childrens bedrooms, and car rides. I hope to continue to build the list of uniqe places I have told in.
Do you travel? Yes! Invite me! I am located in Boulder CO and will travel anywhere near or far.
Is storytelling only for kids? No! It is for all ages. Thus the creation of Stories with Spirit – we believe that fairy tales are too important to be only for kids.
What kinds of stories do you tell? I tell traditional and historical tales. The “once upon a time” and “long ago”. I will take you far away and bring you back safely. I have not yet delved into pesonal storytelling, though I do not hesitate to tell you a little about myself if you ask.
Do you get paid? Yes. It is very helpful when I get a powerful need to eat. It also keeps me clothed and clean, which is a preferable in a storyteller.
What made you become a storyteller?Storytelling was a huge part of my childhood, both in the form of books and parents telling me stories. I grew up (which is not as fun as it sounds) and one afternoon I realized that I was choosing the safe path for a career, and the things that really made me happy were storytelling and music.The next question was “Can anyone make a living as a storyteller?”, the answer is “Yes. But it takes work.” So I am putting in the work it takes to be a business owner who promotes myself as a storyteller and musician.
Storytellers will eventually take over the world. Or at least part of it, preferably the warm parts. You have been warned.