Thursday, June 24, 2010

Up Close & Way Too Personal - Intensive Weekend Workshop and Concert
Bil, Kim and Andy are at it again!
This time offering a combination of intense coaching and training plus a concert to top it all off

We are now booking for winter of 2010 and Jan/Feb of 2011.

If you are a presenter, festival director, library, concert promoter, or event coordinator, this opportunity is one you will not want to miss. Here is what folks are saying: was absolutely fabulous, well prepared, highly informative and inspirational - indeed I believe it was the best workshop I've ever taken - and I've participated in many. Geraldine Buckley

Contact us now at for more information on how to bring this action packed workshop and concert to a town near you!

For three days we gather the participants together for a fun, but very intense time of coaching and teaching. Using group sessions and break out sessions we cover a multitude of topics including:
  • Marketing yourself as an artist
  • Using humor to soften hard topics
  • Finding yourself on stage
  • Memory mapping and story building
  • Creating Tall Tales from personal experiences
  • Alternative avenues of income for the storyteller
  • Folk and Fairy tales as speaking tools
Times of one on one coaching with the tellers as well as group telling/coaching. Late night dessert discussions and meals taken together round out this time of networking and building relationships. Also included in the weekend is a final concert entitled, "Up Close and Way Too Personal" featuring new material from Andy, Kim and Bil. For more information on how to attend one of these workshops or how to bring this workshop to your area, email us at, or you can give us a call at 540-449-1458.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Up Close & Personal - A Special Concert

Up Close & Personal...

...a special kind of concert! Featuring Bil Lepp, Kim Weitkamp, and Andy Offutt Irwin.

Coming soon! Sunday, May 23rd at 7pm
at the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre on Main Street in Historic Jonesborough, TN. Stories, music, audience participation, up close&personal, questions, and answers.

Tickets on sale now. Seating is very limited.

Purchase tickets by calling the Jonesborough Visitors Center 1-866-401-4223
$15 General Admission
Discounts for students and seniors

Monday, January 18, 2010

Join Bil, Andy, and Kim for three days!!

We Are At It AGAIN!

Join Andy, Bil and Kim for one serious weekend of story training!

Andy, Bil and Kim invite you to join them for three days of intense training, personal coaching, and story building in the heart of Jonesborough, TN.

Group session topics include (not a full listing):
  1. Softening hard topics with humor
  2. Performance Coaching: All participants need to come with a prepared story to share with the group. Written or oral coaching is offered.
  3. Memory Mapping and Story Building
  4. Figuring out the broken areas of your stories
  5. Coaching: Learn how to coach others AND learn how to coach yourself!
Break Out Sessions Include (not a full listing):
  1. Grow: Marketing tools for your story business
  2. Humor and Heartache: Finding the perfect balance in a story
  3. Closing! Learn how to close your story with strength
  4. Personal coaching: One on one time with each of the tellers
  5. Creating a tall tale from personal experiences
  6. Stage technique: Making your telling an honest reflection of who you are
  7. Using folktales and fairy tales as speaking tools
  8. Finding alternative income avenues with your story art

May 21-23 Three days starting at noon on Friday and going till 5pm on Sunday
  • All workshop participants will stay at the lovely AmericInn, in Jonesborough TN - rooming with a buddy will be encouraged. All lodging is arranged by the workshop coordinator, you just show up and relax!
  • All workshop activities will take place at the gorgeous, Quiet Meadows B&B (see photos). Quiet Meadows provides us with calming, serene areas to focus, a main gathering place group activities, and little nooks for one on one coaching. An indoor swimming pool and spa, horses, and walking fields will be used for downtime late Friday evening and Saturday evening. A full size dining area and kitchen will allow us to eat and share all of our mealtimes.
  • Workshop fees include: Two nights lodging, meals, all workshop activities, personal coaching, workshop handouts, free CD's, free admission to Saturdays evenings concert, use of Quiet Meadows pool and spa.
  • Cost is $650 per person. If you are local, the price drops to $550 if lodging is not needed. A $150 non refundable deposit is required by April 12th. Space is very limited. If you are interested and would like to reserve a spot or find out more information, please email us at or call Kim (did you honestly think those boys would be handling anything remotely close to administrative??) at 540-449-1458

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Uncalled for Tour is back from Idaho (brrr....) and gearing up for a trip to sunny Georgia. The inaugural tour date in Rexburg went fabulously. The Snow Theater was filled with a lively crowd and the show ended with a standing ovation! Bil, Kim and Andy endured delayed flights, cancelled flights, blizzards and moose. With only several hours of sleep and jet lag tugging at their rears they hit the stage with enthusiasm. The end result was a symphony of story, laughter, singing, and dancing. That's right folks, you read that correctly...dancing. Bil Lepp premiered his talents as an interpretive dancer. This little bit of news should bolster ticket sales....

Some people along the way have asked us if we are breaking new ground. Who knows? Maybe, maybe not. Lots of artists travel in groups and do shows. Storytellers converge on various festivals and perform together on a regular basis. We may be different in the fact that we are traveling together and we created this show and pitched it to various theaters. So, maybe we are turning up a spade full of new earth...but to us, that is not the important thing. The important thing for us is that we introduce storytelling to the general public.

If you look over our print material, our emails and our blog, you will see that the word storytelling takes a backseat. The general subculture of storytelling knows who we are and they will come see us, and we thank them for that. But the average person walking down the street has no clue to who storytellers are, what they do, and how they do it. So hopefully we are enlightening the masses. Okay, maybe not the masses, but maybe a handful of people will become storytelling junkies after they see the show....and realize we do not read books to children.

Come check out the tour!!!!

3/7/09. Thomasville Georgia, Thomas County Public Library. Storytelling workshop on Friday. Uncalled for Tour starts at 6:00pm on Saturday. For ticket information call 222-225-5252.
3/13/09, Williamsburg Virginia, The Williamsburg Library Theater - Show will take place on Friday evening at 7pm. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling Ian Henry at 434-823-8600. Check or charge.
3/14/09, Blacksburg, Virginia, The Lyric Theater - The show starts at 7pm on Friday evening. Tickets are $15 floor/$12 balcony/$10 seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Lyric Box Office at 540-951-0604 or on the web at
3/27/09, South Charleston West Virginia, Labelle Theater - The show will take place Friday evening at 7pm. For ticket information and purchase prices, call the South Charleston Library at 304-744-6561 and ask about the Uncalled for Tour.
3/28/09, Johnson City Tennessee, East Tennessee State University - The show will take place on Saturday evening at 7pm in the Martha S. Culp Auditorium in the D.P. Culp University Center. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12:00 students and seniors. For ticket purchases call 423-439-7606. For more information email them at

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Please be seated....

Please be seated, the ride is about to begin. Keep all body parts inside while the ride is moving. Keep all screaming to a minimum. Do not exit until the ride comes to a complete stop.

Well, the time is drawing near for the Uncalled for Tour to hit the road. Due to 3 very busy schedules, we are only coming to 6 cities. But we sure do appreciate all of the emails asking us to come to your state. We wish we had the time to's nice to know you're loved.

Below are the tour dates and cities. If you would like more information, shoot us an email and we will add you to the Uncalled for Tour mailing list.

Catch them in your neck of the woods...
2/13 - Rexburg Idaho - BYU Idaho
3/7 - Thomasville, Georgia
3/13 - Williamsburg, VA - Williamsburg Library Theater
3/14 - Lyric Theater - Blacksburg, VA
3/27 - Labelle Theater - Charleston, WV
3/28 - East Tennessee State University, TN

We will be blogging throughout the tour! Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Trivial fact #1 tour info

If you are reading this, that means you are interested in seeing the Uncalled for Tour!
But first, some meaningless trivia.
A ducks quack does not echo...and noone knows why.
Now, onto the tour. We have some dates lined up and we would love to see you there. As we travel next year, we will be blogging along the way. This way, those of you who cannot find anything to watch on your 230 channel cable tv provider, will have something with which to entertain yourselves.
Here are the current dates and locations. More info to follow as well as other tour dates. We are the Uncalled for Tour and we support this message.
2/13 - Rexburg, Idaho
3/7 - Thomasville, Georgia
3/13 - EC Glass Auditorium Lynchburg, VA
3/14 - Lyric Theater - Blacksburg, VA
3/27 - South Charleston Library - Charleston, WV