Q: What exactly is #Storytime?
A: It’s a kind of musical storytelling show , combining original music, songs, images and stories as part of an exploration of different forms of narrative. Basically, Jackanory, with drums.

For the press release, read here.

Want to buy a copy of our CD? Check it out here.


Brave, evocative and pretty proggy stuff. Harris plays a mean flute, her band supply accomplished folk-prog textures, and surely there’s a concept album bursting to emerge from each enchanting story, of dream flowers, camel herders and undersea queens...” (Prog Magazine, August 2018)

Beautiful. Highly recommended.” Greg Spawton, Big Big Train)

Everything a progressive album should be, and really liked that the production is very natural and there is room for dynamics to shine.” (Duncan Parsons, John Hackett Band)

Joanne Harris’ on Twitter always offers an oasis of magic online (and sometimes some trenchant allegory). Storytime Live carefully builds on the framework of the tales, bringing the band she’s been part of since her teenage years to perform at venues and festivals around the country. But the live version isn’t simply story with music tacked-on – something that’s been part of storytelling for centuries – but a completely fresh, integrated whole that merges story, music and song into a new whole. This CD offers a taster, four complete pieces that billow and bloom with emotions from sorrow to freedom. A desert dweller who dreams of the sea, a jellyfish queen who falls in love with the moon, a woman who finds…well, listen and discover for yourselves, sink into its spell. The songs offer both climax and counterpoint to the story, a different view that offers gentle illumination. The music is lushly rich, no matter whether it’s filigree and decoration for the telling or blossoming into majesty in a soft, winding twirl the surrounds and lifts the songs. Although the stories are new, they carry the patina of age in their ideas and style: timeless and wise in the way of a traditional teller, and the production gives everything a stunning, natural intimacy. Harris and the musicians have created something wonderfully fresh that’s also deliciously deep and compassionate, a very rare combination; not only enjoyable but thought-provoking, too. It’s magic you can take with you. (Chris Nickson)

2016 review here.

2018 2eview of #Storytime at the Underneath the Stars Festival, 2018, here.


For how to book #Storytime, tech spec, and to find out if it’s right for you, read here.

For #Storytime dates, read here.

For background to #Storytime, read here.

For more about the band, read here.

Promo pictures (please credit the photographers).

For Q & A on #Storytime, read here.

Watch a clip of #Storytime at the Lowdham Litfest in 2017.

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Want to buy the band a drink? You can do it right here!