Joseph Sobol, Ph.D.

Sobol portrait


Storyteller, musician, folklorist, and author Joseph Daniel Sobol is an artist of wide-ranging accomplishments. An artist-in-residence for many years in North and South Carolina, he received a Masters in Folklore from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. He toured the country from 1994 through 1999 with his award-winning musical theatre piece In the Deep Heart's Core based on the works of Irish poet W. B. Yeats. His book on the American storytelling revival, The Storytellers' Journey, was published in 1999 by the University of Illinois Press. In 2005, Teacher Ideas Press released his book "The House Between Earth and Sky," a guide to using folklore and storytelling in High School ESL classrooms. In addition he has released a cassette and four CDs of music and stories, alone and with his group Kiltartan Road. His 1999 recording, Citternalia: Celtic Music for Cittern was honored with a "Homegrown CD Award" by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. His latest CD, "Citternity: Celtic Cittern and Beyond," was released in January, 2013.

He has been a featured performer and teacher at Zoukfest, the Swannanoa Gathering, and the Seattle Cittern Symposium, and was a featured soloist in the world premiere performance of William Jackson's "Dunn Albanach" suite at the 2002 Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow. In 2000 he was appointed to direct the Graduate Program in Storytelling at East Tennessee State University. He is co-founder and co-editor of "Storytelling, Self, Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Storytelling Studies," and he has served on the board of directors of the National Storytelling Network, He is a Visiting Scholar at the George Ewart Evans Storytelling Research Centre at University of Glamorgan in Cardiff, Wales, and has twice led storytelling research tours to the Kingdom of Bhutan.