Calum Lykan Storytelling & Studio
"Eye to eye, mind to mind, heart to heart"
For too many years, Storytelling has been misunderstood as stuffy and dull, the image of someone sitting in a musty room reading from old books to a bored audience always seems to spring to mind. Yet, the tradition of Oral Storytelling is so much more (for one we don't read, its all from our heads). It's a craft that needs to be seen and heard to fully appreciate its strength and Joy.
It's such a natural and organic craft, and on occasions I will go to an event and wait till is see the whites of the audiences eyes prior to knowing which Story to tell. This reflects the old Ceilidh culture of Scotland where the community would gather to listen to the stories and song. They would become inspired by what they heard which would then in turn trigger a Story or Song from memory that they would then tell.
Taking this principle into my telling has allowed me to travel and tell in some truly amazing and interesting places, from libraries, schools, community centres, public houses, theaters, festival halls, on the streets as a busker and in far off lands in such places as the ancient Redwood Forests of California. These experiences have continued to drive my passion for Storytelling, every adventure, every journey, every encounter is just new fuel for the fire.
This is why I love Storytelling, life creates new stories to tell.
And this has also helped me build a broad repertoire of Tales, but if I'm honest the Scottish folk tales alongside the Norse Myths are some of my favorite to tell. No matter where I am in the world it's these stories that connect me to my homeland and my heritage.
And with this is mind I have created a series of Storytelling performance options. This selection is not exhaustible and all performances can be tailored to suit any event, environment or age range.
If you don't see what you are looking for, remember this is only a selection of what I can offer.
Please get in touch to have a chat about your requirements or idea and I will see what can be created for you and your event.
"These wonderful tales fill you with emotion. I laughed heartily, I genuinely shed tears (twice in the same story), and in time I lost all sense of where I was. Though I sat in a small room overlooking the Mile I traveled over the mountains, across and under seas, into cottages and woods. I loved and lost and won the day. With only his voice Calum draws you in, makes you jump, pulls you to the edge of your seat; his energy creates wonderful images. His accent is distinct but clear, and he explains the Scots words he uses, lending both lucidity and flavor to his show."
August 2014 about Calum's show - Brave & Free: Traditional Tales of Scotland 2014
Written by Lizzie Bell on the FringeGuru