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Brian Garner
Top: Johnny Fowler holds his young audience at the Chester County Library spellbound with his banjo music and songs and, left his antics as he tells a story. At right, he plays the harmonica and the “bones” as he leads the children and adults in another old song.
Storyteller mixes music, folk tales

 

The word ‘bard’ usually makes you think of someone dressed in medieval clothes with a lute or a harp, but in his own way, storyteller Johnny Thomas Fowler is a bard who mixes tall tales with Appalachian-style old-time music. Call him a “bard with a banjo.”

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