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NSN Storyteller Profile ... Bill Harley

301 Jacob Street
Seekonk, MA 02771

(508) 336-9703

(800) 682-9522


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Bill Harley is an award-winning author, recording and performing artist. Recipient of two Grammy awards for his spoken word recordings, Bill's work paints a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life. In slice-of-life vignettes Bill uses humor and a fine-tuned sense of the ridiculous to illuminate universal truths. A celebration of commonality and humanity through song and story, Bill combines his wry observations and narratives with well-crafted folk, pop, and rock music. Awarded the lifetime achievement award from RI Council for the Humanities in 2010 and an honorary degree from Hamilton College in 2015, Bill tours nationwide as an author, performing artist and keynote speaker.

"Harley's enthusiasm for recounting events from his life is contagious and there is little the audience can do to guard against its joyous side-effects." Nuovo Newsweekly

"A master teller of tales..."Better Homes and Gardens

"Harley's witty ebullient performance will have listeners young and old laughing out loud." Publishers Weekly

"...masterful storytelling..." Booklist

"Harley has the heart of a child and a love of life we can all share."

"Singer-songwriter Bill Harley spins verses that tell stories of American life in a way that goes right to your funnybones." New York

"Bill Harley is a continuing delight delivering good chuckles as well as poignant moments that stop you in your tracks." Boston Parents Paper

"Harley is a gifted storyteller and songwriter whose yarns exude warmth, wit and wisdom." Mothering

"If Calvin, of Calvin and Hobbes fame were to grow up, he'd be Bill Harley." Billboard

"...the Mark Twain of contemporary kids music..." Entertainment Weekly

Types of stories I tell:

original, growing up stories, musical stories, folk tales, humorous, inspirational

I tell stories for:

All Ages

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Organizations I belong to:

National Storytelling Network,National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences,League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling, Childrens Music Network, Authors Guild, Society of Childrens Book