"You must be the change that you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi
Rachel Nelson - BardLive
Storyteller Songwriter Poet
Delivering words directly to the ear
Bringing stories to life with music and movement
"Master storyteller unveils new work . . . employing movements both exaggerated and simple to weave her tale." Lawrance Bernabo, Duluth News-Tribune
"Violin-playing folk singer Rachel [Nelson's] singing and idealism recall Joan Baez back in the day."
Chris Riemenschneider, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"With a voice recalling 19th century Appalachia, a wonderful fiddle technique, and lone guitar-based songs, Rachel Nelson has emerged as a musical voice for peace."
Lydia Powell, Pulse of the Twin Cities
Greetings! My name is Rachel Nelson, and I would like to thank you for visiting my site. Here, you’ll find my life’s work as a devoted storyteller, musician and poet. I am available for storytelling workshops, as well as a variety of musical and theatrical performances. Please peruse the site and contact me with any inquiries or feedback. I look forward to hearing from you. Storytelling Storytelling is an age-old performance revered by artists. It must be evocative and sincere—uniting humans in the story of our universal connection. Esteemed artist Rachel Nelson understands what it means to incorporate such elements that connect us in life. From expressive theater to songwriting, Nelson strings together a masterful collision of music and artistic movement. Since 1990, Nelson has worked as a professional storyteller and musician throughout the Minneapolis area. Now, she spends her time connecting with audiences through musicals, such as The Urban Hermit, and theatrical storytelling shows, such as After Leaving Eden: Living the Questions. "Urban Hermit is a lyrical piece that uses song and storytelling to sublime effect. Rachel Nelson is a folk original." - John Townsend, Lavender Magazine Music "[Storyteller] Rachel Nelson is a next generation explorer of the fiddle and the drum." - Loren Niemi, Producer Alongside storytelling, Rachel Nelson is a talented musician that creates melodies from violin, guitar, fiddle and song. Her original song, Change is a Thousand Hearts, can be heard here. Also, due out November 14, Fiddling By Ear is Nelson’s upcoming e-book on mastering the art of fiddle instruction. "Violinist, singer, guitarist, busker . . . This classic story of descent and return will have you cheering, laughing and singing along. Go see it!" - Robin Bady, storyteller For additional information on upcoming storytelling and musical performances, contact Rachel Nelson today.
Two touring musicals
Nelson's theatrical musicals juxtapose elements of storytelling with movement and music. These nonverbal elements, she says, are powerful ways of connecting with her audiences: languages older than words. Rachel is booking these two musicals for touring now - details below.
The Urban Hermit
Living the Questions
THE URBAN HERMIT
TOUR BOOST PROJECT
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A recluse in the city finds connection through street busking.
A margins-to-center coming of age tale. More info, pictures
"Nelson blooms as a street busker . . . in this sweet, sad, rich tale."
- Kristine Osbakken, Duluth Reader
Now booking for touring -
Bring a one-hour performance plus audience discussion/talk-back
to your high school, college, organization, or faith community.
Theatrical Storytelling Show
A "weird musical," this theatrical blend of songs, stories & movement has toured the MN Fringe, the KC Fringe, and the National Storytelling Network Fringe! Bring it to your community. Read more, see pictures at link above.
Now touring songs from upcoming CD
CD 'in the works' -
You can 'be my record label':
CDs - Buy, listen - Song Samples
Sample songs & Buy Change is a Thousand Hearts at http://cdbaby.com/cd/rachelnelson
I'm Awesome! children's CD-
Sample a sing-along: Whoa Back.
Sample other songs, and
Buy "I'm Awesome!" at http://cdbaby.com/cd/rachelnelson2
08/28/2012 Copyright BardLive Music 2012