It has been said that James Murray’s stories flow more like a gentle stream than the raging river of today’s modern world. Murray’s informal stage presentation and comfortable storytelling manner just seems to invite listeners “into the kitchen” where they can sit around and relax, smile, laugh, and enjoy his often humorous, sometimes poignant, and always entertaining stories.
From the moment Murray walks out onto the stage he has an impact on the audience. Whether making them laugh, bringing a tear to their eye or simply bringing back some precious memories, his stories strike an emotional chord with each and every person who hears them.
Over the years Murray has received much recognition for his writing and storytelling, as well as, numerous other awards including the highly coveted Jack Webster Award, two Ron Miller Storytelling Awards from the Outdoor Writers of Canada. Most recently, Murray was honoured with a Paul Harris Fellowship.
Murray has performed on stage everywhere from the Revelstoke Mountain Arts Festival to the Stseptekwle Storytelling Festival, the Shuswap International Writers Festival to the Kalamalka Women’s Institute, the Bohemian Cafe in Kelowna and the Annual Fair Exchange of Gifts Benefit Concert for the Food Bank – to name but a few. Murray performs regularly at theatres, coffee houses, seniors homes, elementary and high schools, colleges and libraries.
Whether in a theatre setting, at an open-air festival or at your local library, storyteller James Murray has that very special ability to make each and every audience member feel like he is telling his story to just them.
In his workshops storyteller James Murray brings together a wealth of experience that can be used, reused and reinvented by workshop participants to share their own stories in a manner that will delight their audiences.