Timmy Abell

Timmy Abell

Timmy Abell is a nationally recognized recording and touring artist who has spent 35 years presenting concerts of music and storytelling for young people and families. He is a recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council’s Fellowship for Songwriting and has received the highest national awards for his recordings, including Parent’s Choice and NAPPA Gold and The American Library Association’s Notable Children’s Recording Awards.

Timmy’s concerts feature music played on seven instruments (including hammered dulcimer, English concertina, guitar, banjo, bowed psaltery and penny whistle) and a repertoire of both traditional and original songs, instrumental compositions and stories. Timmy’s concerts have been presented by The Kennedy Center, The National Theater, The JFK Library, The Peace Center, Picolo Spoleto, Merlefest and in countless concert halls, theaters and schools in more than 20 states.




  379 Beaverdam Road, Asheville, NC 28804




A Most Extraordinary Musical Journey

Program description

Timmy Abell has presented countless middle-school programs throughout his 35-year touring career, with accolades from middle school students and administrators in many states.  His program is richly varied, highly engaging and uplifting, and involves the students in almost every piece.  His collection of rare musical instruments including hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, English concertina, and Appalachian limberjack, as well as the traditional claw-hammer banjo and guitar serve as a springboard for a captivating array of musical styles, original songs and interactive storytelling, all tied to the cultural component across the Common Core and Essential Standards for middle school.  Timmy’s program themes can be adjusted for various topics such as a focus on North Carolina history and folk traditions, international musical influences on American music, or the art and practice of storytelling.

Middle schoolers, who may not initially consider folk music and storytelling to be in their field of interest, are invariably drawn in to a deep appreciation of their natural connections to it through Timmy’s winning performance style and compelling material.

Experience has shown that students will leave this performance with interesting connections to their prior knowledge, a deep sense of inquiry and a most likely, a feeling of inspiration.


Booking / scheduling contact

Timmy Abell



Program detail
Artistic discipline: Music, Storytelling
Cultural Origin: Multicultural
Program type: Workshop
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Kindergarten, Pre-K
Subject: Language Arts, Music
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Generally, Year-round

Available times:

Any time of day

Length of program: 50 - 60 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

Timmy’s program is technically self-sufficient, including high quality PA system suitable for all types of venues, from theaters, auditoriums to music rooms… requires only 1 table (6′)


Schools, Theaters, Museums

Fees / Ticketing:

$650 single ~ $1000 back-to-back


NC Standard Course of Study:

As a professional songwriter and storyteller, I present a program that both models and advocates multiple ELA Common Core Standards primarily in "Writing" and in "Speaking and Listening":

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.3d Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.

NC Essential Standards:

This program of music and stories rooted in the international folk and Appalachian traditions establishes multiple connections across the NC Essential Standards for Social Studies, Music and Theater:

Social Studies – 8.C.1: Understand how different cultures influenced North Carolina and the United States.

Music – 8.CR.1.1: Understand the role of music in North Carolina and the United States in relation to history and geography.

Theater – CU.1: Analyze theatre in terms of the social, historical, and cultural contexts in which it was created.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy