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Engage with Utah’s Railroad Stories at Old Capitol Storytelling Festival

The Old Capitol Storytelling Festival is a six-day event and features free concerts, One Voice Children’s Choir and More in Fillmore, Delta & Snake Valley


Utah's Railroad Stories: Sam Payne and Clive Romney
Utah-based musicians and storytellers Sam Payne and Clive Romney, who are creating a full-color illustrated book, 20-song album and teaching tools that benefit Utah students, are among headliners of this year’s Old Capitol Storytelling Festival to be held in Central Utah March 5-10.

The Old Capitol Storytelling Festival is a six-day event and features free concerts, One Voice Children’s Choir and More in Fillmore, Delta & Snake Valley

This year’s Old Capitol Storytelling Festival features several of the West’s top storytellers and musicians in 11 free concerts being held March 5 – 10 in Fillmore, Delta and Snake Valley. The festival this year also includes 21 school assemblies to more than 2,200 students, two youth storytelling contests, a free screening of the KUED documentary Promontory and a special $5 per ticket Saturday evening concert in Delta featuring Masa Fukuda and the nationally-recognized One Voice Children’s Choir.

Utah’s Railroad Stories

“Since 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike at Promontory Summit, we’re placing special emphasis on fascinating, little-known stories of the railroad,” said Abe Johnson, one of the event’s key organizers. “We’re also pleased to be giving
our attendees a sneak peek at several original songs by Sam Payne, Clive Romney and their collaborators — songs that will be included in an upcoming book and album called Echoes of Hammers and Spikes.”

In addition to musicians/storytellers Payne and Romney, other headliners for the festival include journalist and PBS producer Ken Verdoia, Native American storyteller/flute player Nino Reyos and storytelling coach/performance director Suzanne Christensen. Local storytellers include Mark Bassett (Nevada Northern Railway Museum), Sean Pitts (East Ely Railroad Museum), Delaine Spillsbury (Newe Tribal Representative / Great Basin National Heritage Area) and Scott Bassett (Topaz Museum).

Live streaming video broadcasts of all eight concerts held Friday, March 8 in Delta and Saturday, March 9 in Fillmore will be carried by CentraCom and accessible by subscribers.

The Old Capitol Storytelling Festival is named in honor of Fillmore’s Utah Territorial Statehouse — the original seat of government for the Utah Territory. The event is organized and sponsored by Friends of the Territorial Statehouse and Museum, Utah Pioneer Heritage Arts,
Great Basin National Heritage Area, and Millard School District, with support from Millard County, Millard County Chronicle Progress, Utah Division of State History, Utah Division of Arts & Museums, CentraCom, KUED 7,, Delta and Fillmore cities, Pahvant
Valley Printing and Utah State Parks [DNR].

For more information and a detailed schedule of events, visit the website. For more information about Echoes of Hammers and
Spikes, a book, album and teaching tools project that benefits Utah students, visit here.

Utah's Railroad Stories

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