POINT PLEASANT — The Mason County Library is welcoming a unique storyteller.
“Riverboat John” Ferguson, known as an American folklorist, singer/storyteller/musician, will be appearing at 11 a.m. this Friday at the library in Point Pleasant. His appearance is part of the library’s summer reading program for kids.
Based in Alabama, “Riverboat John” is one of two national storytellers for the Mississippi River National Discovery Program and has been heralded by the New York Times as “A true American minstrel spreading song and story.”
“Riverboat John” says: “I have great success keeping attention spans and getting results. I always include the children in my stories and music.”
His style of entertainment is described as suitable for audiences of all ages and has received “rave” reviews from those attending his concerts. His show can be “tailor made” for any location.
His”Rivers Remembered” show has developed as a result of “’Riverboat John’s’ love of the river, the music, the lore, customs, heritage, history, romance and intrigue,” according to his website.
He’s been known to perform songs like “Old Man River,” “River Stay Away From My Door,” “Danny Boy,” “Shenandoah,” “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans” and more. He’s also written original tunes like “Tom and Huck,” “I Got on My Tall Hat and My Long Tail Coat,” “Natchez,” “I’ll Meet You By The River” and many more.
His shows are known for mixing music with stories. Stories may include him telling an audience about his relationship with W.C. Handy, father of the blues; Louis Armstrong, Dixieland great; Uncle Mose; Jean Lafitte, river pirate; Long John Silver, pirate; and Tom and Huck, to name a few.