Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Tim Van Egmond

Tim Van Egmond blends together folktales, tunes, and songs to share their wellspring of wisdom, humor, and warmth. Music flows in and around his stories though his singing and playing on a wide variety of traditional instruments. including hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, guitar, conga drum, and limberjack (a dancing wooden rhythm puppet). His dynamic style of voice and movement brings stories to life, his gifted playing and singing moves and inspires, and his knack for encouraging participation makes for high-spirited and engaging programs for all ages.

Additional Links: 
Select "Tim Van Egmond" from the list of storytellers on this page of the web site to hear my retelling of this Sufi tale. I learned it from renowned storyteller Gioia Timpanelli, and it can be found in Tales of the Dervishes by Idries Shah.
An explanation and demonstration of basic playing techniques with a jig.
Telling the traditional Irish tale (interwoven with playing the hammered dulcimer) at the Three Apples Storytelling Festival in Bedford, MA.
"Singing Games For Language Arts" Description and Learning Standards

I Have Worked With

  • March 2018

    Scottie Robinson, Youth Service Librarian, Lee Public Library

    Performance of my "Building Bridges" program for a family audience during school vaction week, sponsored by the Durham, Lee, and Madbury NH Public Libraries.

  • December 2016

    Jay Sprout, President

    Two storytelling and music sets for the First Night Celebration, and calling for a contra dance the following day. These performances were supported by NEST funding.

  • September 2016

    Josefa Scherer-Williams

    Roving performer during the two days of the festival, playing hammered dulcimer and singing with the limberjack.


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Folksinger, Storyteller & Caller
Mailing Address: 
118 East Chestnut Hill Road
PO Box 253
Montague, MA 01351-0253
Physical Address: 
118 East Chestnut Hill Road
Montague, MA 01351
Last Name: 
Van Egmond


Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - Storytelling
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Folk
Music - General
Music - Children's
Music - Traditional
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
General Public
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Curriculum Development
Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
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Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Northeast Storytelling
American Federation of Musicians, Local 1000
Voted "Best Children's Storyteller" in Valley Advocate's 1996 "Best of Valley" Awards.Selected for New Hampshire State Library's "Kids, Books, and the Arts" Project 4 times.Awarded 2 Professional Development Grants by Mass. Cultural Council.
Mass. Cultural Council Professional Development Grant (Hammered Dulcimer)
Family Adventures In Reading Grant, Mass Humanities
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
6' by 8' area in which to set up, electrical power (if sound equipment required)
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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Community Site / Center
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - Foreign Languages
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
Certifications / Training: 
Storytelling Intensive, Lesley College Graduate School
Residency Artist Trainings, Very Special Arts Massachusetts
Arts Provider Workshops, Hartford Performs
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