Library hosts Irish storyteller-musician


Storyteller Tom McDermott plays a reproduction of an ancient Irish drum at a show he put on at Gibbs Memorial Library on May 25. He also played a guitar and another stringed instrument and told stories both real and fiction. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Nearly everyone enjoys hearing a good story, and residents had the opportunity to hear a professional storyteller at Mexia’s Gibbs Memorial Library recently.

Tom McDermott, of Fort Worth, was the headliner in the storytelling event held May 25. Though turnout was light, those who attended appeared to be fascinated by McDermott, who played several musical instruments including a guitar, a ukelele and a reproduction of an ancient Irish drum called a bodhran.

The entertainer bills himself not only as a storyteller but a musician, comedian, percussionist, speaker and singer, and the songs he sings tend toward the upbeat. One he performed at the library was “Always Trust Your Cape,” by Guy Clark, which tells of a child who ties a flour sack around his neck and jumps from the garage roof, certain he has enough faith to fly. Later, though older and wiser, the man whom the child became keeps the same attitude toward having faith in his dreams.