Brian Wanamaker McCréight, also known as the Lowcountry Liar, is a musician, playwright, licensed tour guide, storyteller, and author of several collections of folktales. From the amphitheater of Pompeii to Broadway to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, McCréight’s unique storytelling abilities have graced stages around the world. During his renowned tours back home in South Carolina, he takes intrepid tourists to cemeteries, haunted sites, and a slew of historical locations, all while keeping everyone on the edge of their seats with his recounting of famous and little-known history and shocking local lore.
McCréight performs throughout South Carolina at schools, theaters, cultural events, festivals, churches, and corporate locations. He conducts workshops and school residencies on storytelling and puppetry throughout the state and has been showcased on radio, television, and even film. He has been called “positively Carolina” by WCBD-TV Charleston, and the South Carolina State Museum has said that his “storytelling is magical.”
Listed on the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Roster of Approved Artists, he was the storyteller-in-residence for the Charleston County Public Library from 1994 to 2005. Jack tales, tall tales, noodleheads, and ghost stories are among the yarns he spins (often accompanied by his percussion instruments and sound effects) as a featured performer at Charleston’s annual Piccolo Spoleto Festival and the MOJA Arts Festival, among many others. He has also been both a producer and performer with the acclaimed Storytelling Troupe of Charleston and the Backporch Storytellers.
McCréight calls Charleston, South Carolina, home and can be seen around town in his signature black top hat and green vest combo with a rapt audience gathered around him.