The Ocrafolk festival has more stories than daytime television at Grandmama’s. Josh Goforth spun yarns about “buzzard Baptists” and family trees that look more like wreaths.

But only some of the tales come from professional storytellers. Others unfold through raw, confessional song lyrics full of angst and humanity, others from the antics of organizers, performers and attendees. Collectively, they put the “folk” in the Ocrafolk music and storytelling festival, June 3-5 on the Outer Banks island.

Columnist Donna Davis of Greenville likes to attend bluegrass festivals and write about the local music scene. Contact her at