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Program name: Lead Belly: Singer, Songwriter, Murderer; King of the 12-String Guitar
Program category: History
Music
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Program length: 30-90 minutes
Audience level: Teens
Audience size: >15
Program description: Huddie William Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly, got a bum deal. Was he justly sentenced to prison for murder? Twice? Was he exploited by the man who discovered him? Did he have to share credit for writing the song that became the number one hit of 1950! This program includes a series of true stories about Lead Belly’s life: why he chose to play the 12-string guitar, the events that led to his two convictions for murder, how his reputation as a prison songster led to his pardon by the governor, how he was discovered by John and Alan Lomax, how he contributed to the folk music revival and the advent of rock and roll, how his signature song—the song he used to both open and close his performances—became the most popular song of 1950, and why it is still sung today at soccer games all across Europe. These stories are interspersed with songs such as The Midnight Special, Easy Rider, John Hardy, We’re in the Same Boat Brother, and Goodnight Irene.
Space/special requirements: Microphone for voice and guitar.
Travel restrictions:
Program fee: $101- $200
Is this fee negotiable? Yes
Mileage included? No
If no, cost per mile: $5.58
Notes about the fee:
Other notes: Teen and adult audiences.
Regions this program
can be performed in:
Western
Rochester
Central
South Central
Capital District
North Country
Metro
Southeastern
Long Island
Program last updated: 06/05/2019
   
Performer Information (see all of this performer's programs)
Performer name: Sandy Schuman
Phone: 518-229-8345
Mailing address: 29 Magnolia Terrace
Albany, NY 12209
E-mail address: sschuman@exedes.com
Website: http://www.tothestory.com
   
Previous appearances at: Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Proctors Theatre, Schenectady, Bethlehem Public Library, Albany Public Library, Colonie Public Library
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
Performer information last updated: 06/05/2019

 

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