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Program Information

Program name: Of Bards, Bagpipes, & Rhymers: Historic Music Rare and Rustic
Program category: History
Music
Performing Arts- Other
Program length: 1 hour
Audience level: All ages
Audience size: flexible
Program description: A salmagundi of period instruments & styles combine for a delightfully unusual concert. In their crossover program 'Bards, Bagpipes, & Rhymers,' musicians Sondra & John Bromka begin by unravelling threads of evocative Medieval music... then weave in and out of it rustic folk traditions, still heard even today in the remote corners of France, Germany, and the British Isles. Side by side, these sounds enrich each other to paint vivid living pictures that evoke the boisterous village festivals, the soulful shepherds’ plaints, and the rich, mystical ballads that connected people of all levels of society. Bells & Motley are known for their uncommon instrumentation, and perform on a diverse collection of historic and folk instruments. For this presentation you’ll hear harp, hurdy gurdy, lute, Medieval fiddle, recorders, crumhorns, various French & English bagpipes, and more. The hurdy gurdy, built by Mr. Bromka, is a sort of Medieval keyboard fiddle enhanced with a resonant drone. Join Sondra & John in their Allegorical musical Garden, rich & resounding for all senses.
Space/special requirements: 3x5 ft. table for instruments. Performers prefer natural acoustics; artists also have high quality sound available if required (audiences over 150, or special needs)
Travel restrictions: none
Program fee: $351- $500
Is this fee negotiable? Yes
Mileage included? No
If no, cost per mile: $0.56
Notes about the fee: No additional mileage charged within Onondaga County, or for block bookings; charge for travel from CNY. These fees are applicable for libraries and other intimate venues. Fees at larger venues and schools may be higher, please inquire. Grants are generally available, and we are pleased to assist.
Other notes: Please explore artists' website at www.bellsandmotley.com for additional programs, exuberant recommendations, resources, and a wealth of information.
Regions this program
can be performed in:
Western
Rochester
Central
South Central
Capital District
North Country
Metro
Southeastern
Long Island
Program last updated: 02/08/2014
   
Performer Information (see all of this performer's programs)
Stage name: Bells & Motley Olden Music, Dance, and Storytelling
Performer name: Sondra & John Bromka
Phone: 315-673-2995
Mailing address: 36 South Street
Marcellus, NY 13108
E-mail address: sbromka@earthlink.net
Website: http://www.bellsandmotley.com
   
Previous appearances at: 1) 35 Years at Sterling Renaissance Festival - presenting Concerts, Musical Theater, Storytelling, Historic Dance Instruction, 2) NYS Heritage and Canal Fest Events for Communities, Libraries, Schools across NYS, 3) School & Community residencies and pageants across NYS, Northeast, and Europe, 4) Historic Site thematic specialty programs for Lorenzo, Crailo, French Azilum, Sackets Harbor, Olana, many more; also France, Germany, & Belgium, 5) Libraries across all areas of NYS, and locally in Marcellus, Onondaga Hill; see our website for complete lists
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
Performer information last updated: 06/07/2016

 

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