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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Bromka, Sondra & John The Sounds of Nature's Music on World Instruments from Many Cultures Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Nature- Environment
Nature, Music, and Instruments Around the World and Across Time! Through time, the sounds of nature have inspired wonderful musical, poetic, and artistic dreams all around the world. From rushing waterfalls, to gentle drops of rain and melting icicles… to birdsong and crickets... to diverse sounds of the four seasons, Bells & Motley are excited to bring young audiences on a musical journey using a gamut of evocative instruments including harp and medieval fiddles, exotic zithers from Turkey and China, and many other rare exotic historical instruments, for a good measure of total surprise. A beautiful introduction to the evocative powers of music for audiences of all ages.
$351- $500
Linthwaite, Dara On Your Mark, Get Set, SING! Health & Fitness- Other,
Literature- Other,
Music
Travel through a world of music with these guitar songs, stories, and fingerplays about different modes of transportation. The children will join Miss Dara and make music playing "train shakers".
$101- $200
Ruch, Dave The Erie Canal in Song! History,
Music
A treasure trove of songs and stories that washed ashore with the workers, captains, passengers and crews of "Clinton’s Ditch", all presented with lots of audience participation. This engaging program will entertain and enlighten, and features a variety of stringed and other musical instruments from canal days. "Swan Library highly recommends Dave Ruch. Fun, informative and crowd pleasing....he is tops in his field" Michelle Watt, Children’s Librarian, Swan Library, Albion NY
$351- $500
Romano, Nina Hotter Than a Pepper Sprout: America's Music Music
The program focuses on traditional American music and includes music by Johnny Cash, Elvis, The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Peggy Lee, Gershwin and many others. We have performed at more than 25 libraries and are happy to provide references.
$351- $500
Collins, Dawn O Let's Make Music (Story, Song, Rhythm) Literature- Other,
Music,
Nature- Other
Using a current library story theme, season or place, this is a family friendly time. Mom! Dad! Grandparents too! Listen to some lively, easy to learn, child-friendly songs paired with some seasonal stories. Dawn will bring along her rhythm band bag of instruments for use during this fun time. There are songs with movements and songs with puppets so don’t be shy – we could get a little silly! It’s a fun time for all, and especially appropriate for the very young. Previous themes include songs of the river & water, world music, nature and animals.
$101- $200
Costanzo, Jerry A Tribute To The Count Music,
Music,
Music
The Jerry Costanzo All Star Orchestra (two band options, 9 or 17 piece configurations) A Tribute To The Count. With this show we perform many of the great Count Basie classics from the worlds greatest and most successful big band. The band also explores new and updated arrangements in the styles of the kings of swing themselves, Basie/Ellington & much, much more. I am also the vocalist with the band and will be performing the unique vocal arrangements of the Sinatra Basie collaborations, from the world famous Sinatra/Basie show At The Sands in Las Vegas and more. This show is guaranteed to have the audience snapping their fingers and dancing in the aisles. In addition, our musical director and lead trumpet player Mr. Mike Carubia and I have also combined our extensive music libraries, to cover all the famous big band leaders, arrangers and composers spanning from the 30's thru present day. Including Mr. Carubia's own arrangements. As you may or may not know, Mike is a well known arranger and composer and his works are distributed worldwide.
$1001- $3000
Rosenberg, Paul Dance the World Around! History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Your audience can try their hand at folk dancing, and kick up their heels to live fiddle music, just like people did in the 18th and 19th century before electricity! Enjoy a tradition of community dancing and music handed down from generation to generation and that is still going on in many communities. We play music and get everyone involved – from ages 2 to 102 — especially those who have not danced before, in easy-to-learn American barn dance favorites: circles, squares, contras, as well as international folk (Irish, Dutch, African, Chinese, Korean, Latin American, Russian, Israeli, French, and more) dances. The toe-tapping music consists of reels, jigs, polkas, hornpipes, and waltzes. While participation in the dancing is encouraged — and it’s hard to sit still — it’s fun to just listen to the music and watch too! We teach about the origins of traditional folk instruments including the fiddle, modern and gourd banjo, mandolin, flute, penny whistle, clarinet, guitar, piano, recorder, accordion, ukulele, Chinese hu lu si, percussion, and more. The “Dance the World Around” includes a sit-down period to talk about the dancing, music, instruments, and cultures. More information and video at this link: http://www.homespun.biz/intergenerational-family-dances/
$501- $1000
Van Egmond, Timothy The Wonder Underground Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Have your summer readers “shovel into” an exciting adventure with a lively participatory program of multicultural folk tales and songs about digging, gardening and going underground! Stories include “How Br’er Rabbit Outsmarted the Frogs” (by getting them to dig a deep grave for a seemingly dead Br’er Raccoon), “Talk” (coming very unexpectedly from some yams in a West African garden), and “Todo O Nada – All Or Nothing” (a spooky story about a hidden treasure cave). Songs include “Ground Hog,” “I Wish I Was A Mole In The Ground,” and “The Garden Song.” Tim’s dramatic style of voice, movement, and facial expression brings stories to life, and his gift of encouraging participation makes for high-spirited and engaging programs. He’ll accompany songs with guitar, mountain dulcimer, and conga drum. A program bibliography will be available so that books containing the stories can be on display, and Tim will recommend them in the program to celebrate and encourage reading. Tim Van Egmond has been delighting and captivating audiences all over the country for over 25 years. He has been selected for the New England States Touring Program, and the New Hampshire State Library's "Kid, Books, and the Arts" Project.
$351- $500
Arnold, Speedy Sing-alongs and Stories with Speedy Arnold Music,
Visual Arts- Drawing
Speedy has been playing music for North Country audiences for more than 30 years either solo or with the Bluegrass groups Mardi Gras, the Wolverine Brothers and Three Doug Knight. Performances involve playing guitar and singing fun songs to kids of all ages. Being a well rounded artist, he also has several sketchbooks filled with his original ink drawings of local scenes that he can bring with him to the venues for discussion before,during or after perfomances. In addition to his music, Speedy will also have signed copies of the children's books that he illustrated: The Little Brook in the Field, a frog story, and The Adventures of Molly the Monarch Butterfly. In addition, Speedy will discuss his newest book: What's an Elephant Doing in the AuSable River?(This book won the 2012 People's Choice Award at the Adirondack Center for Writing in Blue Mountain Lake.) His preference is to play acoustically(no sound reinforcement),so smaller groups work out real good; however,if a sound system(with 2 mics) is available and needed for a larger group,he can adapt. Speedy's favorite age groups are preschool to about 5th grade, and he generally will play from 45 minutes to 1 hr.
$201- $350
McGrath, Cathy “ROLLICKING TEAKETTLE” ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, READ! 2016 SUMMER READING Health & Fitness- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Join Cathy McGrath in this highly ACTIVE program of favorite singing games and songs that relate to story books. This program creates exuberant, wholesome fun! The audience members act out the games, sing & play instruments to a funny song called Keep On Reading Boom Boom, and GIGGLE at the dancing limberjack puppets. Everyone will dance, clap,and sing in a celebration of creative movement, self expression, and friendly cooperation. This program was created especially for 2016 SUMMER READING PROGRAM ON YOUR MARK, GET SET...READ! An experienced folk music performer and family literacy teacher, with a specialty in traditional American singing games, Cathy uses guitar, banjo, limberjack puppets, flute, and penny whistle in her programs which are tailored for specific age groups. She has performed for over 25 years for museums, schools, libraries and festivals. One parent’s response: You can’t help but dance! Another response: As we sang, danced, and clapped our way through a variety of folk music, Cathy's energy and enthusiasm were contagious. What a wonderful way to introduce singing games and our cultural heritage to children. We can't wait to have her back again! (October 2010 Sarah Matthews Children's Librarian Wadsworth Library, Geneseo, NY).
$201- $350
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