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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Hopkins, Allen Songs of Irish Immigration History,
Music
Music drawing on the Irish experience, mainly as emigrants from Ireland and new settlers in America. Selections include songs of departure (Muirshin Durkin, Off to California), of immigrant experience in the US (Paddy On the Canal, Paddy Works On the Railway), discrimination and adjustment (No Irish Need Apply, When McGinnis Gets a Job). Familiar songs of the jukebox Irish canon (When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, My Wild Irish Rose) are used to highlight the assimilation of Irish immigrants and their nostalgia for the old country. Mixed in are Irish melodies of all eras, from O'Carolan harp tunes, dance jigs and reels, Irish rebel songs, and many sing-alongs. Accompaniment on guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica and concertina. Very suited for St. Patrick's Day season. Performed at New England Folk Festival, Hazard Library (Poplar Ridge NY), Wide Awake Club Library (Fillmore NY).
$201- $350
Killion, Paul Classic Country Music Music
You don't have to live in the country to enjoy this program! Paul dons his boots & Stetson hat and straps on his guitar to play and sing favorite Country (and Western) songs from the past as well as a few selections from today! The program features great classic tunes by the likes of Hank Williams, Hank Snow, Bob Wills and Ernest Tubb. Hits by contemporary artists like George Straight and Garth Brooks are also included. From 'Hey Good Lookin' to 'Friends in Low Places' this program is sure to please audiences of all persuasions.
Up to $100
Bertles, John Sustainable Storytelling Music,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Increase your students' environmental awareness using literacy! Master storyteller Robin Bady will weave an eco-web of words accompanied by the bewitching music of Skip LaPlante on instruments built from trash. Stories are age-appropriate and science-based, and address the concepts of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle as well as Conservation. Whether in auditorium or workshop format, students are encouraged to create and perform their own stories - in which the Big Bad Wolf may be a vital part of our ecosystem!
$501- $1000
Bertles, John Bash the Trash Music,
Nature- Environment,
Science
Bash the Trash is all about science, music and the environment - for over 20 years we’ve been building, performing and educating using instruments made from recycled and reused materials. Our scientist/musicians have invented an entire orchestra of strange instruments, and teach about sustainability and the 3 R’s (Reduce Reuse Recycle). Science can transform even the strangest resources into cool stuff! This program is flexible and can be done in a solo, duo or trio size depending on your projected audience size and budget. We can present for very young audiences (3-6 yrs), school age audiences or family audiences. Optional hands-on instrument-building and parade/jam session available. Excellent connections to summer reading, environmental programs, music and science book programs, as well as occasions such as Earth Day, National Recycling Day, Arbor Day, World Water Day, etc.
$351- $500
TheatreworksUSA, - JOHNNY THE K Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Audiences across the country are going wild for award-winning singer/songwriter Johnny the K’s fun-filled, interactive, thoroughly captivating performances, including CITIZENS OF THE WORLD; I CAN, I AM, AND I WILL; TURN THE WORLD AROUND; YOU CAN SAY NO and A FAMILY NIGHT TO REMEMBER.
$1001- $3000
Hopkins, Allen Songs of the Railroad History,
Music
Songs from the 19th and 20th centuries, describing the construction, operation, and history of America's railroads. Main repertoire source: N. Cohen, The Long Steel Rail, U.of Chicago Press, 1982. Examples: Drill Ye Tarriers, John Henry, Wabash Cannonball, Casey Jones, Wreck of the Old 97, Paddy Works on the Railway, Life's Railway to Heaven, etc. Accompaniment on acoustic stringed instruments (guitar, banjo, Autoharp, etc.). History and background is given for all songs. Presented annually for the Brighton schools for 13 years; and recently performed at the Strong Museum (Rochester), Heritage Square Museum (Ontario), Cattaraugus County Museum, New England Folk Festival (Mansfield MA). Performed at Cottrell Mem. Library in Atlanta NY, 2011. Many opportunities for audience participation (chorus singing).
$201- $350
Ellison, Emily Sing Me a Story, Read Me a Song Music,
Music,
Music
SING ME A STORY, READ ME A SONG! ($300 per program) (An NY and Queens Public Library and school favorite) Children ages 0 - 5 and their caregivers will dive into the wonderful world of picture books by singing and exercising their physical, social and emotional and intellectual minds as they use music to increase their alphabetic knowledge, initial letter sound knowledge, rhyming abilities, print awareness pre-reading skills.Participants will: dance, march, stomp, skip, hop, bend, stretch, sway, clap, tap, sing a song and bang a gong and use props like scarves, parachutes, streamers, balls, to explore movement and space. They will shake and strike bells, shakers, drums and all the traditional children’s percussion and explore sound and rhythms, timbre, volume, pitch, and tempo sing a great variety of traditional early childhood and nursery rhyme songs and begin and end each class with the same “hello” and “goodbye” songs.
$201- $350
Mischief, Merry Santa & Mrs. Claus Christma Sing-a-Long! Music,
Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This is a very fun and different Christmas and Yule Holiday Program! Santa & Mrs. Claus come and do a Musical Program for you and your patron! After a program that features Holiday Favorite Songs (and some silly Elf Jokes)Santa and Mrs. Claus will take some special time to chat with girls and boys about their Christmas wish list! That's right, it's time to bend Santa's ear if you've been GOOD! (and it's never too late to be good if you've been a bit naughty! :) Santa KNOWS.
$351- $500
Collins, Dawn Native American Style Flute Playing and Mini-Concert History,
Multicultural- Native American,
Music
Introduction to the history of the Native American tradition of flute playing, basic elements of construction of the flute (Plains flute and Woodland flutes), the evolution of design of the instrument and the playing purposes. This is a hands-on class and plastic flutes may be available for those who do not own a flute at advance request of at least several weeks. A display of over thirty flutes representing several custom flute builders and a mini-concert of tunes may be included as a pre-workshop incentive for learning. Each session includes instruction on breath control, fingering technique, and playing scales familiar to the Native American style, building melodies using improvisation and learning how to read NAF tablature.
$101- $200
Shimeta, Kathleen America: Poets, Patriotism, Politics and Life in Song Literature- Poetry,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
America: Poets, Patriotism, Politics and Life What better way to celebrate our nation’s creativity than with an art song recital showcasing the talents of our composers and poets. Opening with Edward MacDowell’s beautiful “To a Wild Rose” the recital will features Aaron Copland’s commentary on politics and Gena Branscombe’s haunting World War I song, “Dear Lad O’Mine. Langston Hughes, one of our country’s great poets, collaborated with immigrant composer Jean Berger. Composer and poet never met in person yet via telephone they created a moving song cycle. Emily Dickinson’s poignant words are set to music by Aaron Copland and Martin Hennessy. The performers present four songs that sum up our life from childhood to becoming an adult. Concluding the program Leonard Bernstein’s “Take Care of this House” from his musical 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue leads to two tributes to our country as world leader and the beauty of our land.
$501- $1000
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