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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Barkan, Paul Michael THE BEATLES' Magical Use of the Orchestra Media- Video,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Presented by Paul Michael Barkan, Music Technology Professor at the John Lennon Center for Music at Five Towns College, this lecture will explore the trailblazing use of the symphony orchestra and the recording studio in the music of the Beatles. This not-to-be-missed multi-media presentation promises to be lively, entertaining and full of video clips of the Beatles' songs and musical examples!
$201- $350
Handy, Spook America's Story through Folk Songs History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Traces American Folk Music from Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger through today. Honoring the great traditions of American roots music, songs inspired by the Dust Bowl, Great Depression, Civil Right Movement, 60's and 70's Peace Movement and more recent issues are presented with a completely contemporary sound and unabashedly positive sensibility. The passion, purpose and spirit of American folk music is alive and well. An excellent program for Libraries, Arts Centers, Churches, Schools and other meeting places. Pete Seeger covers some of Spook's songs and the two perform together several times per year. Visit www.spookhandy.com for more info on the artist and other programs and workshops.
$501- $1000
McGrath, Cathy “WHISTLING TEAKETTLE” SONGS from AMERICAN HISTORY History,
Music,
Other
Based on research done for music for the Genesee Country Village & Museum with Flint Hill Folk, Cathy McGrath presents a program of nineteenth century music in period costume, “Songs That Never Grow Old”, from the book of the same title, published in 1903, which states that it is a “collection of old-time songs that have long been tried and forever loved”. These songs are part of our collective past, yet still resonate today. The audience is encouraged to participate. An experienced folk music performer, Cathy uses a 1870’s guitar, limberjacks, antique flute, and rolled tin whistle in her historical programs which are tailored for specific age groups. Additional performers may be added.
$201- $350
Handy, Spook The Power of Song in the Civil Rights Movement History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
This “Stand Up and Sing Out” program (see above) focuses on the songs of the Civil Rights Movement. It traces the sound track of the movement from the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 to the March on Washington in 1963 to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968 and beyond. Learn about the songs’ roots in era of slavery, the black churches of the south and the labor movement of the early 20th century and discover how the lessons of the civil rights movement have influenced and are reflected in “movement songs” of today. Be prepared to sing along and feel the power of the music that breathed the soul of the civil rights movement. This engaging, educational, entertaining and empowering program is particularly excellent for college audiences and can be supplemented with in-class lectures/concerts, Q&A and workshops to address the specific questions and interests of students today. It is also excellent for schools, arts centers, festivals, conferences, libraries, churches and anywhere else people want to experience the power of song.
$501- $1000
Rosenberg, Paul Homespun Old Time Community Dance History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Homespun Community Dancing provides fun, engaging and educational library events that teach about life before electricity in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Homespun Old Time Community Dance takes the audience/participants back to a time when families made their own entertainment with homemade music and dance. We teach about the origins of traditional folk instruments including the fiddle, modern and gourd banjo, mandolin, guitar, clarinet, penny whistle and recorder. Everyone gets involved – from ages 2 to 102 -- in easy-to-learn American barn dance favorites and dances from around the world. All dances are taught, and danced to LIVE folk music that has been known to transform even the most adamant, grimacing youngsters declaring “I will never dance” into smiling dance-lovers asking: “When is the next dance?”! 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, percussion, and more. The “Old Time Community Dance” 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
Walsh, FARMER TOM WALSH and tiger tom GUITAR WORKSHOP WITH FARMER TOM WALSH OPEN TUNING History,
Literature- Other,
Music
Tiger Tom performs his songs and stories gathered from Masters he has studied and performed with including folklorist John Lomax and Mike Seeger of the Smithsonian institute of America, Legendary Traditional American musicians Doc Watson, Norm Blake, Joe Pass, Fiddling Mark Hamilton and others. Tiger Tom is a Master Flat picker and of the open tunings in early roots music; passed to him by Mike Seeger. Workshops are available. American songs of the Miner – include: Dark as a mine, the miner daughters dream, the miner (original) American songs of Praise – A collection of Gospel, Bluegrass, Roots and original songs. American songs for Children – A collection of children’s music and storytelling.
$351- $500
String Band, Homegrown Homegrown String Band Music
The Homegrown String Band, America's premier purveyors of original and neo-traditional high energy acoustic American roots music, presents a program of original music, as well as their own unique interpretations of traditional folk material. A 21st century incarnation of the traditional American family band, they present a program utilizing fiddle, guitar, harmonica, mandolin, clawhammer banjo, doumbek, banjo ukulele, mountain dulcimer, and jaw harp. The Homegrown String Band takes their audiences on a rollicking ride through the sounds of American music, improvising and interacting like only a family can. Their musical program is interspersed with anecdotes and stories, focusing on the people and technologies that have helped shape the oral tradition of American folk music of which they are a part. Entertaining and educational for audiences of all ages, HGSB shows present library patrons with an entertaining and educational look at the history and roots of American folk music. The family has performed at over 300 libraries, as well as theaters and festivals, around the country since 1997.
$501- $1000
Collins, Dawn World Music - Five or Six Regions History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
An overview of traditional music styles from different parts of the world (wide geographical span), display of world instruments, listening to music samples, and singing songs from different regions, as well as an opportunity to play rhythm instruments. Regions include: Africa, Latin America, The Orient and Mid-East, Europe and The British Isles, Australia/New Zealand, North America/Native America. This is appropriate for a single session of 1 1/2 hours or a series of 5-6 sessions, each 1 hour in length in order to do justice to each region; however, may be shortened for highlights or focus on a particular region, such as, Celtic Contributions to World Music. The program may be adapted for younger children and families, school children (elementary to middle school), or adults. Songs are taught through phonetic pronunciation in relevant languages of the area.
$101- $200
Grudko, Marian Lucinda Snowdrop Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Lucinda Snowdrop a musical tale for families and adults
 by composer and storyteller Marian Grudko Lucinda is only a toy bunny,
 yet it’s up to her to save Emmie’s grandma. Will Lucinda make the right choice? Will she do the right thing? Marian will perform this poignant story, accompanied 
by her enchanting music.
$201- $350
Tranchina, Gabriele A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month Music,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Celebrate Hispanic American Music Heritage: Discover the beauty of Latin rhythms and Latin or Latin influenced music with us. Among the wide variety of offerings you will hear Latin Rhythms such as the Bolero, Salsa, Merengue, Afro-Cuban 6/8 rhythms, Waltzes like “Des Colores” from Mexico, Bossas and Sambas from Brazil. You will hear famous songs such as Consuelo Velazquez’ “Besame Mucho”, Jose Fernandez Diaz’ Guantanamera, Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “One Note Samba” and many more.
$201- $350
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