Performers and Programs

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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Stone, Hank Songwriter Hank Stone Literature- Creative Writing,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Hank has been writing songs for over thirty-five years, and after taking a few years off, has been back on the folk music circuit since 2001. He is prepared to speak about the inspiration for his songs, which includes the folk tradition, popular musicians, literary influences, and the life experiences of himself and of others in the community. Song topics touch on nature, romance, grief and loss, creativity, children, poverty and homelessness, politics, and pets.
$101- $200
Levin, Ira and Julia Raise Your Glass to Charles Dickens! Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Raise your Glass to Charles Dickens! A musical tribute to the author who dedicated his talents to lifting the spirit, hope & awareness. A participatory, community-oriented, celebratory time with sing-alongs and storytelling based on Dickens’ novels musical and movie adaptations. An original tune that introduces seven Dickens novels in under seven minutes. Interactive, uplifting and inspiring. Huzzah! Watch the stop-action animation video at www.thelevinsmusic.com
$351- $500
Collins, Dawn Mountain Dulcimer Introduction History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
The mountain dulcimer is a "user friendly" instrument that came to this country with our pioneer forefathers. In the first lesson, we’ll sing and play songs, and use a number system to learn (individually and as a group) about rhythm, ‘reading’ music notes for the dulcimer, and in future lessons advance to a few simple chords. Instruments are supplied for use during class. 
 We will use our ear and our voices in this interactive class. Dulcimers are available for use during class and may be rented or purchased for a nominal fee through instructor. If rented, they must be returned in same condition at end of class sessions. More info is available at time of contract negotiation. There is an option for building a dulcimer using a pre-made kit as part of program.
$201- $350
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
Singer, Lauren TODDLERS DANCE AROUND THE WORLD (MOMMY AND ME) Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Bond with your toddler, 18 months-4 years, in this engaging program designed just for the preschooler and caregiver. Exciting music from all over the globe will captivate toddlers as well as adults. Dance, play shakers, move with scarves, body beat and interact in this playful group experience. This is a great way to introduce toddlers to authentic world music, rhythm and movement and to socialize with other children.
$101- $200
Bromka, Sondra & John DIG THAT CANAL! ‘15 Miles on the Erie Canal' Family Fun Musical Storytelling; With FREE companion options - Folk Instruments of Along the Canal; Introduction to Theatercraft History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
'15 Miles on the Erie Canal' is a colorful and very participatory historic musical storytelling event for the whole family. Enjoy this lively collage of Tall Tales, Costumes, Music and Sing-along Songs as the artists share an unforgettable story of New York’s famous waterway. Presented in 19th century 'folk opera' performance style, it sparkles with canal-era music from cultures along the canal, performed on a rare collection of historic instruments including hammer dulcimer, banjo, fiddle, hurdy gurdy, early squeezeboxes, canal horn, and more. Our story unfolds as Captain Simon Slick and Irish cook Sallie Waters meet up with Sal, a truly amazing mule who makes quite a splash (and also happens to be guest from the audience!). Together they set off on a rollicking journey down The Grand E-ri-e Canal, 8th Wonder of the World! Great characters, great stories, and an unforgettable historic enrichment experience for Summer Reading Programs! NOTE: For a gala event, our “15 Miles” performance may be expanded with your choice of NYS Canal Cultural Heritage workshop activities: expanded singing roles for a children’s/family chorus; lively canal-era children's dances; and even student-written Tall Tale vignettes for the Grand Finale. Custom-designed programs, special events welcome.
$351- $500
Bezrodnov, Vitaliy Golden Gates - Singing, Dancing, Instrumental Company (15) Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Golden Gates offers audiences an entertaining and authentic glimpse into Old Russia through music, song, and dance. The repertoire is centered around masterpieces of Russian folklore and represents the diversity of the culture, ranging from gently humorous songs, to elaborate lyrical suites, to pulsating dance numbers. The program is broad and varied, with something to appeal to everyone, including audience participation though clapping and learning Russian songs and words. Lilting balalaikas, dynamic bayan accordion, unique trashotky and loshky, humorous dances, and superb vocals combine for an exhilarating and educational performance for audiences of all ages.
$501- $1000
Van Egmond, Timothy The Jolly Farmer History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Perfect for agricultural fairs and the like. Songs and tunes from 18th and 19th century America, when 'the farmer was the man who feeds us all.' Yankee Notions is Jim Douglas and Tim Van Egmond. Both are accomplished singers, storytellers, and musicians (guitar, hammered dulcimer, English concertina, pennywhistle, Appalachian dulcimer). Performing for close to 25 years, Yankee Notions has been featured in hundreds of community concerts and festivals, schools, libraries senior centers, and heritage museums including Old Sturbridge Village (MA), Historic Deerfield (MA), Mystic Seaport (CT), and Old Bethpage Village Restoration (NY). 'Yankee Notions likes to promise that they will ‘please the ear, enrich the mind, and enchant the heart.’ They’ve been making good on that promise for the last 20 years, all around New England and beyond it as well.' Nicholas Thaw, Director, 1794 Meetinghouse, New Salem, MA
$501- $1000
Levin, Ira and Julia The Library: A Palace of Wonders! Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
An interactive program of original stories and songs sthat celebrates why we love the library! We will introduce you to Pollo Elastico, the Rubber Chicken of Freedom and Ruby the Rescue Cow, while reinforcing the fun of reading and the beauty of being a part of community.
$351- $500
Ruch, Dave Live In Concert - The Canal Street String Band! History,
Music
The Canal Street String Band performs good-time music on banjo, fiddle, twin mandolins, dobro, string bass, guitar and more, with stellar three-part harmonies. Cowboy songs...sea shanties...western swing...fiddle tunes...old-time mountain music...and originals too! Perfect for multi-generational audiences. The musicianship is outstanding, the songs are infectious, and the humor makes everyone feel right at home. Visit the website for video clips, reviews and more.
$351- $500
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