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Hopkins, Allen 19th-Century American Songs & Tunes History,
Music
The Flint Hill Folk have been staff musicians at the Genesee Country Village restoration in Mumford NY for over 30 years. The group includes up to eight members, performing on fiddle, guitar, banjo, hammered dulcimer, mandolin, concertina, and vocals. Performances are in 19th-century costume, and feature restored period instruments. Repertoire includes folk and popular songs of the 19th century/Civil War era, with emphasis on New York composers, and regional themes such as the Erie Canal, Civil War, women's suffrage, The group can perform in numbers from three to six, depending on individual requirements. A subset of the Flint Hill Folk can provide period dance calling and instrumentation. In addition to regular work at Genesee Country Village, group has performed at the Museum of Trades & Industry (Seneca Falls), Brighton Town Concert Series, Salt Museum (Sytacuse), Hamlin Beach State Park, 'Battle of Lain's Mill' Civil War re-enactment (Canisteo), many other venues.
$501- $1000
Keeffe Schwartzman, Gigi ROCKIN' IN THE OCEAN (full band) Music,
Nature- Environment,
Nature- Marine Life
Rockin’ in the Ocean” is a rollicking collection of Rock, Swing and Doo-Wop songs about Sea Mammals and other ocean inhabitants from a highly interactive show written for Elementary School children and their parents and teachers at the request and under the guidance of the New York Aquarium. Gigi, a multi-award winning singer, was asked by the Aquarium to write and produce a show celebrating Sea Mammals in a fun and stylized form reminiscent of blasts from the past, and “Rockin’ in the Ocean” is the result Gigi® and the Lend Me a Hand Band® is a multi-generational musical troupe dedicated to bringing joy to young audiences through musical merriment, theatre and literature. Whether it’s purely for entertainment or used as a means to educate children, music is a powerful force that gets kids of all ages involved and creates a memorable experience for them. Making it interactive, through songs and games set to music, has been integral to the success of the band and one of the keys to unleashing the imagination of their rapt listeners!FULL BAND - FOUR (USUALLY DURING WEEK) TO SIX PLAYERS (EVENINGS & WEEKENDS) DEPENDENT UPON AVAILABILITY.
$501- $1000
McGrath, Cathy “SINGING TEAKETTLE” HOLIDAY CONCERTS: Christmas, St Patrick’s Day, Halloween . . . Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Other
Cathy McGrath presents intergenerational folk music programs with seasonal themes, such as Christmas, Irish Christmas Traditions, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, July Fourth, Halloween and Thanksgiving that put a little spice in your cup of sing-along tea. She calls her music “Teakettle Music” because it is steeped in tradition, brewed at home, and shared with friends. An experienced folk music performer and family literacy teacher, with a specialty in traditional American singing games, Cathy uses guitar, banjo, limberjacks, flute, and penny whistle in her programs which are tailored for specific age groups. She is happy to design a program for your specific needs.
$201- $350
Bromka, Sondra & John 'The Tale of Yanek & Heliotrope' - A Medieval Music & Storytelling Journey History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
Audiences are instantly engaged when a Medieval merchant's cart overflowing with mysterious and intriguing musical instruments arrives. Master Craftsman Yanek is en route to the greatest trading faire in all of France. His path crosses that of Lady Heliotrope, an exuberant troubaritz (female troubadour) in search of poetic inspiration. From here the fairytale spins as their tales entwine in this authentic period storytelling production that will absolutely delight audiences of all ages. Sondra and John Bromka infuse the performance with historic music on a great variety of unusual medieval instruments-many actually built by John, an accomplished luthier in real life. An authentic and appealing program!
$351- $500
Kumalo, Robbi Osebo's Drum Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This is a wonderful storytelling performance for African-American History Month as well as all year round! Multiple Parents’ Choice Award winning storyteller Robbi K's spirit is clearly contagious, and the entire audience is soon singing and clapping along with the telling of how the turtle got its shell. Movement, singing and chanting set the scene for Robbi to unfold this amusing traditional tale of a little turtle who outwits the fierce leopard and is rewarded with a shell. Robbi moves about constantly, appealing to the audience as she acts out the many characters. This program can also include an African percussionist, budget permitting.
$501- $1000
Collins, Dawn North American Music (Appalachian Trail, Shakers, Native American) History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Native American Tunes Songs, chants and tunes drawn from various tribes, display of Native American style flutes, historical information and demonstration with tunes played on the Native American style flute, drums and rattles. Shaker Tunes and Movement Songs collected from the Shakers with movement or gestures, including “I Will Bow and Be Simple,” “Love Is Little,” and “More Love,” and “I Will Bend Like the Willow” Appalachian and Traditional Potpourri Songs and tunes from the Appalachian Trail, Colonial times, and the Underground Railroad played on the Appalachian mountain lap dulcimer and banjitar. Audience participation encouraged.
$101- $200
Pelham, Ruth Let's Write A Song! Songwriting Workshop Music
**Reduced fees available for multiple programs in one day or block booking with multiple libraries for the same day.** Using a songwriting process that encourages all voices to be heard, Ruth Pelham of the Music Mobile teaches participants about the power of language, the craft of writing, and the basic elements of music - melody, rhythm and lyrics. Participants learn about writing concepts such as narration, sequencing, intention, context, and fluidity, and also gain social skills in communication and group dynamics. Acclaimed by folksinger Pete Seeger as “one of America’s greatest songwriters,” Ruth uses her longtime expertise as a songwriter and educator to inspire participants to write songs that draw upon their life experiences and express their hopes, dreams, and concerns about their world. Participants will have a chance to sing their song at the end of the workshop. Music Mobile offers other workshops, concerts, Family Nights, etc!
$351- $500
Keeffe Schwartzman, Gigi MUSIC & MERRIMENT!! (TODDLER PROGRAMS) A.K.A. GIGI'S MUSICAL ADVENTURES Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
SPECIAL MUSIC, PUPPET & MUSICAL STORY TIME FOR TODDLERS AND CAREGIVERS. MULTI-AWARD WINNING SINGER, GIGI, LEADS THE MUSIC AND MERRIMENT. DIFFERENT MUSICAL ADVENTURES ARE INCLUDED WITH EACH VISIT:DOWN ON THE FARM, OUT OF AFRICA, SPRING HAS SPRUNG, HOLIDAY THEMES, ETC. OFTEN INCLUDED IS AN INTRODUCTION TO A CHILD FRIENDLY CLASSICAL SELECTION TO PLAY ALONG WITH ON INSTRUMENTS (LEND ME A HAND BAND WOODEN SPOONS) AND/OR MARCH ALONG TO DEPENDENT ON NUMBERS AND SPACE. A WONDERFUL MONTHLY OR SEASONAL OFFERING FOR EVERY LIBRARY OR CHILDHOOD INSTITUTION. GIGI'S CD MOVEMENT & MERRIMENT WAS A 2008 FINALIST IN THE CHILDREN'S MUSIC WEB AWARDS FOR BEST ALBUM FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS AND BEST SONG FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS.
$351- $500
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
Epstein Kravis, Anna Pre K INTERACTIVE Song and Puppetry Concerts Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Lively concerts feature electric keyboard, huggable hand puppets, basic sign language, children's favorite songs, Anna's acclaimed originals, the hilarious poetry of LuLu the Singing Llama, Huggy Bear, and lots of participation fo ages 2 and up! Over 400 library concerts performed, 1000 Pre School Programs, and 3500 concerts performed total internationally. Children's Librarians say: The best, most entertaining concert event of the year!...Even the shyest children opened up to sing, dance and give bear hugs! and Just the kind of artist we love! Sensitive to the needs of children and parents alike!
$351- $500
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