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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Rosenberg, Paul Homespun Family 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. 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, piano, recorder, percussion, and more. The “Homespun Family 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
Ackerbauer, Bill Old-timey ballads and blues History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The Doghouse Carpenters are the Americana trio of Bill Ackerbauer, Bill Healy and Bob Zink. The group plays traditional American folk, vintage country, bluegrass and old-timey music on a mix of acoustic instruments, including upright bass, guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and harmonica. The trio peppers its performances with good humor, stories about the origins of the songs and throws the occasional curveball by putting an old-timey spin on modern material. Specialized thematic programs with topics such as Trains, Planes and Automobiles and Old-Time Gospel are available. We are willing to tailor our performances to your needs and interests.
$201- $350
Wilkins, Kathy Celtic music History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
http://rochesterhomepage.net/content/video/?cid=162831 Kathy Wilkins, singer, entertainer and educator, sings a wide variety of songs. This program of Celtic songs can include up to one hour of American popular Irish songs from the early 1900s, accompanied by piano (see video clip) and/or up to one hour of traditional Irish songs with guitar accompaniment. Short "lessons" about the historical or cultural context of the songs, such as information about composers, or the explanations of the lyrics, can be included if desired. If "lessons" or other speeches are desired for groups larger than 25, amplification would be helpful.
$101- $200
Bram, Lance Music Therapy for Teens Life Skills- Other,
Media- Video,
Music
Then group will listen to various music / music videos from the internet, such as from pandora or youtube, to discover what helps you to relax or is an outlet for certain emotions. Guided discussions will follow about how music has impacted lives.
Up to $100
Cavanaugh, Deb Where in the World Are We? Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
An interactive program of songs and dances from around the world, often sung in those languages. This program includes a PowerPoint presentation showing children from each country, or can be done with each country being marked on a world map with that country's flag as each song is introduced. Countries may include Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, European countries, Russia, and more. Instruments may include fiddle, mandolin, mountain dulcimer, limberjack, banjo, guitar and vocals.
$201- $350
Hopkins, Allen Annie & Al On the Erie Canal History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Storyteller Fran Carlisi-Paxson joins Allen Hopkins to re-enact Erie Canal days. Fran plays "Annie," a canal boat cook, while Allen is an itinerant 19th-cehtury musician. Fran recounts several "tall tales" from the canal tradition, while Allen sings songs collected from NY State sources, pertaining to the history and social life of the canal. Program is given in period costume, using antique instruments, and features dialog and byplay that outline some of the lesser-known historical facts of the canal era. The program takes a humorous perspective on many facets of 19th-century Erie Canal life. This program has been presented at Spencerport Canal Days, Livingston County Historical Museum, Greece Historical Society, and elsewhere.
$201- $350
Papa, Jim A Generation of Music - Hits of the 1950's and 60's Music
This show is the perfect choice for anyone who was part of or enjoys music from the Baby Boomer Generation. Hits made popular by the artists we all know and love performed by Jim Papa. Call him a throwback, a natural talent with a voice that transcends time and brings back memories of places and passion of years gone by. His love of music is apparent in every word he sings and his powerful yet elegant performances create an atmosphere that is unsurpassed and only experienced when listening to a truly great talent. Taking the lead from the greatest performers from years gone by, his renditions of classic ballads, pop and rock and roll as well as his ability to perform within a variety of music genres have made him a popular, featured performer. This show is upbeat, fun, interactive and nostalgic.
$201- $350
A Barrel of Fun Productions, Art Miller A Barrel of Fun Music Programs Music,
Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
A Barrel of Fun offers a wide variety of music programs, both educational and comedy based. All of our performances include a various assortment of instruments. All shows are audience interactive. Music programs offered are: World Tour of Music (Educational and entertaining) American Music Tribute (Educational and entertaining) Bongo Joe (Percussion and stringed instruments) Ukulele Art (Music with vintage ukuleles and comedy) Ukulele Lady (Music with vintage ukuleles) Uke Nuts-musical duo, featuring vintage ukuleles. Programs for children and grownups. Catfish Charlie (Camp songs & comedy) Rattlesnake Red (Western & comedy) Some shows are theme adaptable for summer reading programs. For the 2016 library summer reading theme, Get On Your Mark, Set, Read. We are suggesting the following programs: Catfish Charlie's The Great Outdoors- (Comedy/Music), and Bongo Joes's Get Movin'- (Music/Comedy). (See website for descriptions and photos)
$201- $350
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), Granger Homestead (Canandaigua), Geneseo Summer Concert Series, many other venues.
$501- $1000
Rosenberg, Paul Colonial Dance History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
What did people do before iPods, Xbox and SkyZone? They sang, made their own music, and danced! Are you looking for a way to bring the Colonial era to life on a budget? Get your audience to think like a colonial! They will learn firsthand how people have socialized for many generations and hear anecdotes from American (and global) history. Encourage them to come in costume from clothing they already have – or make their own. Colonial New York and New England were a crossroads of trade, commerce and culture, influenced by Dutch, French, English, African and Native American among many other peoples and traditions. Show the children how “multicultural” means more than just skin color and that it is not a new concept. The audience will connect with centuries-old traditions and participate in the traditional house party dances as generations of Americans have done – by dancing! Squares, contras and circle dances brought to American from Europe and Africa. Origins of traditional folk instruments (fiddle, modern and gourd banjo, mandolin, flute, penny whistle, piano, recorder, percussion, and more) taught during a sit-down period to talk about the dancing, music, instruments, and cultures. More information/video at this link: http://www.homespun.biz/intergenerational-family-dances/
$501- $1000
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