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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
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
Collins, Dawn Christmas & Holidays Around the World Multicultural- Other,
Music
This program introduces songs and tunes from around the world to celebrate the holidays, Christmas and the New Year on a variety of folk and ethnic instruments, including acoustic guitar, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, shruti, Native American style flute, ukelele, banjitar, hand held percussion, harmonica, Information may be shared about the history of unique instruments and/or the ethnic background of where it originates from. Audience participation is encouraged.
$201- $350
Rucker, Sparky and Rhonda Heroes & Hard Times History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Sparky and Rhonda Rucker take the audience on a journey spanning over three centuries of American and African-American history, including slavery, the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, the westward migration, the birth of blues music, and the Civil Rights Movement. Each era is interspersed with stories and popular songs from the period. They accompany themselves with fingerpicking and bottleneck blues guitar, blues harmonica, old-time banjo, spoons, and bones. Their music includes old-time blues, Appalachian music, Civil War music, spirituals, and slave songs as well as originals. Sparky and Rhonda also tell traditional tales, for example Brer Rabbit, High John the Conqueror, or Appalachian tales,and they have been featured at the International Storytelling Center and festival.
$351- $500
Sieling, Tom Take Tromp Through the Swamp! In keeping with the 2016 fitness theme Health & Fitness- Sports,
Music,
Nature- Animals
Tom performs humorous, VERY participatory (often even a bit athletic!) songs for kids and their families. Fun is the guiding principle. He performed 82 family programs during the summer reading season of 2015, and has delighted tens of thousands over the past twenty years. Tom accompanies himself on guitar, banjo, harmonica, and a drum machine. His 2016 program, 'Take a Tromp Through the Swamp!', is designed with the 'On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!' theme in mind. He travels with a great sound system for use as needed- it works nicely outside, too. He can be booked for $295/275 with no mileage fee- please see below for details. Dozens of librarian references are available upon request. 'Tom is a wonderfully engaging performer... sure to raise even the most reticent out of their seat! We 'howled at the moon, sang a wild thing tune', and wanted more!' - Nicole Carner, Library Director, Pember Library, Granville 'Tom is masterful both as a musician and in how he relates to his audience... his sense of humor and sheer fun shines throughout it all. He is a winner every time!' Mary Gleason, Children's Librarian, Irondequoit Library
$201- $350
Sullivan, Rory Michelle Music and More: LIVE! Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Join Rory Michelle and friends for interactive, fun, lively songs and sing-alongs, complete with movement and musical stories. Children will be entertained and engaged with themes such as Dinosaurs and Dear Zoo! Featuring live acoustic guitar and lots and lots of fun movement.
$101- $200
Keegan, Ed Reading in Rhythm with Dexter: Drumming Through the Jungle Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Ed Keegan of Rhythm Connect facilitates this interactive rhythmic adventure based on his popular book entitled, Drumming with Dexter: Drumming Through the Jungle, which he co-wrote with his 12 year old daughter, Rebekah. The book includes an extensive online parent-teacher guide with downloadable audio files, coloring pages, curriculum enhancements, and much more! For more info. on the book go to: www.rhythmconnect.com/dexter. This fully interactive program will engage and exhilarate participants. Ed provides all of the drums and percussion instruments for participants. No drumming or musical experience is necessary!
$201- $350
Roethel, Glen Concert: One Hour of Love Songs Music
We all love a love song, especially when we are in love. Bring someone special and be in love again while stellar singer-songwriter Glen Roethel sings songs, old and new, to rekindle your heart flame. And don't forget, not all love songs are amorous! Some songs will explore love of the earth, friends, music, cars, pets, and each other. Songs for performance may be drawn from the following original and cover songs, and more: The Book of Love, The Sea of Love, Longer, I Can't Help Falling In Love With You, Unchained Melody, My Girl, I'm Yours, A Thousand Years, Everything, Bless The Broken Road, (What A) Wonderful World This Would Be, What A Wonderful World, Brown Eyed Girl, Sweet Caroline, Get Together, I'm Yours, Better Together, Here There and Everywhere, I Will, I'm A Believer, The Water Is Wide, Higher and Higher, The Wedding Song, Sunday Morning, Stand By Me, Wonderful Tonight, Love Me Tender, Don't Be Cruel, Cats In The Cradle, Happy Together, Do Wa Diddy, Feeling Groovy, If, Brandy, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Drift Away, Lean On Me, Teach Your Children, With A Little Help From My Friends, In Your Eyes, All You Need Is Love...
$201- $350
Handy, Spook American Folk Songs for the Whole Family History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
This program is simple. Let’s make sure our kids know some of the treasures of American Folk Music. We’ll sing old favorites like “This Land is Your Land”, “If I had a Hammer”, “I’ve been Working on the Railroad”, “She’ll be coming Around the Mountain” and maybe some newer songs. If the children don’t already know a song we’ll take the time to teach them. Parents are encouraged to sit with their children and help them learn the songs. 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
Roethel, Glen Music Between the Pages Literature- Other,
Media- Other,
Music
Soft acoustic guitar and vocals, situated somewhere between periodicals and reference... You can choose the location, but that's where Glen first experimented with this pleasant, new musical enhancement to the quiet library sanctuary. The library patrons loved it!
$201- $350
frodelius, blair The Jitterbugs! Health & Fitness- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
The Jitterbugs are an energetic and humorous musical duo, performing interactive songs with kids in mind. Everyone will be literally out of their seats, clapping, dancing and jumping to the tunes! With unique songs including a rock & roll version of The Itsy Bitsy Spider, classic songs by Chubby Checker and original songs about bugs, plan for an afternoon of lively entertainment that you'll never forget! Blair Frodelius plays guitar and sings and Autumn plays keyboard and dances; they both bring fun for the whole family!
$101- $200
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