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Program
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Description
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Franco Feeney, Betsy Ecosystems Large and Small Music,
Nature- Environment,
Science
Based on two songs by award-winning songwriter Christine Lavin, AMOEBA HOP and HOLE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA . They tell of the tiny ecosystems in a drop of clean water and the gulf of Mexico, a large ecosystem that was polluted in the Oil Spill of 2010. Binary vision (of a paramecium), wildlife rehabilitation, and clean energy are all part of this slide and video presentation. To hear the songs and view images of the books, go to http://www.puddlejumppress.com/www.puddlejumppress.com/SchoolProgramsByBFF.html. In conjunction with this program, classroom workshops are sometimes conducted where the students create pinwheels to illustrate wind energy. Workshops are approximately 45 minutes.
$201- $350
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
Bromka, Sondra & John Historic Music and Dance Celebrations of Many Cultures History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Bells & Motley's International Instruments, with International Folk Dances for Families; Special topics include Celebrating NYS Heritage with Dutch Music and French Cultural Heritage Concerts, Performances, Celebrations See www.bellsandmotley.com website for detailed information, photos, and much more.
$351- $500
Roethel, Glen Concert: One Hour of James Taylor & Carole King Music
James Taylor and Carole King have made lifetime musical contributions which have delighted a whole generation. As singer-songwriters – performing artists who write their own material – they continued this growing trend into the 1960s and 1970s right alongside The Beatles, Jackson Browne, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Brian Wilson, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, John Denver, Eagles, Jim Croce, Carly Simon, Cat Stevens, Don Mclean, and others.   Join national touring and recording artist (and award-winning singer-songwriter), Glen Roethel in this musical concert stroll from New York City's Loco-Motion on up to New England's blues-infused Copperline. (Singing along is always encouraged.)   Songs for performance may be drawn from the following, and more:   Carolina In My Mind, Copperline, Country Road, Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight, Every Day, Fire & Rain, Handyman, How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You), Oh, Susanna, Our Town, Shed A Little Light, Shower The People, Something In The Way She Moves, Sweet Baby James, You've Got A Friend, Your Smiling Face, A Natural Woman, Home Again, I Feel The Earth Move, It's Too Late, Jazzman, So Far Away, Tapestry, Up On The Roof, Where You Lead, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, The Loco-Motion
$201- $350
Handy, Spook Ground Breaking Troubadours History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Spook Handy has been called “a modern day troubadour in the style of Pete Seeger and Phil Ochs.” In fact, Spook’s style of acoustic guitar, harmonica and singing fits right in with the Ground Breaking Troubadours of the 20th Century – Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Peter Paul and Mary, Phil Ochs and others – who paved the path for thousands of acoustic songwriters and folk musicians to follow. This program tells the history of America through songs that were often the first of their kind. Many of the songs in this program and the stories behind them were taught to Spook by his mentor Pete Seeger.
$501- $1000
Cavanaugh, Deb Exploring American Folk History,
Music,
Other
Traditional American Folk songs and tunes tracing sections of American history with the use of a U.S. map. I will show the Old Chisolm Trail (The Lonesome Cowboy) and Oregon Trail (Sweet Betsy From Pike), the path of the Underground Railroad (Follow the Drinking Gourd), the Erie Canal and others. There will be opportunites for singing along and creative movement. Instruments will include mandolin, guitar, vocals and traditional American instruments mountain dulcimer, limberjack, and banjo. There will also be a crankie - a traditional American folk art form from the Appalachian Mountains. I will also explain the importance of folk music throughout history. This can be presented with a power point presentaion.
$201- $350
Maher, Nora Storytime Stage Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
STORYTIME STAGE is a fun-filled, fast-paced combination of audience participation, performance and lots of pretend. Classic tales and original stories are brought to life by two storytellers and the children in the audience. Featuring award-winning original songs and a big healthy dose of imagination, Storytime Stage will delight both children and adults alike. Typical shows are 45 minutes long and feature three or four stories and several songs and rhymes. Our stories and songs include positive social and educational messages while maintaining a high level of energy, creativity and fun! Storytime Stage is geared to families, with something for big kids, little kids, and their grownups. We also offer special programs such as Madcap Mother Goose and Not-So Spooky Halloween for children under 4.
$351- $500
Stuart, Rose Heroic Hijinks Music
Heroic Hijinks is a music & movement program that will have your 3-7 year old patrons (and their siblings) vanquishing villains, flying around a super-sized parachute, and leaping over buildings in a single bound. For extra fun and lasting memories, tell your patrons to dress in costume and bring their camera (or camera-like device) so they can get pictures of their kids with our props.
$101- $200
Baron, Jim Jim Baron LIVE! Music
Live performance by New York singer-songwriter-guitarist Jim Baron. Jim performs selections from several of his releases, including his latest, "Uptown Bus & Downtown Demonstrations". Experience the intimacy of this veteran's live performance with his unique alternative approach to Americana music.
$501- $1000
McIntosh, Story Laurie We All Sing Together For A Better World! Music,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
We All Sing Together For A Better World! is an inspiring and uplifting program where audience members young and old delight in joining in the fun and singing along. In her inimitable and magical way, Story Laurie seamlessly weaves together songs and stories about caring for the Earth and for one another. Story Laurie has a knack for making us laugh while also helping us to think deeply about the kind of world we want to live in and how, by working (& singing!) together, we can all achieve that world. Folk tales, myths, songs both new and old, and real life stories of people doing wondrous things -- all come to life in the hands of this world-wise yet home-grown children’s performer. If ever there were a performer for our times, Story Laurie is IT!
$201- $350
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