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Program
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Description
Fee
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
Sumner, Rachel Rockin' All Around the World Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Award-winning children's recording artist Rachel Sumner puts together a special concert each year to incorporate the summer reading theme. Her programs are available any year. She usually tours in NY State and Western PA the last week of July into early August. Please contact her for on-route bookings. Singing songs and telling stories that teach as well as entertain, she has gained fans young and old. Her music videos appear regularly on The Learning Channel's Ready, Set, Learn during Short Stuff. She can also be heard on children's radio, satellite and airline programming around the world. In addition to her concert performances, Rachel presents keynotes and workshops full of creative ideas, music and fun for educators, librarians, families and parents. She is a trained Arts Integrated Specialist with the Tennessee Arts Commission. She also works as an artist in residence with various arts organizations and is a Master Artist with the highly acclaimed Wolf Trap Institute.
$501- $1000
Davis, Lydia Adams Hits of 1909 History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
Hits of 1909. Lydia Adams Davis sings with guitar, dulcimer, ukulele and piano accompaniment. (In costume) Colonial/Civil War/Victorian/Turn of the Century/Tin Pan Alley and songs of various movements like temperance, abolitionist and suffrage.
$201- $350
Messano, Bob Songs for the People: A Red, White, and Blues Tribute Music
America's musical traditions are rooted deep in the lives of its people. Songs give voice to their struggles and power to their stories. Master guitarist and songwriter, Bob Messano, reveals his influences through renditions of classic American tunes and presentation of original compositions. Hear history come alive through the works of Woody Guthrie, Muddy Waters, Merle Haggard, Robert Johnson, and Johnny Cash. Enjoy Bob Messano’s insightful words and music as he links past to present in a concert blending vintage guitars, wailing harmonicas, and lyrics that address contemporary issues. Take part in a community event where music "for the people" is made "by the people".
$501- $1000
Cavanaugh, Deb Call of the Wild: Music of the Klondike Gold Rush History,
Literature- Other,
Music
This program traces the history of the Klondike Gold Rush through the music of that era. Funny, romantic, silly and sometimes tragic, these songs and tunes are presented in costume with anecdotes and a lot of history lessons.
$351- $500
Beaugard, Carol "Bluegrass/Folkgrass Jamboree" Music,
Performing Arts- Other
This is one of our popular programs: "Bluegrass/Folkgrass Jamboree" - Suitable for any time of the year - we perform a variety of songs in the world of bluegrass and country music. We can include a narrative explaining the origins of bluegrass and information on the instruments used. We can perform as a quintet, quartet, trio or duet and instrumentation can include: vocals, guitar(s), mandolin, banjo, fiddle, or bass - based on your budget and needs. Adult Presentation - straight concert and information on the history of the music. Children's Presentation - musical selections are geared for a younger audience and we invite them to sing, clap hands and play along with kazoos and basic percussion.
$201- $350
Messano, Bob Kids on the Move Concert Music
Guitar Bob's Kids on the Move Concert is an interactive musical program for young children and their families. Bob's original songs are designed to get kids moving and exercising. Children enjoy singing, clapping, jumping, shaking, and dancing during the program. Guitar Bob sings and plays a variety of cool electric guitars and harmonicas. He provides his own sound system so people can enjoy and participate in the music. Guitar Bob's music program includes songs that are humorous, imaginative, and educational. Guitar Bob's hit songs can be found on his CD's. They include "Elephants Like to Jump", "We're in a Spaceship", "Milkshake and Cherry Freeze", "Sam the Clam's Blues", and "Captain Coconut". Guitar Bob rocks!
$351- $500
Davis, Lydia Adams It's A Mighty Hard Road History,
Literature- Authors,
Music
It's a Mighty Hard Road • A program of songs and stories inspired by John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath. • Lydia Adams Davis presents a tuneful trek across America in The Great Depression. • Join in on Dust Bowl ballads of Woody Guthrie. • Cross the country in an old pickup truck meeting and working with migrant farm workers. • Listen to Union Songs in the camps... Imagine hopping on the freight trains. • Hear : Hobo's Lament.dreaming of a job...through the hardships made lighter by song. • Urban Chicago Country Blues and survival story-songs of families weathering hard times. • Upbeat, Tin Pan Alley tunes to cheer and lift the spirit! Presentation will entertain, educate, and inspire.
$201- $350
Bromka, Sondra & John THE ART of the BALLAD: Oral Literature, Musical Poetry, Mystery and Legend History,
Literature- Other,
Music
The ballad was a powerful and mystical form of early literature that was enriched and carried through time by the elements of rhyme, rhythm, and music. This collection of compelling short musical tales represents different cultures, and is presented in original form - as songs rich in symbolism, surprising storylines, archetypal characters, and the familiar motifs they share with their close cousins, folk and fairy tales. This intriguing program features early music and instruments from the times of Beowulf to Shakespeare, including medieval bray harp, hurdy gurdy, recorders and other historic instruments. Adaptable for different ages and seasons.
$351- $500
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
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