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Sieling, Tom Take a Tromp Through the Swamp! A top 10 lineup of the world's most fun, most participatory kids' songs Music,
Nature- Animals,
Science
After 20 years of programs, here are the 10 most fun, participatory (even a bit athletic!) kids' songs Tom’s been able to find - all in one program! In keeping with the “Libraries Rock!” theme, he includes lots of encouragement of the kids’ lifelong participation in music, reading, and library usage. He performed 52 programs during the Summer Reading season of 2017, accompanying himself on guitar, banjo, and a drum machine to keep things nice and upbeat. He’s added beautiful slides and cool facts about area animals (visuals… like a real rock show!). Tom can usually be booked for $275 with no mileage fee ($250 each for within 125 miles or for 3 or more booked together) - please see below. Dozens of references available. ¬ ‘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, Former Library Director, Pember Library, Granville, NY. ‘Tom was amazing!! We all enjoyed his performance. I would love it if he could visit our school again next year. He ROCKS!’ Kristina Kiely, Principal, E. C. Stevens Elementary, Wallingford, CT
$201- $350
Bezrodnov, Vitaliy From Russia with Music - Award Winning Trio Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
“Moscow Nights” is an exciting, versatile trio of world recognized, prize- winning musicians from Russia. In a little over two years, they have already established themselves as one of the fastest rising folk groups in the U.S. These classically trained artists first took Western Europe by storm and now have brought their dazzling, toe-tapping music to North America. The repertoire is centered on masterpieces of Russian folklore and represents the diversity of the culture, ranging from gently humorous songs, to elaborate lyrical suites, to pulsating dance numbers. Russian folk music expresses the national character – outwardly reserved and cool but brimming with vigor, mischievousness and vibrancy inside. Their lively program presents an authentic picture of Russian folk traditions and culture. Lilting Balalaikas, dynamic Bayan Accordion, unique Trashotky & Loshky, humorous Dances and superb Vocals combine for an exhilarating and educational performance for audiences of all ages!
$501- $1000
Mischief, Merry Tales & Tunes along the Towpath History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Climb aboard a packet boat and back in time with Merry Mischief's Tales & Tunes along the Towpath! Merry Mischief is an costumed acoustic duo(Merlyn & Harry) who come dressed as Canal Travelers and entertain your audience with music and historical facts from the Erie Canal. Music from the time of the Erie Canal and American folk music with it's wild and wooly history, along with poetry (and of course, a few fun jokes :) makes this a great community and/or reading program! A fun way to make History come ALIVE! Program suitable for the young to the seasoned adult.
$201- $350
Hopkins, Allen Songs of Irish Immigration History,
Music
Music drawing on the Irish experience, mainly as emigrants from Ireland and new settlers in America. Selections include songs of departure (Muirshin Durkin, Off to California), of immigrant experience in the US (Paddy On the Canal, Paddy Works On the Railway), discrimination and adjustment (No Irish Need Apply, When McGinnis Gets a Job). Familiar songs of the jukebox Irish canon (When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, My Wild Irish Rose) are used to highlight the assimilation of Irish immigrants and their nostalgia for the old country. Mixed in are Irish melodies of all eras, from O'Carolan harp tunes, dance jigs and reels, Irish rebel songs, and many sing-alongs. Accompaniment on guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica and concertina. Very suited for St. Patrick's Day season. Performed at New England Folk Festival, Hazard Library (Poplar Ridge NY), Wide Awake Club Library (Fillmore NY).
$201- $350
Morse, Andy DREAM BIG! Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Other
DREAM BIG! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be anything you wanted to be? Maybe an astronaut, an animal, a ballet dancer. We will explore the possibilities through song, dance and drama.
$501- $1000
Ruch, Dave One World, Many Stories Multicultural- Native American,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
With guitar, Indian tabla drum, European octave mandolin, traditional Native American cowhorn rattles and more, Dave leads the audience on a fun-filled musical journey across the world. Children become active participants as they sing along (in English, Nigerian, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Iroquois!), answer questions and act out songs. Some audience members will even be invited to play the Iroquois rattles, and (for groups of 100 or less) all will have a chance to touch and play one of the instruments after the concert. Topics covered include the unique ways in which people around the world live (past and present), and perhaps most importantly, the many similarities that we all share. Dave also talks about his own eye-opening trips to India and the Middle East. -Happiness is being in an audience watching a performance by Dave Ruch! It is a delightful, educational, whimsical and totally fun way to spend a span of time. Rich entertainment of the highest quality and professionalism - Margaret Crocker, Executive Director, The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier, Binghamton NY
$351- $500
Bezrodnov, Vitaliy Crystal Trio - Harmonic Glass Ansemble Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Science
From Siberia, Russia, Crystal Trio performs on crystal glass. These professional musicians ‐ Igor Sklyarov, Vladimir Popras and Vladimir Perminov ‐ play special instruments made from glass: Glass Harp, Verrophone and Glass Pan-flute Bass. The current repertoire includes variations of popular classical melodies of Mozart, Boccherini, Glinka,and Vivaldi, in addition to original pieces written specifically for a crystal glass. The mysterious, gentlemurmurs of crystal glass allow the listener to understand known melodies in a new fashion; it opens secret,unexpected sides of classical musical pieces.
$501- $1000
Hill Brothers, The Across New York State History,
Music
This program focuses on music and folklore from New York State's history with a special emphasis on the Erie Canal. The Hill Brothers use humor, great songs from the period and lots of audience participation in this fun-filled musical trip across the state. Perfectly complements 4th and 7th grade New York State social studies curriculum, yet fun enough for all grades to enjoy.
$501- $1000
McGrath, Cathy CELTIC CONCERT “A CUP OF TEA with Cuisle Mo Chroí” History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
The lyrical music of Cuisle Mo Chroí (pronounced Cushla Ma Chree) evokes the heart of Celtic music. Combine the soothing tones of three part vocal harmony with the delicate arpeggios of the Irish harp, calming flow of breath through the wooden flute and penny whistle, and the steady pulse of the bodhrán (Irish drum) and guitar to make this trio of women, “Cuisle Mo Chroí” one of the premier folk groups in the Rochester NY area. Expect to hear songs (some in the Irish language) that evoke images of Ireland, Scotland, castles, immigration, romance, as well as songs your grandmother taught you on St. Patrick’s Day, and a few lively tunes - reels, jigs, planxties and polkas. All three women, Patricia Carey, Mary Lester, and Cathy McGrath were inducted in 2016 into the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Irish Music Hall of Fame for the Northeast US. They have appeared 9 times at the Rochester Irish Festival and are often found at Irish music sessions in the area. This program has been presented for the Irish American Cultural Institute and for many community concerts and libraries.
$501- $1000
McGrath, Cathy “CELTIC CHRISTMAS CONCERT with Cuisle Mo Chroί” History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Enjoy a batch of Christmas carols and tunes. The concert features songs learned from parents and grandparents and includes songs from NY, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England, French Canada, Italy, and tunes learned from Irish friends, all of which are featured on the CD “Winter Root.” Try this recipe for a holiday concert: combine a dash of flute, a pinch of penny whistle, a smidgen of bodhrán, and spice with guitar, frost with Celtic harp, add a generous portion of rich vocal harmonies and then let your spirits rise. The trio “Cuisle Mo Chroí” ( pronounced Cushla Ma Chree) is one of the premier folk ensembles in the Rochester NY area. All three women, Patricia Carey, Mary Lester, and Cathy McGrath were inducted in 2016 into the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Irish Music Hall of Fame for the Northeast US, have appeared nine times in the Rochester Irish Festival, have opened for Cherish the Ladies, are often found at Irish music sessions in the area, and have played together for 20 years at festivals, libraries, pubs, parties, and more. This program has been presented most recently in the Tiffany Mosaic Chapel in Clifton Springs, NY.
$501- $1000
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