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Walsh, FARMER TOM WALSH and tiger tom TRADITIONAL AMERICAN MUSIC WITH FARMER TOM WALSH Music,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Tiger Tom Walsh and his one man Jam Band show! No electronic trickery. It’s just one man, a guitar, Old time American, Roots, Mountain, Jam, Originals and BLUES music with The Cosmic Forces of the Universe… WOW! As one of the country’s most original Singer and Storytellers, FARMER Tom Walsh takes the listener on a fascinating journey through the roots of American music and his own original songs with a little help from the grooves of THE BLUES with a mix of old time mountain music, Uncle Dave Macon, The Grateful Dead and his own lovin' soul. FARMER Tom performs his songs and stories gathered from Masters he has studied and performed with including folklorist John Lomax and Mike Seeger of the Smithsonian institute of America, Legendary Traditional American musicians Doc Watson, Norm Blake, Joe Pass, Fiddling Mark Hamilton and others. FARMER Tom is a Master Flat picker and of the open tunings in early roots music; passed to him by Mike Seeger. Workshops, at festivals, are available.
$351- $500
Hickernell, Lynn MOVE MOVE MOVE Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
New for Summer 2016: "MOVE MOVE MOVE," an interactive family concert with Nashville singer-songwriter Miss Lynn! Through her original musical storytelling and a few traditional songs, Miss Lynn will engage kids and adults to move their bodies, hearts and imaginations. Well-suited for ages 2-9 and their adults, "MOVE MOVE MOVE" is suited for indoor or outdoor settings, and will last approximately 45 minutes.
$201- $350
Cadley, John and Catherine The Cadleys: New Acoustic, Traditional Roots Music
John and Cathy Cadley are one of the area’s most entertaining and popular duos. Following in the tradition of great male-female duets like Ian & Sylvia and Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons, they show how the simplicity of two voices and two acoustic instruments can produce powerful music. Their repertoire draws on the traditional bluegrass of Bill Monroe and the Stanley Brothers, the tight harmonies of the Louvin Brothers, the “new acoustic” sounds of Alison Krauss and Claire Lynch, and John’s own originals, which have been recorded by national bluegrass artists such as Tony Trischka, Jim Hurst, Missy Raines, and Lou Reid, who, with Vince Gill and Ricky Skaggs singing harmony, took John’s song, “Time,” to the #1 spot on the national bluegrass charts for three consecutive months. Their live concerts feature everything from traditional mountain ballads and bluegrass classics like “Bury Me Beneath the Willow” and “Blue and Lonesome,” to Alison Krauss’ “The Lucky One,” to the Louvin Brother’s “Cash on the Barrelhead.” For an evening of soulful duet singing and tasty picking on guitar and mandolin, the Cadleys are not to me missed.
$501- $1000
Bromka, Sondra & John Musical Traditions of Ireland & Other Celtic Lands History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
The Bromkas have been performing concerts of traditional Celtic music as a duo for the past 25 years, gathering a rich and varied repertoire, and acquainting eager audiences with the traditions and mysteries found within that heritage. For the Celts, music and mythology are closely intertwined, with potent images evoked on the traditional instruments including fiddle, harp, hammered dulcimer, squeezeboxes, pennywhistle, bodhran (Irish frame drum.) Of special interest are John’s collection of different bagpipes, representing several Celtic traditions. To complement the Irish, the artists share favorite music within the Welsh, Manx, Breton, Scottish, and Galician Celtic traditions.
$351- $500
Beaugard, Carol THE CHRISTMAS CAROL TRIO Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
A wonderful holiday celebration: The Christmas Carol Trio performs 17th and 18th century carols from England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany and America (sung in English, French, Scottish and German), with narrative explaining the origins of the holiday's traditions and decor. We include carols for sing-alongs. We can perform as a duet, trio, quartet or quintet, based on your needs and budget. Instrumentation includes vocals, guitar and mandolin, with the option to additionally book fiddle, bass, penny whistle or bodhran. Dress is formal attire.
$351- $500
Duda, Jonathan Let's Drum History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Let's Drum is a fun, hands-on educational program that uses music to foster communication, listening skills, leadership, coordination, and cultural awareness. Using musical games, structured traditional rhythms, and improvisation, participants from all levels of musical ability can play in a comfortable and welcoming setting.
$201- $350
Bromka, Sondra & John Timeless Tunes, Timeless Tales, and Musical Secrets of Long Ago and Far Away Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Discover the stories and secrets behind some of the most rare, mysterious, and magical musical instruments of history. How were they invented? How do they work? Hear the tales that are told about the person who was said to be the first player of the bagpipes in ancient Rome. Discover the secret behind stories that claim that fiddles actually have magical powers. What is the tallest stringed instruments ever invented? Are there actually wind instruments that you don't blow into? Can a harp ever play itself? What happens when you touch it? Children will be invited to try the harp and find out for themselves! Bells & Motley have discovered that young children (as well as adults) are enthralled by the unusual sounds and stories behind their unique collection of historic instruments, including rommelpot, hurdy gurdy, early bagpipes, harp, hand-made fiddles, and tromba marina. Audiences are especially excited to hear that the Bromkas, in addition to being musicians, historians, and veteran storytellers, are also expert instrument builders. An unforgettable interactive enrichment experience.
$351- $500
Tranchina, Gabriele A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month Music,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Celebrate Hispanic American Music Heritage: Discover the beauty of Latin rhythms and Latin or Latin influenced music with us. Among the wide variety of offerings you will hear Latin Rhythms such as the Bolero, Salsa, Merengue, Afro-Cuban 6/8 rhythms, Waltzes like “Des Colores” from Mexico, Bossas and Sambas from Brazil. You will hear famous songs such as Consuelo Velazquez’ “Besame Mucho”, Jose Fernandez Diaz’ Guantanamera, Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “One Note Samba” and many more.
$201- $350
Sieling, Tom Take Tromp Through the Swamp! The world's most fun, lively, and participatory kids' songs - many are even a bit athletic! Health & Fitness- Sports,
Music,
Nature- Animals
Tom performs humorous, VERY participatory (often even a bit athletic!) songs for kids, teachers, and families at schools and libraries. Fun is the guiding principle. He performed 82 programs during the summer of 2016, and has delighted tens of thousands over the past twenty years. He accompanies himself on guitar, banjo and harmonica, and a drum machine helps keep things nice and upbeat. Tom travels with a great sound system for use as needed- it works well outside, too. He can be booked for $275 with no mileage fee ($250 within 90 minutes of Ithaca, NY)- please see below for details. Dozens of area 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
Smith, Lester & Barbara Presley and Melody's Interactive Concerts Music
Presley and Melody capture the hearts of children and families through their interactive, upbeat and dynamic musical performance. Their music, the instantaneous audience connection, and the creative use of Visual Props and a Musical Story Drop Screen transform “Spectators” to “Participators” - an engaging concert experience for all ages to enjoy. During their concert "Reading" is promoted by on-screen pop-up lyrics synchronized to their creative, original music.
$351- $500
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