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Stage name: Spook Handy
Performer name: Spook Handy !
Phone: 732-418-1340
Mailing address: 109 Nichol Ave #B
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
E-mail address: spook@spookhandy.com
Website: http://www.spookhandy.com
Previous appearances at: Festivals and Concerts with Pete Seeger, Libraries All over New Jersey, Utah, Idaho, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, House Concerts around the country, Arts Centers, Schools, House Concerts, Concert Halls, Radio and Television, Senior Centers, Adult Venues, Childrens Venues, Family Venues, Special Needs Venues, Seniors Venues
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
Information last updated: 03/21/2013

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Program
Category
Description
Fee
America's Ground Breaking Troubadour - Woody Guthrie History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Known as the Dust Bowl Balladeer - Woody Guthrie is America's most prolific folk songwriter of the 20th century. Born in 1912, Woody wrote hundreds, if not thousands, of songs that document the history, culture and concerns of 1930's, 40's and 50's America. His songs are highly educational, extremely fun and very sing-alongable. 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
The Works of Pete Seeger - Another Ground Breaking Troubadour History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Spook has had the privilege to perform alongside Pete several times per year at concerts and festivals since the two met in 2003. Along the way, Spook has learned a lot of Pete's favorite songs and the stories behind them. He's even contributed verses to one of Pete's newer songs and sang on his latest CD. Pete Seeger will turn 94 on May 3, 2013. This program looks at the legacy, struggles, songs and stories of one of Americas most beloved folk singers - the man who gave us If I Had a Hammer, Turn, Turn, Turn, and Waist Deep in the Big Muddy. An excellent program for Festivals, Libraries, Arts Centers, Churches, Schools and other meeting places.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
Breaking New Ground - Tales from a Traveling Troubadour History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
This is Spook's most popular program. Spook’s been to every American state except North Dakota, Hawaii, Michigan and Long Island (huh?). And he’s met all kinds of people with all kinds of backgrounds – some comical, some downright sad. In this humorous, heartwarming and inspiring concert Spook will share stories and songs about the places he’s been, people he’s met and the jobs and other predicaments he’s found himself in. 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
America's Story through Folk Songs History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Traces American Folk Music from Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger through today. Honoring the great traditions of American roots music, songs inspired by the Dust Bowl, Great Depression, Civil Right Movement, 60's and 70's Peace Movement and more recent issues are presented with a completely contemporary sound and unabashedly positive sensibility. The passion, purpose and spirit of American folk music is alive and well. 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
Songs of the Great Depression and Today History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
When the Great Depression hit, a whole new genre of American folk music was born. Songs about the Dust Bowl, the Great Migration, bread lines and soup kitchens, the New Deal and times of triumph and struggle circulated throughout labor camps, churches and family gatherings. These songs depicted down-to-earth everyday realities of the American laborer and farmer, the hungry and the industrious, centuries old traditions and the transition to a new modern society. It can be surprising how many of these old songs speak of challenges we face today and how new songs written about today's America can so resemble the songs of the Great Depression. An excellent program for Libraries, Arts Centers, Churches, Schools and other meeting places.
$501- $1000
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
Freedom Is Your Destiny History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Looks at historic and current day issues surrounding the quest for personal, political and spiritual freedom. 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
The Songs of Peter Paul and Mary History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
There's a great picture of the Beatles back stage at the Ed Sullivan show in 1964 staring in awe at Peter Paul and Mary. The Beatles knew they were in the company of incredible and important musicians. This trio did more to make American folk music accessible to the masses than anyone else. People all over the world sang along to "Puff the Magic Dragon," "Leaving on a Jet Plane" and "Blowin in the Wind." And audience members can't help but sing along with Spook as he leads them through this heart-opening, educational, and voice-raising program! (Occasionally, Spook is joined by Paul Prestopino who toured with PPM for 15 years as a back up musician.) An excellent program for Libraries, Arts Centers, Churches, Schools and other meeting places.
$501- $1000
Senior Outreach History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Seniors Outreach – Many Senior Centers, Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes with limited budgets can still afford top notch musical entertainment. That's because Spook has drastically reduced his fees for such venues as a way of giving back to a generation that has given so much to our nation and world. Beside, whats more soul satisfying than spending an hour sharing Americas favorite songs like Good Night, Irene Shell be Coming Around the Mountain, and Somewhere Over the Rainbow (not to mention a Beetles song or two) with a room full of people who just love to sing?
$101- $200
Whatcha Gonna Do? - It's Up to You! History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Celebrates the universal values of healing through taking personal responsibility for our actions here on Earth, making peace with our fellow human beings, and taking an active role in making the world a better place. 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
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