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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
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
Passing Along the Folk Music Tradition History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
For generations children grew up singing with the whole family, at large gatherings, at school or in their churches. Before the advent of radio, TV and the internet this was the primary form of entertainment. Today, however, many people are worried that this centuries-old tradition is being deleted from the hard drive of the modern human experience. Along with that, society is losing one of the most powerful tools for building strong families and strong communities. This program is simple. Let’s make sure our kids know some of the treasures of American Folk Music. Singing old favorites like This Land is Your Land, If I had a Hammer, I’ve been Working on the Railroad, She'll be coming Around the Mountain and maybe some newer songs. If the children don’t already know a song we’ll take the time to teach them. Parents are encouraged to sit with their children and help them learn the songs. 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
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
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
Folk Revival! History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Remember the good days of Peter Paul and Mary, early Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger? People sang along and felt a real sense that this generation was going to do something big. This program keeps that spirit alive. We’ll have a great time singing the Folk Revival classics from the 50’s and 60’s and few surprise pop classics from the 60’s. 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
American Folk Songs for the Whole Family History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
This program is simple. Let’s make sure our kids know some of the treasures of American Folk Music. We’ll sing old favorites like “This Land is Your Land”, “If I had a Hammer”, “I’ve been Working on the Railroad”, “She’ll be coming Around the Mountain” and maybe some newer songs. If the children don’t already know a song we’ll take the time to teach them. Parents are encouraged to sit with their children and help them learn the songs. 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
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 Power of Song in the Civil Rights Movement History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
This “Stand Up and Sing Out” program (see above) focuses on the songs of the Civil Rights Movement. It traces the sound track of the movement from the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 to the March on Washington in 1963 to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968 and beyond. Learn about the songs’ roots in era of slavery, the black churches of the south and the labor movement of the early 20th century and discover how the lessons of the civil rights movement have influenced and are reflected in “movement songs” of today. Be prepared to sing along and feel the power of the music that breathed the soul of the civil rights movement. This engaging, educational, entertaining and empowering program is particularly excellent for college audiences and can be supplemented with in-class lectures/concerts, Q&A and workshops to address the specific questions and interests of students today. It is also excellent for schools, arts centers, festivals, conferences, libraries, churches and anywhere else people want to experience the power of song.
$501- $1000
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
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
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