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Program Presenters: Musical Performers

A list of presenters that may be available in Clinton, Essex, and/or Franklin County for programs and events.

Andy Morse

Andy Morse

Type: Musical

About: "Andy "The Music Man" Morse is a popular children's musician renowned for the special way he connects with his audiences. A talented guitarist, mandolin player and songwriter, Andy mingles traditional and original songs and novelty, delighting and involving kids through sing-a-longs, dancing, play-acting and storytelling." - from http://www.andysings.com/

Website: http://www.andysings.com/

Email: andysings@andysings.com

Phone: (518) 339-4454

Address: 10 Grove Street, Delmar, NY 12054

Fee: Contact for details

Big Jeff

Big Jeff

Type: Musical

About: "For 20 years now, 'Big Jeff' DeSmedt has been your local family entertainer. He’s performed thousands and thousands of shows for children at preschools, libraries, restaurants and birthday parties across New Jersey and the greater metro area. He’s played several shows every year for the Summer Reading Program at the New York Public Library since 2003. He’s played three times at the Quick Chek Balloon Festival, alongside the Beach Boys, Michael McDonald, and Blues Traveler. He’s sold over 10,000 CDs, made many area radio appearances, and he’s the winner of the 2009 Hoboken Music Award for Children’s Music and the 2004 Children’s Music Web Award for a Classic Recording.

"Jeff began making music for young children while he was driving a bus for a special needs daycare in Morris County, NJ. Having two daughters of his own also inspired him to write songs and develop routines that engage children’s minds, voices, and dancing feet. 'The Orange Song,' 'Big Pterodactyl in the Sky' and 'Land of the Bouncy People' are well-known to young ones across the NY metro area. And at 6’6” tall, 'Big Jeff' is the BIGGEST children’s music act there is!" - from http://www.bigjeffmusic.com/bio/

Website: http://www.bigjeffmusic.com/

Email: bigjeff@bigjeffmusic.com

Phone: (800) 378-6768

Address: New Jersey

Fee: ~$200

Brian Chevalier

Brian Chevalier

Type: Musical

About: "With his highly interactive and engaging delivery of various music styles from Rock to Blues to Reggae to folk he will have your Kindergarten through eighth grade students up and moving! He specializes in working with Elementary school aged children.

"Most of Brian's repertoire of songs have been written in collaboration with educators so the connection to curriculum and Character Education is right on. Brian has also become well known for his residency programs and workshops throughout the Capital Region and North Country of New York State." - from http://www.songspun.com/

Website: http://www.songspun.com/

Email: songspun@nycap.rr.com

Phone: (518) 798-2030

Address: 62 Lexington Ave., Glens Falls, NY 12801

Fee: Contact for details

David Ruch

David Ruch

Type: Musical

About: "Now, I help groups of adults, kids, school students and others connect with history and culture through music while having as much fun as possible. I work in schools. I do educational concerts for adults. I research “heritage” music and regional culture. I record. I play in a band or two. I run a whole series of distance learning programs. I coach other artists. I teach people to play the spoons.

"Along the way, I’ve had the privilege of being involved in some pretty remarkable projects and efforts, including an Emmy-winning PBS documentary called 'Songs to Keep,' an award-winning website called 'W is for the Woods,' a ten-year run as a 'Speaker in the Humanities' for the New York Council for the Humanities (NYCH), a new appointment as a Public Scholar for NYCH, a concert tour in the U.K., articles for The Huffington Post, a slate of well over 2,000 school performances, a global online singalong for 27,000 students . . . even a listing on Wikipedia!" - from http://daveruch.com/about-dave/

Website: http://www.daveruch.com/

Email: dave@daveruch.com

Phone: (716) 884-6855

Address: 155 St. James Place, Buffalo, NY 14222

Fee: $400-700 range + travel expenses

Homespun Occasions

Homespun Occasions

Type: Musical/Dance

About: "Founded in 1986, Homespun Occasions offers a fun-filled alternative for any public and private event. Traditional contra, circle and square dances for community and private celebrations featuring live acoustic music presented by skilled, personable performers appropriate to the venue and audience creates a cheerful and natural atmosphere. When the dancing starts, the steps are easy enough for everyone to participate: the young and old, the nimble and not so nimble. Everyone has a great time!" - from http://www.homespun.biz/about/

Website: http://www.homespun.biz/

Email: dave@daveruch.com

Phone: (518) 482-9255

Address: 538 Providence Street, Albany, New York 12208

Fee: $501-1000 range

Nan Hoffman

Nan Hoffman

Type: Musical

About: "Nan is a singer, musician, performer, recording artist, and workshop presenter. She has been sharing music with people of all ages for more than thirty years throughout the United States and parts of Canada. She has appeared in coffeehouses and festivals, schools and libraries, parks and camps, churches and community centers, hospitals and nursing homes, and continues to keep a busy schedule of performances. Nan sings in a clear voice and accompanies herself on guitar, autoharp, and other instruments. Her repertoire encompasses a wide range of folk songs and ballads, both contemporary and traditional, including topical, spiritual, and humorous songs. Her presentations are fun and informative, and much of her material invites audience participation." - from http://www.nanhoffman.com/bio.htm

Website: http://www.nanhoffman.com/

Email: nan@nanhoffman.com

Phone: (716) 773-5315

Address: 918 East River Road, Grand Island, NY 14072

Fee: Contact for details

Rustic Riders

Rustic Riders

Type: Musical

About: "The Rustic Riders craft their sound with music old and new. They invite you to sing, move, reflect and renew with voice, strings and percussion.

"In concert,the Rustic Riders share new songs and their love of traditional tunes." - from http://www.rusticriders.net/

Website: http://www.rusticriders.net/

Email: rusticriders@gmail.com

Phone: (518) 359-2623

Address: 206 Coreys Road, Tupper Lake, NY 12986

Fee: Contact for details

Speedy Arnold

Tom Walsh

Type: Musical

About: "Speedy has been playing music for North Country audiences for more than 30 years either solo or with the Bluegrass groups Mardi Gras, the Wolverine Brothers and Three Doug Knight. Performances involve playing guitar and singing fun songs to kids of all ages. Being a well rounded artist, he also has several sketchbooks filled with his original ink drawings of local scenes that he can bring with him to the venues for discussion before,during or after perfomances. In addition to his music, Speedy will also have signed copies of the children's books that he illustrated: The Little Brook in the Field, a frog story, and The Adventures of Molly the Monarch Butterfly. In addition, Speedy will discuss his newest book: What's an Elephant Doing in the AuSable River? (This book won the 2012 People's Choice Award at the Adirondack Center for Writing in Blue Mountain Lake.) His preference is to play acoustically(no sound reinforcement),so smaller groups work out real good; however,if a sound system (with 2 mics) is available and needed for a larger group, he can adapt. Speedy's favorite age groups are preschool to about 5th grade, and he generally will play from 45 minutes to 1 hr." - from http://www.performersandprograms.com/results.cfm?region=6&region0=0&id=1415&category=cat0subcat0

Website: N/A

Email: gsarnold@frontiernet.net

Phone: (518) 834-4692

Address: 182 Pleasant St., Keeseville, NY 12944

Fee: $201-350

Stan Ransom

Stan Ransom

Type: Storyteller/Musical

About: "Stan Ransom, The Connecticut Peddler, is a folk musician who specializes in singing and playing the guitar, the hammered dulcimer, the mandolin and autoharp and six and twelve string guitars. He also plays bowed psaltery, tenor banjo and dombek." - from http://www.stanransom.com/biography.aspx

Website: http://www.stanransom.com/

Email: sransom@northnet.org

Phone: (518) 563-5719

Address: Plattsburgh, NY

Fee: Contact for details

Tom Walsh

Speedy Arnold

Type: Musical

About: "FARMER TOM has brought reading excitement to student with assemblies for schools, PARP and libraries for over 25 years!

Within his unique and engaging program, involving Action and Silly Songs, Movement, Laughter, Learning, Sing-a-long, Props, Audience Participation and Hand Clapping, Farmer Tom Walsh inspires the students to pick up a book or use the internet and see how enriching, educating and entertaining reading can be! At the request of schools and libraries, Farmer Tom Walsh has developed assemblies to fit your reading program themes including cooperation for all.

There is Sticker give-a-ways, for the children, during the performance."

Website: N/A

Email: farmertomwalsh@yahoo.com

Phone: (716) 400-1755

Address: P.O. Box 72, E. Amherst, NY 14051

Fee: Contact for details

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