Here is a list of some of the concert programs Spook offers. Click on the titles of the programs for full details.
Spook performed over 50 concerts and festivals alongside Pete Seeger, learning many of his song and the stories behind them. Even more so, he learned who Pete was and what he stood for. Spook was so touched personally by Pete’s music and legacy that he has joined the many other notable musicians who have placed their hands firmly on the torch Pete carried, to “keep the flame alive.” Spook is bringing this concert to all 50 U.S. states, all 10 Canadian provinces, all 21 New Jersey counties, and many other countries.
This trio did more to make American folk music accessible to the masses than anyone else. (Occasionally, Spook is joined by Paul Prestopino who toured with PPM for 15 years as a back up musician – and is now a member of the Spook Handy Trio.)
The “Dust Bowl Balladeer” wrote hundreds, if not thousands, of fun and sing-alongable songs that document the history, culture and concerns of 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s America.
Honoring the great traditions of American roots music, songs inspired by the Dust Bowl, Great Depression, Civil Right Movement and the 60′s and 70′s Peace Movement are interwoven with new songs about about the world we live in today. The passion, purpose and spirit of American folk music are alive and well in this fun and uplifting concert.
We’ll sing old favorites like “This Land is Your Land”, “I’ve been Working on the Railroad”, “She’ll be coming Around the Mountain” and maybe some surprises. Family show.
Stories and songs about the places Spook has been, people he’s met and the jobs and other predicaments he’s found himself in
The history of America since the 1930’s through songs of the great troubadours of the 20th Century. Many of the songs in this program and the stories behind them were taught to Spook by his mentor Pete Seeger.
Is a program for Seniors that brings us back to a time when the family gathered with neighbors by the fireplace on chilly nights and sang old familiar tunes like “Oh Susanna,” “Home on the Range,” “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad,” “Good Night Irene” and many many more memorable songs of the American folk music tradition. Perfect for Senior Centers and Assisted Living Facilities.
Spook’s most popular show showcasing his original songs and their background stories and songs by the artists that have influenced him.
Freedom Is Your Destiny looks at historic and current day issues surrounding the quest for personal, political and spiritual freedom. Also available as UU Service.
When the Great Depression hit, a whole new genre of American folk music was born. It can be surprising how much these old songs sound like they could be about today.
This program 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. A great program for any setting it incorporates NJ Core Curriculum Standards: 1.5, 3.4, 5.1, 6.2, 6.4 and 6.6 and really stands out in schools.
This program traces the history of “movement songs” from the early 1900’s to present. Feel the power that has shaped and continues to shape the curve of American cultural history.
Remember when people sang along and felt a real sense that there generation was going to do something big? This program is great for Active Adult dinner parties, clubhouse parties, etc.
Choices we make every day have a huge impact on whether we live in a clean or dirty world. Children and Families love this fun, interactive and educational concert that addresses some of the simple steps we can takeThis program incorporates NJ Core Curriculum Standards: 1.5, 3.4, 5.1, 6.2, 6.4 and 6.6.
Good Citizenship We all make a Difference – What does it mean to be a good citizen? School students and other children give a variety of answers. This focuses on the commonality of people from all parts of the community and celebrates the vision of the founders of this great nation.
What’s more soul satisfying than spending an hour sharing America’s 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?
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