Schools out! Time for fun! Magpie will be at the Earlville Opera House with a concert and songwriting workshop on Saturday, July 12 at 7 pm celebrating the music of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. They use the music of two of America’s greatest singer-songwriters to inspire new songwriters. The concert is in two parts with an interval with cookies and milk and songwriting with youth and families.
This FREE Earlville Awesome Arts Expanding Life Skills concert and workshop are sponsored by the Colgate Inn.
7:00-7:40 pm Magpie concert
7:40-8:20 pm songwriting Workshop in arts cafe for kids/ singalong in the garden for everyone else (milk, cookies, lemonade)
8:20-9:15 pm concert finale singing new works
Magpie embodies the idea of music which is about commitment to the great issues of the day and of history. Magpie’s focus on the life and music of WOODY GUTHRIE and PETE SEEGER demonstrates two of our countries great writers and the their use of folk music to talk about real America. The songwriting WORKSHOP for kids follows the first set. Adults can stay for the workshop too as long as they let the kids take center stage.
Everyone who isn’t taking the workshop is invited to the garden for a SINGALONG with Bruce Ward on guitar during the workshop break. After the workshop, the musicians return to the stage for the second half of the concert with another short set including some newly penned songs. A cookie break is planned between the two sessions.
WOODY GUTHRIE was an American singer-songwriter and folk musician whose musical legacy includes hundreds of political, traditional and children’s songs, ballads and improvised works. His best-known song is “This Land Is Your Land.” Many of his recorded songs are archived in the Library of Congress. (wiki) His music was an inspiration to Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan.
PETE SEEGER was an American folk singer and activist. A fixture on nationwide radio in the 1940s, he also had a string of hit records during the early 1950s as a member of the Weavers, most notably their recording of Lead Belly’s “Goodnight, Irene”, which topped the charts for 13 weeks in 1950. Members of the Weavers were blacklisted during the McCarthy Era. In the 1960s, he re-emerged on the public scene as a prominent singer of protest music in support of international disarmament, civil rights, counterculture and environmental causes. (wiki)
“Ms. Leonino’s singing was a joy. Her vocal inflections danced around a song with the grace of an Olympic figure skater. She was an impressive instrumentalist as well, showing her expertise on mandolin, dulcimer, harmonica, and kazoo. Artzner’s powerful baritone was a perfect match for Ms. Leonino’s voice. His guitar work was likewise stellar, especially when he tackled the tricky time signatures of the swing era compositions.” The Post Star of Glens Falls
While the show and workshop are free, seating is limited, please call to reserve your seats. For more information call the Earlville Opera House at 315-691-3550 or visit http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. When you call for your tickets, please let us know if you are signing up for the songwriting workshop. Even the youngest audience members will enjoy the concert and may go home after the first part if they have early bedtimes.
This performance is supported in part by a grant though the NYS Office of Children and Family Services through the Madison County Youth Bureau.