Performers and Programs

Program Information

Program name: Homespun Family Dance
Program category: History
Multicultural- Other
Program length: 50-75 Minutes
Audience level: Family
Audience size: 20-150 people
Program description: Homespun Community Dancing provides fun, engaging and educational library events that teach about life before electricity in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Homespun Family Dance takes the audience/participants back to a time when families made their own entertainment with homemade music and dance. Everyone gets involved – from ages 2 to 102 -- in easy-to-learn American barn dance favorites and dances from around the world. All dances are taught, and danced to LIVE folk music that has been known to transform even the most adamant, grimacing youngsters declaring “I will never dance” into smiling dance-lovers asking: “When is the next dance?” “Homespun Family Dance” includes a sit-down period to talk about the dancing, music, instruments, and cultures. We play tunes, sing songs, and teach about the origins of traditional folk instruments including the fiddle, modern and gourd banjo, mandolin, penny whistle, recorder, and more. More information and video at this link:
Space/special requirements: Sound System if available, three armless chairs for the artists, one 6’ table; approximately 20 chairs for participants, but no more because we want as many people to dance as possible. Clear indoor or outdoor space with relatively even ground/floor and room for participants to move freely. Outdoor programs must have an indoor space in case of bad weather.
Travel restrictions: none
Program fee: $351- $500
Is this fee negotiable? Yes
Mileage included? Yes
Notes about the fee: Generally, our range is $300 to $675. Our fees vary based on the library's budget as well as which musicians we include, time of year, weekday or weekend event, and whether a sound system is available at the library. Block Booking (more than one library in an area) available, as well as other money saving options - Call for Details. Additional Mileage Fee for beyond a 60-minute drive from Albany to be determined at time of booking.
Other notes: Homespun has CDs and books for sale. We would like to be able to offer them to participants on the day of the event.
Regions this program
can be performed in:
Capital District
North Country
Program last updated: 01/29/2018
Performer Information (see all of this performer's programs)
Stage name: Peter, Paul & George
Performer name: Paul Rosenberg
Phone: 518-482-9255
Mailing address: 538 Providence Street
Albany, New York 12208
E-mail address:
Previous appearances at: Wadsworth Library Geneseo, Schroon Lake Public Square Dance, Saratoga Springs Public Library, Albany Public Library Washington Ave. Branch, Altamont Elementary School, Guilderland Central School District
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Performer information last updated: 01/29/2018


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