Performers and Programs

Performer Information  
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: paul@homespun.biz
Website: http://www.homespun.biz
Previous appearances at: Wadsworth Library Geneseo, Schroon Lake Public Square Dance, Saratoga Springs Public Library, Albany Public Library Washington Ave. Branch
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
Information last updated: 04/18/2017

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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Homespun Family Dance History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Homespun Community Dancing provides fun, engaging and educational library events that teach about life before electricity in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Homespun Old Time Community 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?”! We teach about the origins of traditional folk instruments including the fiddle, modern and gourd banjo, mandolin, flute, penny whistle, piano, recorder, percussion, and more. The “Homespun Family Dance” includes a sit-down period to talk about the dancing, music, instruments, and cultures. More information and video at this link: http://www.homespun.biz/intergenerational-family-dances/
$501- $1000
Colonial Dance History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
What did people do before iPods, Xbox and SkyZone? They sang, made their own music, and danced! Are you looking for a way to bring the Colonial era to life on a budget? Get your audience to think like a colonial! They will learn firsthand how people have socialized for many generations and hear anecdotes from American (and global) history. Encourage them to come in costume from clothing they already have – or make their own. Colonial New York and New England were a crossroads of trade, commerce and culture, influenced by Dutch, French, English, African and Native American among many other peoples and traditions. Show the children how “multicultural” means more than just skin color and that it is not a new concept. The audience will connect with centuries-old traditions and participate in the traditional house party dances as generations of Americans have done – by dancing! Squares, contras and circle dances brought to American from Europe and Africa. Origins of traditional folk instruments (fiddle, modern and gourd banjo, mandolin, flute, penny whistle, piano, recorder, percussion, and more) taught during a sit-down period to talk about the dancing, music, instruments, and cultures. More information/video at this link: http://www.homespun.biz/intergenerational-family-dances/
$501- $1000
Cabin Fever Community Dance History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
With a combined half-century of experience, the dance/music educators of Homespun Community Dancing create enjoyable, wholesome participatory dance and music events. As residents of the Northeast, we all know how the long winter months can make you feel cooped up and bummed out. Our Cabin Fever Dance is a popular monotony-breaker for your audience of all ages. Your library supplies the atmosphere— snowflakes, brownies, twinkle lights and books -- for the event. Homespun supplies the dance caller and musicians on fiddle, guitar, banjo and tin whistle and leads participants in square, contra and circle dances brought to America from Europe and Africa. Connect with centuries-old traditions and dance the cold winter away as generations of Americans have done. Homespun’s dances and workshops are community-building activities that get everyone up and moving. Easy dances that everyone can learn in one session means fun for children and adults. We teach about the origins of traditional folk instruments including the fiddle, modern and gourd banjo, mandolin, flute, penny whistle, clarinet, guitar, piano, recorder, percussion, and more. The “Cabin Fever Community Dance” includes a sit-down period to talk about the dancing, music, instruments, and cultures.
$501- $1000
Community Harvest Dance History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
With a combined half-century of experience, the dance/music educators of Homespun Community Dancing create enjoyable, wholesome participatory dance and music events. Your library supplies the atmosphere—cornstalks, hay bales, cider, pies and books – for the event. Homespun supplies the dance caller and musicians on fiddle, guitar, gourd and modern banjo, and tin whistle. Homespun leads participants in square, contra and circle dances brought to America from Europe and Africa. Connect with centuries-old traditions and celebrate the bounty of the harvest as generations of Americans have done. Traditional dancing helps build a sense of community. The audience has fun working together to learn the dances. Participants experience a bit of living history - they learn firsthand how people have socialized for many generations and hear anecdotes from American (and global) history that inspired the dances and music. Community dancing develops young participants’ communication and listening skills, and improves physical coordination…dancing is great exercise! We teach about the origins of traditional folk instruments in a sit-down period to talk about the dancing, music, instruments, and cultures.
$501- $1000
Dance the World Around! History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Your audience can try their hand at folk dancing, and kick up their heels to live fiddle music, just like people did in the 18th and 19th century before electricity! Enjoy a tradition of community dancing and music handed down from generation to generation and that is still going on in many communities. We play music and get everyone involved – from ages 2 to 102 — especially those who have not danced before, in easy-to-learn American barn dance favorites: circles, squares, contras, as well as international folk (Irish, Dutch, African, Chinese, Korean, Latin American, Russian, Israeli, French, and more) dances. The toe-tapping music consists of reels, jigs, polkas, hornpipes, and waltzes. While participation in the dancing is encouraged — and it’s hard to sit still — it’s fun to just listen to the music and watch too! We teach about the origins of traditional folk instruments including the fiddle, modern and gourd banjo, mandolin, flute, penny whistle, clarinet, guitar, piano, recorder, accordion, ukulele, Chinese hu lu si, percussion, and more. The “Dance the World Around” includes a sit-down period to talk about the dancing, music, instruments, and cultures. More information and video at this link: http://www.homespun.biz/intergenerational-family-dances/
$501- $1000
Homespun Old Time Community Dance History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Homespun Community Dancing provides fun, engaging and educational library events that teach about life before electricity in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Homespun Old Time Community Dance takes the audience/participants back to a time when families made their own entertainment with homemade music and dance. We teach about the origins of traditional folk instruments including the fiddle, modern and gourd banjo, mandolin, guitar, clarinet, penny whistle and recorder. 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?”! We teach about the origins of traditional folk instruments including the fiddle, modern and gourd banjo, mandolin, flute, penny whistle, clarinet, guitar, piano, recorder, accordion, ukulele, percussion, and more. The “Old Time Community Dance” includes a sit-down period to talk about the dancing, music, instruments, and cultures. More information and video at this link: http://www.homespun.biz/intergenerational-family-dances/
$501- $1000
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