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(FAQs) Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What kind of music do you perform at your shows?

A : Mento, jazz, bluegrass, folk, country, Manitoba fiddle tunes, American Beach Boys and Elvis

Q: Where have you played?

A: More than 4000 shows entertaining families, adults, seniors and children for the following clients:
Arts Councils – Philadelphia Folk Song Society, Wilmington Arts Commission, Warren County Heritage, FrankfordStyle, Long Beach Island Foundation, Baltimore Committee on Arts & Culture, Gaithersburg Arts Council, Garrett Lakes Arts Festival, Bluemont Concert Series, Barron Arts Center, Hornell Area Arts Council, Manitoba Festival of the Arts and more.
Festivals & Fairs – Musikfest, Mayfair, Allentown Fair, Lancaster Summer Arts Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Das Awkscht Fescht, Easton Canal Festival, Kempton Country Fair, Middlesex County Fair, Bloomfield Harvest Festival, Moscow Country Fair, Wayne Co. Fair, Clearfield Co. Fair, Greene-Dreher-Sterling Fair, National Apple Harvest Festival, Bridgewater Country Fair, Triple S Rodeo and more.
Museums – Longwood Gardens, Winterthur, Please Touch Museum, Reading Museum, Hershey Museum, Montclair Art Museum, Newark Museum, The Conference House, Slifer House, Delaware Agricultural Museum, The Strong Museum, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Roberson Museum & Science Center, Oak Hammock Marsh and more.
Parks Departments – Allentown, Quakertown, Bethlehem Township, Easton, Bucks County, Upper Moreland, Lower Gwynedd, Lansdowne, Warminster, Emmaus, Souderton, Chambersburg, Warwick, Whitpain, Morris County, Somerset County, Hamilton Township, Bellevue, Brandywine, White Clay Creek, Dover, Takoma Park, Brimfield, Gaithersburg, Frederick, Dewitt, Great Neck and more.
Colleges – Princeton, Johns Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Franklin & Marshall, Bloomsburg University, Delaware Valley College, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science, Penn State, Centenary College, Geneva College, Rensselaer Polytechnic and more.
Libraries – Emmaus, Reading, Hershey, Coatesville, West Chester, Lancaster, Margate, Bayonne, Watchung, Madison, Hunterdon County, Burlington County, Warren County, Monmouth County and more.

Q: What kinds of instruments do you play?

A: Banjo, mandolin, guitar, hammered dulcimer and jaw harp

Q: Can you tell us about the instruments you play and where they come from?

A: Yes–just request my educational program. Between songs I talk with the audience about how instruments from Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East came to America. Audiences learn:
  • Where each instrument comes from
  • How each is used in American folk music
  • Each instrument’s technique and sound
  • Number of organization of strings on each
  • Names of familiar related instruments
  • Call-and-response singing
  • How to yodel
  • The Philadelphia Mummers’ strut
  • Geography, history and tolerance

Q: What regions do you work?

A: All over – from New Hampshire to West Virginia, Southern states, Canada & the Caribbean. Most of my shows are in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

Q: How do you sound like an entire band when you’re only one person?

A: With pre-recorded bass, drums, and back-up vocals–all performed by me–you get a full-band sound at a one-musician price. To listen to a demonstration of this full band sound, please download the FREE CD “I Love Mento”.

Q: Do you have any handouts that I can use to promote the show in advance?

A: Yes, on the press kit page, you can download color 11X17 posters, 81/2X11 flyers and photographs as well as a performance announcer – a handy fill-in-the-blanks press release to announce your event to the community.

Q: When I hire you what do I need to provide to accommodate you?

A: I make your job easy before and after the show. I bring my professional PA system so you won’t have to struggle with wires and microphones. All I need is one grounded electrical outlet within 20 feet and, for outdoor shows, a dry, shaded performance site. No PA or electricity is needed for strolling performances.

Q: How do I work with you?

A: Click on the “Book Now” button below

Want free promotional material for your event? View Press Kit