The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Forbes Library presents Award winning singer & storyteller Davis Bates

A Song and Story Celebration! with Parent’s Choice award winning singer and storyteller Davis Bates

Date & Time: Tuesday, August 4 2:00 pm
Place: Forbes Library 20 West St., Northampton, MA
Admission: Free

The Forbes Library will celebrate its summer reading program “Every Hero has a Story!” by presenting award-winning storyteller Davis Bates in a performance of participatory of stories and songs for the whole family.  Entitled A Song and Story Celebration, the program will include traditional and contemporary folk songs and stories from New England and around the world.  Hear how coyote got his howl, how foam came to be in the ocean, and more, and be prepared to sing, move and clap your hands.  There will even be a short lesson on how to play the musical spoons, and a guest appearance by a dancing wooden dog named Bingo.

Pete Seeger called Davis a "genius of a storyteller."  Davis' traditional and participatory performance style empowers and encourages audiences to join in the fun, and to take the songs and stories home with them to share with others.  He also encourages listeners to remember and share stories and songs from their own family and cultural traditions, and to find stories in the books and recordings provided by their local library.

Davis Bates has been telling stories for over thirty-six years, in schools, libraries, colleges and community settings around New England and across the country.  He has also served as director and consultant for several local and regional oral history and folk arts projects, and has a won a Parent’s Choice Gold Award for his recording entitled Family Stories, which can be downloaded for free from his website,  Davis lives with his son and daughter in the picturesque village of Shelburne Falls, MA, and when he isn't collecting or learning stories he spends his time working in his garden and on various pollinator and beneficial insect preservation projects.

A Song and Story Celebration is appropriate for ages 4 and up will take place at the Forbes Library in Northampton, MA on Tuesday, August 4, starting at 2:00 pm.   Admission is free.  For more information, please call (413) 587-1010.  This program is funded, in part, by a grant from the Northampton Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and by the Friends of the Forbes Library.

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