A Universe of Songs and Stories

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Date(s) - April 15, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Cotuit Public Library


The Cotuit Library will celebrate April School Vacation and the coming 2019 Summer Reading Program by presenting a performance for families by Parents’ Choice Award winning performing Davis Bates.   Entitled A Universe of Songs and Stories, the program will involve the audience in a variety of cultural traditions. Hear how stars came to be in the sky, how foam came to be in the ocean, and be prepared to sing, move and clap your hands.  The program will include plenty of sing-alongs, as well as a short lesson in how to play the spoons, and an appearance by an Irish dancing wooden dog named Bingo.

Pete Seeger called Davis “thoughtful, creative, human, and a fantastic storyteller.”  Davis’ traditional and participatory performance style empowers and encourages audiences of all ages 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 tell stories from their own family and cultural traditions.

Davis Bates has been telling stories for over forty years, in schools, libraries, colleges and community settings around New England and across the country.  His recording of Family Stories won a Parent’s Choice Gold Award, and was named one of the year’s best Audio Recordings by Booklist Magazine. Davis has also served as director and consultant for several local and regional oral history and folk arts projects.  Davis lives in the village of Shelburne Falls, MA, and when he isn’t collecting or learning stories he spends his time gardening, cutting cordwood and working various pollinator and wildlife preservation projects.

This performance is funded, in part, by a grant from the Mid-Cape Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

This program is free but please register at cotuitlibrary.org/events or contact the Library.

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Hyannis, MA 02601
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