GREENWICH, NY (July 6,2017) – Celebrated singer/songwriter Bob Warren will present a paean in song to his hometown of Greenwich in Small Town World, a free concert that is part of the Greenwich Free Library‘s live music series, “Music is Living History.” The event is slated for Saturday, August 5, 7 p.m., at the Greenwich High School Auditorium, 10 Gray Avenue, Greenwich.
Warren will lead the audience on a narrated lyrical journey through local history and culture in a program that will include excerpts from Only the Message Mattered (a song cycle about Susan B. Anthony, who grew up in Greenwich) and his original theatrical work , Greenwich:The Musical which–starring more than 80 Greenwichians–debuted in 2004 in three unforgettable, sold-outperformances. The concert will also feature new material that Warren is composing specifically for Small Town World.
Along with Warren, performers will include Mary Anne Brown, Mary Nell Morgan Brown, Tim Bulger, JohannaCampbell, Virginia May Edinger, Kendall Hamilton, Peter Martin, Adeline Record, Kayla Stewart, Mitch Throop, C.J. Lyttle, Kevin Warren and Serafina York. The band will feature Matt Donnelly (piano, keys), Kevin Warren (bass), Mitch Throop (percussion) and Bob Warren (guitar), with special guest Bliss McIntosh (fiddle) and Greg Edinger (bodhran). Choreography will be by Darcy May.
“I hope that the personal nature of the material will add to the audience’s experience,” Warren said. “If Small Town World contributes the smallest something to the database of local knowledge, I will be happy.”
With his roots in the folk troubadour tradition, Warren has produced a surprisingly diverse body of song. From musicals to rock and everything in between, his music shares his unmistakable humor, wit and heart.The songs address a wide range of topics: one, a portrait of the Battenkill, another, an adrenaline rush of a song about his former noisy neighbors, yet another written for the AARP crowd. The peace movement, born-again philosophy and the aftermath of the school shooting in Newtown, CT have all influenced his songwriting.Then, there are catchy, soulful tunes that just feel like a summer’s day at the beach.
Small Town World is the second installment in the Greenwich Free Library’s three-part, free series celebrating music as an essential conduit of stories passed from generation to generation. Rounding out the series, John Kirk and Trish Miller of Quickstep will explore traditional folk music–its origins, instruments and local variations–in a concert Saturday, October 21, 7 p.m., also at the Greenwich High School Auditorium.
Free will donations will be welcomed at these events to supportthe Library and its special programming.
This project (Music is Living History) is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Lower Adirondack Regional ArtsCouncil.
The Greenwich Free Library is located at 148Main St., Greenwich, NY. For further information, call the Greenwich Free Library at 518.692.7157.