Ken delivered a private concert to a group of attendees at Bill and Vicki Kelsey's 40th Wedding Anniversary party. For more information on booking Ken for similar private concerts and parties, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 23, 24, 25, 2010
Ken gave the following workshops:
Railroads & Hoboes: Songs of the lure of the railroad, and tales from personal experience. Ken will read some excerpts his journals written while hoboeing around the country during '68 - '81.
In Harmonica's Way: Showing a variety of models, and how to play them.
Southern Mountain Music: Songs, Tunes, and Humor from the Southern Mountains.
Ken delivered a courageous, emotional, and poignant evening of stories, songs, poetry, and music, representing his first experiences as a young man searching for his destiny as a hobo starting in the Northeastern United States, and bringing him right back home again.
Ken's audience was rapt with attention by not only his soulful storytelling, but also by the authenticity of the presentation that made the evening an experience that those in attendance have likely never felt before, and may never feel again...until Ken comes back and decides to deliver another evening of himself.
Ken Sweeney's first visit to the Old Songs Community Arts Center was to help kick off the first annual Jam & Sing Thing. Ken delighted his audience with versatile performing styles from beautifully sung ballads to a jig and reel or two on the concertina, to old timey tunes on played on the banjo.
There were also some surprises given to the audience...but we won't mention them here because, well, the surprise shouldn't be ruined for you should you ever have the pleasure of seeing Ken give a concert. Ken also shared some poetry and some original songs. Ken Sweeney was a full time staff member of the Jam & Sing Thing, giving workshops on preparing songs for presentations, nautical singing, goofy old timey songs, among others.
Ken also staffed a concertina clinic where he introduced a number of different concertinas that he had for sale and offered to do minor repairs to concertinas onsite if needed.