Don White/Maria Sangiolo
There is no one-word description for what DON WHITE does. He has survived and thrived for twenty-five years, bringing his audiences to laughter and tears in his live performances, studio recordings, and on the printed page. He is a storyteller-comedian-author-troubadour-folk singer-songwriter. He is a walking challenge to the phrase file under. Best to just sort him under Don White.
Dons approach to music is a weird, unique blend. If he just played folk music, it would be a handy label. But he has invented his own genre with a mix of humor and powerful songwriting. Whites arc as a writer and performer has taken him from his industrial hometown of Lynn, Ma across the country as hitchhiker, through Bostons comedy clubs and coffeehouses, and onto the stage with greats like Christine Lavin, Arlo Guthrie, Taj Mahal, Ritchie Havens, Patty Larkin, Bill Morrissey, Tom Rush, and Louden Wainright III. At every point, White has been the ultimate observer, infusing his work with his experiences as a husband, a father, a seeker, and a joker.
White guesses he wrote his first songs sometime when he was eight years old, tunes he could hum or sing in his head. I remember writing songs when I was a little, little kid, he says, kneeling down to say my prayers and then jumping in bed and showing my mom a song I wrote. I was born with the disease. As a teenager, he would skip school to write. He took journalism courses. Things started to click when his parents bought him his first guitar at age 15, when White was absorbing music from John Prine, Arlo Guthrie, the Grateful Dead, Frank Zappa, and Bob Dylan. He became a student of music.
I liked Bob Dylan and I realized he liked Woody Guthrie, so I went and bought Woody Guthrie albums. Then I learned about Cisco Huston and all the guys who were there before that. Pete Seeger. So I would take what I liked and trace it back. With the Dead, I realized at one time they were a jug band. So I started looking up Jim Kweskin, and where did they get their stuff? Anything I liked, I followed backwards from that. Its just the way Im wired. For more bio: www.donwhite.net
MESSAGE FROM MARIA SANGIOLO: (Maria was a long time MA performer and native, until we lost her to CT....welcome you back for this show, and are so much looking forward to hearing from you, Maria!!)
Well the three Buff Orpingtons and our one Americana Hen have survived living on our small farm for three years. They are laying less and less, but we love them just the same. We're mostly ready for the cold weather. Wood is stacked, garden hoses are in, veggie garden is mulched, winter rye is up and the perennials are mostly cut back. We may even have strawberries in spring!
My daughters continue grow and change and inspire us every day. Sienna, a junior in high school is dancing, singing in the Hillsingers and a student leader in Student Council. This year's musical Grease, goes up in May. Talia is studying piano weekly and becoming quite an accomplished player at year three. She also takes gymnastics once a week and we have a museum of all her art projects in our living room. Homeschooling is going well this year with Talia at home for the first time!
Planting Seeds, my latest recording, has received numerous awards and wonderful reviews and makes a wonderful gift! "From boogie-woogie veggies (Dancin' in the Breeze) to bubbling maple syrup (Maple Sweet), the 19 environmentally-themed songs on Maria Sangiolo's fourth album are earnest, energetic and engagingly inventive. In these budget-strapped times, this nearly one-hour CD offers a first-rate bang (music) for your buck." Booklist "...style, grace and fun rarely found in children's or adult music." Parents Choice Gold Award "..this album has a loose and relaxed feel, like a well worn pair of jeans." Zooglobble, Stefan Shepard
Maria and Friends Planting Seeds features many of my old friends from the indie label Signature Sounds: Jim Henry, Tracy Grammer, Peter Mulvey, Mark Erelli, Lori McKenna, Brooks Williams, Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem and wonderful childrens performers Sally Rogers, Lui Collins, SteveSongs and Alastair Moock. A portion of the proceeds will benefit NOFA, the Northeast Organic Farming Association.
First Parish of Watertown/Tremedal Concerts (View)
35 Church St.
Watertown, MA 02472
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