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Traditional Folksongs of the Winter Holidays with Adam Miller

November 8, 2013

Folksinger, storyteller, and autoharp virtuoso Adam Miller will perform well-known (and not so well-known) sing-along songs of the holiday season on Sunday, December 8, 2 p.m. at the Civic Center Public Library. There is no charge for this event.  This enjoyable program for the whole family features traditional folksongs, carols for the New Year, Hanukkah, Christmas, and the Winter Solstice—from pre-Christian Europe to the 21st Century. 
One of the premier autoharpists in the world, Adam Miller is a renowned American folksinger and natural-born storyteller.  An accomplished folklorist, historian, musicologist, and song-collector, he has amassed a remarkable repertoire of over 5,000 songs.  Miller accompanies his rich, resonant baritone voice with lively finger-picking acoustic guitar and stunningly beautiful autoharp melodies.  A masterful entertainer who never fails to get his audience singing along, he has distinguished himself as one of the great interpreters of American folktales and folksongs, and as a performer who appeals to audiences of all ages.
In a contemporary musical landscape peopled with singer-songwriters and their often short-lived offerings, Miller’s time-honored traditional folksongs and ballads are a breath of fresh air.  His songs evoke a by-gone time when entertainment was homemade.  Spellbinding his audience with his mastery of the art of storytelling, he skillfully interweaves folksongs and the stories behind them with the elegance of a documentary filmmaker.
Traveling 70,000 miles each year, this 21st-century troubadour has performed in concert halls from the Everglades to the Arctic Circle.  Over 1,000,000 students have attended his “Singing Through History” school assembly programs.
Miller’s folksongs and ballads are the songs of America’s heritage; a window into the soul of our nation in its youth.  “I have always had a great interest in how folksongs travel through history, and how history travels through folksongs,” he explains.
A performer who enlightens as well as entertains, Miller points out fascinating connections between events in history and the songs that survived them.  And like radio’s Paul Harvey, he manages to give you “the rest of the story” -- providing the often surprising provenance of seemingly innocuous folksongs. His numerous appearances at the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival, the Tumbleweed Music Festival, the California Traditional Music Society’s Summer Solstice Festival, and the Kentucky Music Weekend have made him a national favorite.
The Friends of the Livermore Library have generously underwritten this program as part of the Friends Authors and Arts Series.