A Little Noon Music is Back!

A Little Noon Music is Back!

Rich Follet
Rich Follet

The Friends of Handley Regional Library System is thrilled to announce the return of the A Little Noon Music program at the Handley Library location.

A Little Noon Music is a free program where performers come to the library during the lunch hour for the public to enjoy varied styles of music. This current series highlights four different performers over the next few months.

The first performance will be on Friday, November 12, from 12:15 PM to 1:00 PM, at Handley Regional Auditorium at the Handley Library branch and will feature Allen Dec. Mr. Dec is a harpist who has been performing since his teens, playing the organ, autoharp, and then harp. As a Certified Music Practitioner, Allen offers MusiCaregiving - therapeutic harp music and Sitting Tai Chi for Seniors at several assisted living facilities in the area. He plans to play a quilt of music selections from O'Carolan to Louis Armstrong, including some of his own compositions.

The second performance will be on Friday, December 10, from 12:15 PM to 1:00 PM, at Handley Regional Auditorium at the Handley Library branch and will feature Rich Follett. Mr. Follett performs easy-on-the-ears acoustic folk music. His original compositions offer insightful lyrics and inviting melodies you will want to hear over and over again. Rich is a public-school teacher whose program is punctuated with interesting anecdotes and true stories from his classroom experiences. One of Rich’s CDs received the following review from Amazon.com: “Rich Follett's melodies are not only soothing to listen to; his lyrics also speak right to your heart with feelings only he seems to be able to put to words. His voice is like velvet, and people just want to stop and hear it.”

On Friday, January 14, from 12:15 PM to 1:00 PM, at Handley Regional Auditorium at the Handley Library branch, the featured performance will be by the Critton Hollow String Band. Since 1975, Critton Hollow String Band has brought traditional American music to audiences throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Ireland, and Scotland. With fiddle, hammer dulcimer, banjo, and guitar, the band tends a stable of songs from the first settlements of Appalachia to the best of contemporary American folk music. Songs that express a range of experiences that can make you laugh or make you cry and occasionally do both at the same time, ballads that tell stories of bad men and disappointed lovers. Instrumentals that will make you want to get up and dance or sit back and listen. The band's three members, Joe Herrmann, Sam Herrmann, and Joe Fallon, combine precise instrumentation, melodic interplay, and three-part harmony to create a warm and engaging sound. As Mitch Podolak, the artistic director of the Winnipeg Folk Festival, commented, they have a "unique ability to make their audience feel a part of their performance." 

Finally, on Friday, February 11, from 12:15 PM to 1:00 PM, at Handley Regional Auditorium at the Handley Library branch, the featured performance will be by Atlantic Reed Consort. Since 2010, The Atlantic Reed Consort has endeavored to bring chamber music to a broad audience in an unexpected format. ARC is a reed quintet comprised of oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bass clarinet, and bassoon with a cutting-edge sound and style that both embraces the contemporary and adds a new twist to the likes of Bach, Ravel, and Gershwin.