UNION—Folk artist Spook Handy will be performing his Tales From the Road concert at the Union Public Library on Tuesday, March 2, at 7 p.m.
This is one of Handy’s most popular programs. He’s been to every American state except North Dakota, Hawaii, and Michigan. And he’s met all kinds of people with all kinds of backgrounds-some comical, some downright sad. In this humorous, heartwarming and inspiring concert Handy will share stories and songs about the places he’s been, people he’s met and the jobs and other predicaments in which he’s found himself.
Handy has performed in concerts with Pete Seeger, who has been one of his greatest advocates. He has said: “There’s a songwriter from New Jersey who really understands how to write a good song that says something important. His name is Spook Handy and his song ‘Vote’ is both funny and to the point. I hope this song becomes nationally famous and helps inspire people to ‘get their butts in the booth and pull down the lever!’”
Handy grew up on a dead-end road in Montclair. His family had two contemporary albums-The Beatles’ “Hard Day’s Night” and “Peter, Paul and Mary in Concert.” When he and his three siblings made believe they were the Beatles, Handy being the youngest and having last pick, always had to be Ringo. But that only strengthened his resolve to become the best songwriter and performer he could.
Handy graduated from Rutgers University, Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in math and business, turned down several lucrative job offers in the actuarial field and bought his first guitar-a $50 used Yamaha acoustic. He proceeded to go on and perform in over 3000 concerts in his 23 years of performances, has written hundreds of songs, recorded three CDs with a fourth due out in the coming months, and now some of his own compositions are being performed by over a dozen other musicians.
Admission is free, and the concert is open to all. The library is located on 1980 Morris Avenue. For more information, call the Reference Department at 1-908-851-5452.
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