Rockin’ in Shelburne Falls with Uncle Rock
Hilltown Families & Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child Present …
Join us for an intimate performance with Uncle Rock in the beautiful Hilltown of Shelburne Falls, MA. Make a day exploring Shelburne Falls following this Saturday morning performance. “Unlike some of the classic New England towns that are overrun with tourists in the summer and fall, Shelburne Falls remains a bit of an undiscovered pot of gold at the end of a bridge decked with a rainbow of blossoms.”
Reserve your tickets for UNCLE ROCK!
- July 28th, 2007 @ 10 a.m.
- Children’s Art Museum
- 14 Depot Street (behind the Trolley Museum)
- Shelburne Falls, MA.
- Tickets are $6.
- Call to reserve your tickets!
“[Uncle Rock’s CD, Plays Well with Others] is the album you imagine your former-rocker husband would love to make for your own kids–if only you had let him buy that Stratocaster last year instead of replacing the washer and dryer.” – Cool Mom Picks
My daughter met Uncle Rock last year while sailing aboard the Sloop Clearwater on the Hudson River. She’s been smitten ever since! Our well loved copy of Plays Well with Others has been played at pancake breakfasts, a community Halloween dance and on the Hilltown Family Variety Show.
His real name is Robert Burke Warren. The former globe-trotting bass player (with the Fleshtones), stage actor (as the lead in the London production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story) and Americana songwriter (with Rosanne Cash and for Wanda Jackson) stumbled onto his most satisfying creative endeavor yet as a teacher’s assistant at the rural School Of The New Moon in Mount Tremper, New York, where Uncle Rock was born.
Warren shares, “It’s my natural bent as a songwriter to go to shadowy areas, and I was happy to be reminded that most kids have an innate interest in things like ghosts, wild animals, villains, misadventure and mystery.” An erstwhile stay-at-home dad, went to work with guitar in hand, and, surrounded by preschoolers, found that requests for the darker stuff were constant.
Much of Uncle Rock’s music rocks, with drums, bass, and instruments ranging from Irish tin whistle to kalimba to a RevereWare pot, while exploring often overlooked subjects that fascinate folks young and old:
- “Picnic in the Graveyard” explores the largely Mexican/Central American holiday El Dia De Los Muertos (Day Of The Dead) in which families celebrate and break bread with folks who have passed on.
- “The Gettin’s Big Blues” describes the difficulties of progress with lyrics like, “I’m talkin’ baby talk/Pick me up ‘cause I don’t wanna walk…”
- “Shoe Bandit” explains a childs confounding loss of a single sneaker.
Comments from the Peanut Gallery:
- “Kids just wanna rock with Uncle Rock, whose colorful, engaging tales have made him a hit on the children’s circuit.” – Harp Magazine
- “Freewheelin’ fun!” –Cookiemag.com
- “Music that rocks both kids and adults is a brilliant concept and one done extremely well here.” – Kingston Daily Freeman
- “Roots rocking family fun.” – Chronogram Magazine
- “The hippest, most parent-friendly, most intelligent kids’ songs ever.” – Woodstock Times
- “Thankfully adult-friendly tunes sure to become a staple in your household.” – Hudson Valley Parent