My boys have grown up listening to and laughing along with Bill and Keith at live performances and via CD or iPod at home or in the car. Learning to sound like the characters, tell captivating stories, make silly faces, and care about community I believe are necessary life skills for all children. – Anisa
Every parent has heard the well-worn phrase, “That’s not fair!” But it took musical storytellers Bill Harley and Keith Munslow to transform that refrain into a song that leaves everyone — even the parents — laughing. Harley and Munslow will celebrate the release of their new song, “It’s Not Fair to Me,” on Saturday, November 17th, at the “Sing Away Hunger” Concert and CD Release Party to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. The musicians and their band will perform two shows, at 11 am and 2 pm, at the Lincoln School auditorium, 301 Butler Ave., Providence.
Tickets are $10 for general admission and $15 for reserved seats. Thanks to the generosity of the musicians, all of whom donate their time, and the Lincoln School, which donates its auditorium, all proceeds go directly to the Food Bank to serve families in need. Tickets are available at www.rifoodbank.org/BillandKeith or by calling 401-230-1673.
Harley earned Grammy awards in 2007 and 2009 for his albums Blah Blah Blah: Stories About Clams, Swamp Monsters, Pirates & Dogs and Yes to Running! Bill Harley Live. His latest CD, High Dive, was released in 2012. Harley also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. His songs span the generation gap, including favorites like “Zanzibar,” “Monsters in the Bathroom,” “50 Ways to Fool Your Mother,” “You’re in Trouble,” “Dad Threw the TV out the Window,” “Down in the Backpack” and “The Ballad of Dirty Joe.” For more information on Bill Harley, visit www.billharley.com.
Munslow has entertained thousands of children and adults at festivals, concerts, schools and libraries across New England. He earned Parents’ Choice Awards for two of his recordings, Accidentally on Purpose and Dressed Up for the Party. In 2006 he launched the Empire Revue, a high energy variety show featuring sketch comedy, music, improvisation and special guest performers. He has also creates original music for Perishable Theatre’s Show for Younger Audiences and the Manton Avenue Theater. For more information on Keith Munslow, visit www.keithmunslow.com.
“Bill Harley and Keith Munslow have made a tradition of helping the most vulnerable members of our community by contributing their immense talent, terrific humor and pure joyfulness as musicians and storytellers,” says Rhode Island Community Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff. “We are honored to have artists of this caliber supporting the work we do at the Food Bank.”
The Rhode Island Community Food Bank currently serves more than 65,000 Rhode Islanders every month through their statewide network of emergency food programs. One in three of those served is a child under the age of 18.