The Kennedy Free Library was filled with music and laughter recently as they hosted a family-friendly musical event.
Co-sponsored by the town of Poland Summer Recreation program, singer/musician Tom Sieling performed his "Howl at the Moon with a Wild Thing Tune!" show for a very appreciative audience. Some of his songs were familiar, some were new to his listeners, but all of them were entertaining, and got everyone involved in the show. A couple of tunes had members of the group give suggestions of names or animals, and Sieling ad-libbed verses on the spot.
A self-taught musician growing up in rural Upstate New York, Sieling plays several instruments. For his recent show, he played both guitar and banjo, with recorded drums to keep the beat. He talked a bit about growing up in the country, and some of his songs were not only for fun, but also to teach a little bit about our heritage.
Musician Tom Sieling is shown during his performance at the Kennedy Free Library.
Before the concert, Sieling said that he travels all over the eastern part of the United States to perform in both indoor and outdoor venues. During the milder weather, he takes along a large tent and camps in state parks, where he can practice his music and enjoy the natural wonders of areas he visits.
While in this area, he camped at Chautauqua Gorge, and said it was a wonderful place. Our area was a lot greener than some of the areas he has seen that are affected by drought conditions this year, he stated.
While he performs and composes music in various genres, Sieling said he particularly enjoys doing his performances for the youthful crowds. Encouraging their participation in his programs, he tries to also encourage them to pursue their own dreams, whether in music or other fields.
He left copies of one of his CDs with the Kennedy Free Library and the recreation program, so those who missed his concert can still hear all his fun music.