State Troubadour Tom Callinan Presents “This Is My Country”(Patriotic songs & Americana) on Facebook Live at: www.facebook.com/hagamanlibrary on Saturday, November 7 at 2:00 p.m.

On Saturday, November 7th at 2:00 P.M., Tom Callinan will be presenting a virtual performance entitled “This is My Country” via Facebook Live, sponsored by East Haven, CT’s Hagaman Memorial Library.  This is part of the Connecticut Storytelling Center’s series “Sharing Connecticut Stories” in partnership with Connecticut Humanities.  Honored as Connecticut’s first Official State Troubadour in 1991, Mr. Callinan’s program will include classic patriotic songs, Americana, and original compositions and stories related to historic people, events, and patriotic themes.  Some material will be about Connecticut and some will be specifially related to the East Haven/New Haven area.  A master at generating audience participation, the Norwich resident will be self-accompanied on a variety of instruments from the string, wind, and percussion families.

Tom’s repertoire of Americana, past and present, includes all sorts of folk, sea, work, and patriotic songs, tunes, and tales, which he delivers in an entertaining, narrative style.  He can sing all four verses of “The Star-Spangled Banner “, as well as “Hail Columbia”, the song that served as the unofficial national anthem from 1798 to 1931.

For over four decades as a full-time creative and performing artist, Tom has specialized in Arts-In-Education programming and intergenerational entertainment. Among thousands of performances in the United States, Canada, the British Isles, Ireland, and Barbados, Tom has also appeared on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America”; on CNN’s “Earth Matters” environmental program; and on PBS ‘ children’s show, “Shining Time Station”, starring Ringo Starr … among others.  Excerpts from two of his original songs were included on an Emmy Award-winning documentary, A Connecticut Y­ankee In Red Square, produced by Connecticut Public Television. Two other original compositions were included in the “We Like Kids” songbooks, distributed throughout the United States.

He has performed at: the Fraunces Tavern in New York City, the site of General George Washington’s farewell to his officers; Mystic Seaport; Sturbridge Village; the National Theatre in Washington, DC; the Kennedy Library in Boston; and at schools, libraries, and museums from Maine to Florida.  In 1999 he was selected to represent the state of Connecticut at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. for the Performing Arts’ Millennium Stage “State Days Series” and he was also a featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee.

Tom’s media appearances include: ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America”; CNN’s “Earth Matters” environmental program; and PBS’ children’s show, “Shining Time Station”, among others.  Excerpts from two of his original songs were included on an Emmy Award-winning documentary, A Connecticut Yankee In Red Square, produced by Connecticut Public Television.  Two other original compositions were included in the “We Like Kids” Songbooks, distributed throughout the United States.

All of Tom’s recordings are available from CRACKERBARREL ENTERTAINMENTS: www.crackerbarrel-ents.com in Norwich, CT.  For further information, contact:

(860) 889-6648 or info@crackerbarrel-ents.com.

For information about this special event, please contact Cynthia Gwiazda, Community Services Librarian at the Hagaman Memorial Library at cgwiazda@hagamanlibrary.org. The Hagaman Library would like to thank Connecticut Humanities for their sponsorship of this event.