Some parody songs are more famous than the original song that was parodied! Parody songs make us laugh when well-crafted. Weird Al was in college studying architecture when his amateur recording of My Bologna became an overnight success, launching his musical career!
Though not nearly as famous, local songwriter Bonnie Abrams, has enjoyed 15 seconds of fame on NPR with her song, Ruby's Knishes and was a Kerrville New Folk Finalist in 1991. She writes custom songs for special events and local agencies and has taught parody songwriting at regional summer camp programs. As the music educator at Irondequoit Hebrew Studies Center from 2004 to 2012, Bonnie taught songs to kids from kindergarten to 7th grade, including her original songs which were performed by students at programs throughout those years. Bonnie has a 30 year plus musical partnership with founding GL member, Allen Hopkins.
Well known as a multi-instrumentalist and folk music historian, Allen has done countless workshops for GL including Blues Harmonica and storytellingthrough through song. He performs Celtic music with Innisfree and organizes musical performances at festivals and coffeehouses, including Flint Hill Folk for the Genesee Country Museum and "Tunes By the Tracks" in Clifton Springs. Bonnie & Allen performed Jewish music with The 12 Corners Klezmer Band and Love & Knishes. They have done numerous workshops at The Turtle Hill Folk Festival through the years.
Register (online only) by Sunday, Feb 11 at midnight. For questions, contact our Education Coordinator. And plan to stay for the second part of the Tuesday night sing around.