PURLY & THE
Whether you hire Purly solo, the duo or the trio - you're in for a
treat! There's lively Traditional
Fiddle music, early Jazz & Swing from the 1930's-40's, Western Swing (ala Bob Wills),
Old Cowboy songs, Original tunes plus Contemporary & Traditional American folk.
Instrumentation varies throughout the set, with fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar, 5-string
banjo, accordion and upright bass. It's perky and fun, foot-tapping music, for front-and-center
entertainment - or for background music. Some of the music is danceable.
Many songs feature vocals, while others are purely instrumental. And if requested, we can
get folks up on their feet and teach 'em a simple square dance - a good, old-fashioned way
to get a crowd mingling!
Purly has performed solo for more than 3 decades, and has a lot of experience enter-
taining family audiences! She knows many songs that are well-suited to the youngsters
in a crowd. So the music - whether solo, duo or trio - is always appropriate for ALL ages.
Mainly a guitarist, Purly also plays accordion, banjo, uke and harmonica to
back up her vocals in solo shows. And she usually brings along "Jack" - a traditional,
wooden dancing puppet that dates back to pioneer times. The limberjack was often
the only toy a child had back in those days, and it's truly a piece of American History!
This joyful, percussive addition from Purly's 'bag of tricks' is quite unique - and a
favorite with all ages.
Wandering Minstrel &/or Campfire Sing-Along;
Portrayal of the legendary Wild West character Calamity Jane;
Hands-on Workshops for Kids age 6-96, making simple instruments from unusual or
recycled materials*; Special pricing by request, after discussing details.
Solo........ 1, 45-minute set for $200 and up (Purly on vocals, guitar, banjo, uke, accordion and harmonica)*
Duo........ 1, 45-minute set for $375 and up (Purly + fiddle or mandolin )*
Trio......... 1, 45-minute set for $500 and up (Purly + fiddle &/or mandolin, guitar, bass)*
*ADDITIONAL SETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR $100-150 EXTRA PER SET;
FEES DO NOT INCLUDE COST OF BRINGING A PA SYSTEM
for a demo of these four short song segments all
in one mp3 file.
[Total time 2:39]
Soldier's Joy (traditional w. fiddle, guitar, bass)
Wahoo (swing - 30's cowboy film song w. vocals, guitar.fiddle)
Over the Waterfall (traditional w. banjo, fiddle, bass)
Dustin' Off My Heart for You (©2010, P.Gates w. vocal, guitar, fiddle)
"Purly is such a pro - a great entertainer and
musician. She really knows how to
entertain a crowd. Catchy tunes, fun lyrics and a twinkle in her eye. She's got
comfort food for your ears! Our concert on the common had children dancing,
adults singing along and smiles all around." - Mary Lou O’Neil, Coordinator, Hancock, NH Summer Concerts
CONTACT INFOPurly Gates / Sound Music