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Sean McCollough

Contact Name: Sean McCollough

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Phone: (865) 405-5955

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Sean McCollough is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He is also a teacher, a band leader, a record producer, a sound engineer, a radio show host (Kidstuff on WDVX) and a national Parents’ Choice award winner. His musical endeavors take him in many directions.

He performs for young audiences both solo and with the Kidstuff band. He plays regularly with The Lonetones and Kevin Abernathy. He also presents workshops and does residencies in schools, gives lectures at museums and conferences, and teaches musicology at the The University of Tennessee where his courses include the History of Rock, Music of Appalachia and the Introduction to Western Music.

Sean’s shows for young audiences are far more than simple performances. Sean uses song-games, stories, sing-a-longs, dances, and rhythm instruments to deeply engage audiences of all ages as he takes them on a journey through a variety of musical styles – from traditional Appalachian music to world music to rock ‘n roll. Along the way he shares simple history lessons and aptly demonstrates a variety of instrumental techniques.

Sean’s school residencies are deeply engaging, highly professional and can be tailored to suit the needs of the school. Past residency topics have included Appalachian music, the history of rock ‘n roll, songwriting, making our own music with simple instruments, music of the Civil Right’s Movement, Appalachian folk dancing and play party games, learning the ukelele, sound recording, and local music history.

Rob Huffaker, music teacher at Mount Olive Elementary (where Sean has done several residencies has this to say: “From the planning phase all the way to the school performances, he went above and beyond to make his residencies an enjoyable and unique learning experience for all! Most importantly, the kids loved him and learned a lot from his hands on and personal approach. I would definitely recommend Sean McCollough for your school!”

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Sample Programs Offered

Program Title: Hear John Henry's Hammer

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

With banjo, mandolin, guitar, washtub bass, washboard, and spoons in hand, Sean blends history with fun in this program. Using ballads such as “John Henry” and “Froggie Went A Courtinʼ” as well as more modern mountain music, Sean explains the origin of instruments and songs from this region while providing ample opportunity for student participation. This program can be a performance by Sean or multi-day residency that results in a performance by the students.

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Program Title: From the Underground Railroad to the Civil Rights Movement

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

This program explores the history of civil rights in the United States through music. Sean will have the students singing, clapping and stomping along to plantation era songs, then show how those gave birth to underground railroad songs such as “Drinking Gourd” and the civil rights songs such as “We Shall Overcome.” This can be a performance or multi-day residency.

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Program Title: Appalachian Play Party and Folk Dancing

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

Drawing on the deep Appalachian history of folk dancing for children and adults, Sean will introduce the exciting world of play-party games (singing games), circle dances, square dances and contra dances. This is typically a 3-5 day residency resulting in a performance by the students at the end.

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