Chris Holder
14663 West Lake Road
Hammondsport, NY 14840

Bus/Fax: 607/868-7249
"The family storytelling night was superb - no one wanted it to end!"
 Mary Jane Covely-Walker, Director,   Dunkirk Free Library,   Dunkirk, NY

concertFrom Traditional American favorite tunes, ballads, legends and chanties to traditional tales, original stories, doubtful wisdom and even an occasional outright lie, Chris chooses his music and stories from the best of the American songbag and oral tradition. A skilled instrumentalist on the six and twelve string guitars, the five string banjo and his own homemade mountain fretless banjo, Chris offers concerts for every group on almost every theme.

Family Concerts
These have been a specialty of Chris' for years--full of singalongs, tall tales, jokes, lies and riddles, plus an occasional storysong from Chris' own family. This one's great for the whole family. 40-50 min.

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Adult Concertsadult concert
For church or community groups, festivals, Rotaries, senior citizen centers or maybe your local subscription concert series, adult concerts are just right for you! Choose your favorite theme: tales and tunes from the Adirondacks, the Dust Bowl Era, railroads, labor and work songs and stories, world tales, sea stories and chanties...OR let Chris design a potpourri of his best traditional and contemporary tales and songs for an unforgettably happy and tuneful evening. 60-90 min.

Intergenerational Concerts
Full of songs, stories and folklore about grandparents and grandkids, plus songs by kids about their grandparents. This concert will close the generation gap and open your heart. 45-60 min.


kids-aweChildren's Concerts
The best songs and stories from Chris' children's albums and school performance programs. Concert includes lots of participation and such favorites as The Foolish Frog, Wizard of the Highway, The Cat Came Back, The Bear Hunt, The Critter Choir and more! 45-50 min.

(April 2006)

The quality of Chris' Storytelling and Music have been recognized by many professional organizations including: "Voices Across America" - Youth Story Telling, and The Childrens Music Web, among others.

For seven consecutive years the ASCAP Popular Awards Panel has honored Chris for his  songwriting with students of all ages.  ASCAP conveys this prestigious award sparingly.  Chris is honored to be recognized by this professional organization year after year.

Stories and Songs cover a wide range of ages and interests - from the innocent imagination, to delight, to harsh reality.
The images below may give you some idea of the subjects of my songs and stories.  Some are well known, but always fresh; others are more obcure and unique, stetching the imagination.

cat came back

dust bowl

Johnny old ship
Paul Bunyan


Erie Canal

Chris can tailor a concert to the the interests, imagination, and age of any group.

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Last Update 19-May-2011,16-aug-04 (address) 1-May-2004  - Howie