My presentations include a lively mix of storytelling, folk songs (accompanied on guitar, banjo, autoharp, mountain dulcimer, ukulele and spoons) and balloon art, with the possible addition of puppets, flannel boards, picture books where appropriate. I have worked with audiences of all ages from toddlers through seniors as a performer, librarian and teacher for over 45 years - across the United States and several foreign countries. My songs and tales come from many cultures - from the NC Mountains to Africa, Latin America and Japan, and they frequently involve some material in Spanish if desired.
My performance offers opportunities for participation in singing, movement, playing rhythm on a song and adding creatively to songs and tales. In addition, I can add more involved participation in the form of large format singing games, learning to play the spoons or even a square dance.
And of course, I make personal balloons for the guests. If this takes me more than 10 minutes over the stated time, I charge an extra $25 for each additional half hour.
"Jon Sundell “plays” an audience of children as well as he plays any of the instruments he brings to a concert. The pace is lively as he moves from song to instrumental to tall tale to sing-along, and the atmosphere is one of warmth and good humor where every child feels a part of the happening." – Lynne Crocker, journalist, Arts Council of Wyndham County, VT.
"Jon Sundell is a sensational musician whose folk music is enhanced by wonderful stories from many cultures. Jon is very professional and accommodating, a joy to work with." –Judith Perry, Project Coordinator, Grand Monadnock Arts Council, Keene, NH.
"Many thanks for the delightful morning at Livsey Elementary School. The students and teachers thoroughly enjoyed your performances, and I had a great time myself! My children came home from school Thursday, immediately got some spoons our of the drawer, and proceeded to make their own old timey music!" Thea Jarvis, Arts Chariman, Livsey School, DeKalb County, GA.
"You are very special to me... Do you have some mountain where you live?… I feel so good when I hear your music!... I like you. Do you like me?… I'm going to be a zookeeper when I grow up." – Students at Henderson Mill School, Atlanta, GA.