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 includes opportunities for participation in singing, moving in place, 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. I can also make personal balloons for guests at a charge of $50 an hour ($25 minimum).
-"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