The WXPN Kids Corner Concert with Bill Harley
Join Kathy O’Connell, host of Kids Corner on WXPN-FM in Philadelphia, as she celebrates the legendary BILL HARLEY!
Bill Harley is a GRAMMY Award-winning storyteller, songwriter, author and playwright best known for his work with children and families. Considered by fans and peers alike to be one of the best storytellers in the country, his work is a celebration of commonality and humanity, delivered through comic narrative songs and confessional spoken pieces. His stories and songs are vibrant – moving with ease from hilarity to poignancy. Harley began writing and performing in 1975 while still a student at Hamilton College. Over forty years, his work has influenced generations of children, parents, performing artists and educators. Entertainment Weekly describes Harley as “the Mark Twain of contemporary kids’ music”, Publishers Weekly says, “Harley’s witty ebullient performance will have listeners laughing out loud”, and The Washington Post describes Harley as “…a champion yarn-spinner and tunesmith with a sense of wonder, whimsy and mischief…”
Along with his amazing gift for sharing a story, back in 1990, Bill created and co-produced, along with WGBH radio in Boston, an amazing album “I’m Gonna Let It Shine”, a gathering of voices for freedom. This project came about as civil rights activists were pushing to make Martin Luther King Jr. Day a nationally-recognized holiday in the US while overseas, the war against Apartheid was reaching its peak. The album celebrated the songs and stories that helped lay the foundation for the civil rights movement – in turn, it helped educate a generation of kids (and adults), while reminding everyone to be sure to shine their little light.
During the Kids Corner Concert, Bill will be joined by special guests (both young and young at heart) to perform a few songs from this amazing album as it marks its 30th anniversary! Then, Bill will demonstrate why he’s received so much recognition as a storyteller with a few of his classics!
World Cafe Live Philadelphia
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104