Meet TeleBear's Summer Jammers: Dave Fry

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Dave Fry has been performing in the Lehigh Valley for years. This award-winning folksinger has the unique ablity to entertain all ages.

He's just one of the many talented performers hitting the Air Products Tell Me More Stage at PBS39 for TeleBear's Summer Jam, sponsored by Air Products and UGI, on Friday, August 12 from 2-4 p.m. Dave Fry took some time out to answer some questions about his upcomming performance. 

First, it’s fair to mention that you’re no stranger to PBS. You won an award for Best Children’s Programming for your 1991 program, RockRoots, and your program, Play Guitar with Dave Fry, was released in 2005 and syndicated on more than 150 PBS stations nationwide. How did you get involved with PBS?
I enjoyed working with the producers and crew on these projects and they both were interesting extensions of my live performances. I learned a lot from working in television. 


You’re also the founder of Godfrey Daniels, one of the nation’s premier folk music venues, right here in Bethlehem. What’s been going on at Godfrey’s lately?
Godfreys is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and I'm in the process of writing a book about its curious history. It's still going strong, facing the challenges of our cell phone society. 


Who are some of the artists – local and otherwise – who have influenced you to play?
My major influence is Pete Seeger, who taught me the power of people singing together. I've been blessed to experience so many fine performers who know how to connect with my audience. 


Of course, you’re very well known for your children’s music. What inspires you to reach younger generations with your work?
I think it's important to open children's minds to live music and to sing, dance and play along with me. I also really enjoy the creative performance challenge of harnessing their boundless energy. I like to respond to their the spontaneity with my own. 


It should be noted that you don’t perform exclusively for children, as you like to entertain all ages. What does a typical, non-children’s show sound like?
I like the broad range of acoustic styles like Celtic, bluegrass, blues, swing, as well as playing my original songs and those of my friends. 


You’re playing at TeleBear’s Summer Jam, sponsored by Air Products and UGI, on Friday, Aug. 12 from 2-4 p.m. on the Air Products Tell Me More Stage at PBS39. How did you come to be involved in the festivities?
My friend and fellow children's performer Kira Willey invited me. We both recognize the need for quality family music in the Lehigh Valley and during Musikfest, in particular. 

What can people expect from your performance at TeleBear’s Summer Jam?
I will have my gig bag of rhythm instruments so that we play and dance together. Also  my friend John Christie, Allentown school teacher at Dodd ES, will be joining me with his electric guitar. His chops are very parent friendly. 


Speaking of ‘Fest’ivities, you have a couple of additional Musikfest shows this year. When and where can people see you?
I will be playing my adult material with my acoustic trio at Liederplatz on Saturday, August 6th from 4 pm til 6 pm. I also will be playing during Godfrey Daniels Day at Liederplatz on Sunday, August  14th at 3 pm along with Dina Hall and the Southside Ramble. I have also scheduled three family shows at the IceHouse on Sand Island on Tuesday, August 9th at 10:30 am, 12 noon and 2:00 pm. 


Anything else you’d like to add?
My schedule and blog are on my website: davefrymusic.com. 

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