Available everywhere January 19, 2018!!!
In 2003 Bill Harley took us on a story and song-filled tour of the Town Around the Bend, a town filled with colorful and oddly named characters (like Bucket of Beans and Pigwhistle) who did some very unusual things. Since that recording’s release, thousands of children (and their parents) have visited and loved the Town Around the Bend, and so we’re happy to announce release of Further Around the Bend: More News from the Town Around the Bend. In this new recording we meet Swing the Gate, Carmela Cellar Door and Melody Rimshot, and learn about Slippery Stream, the Tub of Pickles Band and the Worm Brigade. In stories and songs brimming with charm, humor and wisdom, this recording celebrates the best of who we are and can be and reminds young and old about the power of community.
"No familiarity with Town Around the Bend is needed for parents and children to thoroughly enjoy the whimsical, wacky, and just plain fun antics in Further Around the Bend! Highly recommended." -Midwest Book Review, Children's Bookwatch
A two-time Grammy award-winning artist and recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the RI Council for the Humanities, Bill uses song and story to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life. His work spans the generation gap, reminds us of our common humanity and challenges us to be our very best selves. A prolific author and recording artist, Bill tours nationwide as an author, performing artist and keynote speaker.
"Bill Harley has the uncanny ability to reaffirm life for listeners, be they five or fifty. Humor, empathy, intelligence and reality all radiate from his work and from him." - Penguin Books
Quotes for "Town Around the Bend"
"Tuck the kids into bed, pop this witty, whimsical, bedtime CD in and stick around yourself while expert tale-spinner Bill Harley tells how his town earned its reputation for wackiness, what bellybuttons are really for and why pillows sing." Parents' Choice
"The Town Around the Bend: Bedtime Stories & Songs, by Bill Harley, is a treat, full of delightful, wildly imaginative tales that capture the innocent mischief and wonder of childhood. Harley's yarns exude warmth, wit, and wisdom." Mothering Magazine
"Wise and witty Bill Harley is one of the most inventive storyteller-singers your children are likely to encounter. Here, Harley presents a collection of go-to-sleep fare that’s restful, but sill brimming with his unconventional humor and uncommon empathy for kids." Family Fun Magazine
"So intimate is this collection of 10 "songs and stories for bedtime" and so seemingly unrehearsed is entertainer Bill Harley's delivery that children who close their eyes during these giggle-rich tales and lush lullabies might think a treasured loved one is performing at their bedside. Performer Harley is a star indeed." Booklist