Yankee Notions Folk Duo

Treat yourself and your audience to the best in traditional and contemporary New England folk music!

Years ago, friends and neighbors gathered at community and family events to share stories, play tunes and sing songs. Times have changed, but those songs, tunes and stories continue to delight, especially when performed by Yankee Notions.

Yankee Notions is Jim Douglas and Tim Van Egmond. Both are accomplished singers, storytellers, and musicians (guitar, hammered dulcimer, English concertina, pennywhistle, Appalachian dulcimer). Performing throughout New England for close to 20 years, Yankee Notions has been featured in hundreds of community concerts and festivals, schools, libraries, senior centers, and heritage museums (including Old Sturbridge Village (MA), Historic Deerfield (MA), Mystic Seaport (CT), Old Bethpage Village Restoration (NY), and Plimoth Plantation (MA)).

Because of their extensive repertoire and experience in working with audiences of all ages in a wide variety of situations, Yankee Notions can provide a concert program tailored to your audience’s interests and needs. (We also provide indoor/outdoor sound system at no extra cost.)

Sample Concert Themes Include:

A PEDDLER’S PACK:
An eclectic mix from New England and beyond. Lively Irish and French Canadian tunes, traditional and contemporary songs sung in two-part harmony.

THE SAILOR’S TRADE:
Shanties (work songs) and fo’c’sle songs (songs for recreation) from the days of “wooden ships and iron men.”

THE JOLLY FARMER:
Perfect for agricultural fairs and the like. Songs and tunes from 18th and 19th century New England, when “the farmer was the man.”

SEASONAL/HOLIDAY SAMPLERS:
Whether it’s a Harvest Festival, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Halloween, First Night, Old Home Day, St. Patrick’s Day or other special day, here’s the entertainment to help celebrate it in style!

New! see us live on stage in this YouTube video

For Booking and More Information Contact:

Jim Douglas
53 Whittemore Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Email: jim.douglas@nichols.edu
(508) 213-2333 (weekdays)
(508) 347-2065 (evenings and weekends)

A demo with selections from our CD is available upon request.
Note: Yankee Notions has been chosen to participate in the New England States Touring (NEST) Program, funded through the New England Foundation for the Arts. Non-profit sponsors outside of Massachusetts may be eligible to receive financial support for up to 50% of the artists’ fees. For more information please call 617-951-0010 or go to New England Foundation for the Arts

“Yankee Notions likes to promise that they will ‘please the ear, enrich the mind, and enchant the heart’. They’ve been making good on that promise for the last 20 years, all around New England and beyond it as well.”?
– Nicholas Thaw, Director, 1794 Meetinghouse, New Salem, MA

“Your superb music and quiet professionalism not only added much to the over-all celebration – you became the celebration! I believe I speak for everyone present when I say that you provided the best entertainment yet heard in the Fay Park.”
– Andrew Bowers, Littleton, MA Cultural Council

“We have received many compliments from the audience as to your professionalism, and your choice of music selections…. Your interaction with the crowd was very warm and accepting of all age groups. The music, stories, and humor enlightened everyone who attended.”
– Paul Serafini, Longmeadow MA Parks and Recreation Department
“You sound so wonderful together!”
– Cheryl McCabe, East Bridgewater, MA Arts Council

“Their performances make you want to tap your toes and shout with joy. It’s truly music at its best.”
– Christina M. Silpe, Executive Director of Elder Affairs, Auburn MA

Yankee Notions’ CD “Bridges” is available by mail. Please send $17 to:

Jim Douglas
53 Whittemore Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566

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