Talented musician returns to library this weekend

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 29, 2006

More than a million people have enjoyed his percussionist skills. He’s played drums for famed artists such as Lori Morgan, Percy Sledge and Kitty Wells.

Two years ago, multi-talented musician Mark Seymour, former Nashville performer, wowed children of all ages with his wild and wooly high-energy performance at the Greenville-Butler County Public Library.

And he’s coming back.

Seymour will once again bring almost 100 percussion instruments, a keyboard, and more than 20 years’ experience as a professional musician to the GBCPL this Saturday, July 29, at 10 a.m. The performance will serve as a grand finale to library’s Summer Reading Program.

The library staff can hardly wait.

&uot;I thought he was just outstanding,&uot; Shirley Boutwell, assistant to head librarian Burke McFerrin, said.

&uot;Mark gave a wonderful, wonderful performance when he was with us before. He played an amazing variety of music and really got everyone involved. The kids loved it - everybody loved it,&uot; Jean Bauer, children’s librarian, said.

The percussionist has hundreds of songs in his repertoire, from the latest pop tunes and golden oldies to patriotic numbers, international songs and classical pieces – music everyone in the audience can identify with.

He also delights his audience with original compositions like the &uot;Alabama Song.&uot;

Seymour performs on everything from classic drum sets and Australian didgeridoos to five-gallon buckets and shoes borrowed from audience members. Onlookers are encouraged to sing, dance and clap along with the musician.

And it’s music with a message. Seymour’s &uot;BE-AT Your Best&uot; program also focuses on character issues, such as self-discipline, respect, concentration and patriotism.

During his 50-minute presentation, Seymour encourages his listeners to &uot;get off the couch, out of the house, and see what’s going on.&uot;

He also encourages them to read.

&uot;Come to the library and find some good books. You can travel anywhere with books,&uot; he told his Greenville audience in 2004.

Seymour will tie his program into this year’s Summer Reading Program, &uot;Once Upon a Time,&uot; guaranteeing a show filled with music, magic and surprises.

&uot;I’m sure we are in for another great treat this weekend. We encourage everyone to be on time this Saturday, so they don’t miss a single beat of this terrific program,&uot; Bauer said.

For more information, contact the library at 382-3216.