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 Kevin Skorupa : flute, whistles, vocals, guitar, and percussion; Lawrence Young : fiddle, cittern, vocals, English and baroque guitars  email: info@poorrichardspenny.com   for booking call: 978.544.3218
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Poor Richard's Penny performs music from the time of our nations inception. With dynamic and colorful arrangements, the duo covers a broad spectrum of the music popularly enjoyed during Benjamin Franklin's time. Dressed in authentic period costumes, playing stately instrumentals, comical tavern songs, lively dance tunes and colonial ballads, they entertain audiences both young and old.

Poor Richard's Penny has performed in many historic settings such as Boston's Old North Church, The Old South Meeting House, Faneuil Hall, King's Chapel, The Massachusetts State House, Longfellow's Wayside Inn, Blanchard's Tavern, The Rebecca Nurse Homestead in Danvers, Hamilton Hall, in Salem, and Old Deerfield. They have performed at historical societies as well as for corporate functions, retirement communities and private parties. The duo also has a delightful 18th century Christmas program.

Drawing from the 18th century, the duo's school programs are a lively mix of songs, stories, riddles, rhymes and popular dance tunes, all woven together to make a musically rich, highly entertaining, interactive and informative performance that include audience participation and sing~alongs. They have 2 school programs: one designed for K thru 3rd and one for 4th thru 6th grade.

Multi-instrumentalists Kevin Skorupa (flute, whistles, guitar, percussion, and vocals) and Lawrence Young (English and baroque guitars, fiddle, cittern, and vocals) have been performing together for over twenty years, engaging their listeners with delightful instrumentals and rousing sing~alongs.

Kevin Skorupa

At 18, Kevin Skorupa came to Boston to study music composition at Berklee College of Music. While still in school he began playing music professionally, and much to his delight has continued in this occupation to this day. He co-founded and co-developed a children's program called Wilderwalks, a collection of songs and stories dealing with nature and the seasonal changes, and with this program toured schools and public libraries throughout Massachusetts. He created, researched, developed and then performed a program called Startellers, a collection of stories and songs from around the world, all about the night sky. While accompanying himself on the harp, with original music, this program was performed for over two years in several series' at Boston's Museum of Science, under the 'stars' in the Charles Hayden Planetarium.

In 2000 Kevin moved to western Massachusetts, where he and his wife are very happy to be living and raising their two little boys. He is excited and inspired to be working with Poor Richard's Penny and derives great joy in presenting and performing the music of early America.

Larry Young

Larry Young studied violin with Andrew Jennings and composition with John Appleton at Dartmouth College. He has also studied at Berklee School of Music with Matt Glaser and at the Longy School of Music with Wolfgang Schocken. He has performed with many artists including Talitha McKenzie, Bob Franke, Chris Smith, Henry Lebedinsky and John Roberts. In addition to teaching violin and fiddle, he is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.