Balladeer / Poet
John Perrault is a ballad singer, poet, and songwriter. John occasionally performs with Mike Rogers who is a virtuoso harmonica player. Together, they mix ballads, blues, rag, and rhythm with poetry, history and humor. As evidenced by "Ballad of Louis Wagner" (Isles of Shoals murders-from his acclaimed NH album) and "Ballad of the Squalus" (sinking of Portsmouth sub), John's material is rooted in New England themes and legends. His latest CD, Rough Cuts, featuring story songs backed by country finger style guitar and harmonica, was a finalist in the 1998-99 Crossroads Music Awards. John's poetry has appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Commonweal, and other publications. John's books include The Ballad of Louis Wagner and Other New England Stories in Verse (Peter Randall Publisher, 2003), and his poetry collection, Here Comes the Old Man Now (Oyster River Press, 2005). John was Portsmouth Poet Laureate 2003-2005.
offered: Performances; lecture-demonstrations; workshops; school programs such as Chocorua & Other NH Legends in Song, I Got Rhythm-What Makes a Lyric Dance, Lincoln & Liberty Too-The Civil War in Song, The River is Wide-The Role of the River in NE Development, and others with evening school concert - write for program descriptions; Ballad program / classroom presentation, as introduction to poetry. Go to www.johnperrault.com and click on "Programs" for details.
Statewide, year round
Performances with Mike Rogers: from $400; solo: from $200; Workshops: from $200; Lecture-Demonstrations: from $200; School Program with evening concert with Mike Rogers, from $500/one day; solo: from $300/one day; reduced fees for block booking; full ensemble with flute, piano, and violin for additional fee.
Rock Weed Music
PO Box 329
133 Mill Rd
North Hampton, NH 03802-1211
Alt. Phone: 603/431-4631
Use Alt. Phone in the evenings. Find more information on the web at www.johnperrault.com.
(Photo by Peter Randall)