BenSuePaul Kaplan

Saturday – May 21 – 7:30 pm

Sue Kranz and Ben Tousley have been bringing their uplifting voices and sweet harmonies to East Coast audiences for the past 25 years. With flute and guitar, and  original songs and covers, this lively and engaging duo offers heartfelt ballads, soulful love songs, incisive social commentary and a delightful sampling of songs from various traditions including Latino, Irish and Jewish.                   

Sue Sue Kranz has been much in demand as a vocalist and instrumentalist in Boston and western MA. A gifted singer-songwriter, she has released three recordings of original songs and covers and has often appeared with the women’s singing group Constellations. A world traveler who has collaborated musically from Peru to Nepal, Kranz has likewise brought her creative gifts to her classroom as an elementary school teacher for many years in Cambridge and western MA.

Ben Tousley is that rare breed of singer-songwriter who brings together the personal, spiritual and political in  concerts that engage and delight his audiences. A veteran of the Boston folk community, BeBenn has toured widely since 1981 along the East Coast, in the Midwest and South and in England and Ireland–from folk clubs to benefits for organizations, festivals and hundreds of churches, colleges, schools and libraries. He was the recipient of the Boston Beyond War award “for communicating a clear vision of our richly diverse human family through music.” Ben’s six albums of original songs on the Whole World Music label include wry storytelling, lyrical love songs, incisive political commentary and stirring anthems.

Paul head shot  Musician and songwriter Paul Kaplan has been an enthusiastic participant in  the folk music world since the late 1960s. Long associated with Broadside and Fast Folk magazines, Paul’s music is best known through his songs such as “I Had an Old Coat,” “Henry the Accountant,” and “Call Me the Whale”.  Pete Seeger said “I am a big fan of Paul Kaplan. I love his singing; I love his songs.”  Paul has been honored by the inclusion of his songs in two monumental collections produced by Smithsonian Folkways. One of his first songs, “Vietnam,” appears in the Grammy-nominated Best of Broadside. A second song, “King of Hearts,” is featured in Fast Folk—a Community of Singers & Songwriters. And in 2004 “Henry the Accountant” was included in Being Human–Readings from the President’s Council on Bioethics, along with works by Homer, Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Dickinson, Whitman, George Bernard Shaw, etc.

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