Charlotte’s Web presents: Tom Dundee at Mendelssohn

Like the Energizer bunny, he just keeps going and going… Tom Dundee, renowned songwriter, returns to entertain Rockford audiences at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Mendelssohn Club, 415 N. Church St., courtesy of Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts.

Dundee believes folk music is a participatory art form, and he lures his audiences into singing along with him. Each concert is fresh and seemingly custom tailored to the audience. His ballads, introspectives, humorous and up tempo paeans, and rockin’ rollers have the Chicago Tribune saying, “an exceptionally fine act… a rare warmth… a timeless performing style, irresistible to those who appreciate intimate, perceptive, skillful musicianship.”

One reviewer said, “Tom Dundee’s words and musical presence are the best things that have happened to the one-man singer-songwriter genre in ages.” Noel Coppage, writing for the East Coast magazine Stereo Review, has described Dundee as, “… one of the best songwriters in the country right now.”

In concert, Dundee delights in taking chances with his audience. Unlike some performers, who rely on a set routine, Dundee instead chooses an uninhibited, free spirit style, letting the spontaneity of the moment shape the personality of his show each time. As a result, each of his concerts is truly an original, as the different facets of his personality shine. He jokes with his audience, draws them out, weaves stories in and out of his songs, and never fails to enchant listeners. His kaleidoscopic blend of music and humor, plus his determination to give them their money’s worth every time, keeps people coming back for more.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., 963-6765; The Postal Shoppe, Edgebrook Center, 397-7301; and Tin Whistle, N. Main & Auburn, 963-0270; or by mail with check and SASE, 10928 N. Main, Rockton, IL 61072. For Web information, call 964-2238.

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