Bedford Public Library

Bedford, New Hampshire

Concerts & Cookies Series: Ramblin’ Richard – Songs & Stories of WWII

The concert is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited to 50 patrons. Light refreshments provided by the Friends of the Bedford Library will be served at intermission

Friends of the Bedford Library present Sunday Concert & Cookies Series 2021-2022

Richard Kruppa, known musically as “Ramblin’ Richard,” performs songs folks love to hear and fondly remember.  Along with singing these memorable “family friendly” songs, he tells fascinating stories.   The songs span many years and include beloved and familiar songs from the pens of America’s best songwriters, along with music from Broadway, motion pictures, and some traditional folk, old-time, Gospel, blues, campfire, and patriotic tunes, as well.  In addition, he features songs about New Hampshire and by our state’s best songwriters. He accompanies himself on acoustic instruments including guitar, 5-string banjo, and baritone ukulele.  His stories relate to the songs - how they came to be, what was happening in the world when they were popular, and what they dealt with that may not be apparent.  The stories are told in an interesting, “The rest of the story” manner.

A retired professor, “Ramblin’ Richard” establishes an especially relaxed, comfortable, and casual rapport with his audiences.   A member of the New England Foundation for the Arts, he studied American folk and Gospel music and performs more than 300 shows each year to audiences of all ages and interests.  A seasoned musician, he was in a group that opened for the Beach Boys and the Lettermen.  Recently the Seacoast, New Hampshire musician shared the stage with Freddie “Boom Boom” Canon, provided music for the sound track of a motion picture, and in 2012 contributed to a Christmas holiday CD: “Christmas My Way,” and has performed a special music and stories program for the New Hampshire Humanities Council’s “Humanities Fair.” Richard also performs with several bands, one of which was named “Best of NH, 2012” by New Hampshire Magazine and “Readers Choice, 2013” by the New Hampshire Union Leader.  He has been seen featured on WMUR’s “New Hampshire Chronicle” every year starting in 2011.  An on-line interview can be found on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozmBzWE7slA&index=1&list=UUsZPe5b7r6KKWL..

Upcoming concerts:
December 5: Bloom/Ray Jazz Duo – a Swinging Jazz Holiday Celebration
February 27: Steve Blunt & Marty Kelly – A kids concert with music and readings
March 6: Jeff Snow - Celtic music and Stories
April 3: Cold Spring Trio – Folksy/Blues grass

Concerts & Cookies are hosted by the Friends of the Library and made possible by a grant from the Bedford Library Foundation

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