Photo by Wayne Smith.
Mark Alan Lovewell is available for private parties, classroom programs and special events. Mr. Lovewell has performed at clam bakes, bachelor and birthday parties. He has sung on the night before a wedding and as part of a wedding service. He has sung for all ages, to children nursery school age, to children in their 80s. He has sung for children in a local public library, elementary schools and for Memorial Day observances. For senior citizens he has performed at local Councils on Aging and at nursing homes. He has performed for inmates in prison. He has performed on sailboats, yachts and ships.
A one-hour program with a short intermission is $300.
To explore your options, write the singer and make a proposal. If you write by email, answers usually are given within a day.
In March and April of 2004 Mr. Lovewell went to Hawaii and Alaska and returned to Massachusetts. Over six weeks he shared his stories and songs at museums, elementary schools, high schools and colleges; under a federally funded education grant.
He represented the New Bedford Whaling Museum in an amazing collaborative effort by museums in three states. He with other storytellers and singers performed for hundreds of youngsters.
The federal grant that underwrote the effort is called The Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations (known informally as ECHO). It was a magical journey, an opportunity to share the whaling stories of New England with those who have a cultural link to the whalemen of years ago.
The trip centered around the Native American stories that we should all share. Mr. Lovewell brought history to music and got everyone singing.
With Dionis Coffin Riggs
Dionis Coffin Riggs was a celebrated local poet. For years, Mr. Lovewell and the West Tisbury resident put on programs for nonprofit organizations. Dionis would read her poetry and recall stories of her whaling family. Mr. Lovewell would sing and share his family heritage.