A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library
When it is windy and cold, you don’t go out without good reason. Eighty people found their reason in the warm, cozy basement of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library last Friday night. Folksinger Tom Kastle played Friday at the Ford, our concert series sponsored by the Western Springs Library Friends, who served refreshments.
We billed Tom as a maritime singer, for he performs many songs about sailors and the sea, as well as lakes and rivers, and he knows of what he sings, being a ship captain himself. He sang a number of such songs, including “Carry Nelson Home,” “Cold Winds,” “Down by the Embarras,” and the title song to his latest CD, Tommy’s Gone to Hilo. He also showed us something new – his singer/songwriter side. His new repertoire included ballads and love songs from his previous CD Across the Center Line, including the title song, “Wastin’ My Time,” and “Dance with You.” We’ll have both CDs in the collection soon.
Tom is an engaging entertainer who had us singing along on choruses right at the start of the evening before turning to some more introspective songs. For almost every song he offered a story. I enjoyed hearing about a blacksmiths’ gathering in Minnesota and of his performing a wedding as a ship’s captain. And we were singing along again at the end of the performance. As people left, I heard many thanks to the Friends and Library for booking Tom.
Barbara Silverman returns on March 11 with her group the Silver Rose Trio. Our doors open at 7 p.m and music starts at 7:30 p.m. No registration is needed.