Family Concert
by Fran Avni and Bonnie Lockhart


Singer-songwriter, recording artist and producer Fran Avni has been creating original music for over three decades. An internationally-acclaimed performer, she engages her audiences in dynamic interactive concerts,workshops and artist residencies. Fran Avni's varied career covers everything from early childhood literacy songs to traditonal and contemporary Hebrew melodies.

Her latest work includes 48 songs/12 cassettes as Music Author/Producer for one of North America's leading publishers for educational children's material, Scholastic's Building Language for Literacy Project. She has also developed music for LeapFrog's award-winning I'M ALL EARS: SING INTO READING with colleague Nancy Schimmel and LITTLE EARS: SONGS FOR READING READINESS.These recordings are now in schools across the US.

Originally from Montreal, Canada, Fran moved to Israel where she was one half of the popular duo of "Susan & Fran". Returning to North America, Fran branched into delightful recordings for children with the co-founding Lemonstone Records Among them are LATKES AND HAMENTASHEN, MOSTLY MATZAH, THE SEVENTH DAY, ARTICHOKES & BRUSSEL SPROUTS and the environmentally-friendly DAISIES AND DUCKLINGS.

Singer/songwriter Bonnie Lockhart combines a love of diverse folk traditions with a gift for lyrics both witty and compassionate, and an active commitment to participatory, community-building music.

From her first recording, made nearly thirty years ago with the anti-war folk rock quartet, The Red Star Singers, to her most recent residencies in Oakland.s public schools, Bonnie shares the transformative power of song through performance, writing, recording and teaching. Her songs have been widely anthologized, and recorded by musicians including Gary Lapow, Charlie King, Robin Flower, and Sarah Pirtle.

Bonnie gives concerts for children and families at schools, libraries, festivals and community centers throughout the west coast. She is past president and long-time board member of The Children.s Music Network. Dreams, Drums, & Green Thumbs, her most recent CD, is an affirmation of Bonnie.s commitment to young children, to the folk traditions that enliven her music, and to the power of communal music making.

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