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Songbirds: Women in Folk with Patricia Shih

Afternoon TEA is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts | September 27, 2023 at 2pm


Songbirds: Women in Folk with Patricia Shih

A multi-media presentation with live audience-participation singing!

Multiple national award-winning singer-songwriter Patricia Shih brings a multi-media presentation to audiences across the US. In this show Patricia highlights five women – Ronnie Gilbert of the Weavers, Joan Baez, Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary, Judy Collins and Joni Mitchell– all giants in folk music who have influenced generations of contemporary artists, including herself. Combining projected photos, recorded narration and music Ms. Shih brings the era of the great “folk boom” of the 1950s – 1970s straight into her listeners’ hearts and minds. Some song samples will be original recordings from the artists themselves, but Patricia sings full versions of these artists’ most beloved songs live.

And, true to her mission of creating community and lifting spirits, she invites her audiences to sing with her. This presentation is lively and spirited, touching on history, biography and music.

Afternoon T.E.A. is a free program for seniors featuring live entertainment, lectures, classic films and more! 

Register for our livestream HERE. 


Patricia Shih is a multiple national award-winning singer-songwriter based in Huntington, NY who performs with her accompanist/husband Stephen Fricker. Her uplifting “music with meaning” touches the hearts, minds and funny bones of her listeners and involves them directly with full audience participation. 

Ms. Shih tours North America, delighting audiences of all ages for decades. One of the “early pioneers” in family music, she has been featured on numerous radio and TV shows including hosting Cablevision’s “Tell Me A Story” four times daily, at major music festivals, and in various clubs and concert halls with such luminaries as Pete Seeger, Bonnie Raitt, David Bromberg, Tom Chapin, Richie Havens, Janis Ian, Billy Bragg, Melanie, Odetta and Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary. Her songs have been published in national magazines and songbooks such as Sing Out! and Broadside, and are recorded and performed by other artists throughout the world. Featured articles on Ms. Shih have been written in The New York Times, Newsday, Acoustic Guitar Magazine and other national and regional publications. She has recorded five prize-winning albums for family audiences and four for adults, as well as contributed to several compilation albums, and is the author of two books. 


“A very prolific, wonderful songwriter!” – Pete Seeger 


“Pat Shih is an absolutely delightful performer. Her songs and her voice are true–from the heart.” – Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary 

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