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  • Would You Like to Play the Guitar?

    6,881 views 6 years ago
    This is a parody of the Warren / Van Heusen classic, "Swing On A Star" written by Pat Donohue. It comes complete with the imbedded story of why this title song to Mike's 2nd CD, "...Or Would You Rather Get a Job" actually does not appear on the CD. Show less
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  • Mike Agranoff Music Play all

    Mike in concert
    • Makin' Whoopee - Duration: 4 minutes, 36 seconds.

      • 6 years ago
      • 2,589 views
      A solo guitar arrangement of this Donaldson & Kahn song from the 30's where I get the guitar to be the entire band.
    • Ballad of the White Seal Maid - Duration: 4 minutes, 35 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 248 views
      A modern retelling of the traditional Scottish legend of the Selkie, the shape-shifting creature that is a seal when in the sea, but a human on the land.
    • Would You Like to Play the Guitar? - Duration: 7 minutes, 16 seconds.

      • 6 years ago
      • 6,881 views
      This is a parody of the Warren / Van Heusen classic, "Swing On A Star" written by Pat Donohue. It comes complete with the imbedded story of why this title song to Mike's 2nd CD, "...Or Would You ...
    • The Highway - Duration: 5 minutes, 5 seconds.

      • 6 years ago
      • 1,177 views
      "The Highway" performed at the Big Muddy Festival, Boonville MO April 13, 2012
    • The Princess And The Frog - Duration: 3 minutes, 19 seconds.

      • 4 years ago
      • 377 views
      Written by Michael Peter Smith, the author of "The Dutchman", this song boasts one of the most unsingable choruses in folk music.
    • "The Folkie" - Duration: 3 minutes, 26 seconds.

      • 6 years ago
      • 663 views
      Live at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City at a memorial for iconic progressive rock DJ Pete Fornatale, June 26, 2012. The part of Art Garfunkle ably sung by George Wurzbach. The resemblance to ...
    • Before They Close the Minstrel Show - Duration: 8 minutes, 11 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 1,054 views
      On July 25, 2015, The Minstrel Acoustic Concert Series, which I manage for The Folk Project, celebrates its 40th anniversary of presenting a concert every week, year round. In recognition of this,...
    • Would You Like To Play the Guitar? - Duration: 7 minutes, 38 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 154 views
      My version of this wonderful Pat Donohue parody of "Swing On A Star", with an embedded story of why I was unable to include it as the title song of my 2nd CD, "...Or Would You Rather Get a Job?". ...
    • Brandenburg Concerto #3 (1st Movement) J.S. Bach - Duration: 6 minutes, 56 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 1,166 views
      And now for something completely different! This is a transcription I made of the first Movement of the 3rd Brandenburg for two English concertinas. The original is scored for 3 violins, 3 violas...
    • Makin Whoopee - Duration: 5 minutes, 6 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 199 views
      This arrangement of the Donaldson/Kahn American Songbook classic from 1928 features a snazzy fingerstyle guitar arrangement with a relentless walking bass line. Recorded at the Bucks County Cabare...
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  • Mike Agranoff & Gathering Time Play all

    Mike Agranoff and the harmony Trio Gathering Time (http://www.gathering-time.com/) have done numerous joint appearances, where each will sit in on the other's set for part of the show. Here are some examples.
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  • Coffeehouse of the Absurd Play all

    "Coffeehouse of the Absurd" is the duo of Mike Agranoff and John Forster, two very funny men. Mike is known for his parodies, his clever wordplay, and sparkling guitar work. John obviously fell asleep as a child once too often to the sound of his Tom Lehrer albums. This is evidenced by his twisted sense of humor, his delightfully skewed view of the human condition, and his prodigious skills as a pianist. His songs have a knack for taking the plausible but improbable, and leading that to its implausible but inevitable conclusion by way of unlikely rhymes, horrible puns, and ironic satire.Together they provide an evening of wit and bellylaughs.
    • Anything Goes - Duration: 3 minutes, 37 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      • 953 views
      Music by Cole Porter. Updated lyrics by Joe Keenan, with minor edits by Mike Agranoff. Performed by "Coffeehouse of the Absurd" (Mike Agranoff & John Forster). Recorded at the Minstrel Acoustic ...
    • Entering Marion - Duration: 4 minutes, 21 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      • 8,696 views
      Written and performed by John Forster. Recorded at the Minstrel Acoustic Concert Series, November 15, 2013
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  • The Spoken Word Play all

    Mike Agranoff is a superb storyteller in many styles. He's best known for is recitations: stories in verse in the style of Robert Service. It's a lost art, but in the right hands it is powerful and exciting storytelling. He also tells personal tales, true fantasies, ballads (in the original sense of the word: stories in song), and stories interspersed within songs.
    • Would You Like to Play the Guitar? - Duration: 7 minutes, 16 seconds.

      • 6 years ago
      • 6,881 views
      This is a parody of the Warren / Van Heusen classic, "Swing On A Star" written by Pat Donohue. It comes complete with the imbedded story of why this title song to Mike's 2nd CD, "...Or Would You ...
    • The Ballad of Jake and Ten-Ton Molly - Duration: 9 minutes, 6 seconds.

      • 6 years ago
      • 1,387 views
      Spoken piece after the manner of Robert Service
    • The Mary Gloster - Duration: 20 minutes.

      • 5 years ago
      • 2,271 views
      "The Mary Gloster", by Rudyard Kipling, is a story in verse of the life of an ailing Scottish captain of industry told on his deathbed to his son. The power of the language moved me to learn the p...
    • The Pocketknife - Duration: 3 minutes, 3 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      • 253 views
      And example of a short story. A really short story. About 2-1/2 minutes. This performance took place at a "Story Slam" held at the Folk project Fall Festival on October 13, 2013. The idea is to...
    • Ballad of the White Seal Maid - Duration: 4 minutes, 35 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 248 views
      A modern retelling of the traditional Scottish legend of the Selkie, the shape-shifting creature that is a seal when in the sea, but a human on the land.
    • Would You Like To Play the Guitar? - Duration: 7 minutes, 38 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 154 views
      My version of this wonderful Pat Donohue parody of "Swing On A Star", with an embedded story of why I was unable to include it as the title song of my 2nd CD, "...Or Would You Rather Get a Job?". ...
    • Mike Agranoff - Duration: 2 minutes, 25 seconds.

      • 8 months ago
      • 27 views
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  • Uploads Play all

    • Brandenburg Concerto #3 (1st Movement) - Duration: 6 minutes, 51 seconds.

      • 6 days ago
      • 10 views
      This is a transcription of J.S. Bach's 3rd Brandenburg Concerto I wrote for two English concertinas, cello and bass. I took the three violin parts and three viola parts of the original score, and ...
    • My Favorite Diseases - Duration: 2 minutes, 46 seconds.

      • 5 months ago
      • 135 views
      My parody. This song DESERVES no introduction ! Performed at the Minstrel's OpenStage on August 10, 2018
    • Across the Great Divide - Duration: 4 minutes, 32 seconds.

      • 5 months ago
      • 23 views
      A wonderful old Kate Wolf song I performed at the Minstrel's OpenStage on August 10, 2018
    • The Folkie - Duration: 3 minutes, 28 seconds.

      • 10 months ago
      • 217 views
      Sometimes it's all too true. There's a similar treatment of the song by Englishman Fred Wedlock, but this is my version.
    • Sing That Stephen Foster Song - Duration: 4 minutes, 29 seconds.

      • 10 months ago
      • 69 views
      A song by Terri Huxtable about our lost youth, and the times when everything was safe and secure, and permanent...until it was gone. Diane Perry accompanies on violin and harmony vocals.
    • The Broken Token - Duration: 6 minutes, 24 seconds.

      • 11 months ago
      • 46 views
      This one is my creation. It is every "Broken Token" ballad ever written plus a few more as well.
      Performed at the Minstrel Acoustic Concert Series, January 26, 2018
    • Crossing the Bar - Duration: 3 minutes, 23 seconds.

      • 11 months ago
      • 56 views
      A poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson, set to music by Rani Arbo. Pat and Ken Rolston on harmony vocals.
      Performed at the Minstrel Acoustic Concert Series, January 26, 2018
    • The Water is Wide - Duration: 5 minutes, 1 second.

      • 11 months ago
      • 29 views
      A lovely old traditional song, nicely enhanced by the v iolin playing of Diane Perry
      Performed at the Minstrel Acoustic Concert Series, January 26, 2018
    • The Wine Song - Duration: 4 minutes, 40 seconds.

      • 11 months ago
      • 103 views
      This wonderful ode to the fruit of the vine, written by Englishman* Grant Baynham. Performed at the Minstrel Acoustic Concert Series, January 26, 2018

      *Translations from the English:
      Lino = l...
    • Would You Like To Play the Guitar - Duration: 7 minutes, 17 seconds.

      • 11 months ago
      • 32 views
      My rendition of (and addition to) Pat Donohue's wonderful parody of the '30s classic by Burke and Van Heusen. Complete with imbedded story of why I was unable to include it on my 2nd, CD, "...Or W...
    • The Mary Ellen Carter - Duration: 5 minutes, 14 seconds.

      • 11 months ago
      • 189 views
      One of the all-time great folk anthems written by my all-time favorite folk performer, Stan Rogers. Fiddle and vocall accompaniment by Diane Perry. Performed at the Minstrel Acoustic Concert Seri...
    • Railroad Bill - Duration: 3 minutes, 58 seconds.

      • 11 months ago
      • 77 views
      A very surreal story in which the protagonist of the song finds himself in conflict with the singer. Reminiscent of those old Fleischer cartoons where the cartoonist interacts with his creation. W...
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  • Everything Play all

    All of my uploaded public videos
    • The Highway - Duration: 5 minutes, 5 seconds.

      • 6 years ago
      • 1,177 views
      "The Highway" performed at the Big Muddy Festival, Boonville MO April 13, 2012
    • The Ballad of Jake and Ten-Ton Molly - Duration: 9 minutes, 6 seconds.

      • 6 years ago
      • 1,387 views
      Spoken piece after the manner of Robert Service
    • Makin' Whoopee - Duration: 4 minutes, 36 seconds.

      • 6 years ago
      • 2,589 views
      A solo guitar arrangement of this Donaldson & Kahn song from the 30's where I get the guitar to be the entire band.
    • '60's Mudley - Duration: 117 seconds.

      • 6 years ago
      • 1,363 views
      Originally assembled (I hesitate to call it "written") by James Gordonf under the title "The Humline Song". Mike Agranoff added one couplet and calls it "60's Mudley", or "House of the Rising Smok...
    • Give Me Just a Little More Time - Duration: 3 minutes, 23 seconds.

      • 6 years ago
      • 2,226 views
      Great old gospel tune by EC Ball performed by Gathering Time and me.
    • "The Folkie" - Duration: 3 minutes, 26 seconds.

      • 6 years ago
      • 663 views
      Live at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City at a memorial for iconic progressive rock DJ Pete Fornatale, June 26, 2012. The part of Art Garfunkle ably sung by George Wurzbach. The resemblance to ...
    • Themes in a Hat, May 25, 2013 - Duration: 12 minutes.

      • 5 years ago
      • 169 views
      "Themes In A Hat" is a non-competetive musical game I invented. The idea is for the group to collectively create in real time a medeley of songs and song-fragments on a given topic. The game conti...
    • The Pocketknife - Duration: 3 minutes, 3 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      • 253 views
      And example of a short story. A really short story. About 2-1/2 minutes. This performance took place at a "Story Slam" held at the Folk project Fall Festival on October 13, 2013. The idea is to...
    • Anything Goes - Duration: 3 minutes, 37 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      • 953 views
      Music by Cole Porter. Updated lyrics by Joe Keenan, with minor edits by Mike Agranoff. Performed by "Coffeehouse of the Absurd" (Mike Agranoff & John Forster). Recorded at the Minstrel Acoustic ...
    • The Mary Gloster - Duration: 20 minutes.

      • 5 years ago
      • 2,271 views
      "The Mary Gloster", by Rudyard Kipling, is a story in verse of the life of an ailing Scottish captain of industry told on his deathbed to his son. The power of the language moved me to learn the p...
    • Before They Close the Minstrel Show - Duration: 8 minutes, 11 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 1,054 views
      On July 25, 2015, The Minstrel Acoustic Concert Series, which I manage for The Folk Project, celebrates its 40th anniversary of presenting a concert every week, year round. In recognition of this,...
    • Ballad of the White Seal Maid - Duration: 4 minutes, 35 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 248 views
      A modern retelling of the traditional Scottish legend of the Selkie, the shape-shifting creature that is a seal when in the sea, but a human on the land.
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