Melissa Perley
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Vermont author Melissa Perley is a performing and teaching cellist. She lives and works in Vermont with her luthier husband, Paul and her family.

Together they own Paul Perley Cellos.

Author Phone Number
(802) 229-1501
Author Physical Address - Street - City / Town - State
452 Brookfield Road - Berlin, VT 05602
Where my books are sold.
The Violin Family is available throughout the State including: Bear Pond Books - Montpelier VT / Phoenix Books - Burlington VT / Next Chapter Books - Barre, VT / Bridgeside Bookstore - Waterbury, VT / Amazon

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The Violin Family by Melissa Perley: 157869020X / 9781578690206 - Authored by cellist Melissa Perley and illustrated by Fiona Lee MacLean. A picture book for children about the power of music and of caring relationships. Come meet The Violin Family: Basil, the Bass; Celia, the Violoncello; “Bizzy”, the Viola; and Val and Violet, the Violins! Together, they love to play music and then share a pancake breakfast, complete with local Vermont maple syrup—mm-mmmm!
Rik Palieri
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Rik Palieri (pronounced Pal-air-re).

Rik Palieri is a talented singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist, storyteller and member of "The Mythical Order of The Rose Tattoo", who lives the musical life to the fullest.

He is a very energetic performer who captivates audiences of all ages with his stories and songs. In a typical performance Rik will sing an old ballad with a fret less banjo, stomp out a Lead belly style blues on the 12 string guitar, squeeze an exotic instrumental on the Polish bagpipes, spin out a wild and wooly story of his travels, pluck out a tune on the Ozark mouth bow, blow a mournful melody on the Native American flute and end the evening with an original Yodel-sing-a-long

Rik has performed at concert halls, schools and festivals throughout the lower 48 states, toured Alaska by float plane, rode camelback in Australia and sung on trains throughout Europe. He has performed, in Canada, France, Spain, Germany Australia, Poland, Mexico and Argentina. He has appeared at such venues as The Kennedy Center, The Country Music Hall Of Fame, The Philadelphia Folk Festival, The Port Ferry Old Songs Folk Festival, The Hudson River Revival, The Vancouver festival, plus countless TV & radio programs.

Rik is also the host & producer of “The Song Writer’s Notebook “, a TV show, archived in the American Folk Life Center in the new “Rik Palieri Collection”, at The American Folk Life Center Archives in Washington D.C.

Rik has recorded 8 albums; He is also an occasional writer for Sing Out! Banjo Newsletter & author of a book "The Road Is My Mistress, Tales Of A Roustabout Songster" and his new book Banjo Man - Adventures of An American Folk Singer.

Over the years Rik has performed and worked with some of the legends of American Folk Music such as; Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Jimmie Driftwood, U. Utah Phillips, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Bruce Springsteen, Nora Guthrie & many more.

In 2009 Rik was featured on the Grammy nominated Singing Through The Hard Times: a tribute to Utah Phillips.

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Where my books are sold.
on my website,

Banjo Man - Adventures of an American Folk Singer
Banjo Man - Adventures of an American Folk Singer
ISBN 9780578666167 - Vermont musician radio and TV host, Rik Palieri’s new book Banjo Man - Adventures of an American Folk Singer, tells the journey of a life of a traveling musician searching for the people, places and history that make up the folk music community. His book features stories with Cowboys, Indians, Sailors and Hobos as well as Rik’s friendship with such folk legends as Pete Seeger, U. Utah Phillips and Ozark balladeer Jimmy Driftwood. Rik’s stories take the reader around the globe in an exciting search for living folk communities and music makers who keep these old traditions alive.