This Friday, we host our second evening of live acoustic music in our farmhouse. On the bill are performing singer-songwriter and guitar instructor Peter Poulos, who will be accompanied on vocals and percussion by Matthew Brodsky. Poulos will perform a mix of classical, pop/rock and original music.
Opening the show will be Lynne Nugent, one of his students, who has been performing at open mics, church events and folk festivals in the last year. She will share a selection of songs shaped by her many influences, which range from Fleetwood Mac and Crosby, Stills and Nash to Lyle Lovett and the Indigo Girls. Nugent will be accompanied on vocals and ukulele by Julia Weber.
Poulos, who has more than two decades of experience as a performer and recording artist, shares his journey from would-be rock star to impassioned educator now that he’s the father of two young sons.
“I found the Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ album in my mom’s record collection at age 2, and that’s when I first caught the music bug. To this day, it’s my favorite album of all time.”
From handbells to electric guitar:
Poulos realized his musical talent after winning an English handbell award in sixth grade. By then, he was also able to play songs on the piano by ear. Then, at age 12, he discovered British hard rockers Def Leppard. “I begged for an electric guitar when drums were ruled out. Two years later, I heard guitar virtuoso Eric Johnson’s masterpiece ‘Cliffs of Dover’ on the radio (the Grammy-winning track from his 1990 album ‘Ah Via Musicom’), and my jaw dropped. By the time I decided to major in music upon going to college, I realized that music was my destiny.”
Big city dreams:
Poulos studied classical and jazz guitar in college, playing in bands with his peers. After graduation, he moved to New York City, where he wrote and recorded his own songs, ultimately releasing a CD with his band Jamospere in 2001, while he worked in music publishing. Since 2003, he’s served as a royalty and database consultant for Spirit Music Group Inc., whose eclectic and extensive client roster has included the likes of Charles Mingus, Dolly Parton, Chaka Khan, Pitbull and Madonna.
Reclaiming his passion:
After leaving New York to return to the Philadelphia area, Poulos decided to pursue his master’s degree in elementary education and briefly taught fourth and fifth grades. “I realized my passion and skills for music were not being utilized,” he says, of the impetus to begin teaching guitar. He’s done so for almost 10 years, at the School of Rock in Feasterville, the Bravo Academy of Performing Arts in Boca Raton, Fla., the Music and Arts Center in Horsham, and most recently as a private instructor. He also teaches bass, drums and beginning piano.
Love and music:
“Teaching has provided the greatest vehicle for my various skills and interests, and it’s a way to help the next generation capture the same appreciation and love for music that I had during my formative years,” says Poulos, a happily married father of two. “Performing has always been a pleasure, and I’m looking forward to telling my story through song on the 29th.
Poulos and Nugent will perform from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday in our art center’s main gallery, 305 Horsham Road, Horsham. For more information, call 215-672-3140.