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Scarsdale Library Performer Strikes the Right Note

SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Musician Graham Clarke taught high school in the Bronx for 16 years but gave it up for a career that almost guarantees children will listen to him. After going back to school to study philosophy, he decided to pick up a guitar and play music for children, including yearly appearances at the Scarsdale Library.

 He started his musical journey by sending fliers to schools and libraries about his playing music for the children. He picked up some gigs and word of mouth after that gave him the following he enjoys today.   

One of his regular stops is his yearly gig at the Scarsdale Library during the summer. This year he closed out the summer music program at the library. 130 Kids and parents lined up to see Clarke play last week.

.Emily Weston brought her 18-month-old daughter Finley to see the singer.

”Finley loves music. This is a great treat for us,” she said. “The library is a great resource for kids and they have great events. I moved to Scarsdale last year from New York City and I feel that it is a nice way to spend time with my daughter and to get her out of the house. This is also a great way to socialize with other moms. Coming here gives me a sense of community, and it gives Finley time with her mommy to get all of mommy’s attention while her big sister is at camp.”

Penny McLoughlin surprised her children, her niece and her nephew by coming in to see Clarke.

“The kids have seen Graham Clarke before,” she said. “They have his CDs and know his music. He is full of energy and his silliness and ability to relate to both the kids and the parents is the reason that I took my kids here today. “

Max and Ella McLoughlin, 9 and 7, respectively, are fans.

“I like the music and the guitar.” Max said,” I think that Graham is entertaining. I like his music and his songs. We have his CD’s and know all the lyrics to his songs.”

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