'Novelty' act to please kids of all ages

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Thu., May. 19, 2011
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Bill Dougal will perform novelty songs - some original, some classics - at the Congregational Church in South Glastonbury on May 27. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

As well as being a well-known artist and caricaturist, Bill Dougal is also a musician/singer entertainer.

Dougal will be performing a mix of his original songs and some novelty tunes from the 1920s and '40s at the Congregational Church in South Glastonbury on May 27.

His set list contains something for everyone.

“It's sort of unusual,” Dougal said, of the cross-generational appeal. “Some of my theory is that since the themes of my songs are based on novelty concepts, anybody should get a kick out of them. The adults should like the kids' songs, because they have some puns in them, and the kids should get a kick out of the old ones, because they're catchy, like ‘Barney Google (With The Goo- Goo- Googly Eyes)’ - fun, and silly.”

Dougal writes about subjects that have humorous possibilities; walking a duck, keeping a burro in a bureau, playing checkers on a giraffe, jellyfish and peanut butter fish (they go well with jellyfish, he said).

Some of the nostalgic songs will be familiar to the older set, such as “Has Anybody Seen My Gal? (Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue),” but Dougal said he's also dug up some more obscure tracks, like “Hungry Man,” which Dougal said is about a guy who “goes all over the world to get his favorite foods.”

"It's not very well known,” Dougal said, “but it's funny.”

The show will also be something of a multi-media exhibit, with images – some of Dougal's original drawings and some scans of nostalgia – corresponding to each song, being projected behind him.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person at the door.

For more information, including audio and video samples of Dougal's songs, visit www.dougalmusic.net.


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