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Contact Mr. Harley: harleysmithmusic@yahoo.comThe story of the Pied Piper entrancing the children of Hamelin has lasted for centuries. Now, in the 21st century, a new Pied Piper is making his way across America, only he’s using his powers for good. His name is Mr. Harley, and for the past nine years his music and his concerts have made children of all ages very happy.Mr. Harley leads a secret life as Harley Smith, mild-mannered jazz/rock drummer of the Maine music scene. But as Mr. Harley, he brings a lively guitar, a pile of songs, and a fender-wide grin to the stage, where his sheer exuberance has energized and delighted crowds of all shapes and sizes, from birthday parties to the Common Ground Fair.A Mr. Harley audience is not a timid one. Any inhibitions are magically wiped away, and it isn’t long before kids (and even a few grownups) are hopping like frogs, wriggling like snakes, and roaring like tigers. Some even join Mr. Harley onstage to sing, dance, and play. By the end of his shows, any barriers between old and young, big and small, have vanished completely.Mr. Harley knows all the classic children’s songs, as well as children’s songs disguised as grownup songs (think “All Together Now” by the Beatles), but it’s his original compositions that get the biggest responses. Songs like “Blue Shirt,” “the Sneeze Song,” and the say-that-five-times-fast “Stegameganoodlefudanappysaurus” are met with squeals of delight and enthusiastic singalongs, even from those who are hearing them for the first time.Mr. Harley’s music is available on two CDs – 2007’s Toast and Jelly, and his newest CD, Blue Shirt. More than concert souvenirs, these CDs are keepsakes, destined to provide the seeds from which treasured memories will grow.If you’re putting together an event of any kind where you know children will be, remember Mr. Harley. He’s a man who knows how to have fun, and all the kids who follow his lead will always remember their first encounter with a smile.photo1photo2 

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“Think the Wiggles only more laid back.”

Dispatch Magazine

“It’s children’s music with adults in mind.”

Capitol Weekly

“There is nothing like a Mr. Harley show!”

Nicky Mathieu, mother of Webber and Elliette

“Mr. Harley sings better than the Cardinals. Actually more better than all the birds.”

Amelia, Mr. Harley fan, age 3

“Mr. Harley is that person who comes along once in a decade and really transforms the institution of which he is a part of.”

Richard Fortin, director of the Bailey Public Library