Piano music composed and performed by storyteller Bruce Allen lures listeners into his amusing, edifying tales about growing up in the immigrant working-class neighborhood of Button End in Woburn, Massachusetts. His Boston accent is light, almost a memory. Button End is described as a place where “kindness matters” and “laughter always heals.” Stories of neighbors, the schoolmistress of the two-room schoolhouse, and Allen’s family are told with perfect pacing and punch lines. “I want my kids to walk right through the bullshit” is one of the lessons Allen shares from Jigsy, an Irish master plumber and electrician who one day viewed the priest’s collection bowl shaken under his nose as a personal gift from God and used a pinched donation to buy ice cream for his children. Irresistible nostalgia from a practiced storyteller. D.P.D. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2014]
Trade Ed. Bruce Allen 2014
DD ISBN $2.77
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