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Capital Region Singer-Songwriter Phil Teumim Concert Benefitting Family Promise

B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation and Delmar Presbyterian Church present Capital Region singer-songwriter Phil Teumim in a concert of original songs to benefit Family Promise of the Capital Region.

The virtual concert will be streamed live on Facebook Saturday, May 22, 7:30 p.m.

The concert may be viewed through the B’nai Sholom, Delmar Presbyterian and Family Promise Facebook pages.  Donations to Family Promise may be made at any time using an on-screen link.

Teumim will draw from his diverse repertoire, including songs from his previously released CDs All Over the Map (2011) and Far and Wide (2015).  Some tunes will carry an international flavor reflecting his real or imagined experiences in Ireland, Scotland, Newfoundland, Mexico and Brooklyn.  Closer to home, other pieces will include songs inspired by the pandemic, a voyage to inner space, a touching tribute to the banjo and a visit to a veterinary clinic.


Teumim’s blend of acoustic Americana includes songs that are funny and serious, sentimental and silly.  He usually leaves it to the audience to determine which are which.

            A resident of the Capital District since his college days, Teumim is a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, banjo, ukulele and a variety of hand percussion.  He draws his songs from personal experiences, family stories, social commentary and world affairs, ranging from world peace to seasickness.  His musical stylings are influenced by “everything I ever heard” and include folk, rock, blues, Celtic and other genres.  In performance, Teumim accompanies himself on six- and 12-string guitar, banjo and ukulele.  Teumim is president of Old Songs Inc., a Capital District not-for-profit organization dedicated to “keeping traditional music and dance alive through the presentation of festivals, concerts, dances and educational programs.”


Established in 2015, Family Promise of the Capital Region helps keep homeless children and their families together, offering the support they need to achieve lasting independence.  Its staff and hundreds of trained volunteers work with existing social service agencies and faith communities to provide shelter, food and case management services.​  Funds from this concert will support Family Promise’s work.


Founded in 1971, B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany is a home for contemporary Reform Judaism in the Capital Region.  Nearly 130 diverse households from eight counties seek religious, educational and social fulfillment at B’nai Sholom.


Delmar Presbyterian Church’s mission statement is “To be a vibrant congregation, growing in our faith, living out the Two Great Commandments, energized by God’s love.”

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