Tom Callinan & Don Sineti News and Press



Tom Callinan, folksinger, award-winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist (upwards of 20 - from the wind, string, and percussion families), and storyteller, is a former Connecticut junior high school teacher, who has made the creative and performing arts his full-time profession since 1977. Whether he is demonstrating how to play the spoons, teaching catchy choruses to a wide variety of songs, eliciting gestures or directing other activities, he constantly strives to remove the barrier between the performer and audiences of all ages, thus bringing out the best in human emotions - camaraderie. In 1991, he was designated Connecticut's first Official State Troubadour through legislation passed by The General Assembly, and signed by Governor Lowell P. Weicker, Jr.



"Dear Tom and Don -

Thank you so much for the outstanding performance that you gave us at Russell Library on June 29th. Our families still drop by to tell us how much they enjoyed it and the questions that their children have asked about whales and pirate tales.

I remembered the two of you for having excellent ability to flow with the excitement level and ages of the crowd in front of you. Yet again, not only were you up to a very engaged group, they feel you are their "fast friends" and want to know when you will be back again.

Hopefully, another piece of fortune will strike this library and I will make that call..

In between - Thank you from all of us, and from me, a very heartfelt thank you too.


Kitty Robinson
Head of Children's Services
Russell Library
123 Broad Street
Middletown, CT 06457
(860) 344-8479 "


“... the two know how to get even a small, and very dispersed audience, many sitting back away from the stand in the shade of trees, into sing-alongs.” - Matt McGregor, THE CHRONICLE, Willimantic, CT

"Don Sineti has come to be regarded as the embodiment of the spirit of the whale."- Dr. Robbins Barstow, Director Emeritus, Cetacean Society International.

"Callinan is an expert at getting the audience to take part in the performance." - THE EVENING GAZETTE, Worcester, Mass