One of the most engaging performers on the New England folk circuit, Howie Newman combines music, comedy and audience participation to provide a truly unique entertainment experience.
His amusing compositions are up-tempo and catchy, and he keeps things lively with funny between-songs banter and short comedy bits (there is also a smattering of serious songs).
Song topics include television commercials, getting up in the morning, cell phones, middle age dating, intergalactic garbage collection and more. And the material is totally clean, suitable for all ages.
Newman has opened for Tom Paxton, Vance Gilbert, Bill Staines, Lui Collins, Don White, Modern Man and many others. His songs have received national airplay on the Dr. Demento Show, National Public Radio and Midnight Special as well as dozens of other outlets across North America.
In May 2006, Newman released Trust Me, You’ll Like It, a lively collection of funny and satirical songs (there are also four serious tunes).The album features some of the top local musicians, including guitarist Duke Levine (Mary Chapin Carpenter band), reed player Billy Novick (New Black Eagle Jazz Band) and keyboard whiz Jim Gambino (Swinging Steaks).
He also has two baseball albums to his credits, Baseball’s Greatest Hits, Volumes 1 and 2. Newman’s debut CD, Here We Go Again, was released in 2001. The seven-song album is a compilation of remastered vinyl recordings from his early days.
The popularity of his baseball music led to an 18-year sportswriting career. Newman covered two World Series, five NBA Finals and four Stanley Cup finals writing for the Patriot Ledger, Lowell Sun, Boston Globe, Associated Press and Lynn Item.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he moved to Boston in 1968 to attend Northeastern University. He’s lived in the greater Boston area ever since.