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A marvelous Bookhouse season closes - October 24, 2013

A Marvelous Bookhouse Season Closes

October 24, 2013 at 12:58pm SheilaMark featuring Sheila Stratton on vocals and Mark Hamza on Organ along with Nick Driscoll on Saxophone and Flute and Rick Stateman on Drums closed out the 2013 season of The Eastern Monroe Public Library Bookhouse Series on Friday October 18th in The Library’s Edinger Community Room of The Hughes Library in Stroudsburg, PA. A modest size audience filled with blues lovers gathered to listen to the music the group has become well known for. The mood enhancing music and quality performance proved to be a fitting end to a season filled with great memories.

After some welcoming remarks and an introduction given by Linnae Cintron of The Eastern Monroe Public Library, the band began their first song sung through the powerful voice of Sheila Stratton. Her light hearted delivery of the song titled, “Moon Dance” by Van Morrison reflected the light of the Harvest Moon that hovered outside the venue encouraging those who heard it to snap their fingers, tap their toes, and sing along with their eyes in preparation for the marvelous night that was yet to come. And, indeed, the marvelous nature of the concert soon became evident as one song after another was performed.

Many of the selections presented throughout the evening shared the lighthearted melodies of the opening song while others gave those who listened to them some thoughts to ponder. In any case, the concert was an enjoyable one and demonstrated SheilaMark’s ability to enhance any song they play. You’ll find more photographs taken during the concert in the EMPL 2013 Gallery at

SheilaMark presents a variety of music genres during their performance including blues, classic rock, 60’s and 70’s music, and popular music of today. They have performed in various venues throughout the Pike and Monroe County area and beyond to include The Annual Celebration of the Arts Festival, The Church on the Mountain Gazebo Concert Series, and The Deer Head Inn which are all located in Delaware Water Gap, PA. They have also performed during the Community Concert series at Shawnee Inn and Resort located at Shawnee on Delaware, PA many times and were the featured artists on the Home Grown Concert Series on WVIA Radio. You can learn more about SheilaMark, their music, and their upcoming performances by exploring their website at

The Eastern Monroe Public Library (aka The Hughes Library) Bookhouse Concert Series take place in the Edinger Community Room which is located on N. 9th Street (aka route 611) in Stroudsburg, PA. The Hughes Library is the main branch of the Monroe County, PA library system which includes their Pocono Township Branch in Tannersville, PA and their Smithfield’s Branch in Marshalls Creek, PA. The library offers access to numerous books, DVDs, Audio Recordings, and cultural programs free to the public. The library’s BookHouse series is part of its cultural programming designed to provide a venue for literary and musical events which are outside of the commercial and literary mainstream.

As mentioned earlier, the SheilaMark concert was the last performance scheduled for the 2013 Bookhouse Series. 

SheilaMark in the Park - June 25, 2013

SheilaMark in the Park

by Paul Adam Smeltz (Notes) on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 12:31pm 
The Downtown Stroudsburg, PA Business Association in partnership with the Sherman Theater presented an installment of their Music in the Park Series for 2013. The concert featuring SheilaMark took place on Saturday June 22nd in the vacant lot located between Josephine's Fleur-de-lis and The 14KT Outlet’s Fine Jewelry Design. Grass and gravel mingled upon the ground as the small audience who ventured into the urban corridor found their way to sit among the plentiful chairs placed there for their comfort. A cool breeze tunneled itself between the buildings bordering the right and left sides of the stage which enhanced the enjoyment of the experience as drinks were later offered free of charge by the management of Josephine's Fleur-de-lis. 

The blues band consisted of Mark Hamza on The Hammond Organ, Sheila Stratton on vocals, Dean Rickard on Drums, and Teddy Young on guitar. From the very first notes played by this exceptional group of performers to the echoing resonance of their very last song, the music moved the small audience to a quiet appreciation of their talents. The powerful voice of Sheila Stratton touched each ear before burrowing itself into the hearts and souls of all who were fortunate enough to experience it. The music accompanying the songs she sang wrapped itself around each chord with each musician producing a melodic fiber to enhance the piece’s overall tensile strength. In other words, it was a cool afternoon with great sounds to enjoy.

SheilaMark varied musical repertoire ranges from some great, classic blues to uniquely soulful interpretations of recently released songs. It also includes a number of instrumental pieces such as the mind melding composition titled, “Icarus” who, in Greek mythology, attempted to escape a prison in Crete by flying away with wings his father, Daedalus, made for him but failed in the endeavor when he flew too close to the sun which melted his wings of wax and feathers. SheilaMark has performed in a variety of venues including the Community Concert series at Shawnee Inn and resort in Shawnee on Delaware, PA, the Home Grown Concert Series on WVIA (NPR) Radio in Pittston, PA, and at the Celebration for the Arts (COTA) in Delaware Water Gap, PA. You can learn more about SheilaMark by exploring their Facebook Page

The next installment of The Downtown Stroudsburg, PA Business Association and the Sherman Theater Music in the Park Series will take place on Saturday June 30th beginning at 6:45pm featuring the band Woodrow. The concert is a free event with seating available. You’ll find more photographs taken during the Saturday June 22nd SheilaMark performance in The Music in the Park 2013 Gallery

The Downtown Stroudsburg, PA Business Association (aka The Jacob Stroud Corporation) is an organization dedicated to a vibrant Downtown Stroudsburg by improving the municipality’s image by enhancing its physical appearance, building consensus among organizations and the community, promoting downtown's unique characteristics, and restructuring and diversifying our economic base. According to their Facebook Page, Stroudsburg, PA has been a well-established center for Monroe County commerce. You can learn more about The Stroudsburg, PA Downtown Stroudsburg Business Association long with it’s perceptions and vision for the town at their Facebook Page at

The Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, PA was built in the 1920s and has been renovated during the 2000s to become a venue presenting a variety of related events such as those associated with the arts of theater, dance, and music. In addition to the performances presented within the theater itself, the Sherman Theater also hosts a number of festivals throughout the town along with events presented at their extended non-profit venues known as The Living Room which featuring art exhibitions and a weekly Open Mic Nite Series which are free of charge and invites the public to participate. You can learn more about The Sherman Theater at

Blues In The Park - July 18, 2011

Monday, July 18, 2011

Blues at The Station

The Jacob Stroud Corporation presented The SheilaMark Blues Band on Saturday July 16th at The Dreibe Freight Station in Stroudsburg, PA as part of their Music in the Park Series. A sizable crowd filled the little known McMichaels Park where the train station is presently located. The SheilaMark Blues Band consists of Mark Hamza on The Hammond Organ, Steve Shiposh on drums, Sheila Stratton on vocals, and RocDoc (Chris Imber) on guitar. The music that greeted the attendees ranged from smooth renditions of classic blues ballads, to songs echoing the empowerment of womanhood, to comfortably numb psychedelic journeys all combining to create an enjoyable experience on a wonderfully bright summer day. You’ll find more photographs taken during the concert in the Music in the Park 2011 Gallery at

The SheilaMark Band was formed by Mark Hamza and Sheila Stratton to compliment their musical adventures together. These adventures include the formation of The SheilaMark Duo who perform in intimate venues and the larger Mark Hamza's Great Swamp Blues Band which performs in a variety of venues including several festivals throughout the summer. Please Explore the SheilaMark Website at to learn more about their musical offerings.

The Dreibe Freight Station was built in 1882 and serviced shipments traveling along the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railroad. In now serves as an art gallery to showcase the collections of the Monroe County Historical Association.

Honesdale Roots and Rhythm Festival - May 19, 2011

Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival proudly announces The Great Swamp Blues Band will participate during the upcoming 2011 Main Street Band Festival Live Performances.  Main Street Music Committee Chair, Randy Kohrs, is anticipating having as many as six live performances at various locations up and down Main Street, Honesdale from 10 AM to 1 PM, Saturday, June 18, 2011 to kick off the music and arts festival scheduled for well into that evening.

 The Great Swamp Blues Band performances are known for delighting audiences with recognizable cover songs complemented by originals.  According to frontman, Mark Hamza, their style echoes “the Jazzy side of the Blues”.  Performing as a quartet, their instruments include Hammond organ, trombone, saxophone, and drums.  Mark became a full-time musician some 40 years ago, and during a gig in the Poconos he became convinced that the wonderfully supportive, highly musician-friendly area was where he wanted to relocate.  He has performed on many albums and played with a wide variety of bands and individual acts, including “The Happenings”, “Clarence Spady Band”--where he worked particularly on Blues-style playing on his customized Hammond organ--Richard Meyer, Eric Anderson, and Richard Shindell.  More information and a sampling of their talent can be found at on their facebook page, Great Swamp Blues Band, at the websites, and

A Melodious Duo Fills a house - February 27, 2011

The ArtMusic Coffeehouse in East Stroudsburg, PA presented The SheilaMark Duo on Friday February 25th. Although the gathering was rather small due to the still wintry weather conditions, the music presented by Sheila and Mark Hamza filled the home of Don Slepian and Jan Julia enhancing it’s welcoming and calming effects on all who come to visit their abode. The concert consisted of Mark playing his accordion while Sheila sang songs which touched the heart and brought smiles to the faces of all who partook of their reminiscent qualities.

The SheilaMark Duo performs in a variety of venues and can be seen almost anywhere throughout the area at any given time. Besides begin a part of the duo, Sheila has played with a number of Celtic bands and has performed in numerous festivals. She recently publish a CD titled, "Celtic Lady of the Lake." Mark and his accordion is often seen (among other places) roaming around The Annual Delaware Water Gap, PA Celebration of the Arts (COTA) Jazz and Arts Festival which takes place in September. He can also be seen playing his huge Hammond Organ with his fellow musicians of The Great Swamp Blues Band in several locations. Please feel free to explore The SheilaMark Duo website at to learn more information about them, their music, and where you might catch their next solo and collaborative performances.

Along with the wonderful music, the evening also included an opportunity to enjoy some delightful conversation and some delicious culinary treats. A peaceful and welcoming environment never fails to engulf those who come visit the house which many has come to feel at home. The ArtMusic Coffeehouse is not only a place one can go to hear some great music; it is also a place one can experience love. You’ll find more Photographs taken during the concert in The ArtMusic Coffeehouse 2011 Gallery at

The ArtMusic Coffeehouse holds its concert series in the home of Don Slepian and Jan Julia who reside in the borough of East Stroudsburg, PA. A variety of musical forms are presented including folk, jazz, classical, and electronic music. Although the concerts welcomes all who wish to attend, seating is limited as it they take place in a private home. The Next The ArtMusic Coffeehouse Concert will feature Ann and Will Rowland on Monday March 7th beginning at 8pm. Please Explore The ArtMusic Coffeehouse Website at or Call 570-476-6307 for more information and to reserve your seat.

The Doodlin Lounge 9/2007 - August 11, 2010

Mark Hamza with the Great Swamp Blues Band: Radio Interview, "The Doodlin' Lounge", Sept. 2007

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