Back by popular demand, the Northwest Philadelphia parody group, Saint Mad, will be presenting the Mount Airy Home Companion Holiday Show on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. This event will feature original songs, parodies, holiday music classics and more from The Mount Airy Players, Greg Williams and others.
"The 'Mount Airy Home Companion' title was inspired by the Public Radio show, 'A Prairie Home Companion,' which airs on WHYY-FM every Saturday night at 6 p.m.," said James Harris, who is affiliated with the event planning.
Due to the popularity of the show, the group decided to do a semi-annual show at the Allens Lane Art Center in Mount Airy, where they could have a bigger show with more performers. Jim Harris, the humor columnist for the Chestnut Hill Local, as well as a member of Saint Mad, will be hosting this year's show.
“The first show was held last May," Harris said. "It sold out, and was a big hit with the audience."
Saint Mad creates an acoustic sound that reflects great hits from The Beatles, The Beach Boys and other pop artists by making it their own sound. Jim Harris (guitar), Martha Michael (trumpet), Molly Mahoney (piano) and Linda Chen (euphonium) has already been voted into the People's Choice Concert at Philadelphia's Folk Factory Coffeehouse twice and has recorded their first album titled, "Waiting To Start," which holds original songs and classic covers.
"[Saint Mad] have been together since 2001, when they were all choir members in the same church," Harris said. "For the past three years, they have been putting on first-Friday variety shows at Crossroads coffeehouse in Roxborough."
Due to an unexpected reason, John Fitch and Joe Collins, who run a recording studio in Germantown, are no longer able to attend the event. However, the two are no strangers to the holiday show, since their first appearance was last May. The two are hoping to return next year with fresh ideas and a new performance.
"They are long-time musicians/composers on the Philly scene, having worked with many of the greats over the years," Harris said. "They have been friends and musical partners for over 50 years."
The Mount Airy Players, consisting of Andrew Criss, from Northern Liberties; Loretta Lucy Miller, from Germantown; Andy Pettit, from East Falls; and Cinque Smith, from Germantown, have been performing together for years and have decided to show their talents at the holiday show for visitors to enjoy.
"[They] are a group of local actors who answered an online ad to be in the show," Harris said.
Greg Williams, who owns and runs the "Walk-A-Crooked-Mile" used bookstore in Mount Airy, has been a literacy advocate, and is also a supporter of live music at his store for many years.
"[Williams] also loves to act and sing," Harris said. "He will be performing along with a choir of children from the Germantown Friends School."