Shows for Seniors

Here’s an excerpt of Ain’t Misbehavin’ ,  a 1930’s swing tune by Fats Waller:


Purly Gates brings to the stage a song-bag full of  original songs, popular swing tunes from the 1930’s-40’s, humorous, folk, cowboy and traditional songs plus a few instrumentals as well. Audiences enjoy singing along on the familiar songs. Purly will quickly have them joining in on the chorus of ones they’ve never heard before. If the moment is right, this seasoned raconteur tantalizes ears with humorous poems, anecdotes or tall tales. (Purly can tickle even the toughest funny bone!) She’s a multi-talented solo act, accompanying her vocals with guitar, banjo, ukulele and accordion —only not all at once!

This “Limberjack“—a reminder of pioneer days— delights all ages.




Here’s a sample of “Wahoo!”  from an old cowboy movie

A typical show runs about 50 minutes. So everyone can hear clearly, Purly usually brings in a small PA system, unless quality equipment is available at the venue. For very small groups and rooms, a  PA system may not be necessary.


Starting at $150 for one set, fees vary according to size of audience (if a PA is needed) and how long the program runs. Contact Purly with your details for a fee quote and to schedule a show:


“What a fantastic addition you were today to our panel… I mean it, Lady, you are the bomb! Thanks so much for bringing your brilliance, light-hearted music talent and sense of humor to our program today. LOVED YOUR LIMBERJACK!” ~Knoel Babin, Inter-Agency Council on Aging, Austin

“We are an Assisted and Independent Living senior community and every one of our residents loves it when Purly performs!  As a musician myself, I can attest to her talent.  Her vocals are great, and the music selection she plays is enjoyed by all, including staff.”  -Shana Davis, Activ. Director/Bentley Commons, Keene, NH

“You really know how to work a crowd! You’re terrific!!” -Ruby Burton, Activities, St. David’s, Austin, TX

“Our residents had such a great time when you came to play for us.  We would love for you to come back. ” ~Jennifer Krawczyk, Activities Director, Marbridge Foundation, Austin, TX


Click here for a short video of Purly’s original song “It Was Martha”




And click here for an excerpt of Purly’s    original song, “I’ve Got It Good”