Tom Malouf's folksy musical spirit was so engaging at the Batavia Public Library on Sunday he had to encourage some audience members to get back in their seats during his Holiday Sing-Along.
The Roselle musician brought only his guitar and an extra microphone for accompaniment by his newly engaged daughter later in the show. But by his fourth Christmas carol, the one-man show was forced to ask parents to keep children in their seats.
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One 3-year-old's enthusiasm had the small audience laughing and Malouf bouncing on his toes in sync with the youngster before the temptation of the empty microphone became too much. It was then that Miles Carlson grabbed the microphone and politely and repeatedly exclaimed "Excuse me!" while audience members laughed and Miles' mother Jodi, of Batavia, tried to wave him offstage.
"He's got the spirit," she said after taking him to the lobby for a short break.
Malouf had everyone in the spirit of the season as he divided the audience into small sections for a group singalong on "The Twelve Days of Christmas."