Rob Thomas placed his lips on a long tube and began to play a didgeridoo, a musical instrument created about 1,500 years ago by the indigenous peoples of Australia. As the sound began to fill the Bessimer Room of the Newton Public Libary, he captured the audience.
More than 100 children and parents listened as he played.
"I have to let you know that you are going to hear some strange sounds from this instrument called a didgeridoo," Thomas told those listening. "If you hear something like a dog growling, that is me making the sound through the insturment."
Thomas was at Newton Public Library July 11 for Family Time Fun, a weekly series at the Library.
He was not the whole show — he pulled volunteers up to the perforamce area to help make music and try to play didgeridoos — nor was music. The one hour performance contained educational bits on the language, animals and geography of Austrialia.
Thomas has been making and playing didgeridoos for more than 20 years. He has performed throughout the country, recorded several CDs and has produced music for numerous films, including the IMAX movie Sacred Planet.
Thomas tours nationwide, and performs at hundreds of venues annually, including schools, libraries, colleges and corporate events. He performs both solo and as a duo with Tanya.
The couple is part of a group called Didgeridoo Down Under — a group that Newton librarian Amy Bayes has been trying to bring to Newton for several years.
"Other librairies have had them and this is the first time that I could get them," Bayes said. "They have always been booked."