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Weekend Rambles -- Vermont

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FACULTY

October 4-6, 2019

Williamsville, Newfane, Vermont

 



Bobby Fisher, world-renowned guitarist, recording artist, composer, and clinician, has served a number of years as program coordinator for the NPM Guitar Schools and Guitar and Ensemble Institutes, and recorded and produced a number of his own recordings and has worked as producer and guest musician on countless others, including a number of music collections for OCP, GIA, Franciscan Media, and Heart to Heart Ministries. Serenity Fisher is a pianist, songwriter, award-winning playwright, and teacher who blends playful pop-rock with a Tim Burton-esque quirkiness. A wordsmith, Serenity Fisher entices stories into becoming songs using truth-telling, highly-visual lyrics, and dreamy melodies. Fisher is a powerhouse singer whose nuanced vocals vary from bluesy belt to sultry whisper, from technical prowess to stripped down raw emotion. Her piano style is theatrical and passionate. She has toured nationally and internationally with her band Serenity Fisher and the Cardboard Hearts. John Roberts, much-loved singer of songs of the British Isles, has carried the tradition to audiences and classes around the world as a soloist and with artists including long-time partner Tony Barrand and, more recently, Debra Cowan. Founder of Golden Hind Music, John brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to courses ranging from singing to accompaniment and dancing, from traditional ballads to sea songs and Morris tunes. Bob Zentz, the award-winning “Tidewater Troubadour,” has brought songs and stories to audiences around the world for more than five decades. His work as the “father of folk” in Eastern Virginia earned him a place in Norfolk’s “Legends of Music Walk of Fame.” With his wife Jeanne, Bob co-founded the Ramblin’ Conrad Folklife Institute to help spread the gospel of folk through the “roots and branches” of the folk tradition. Jeanne McDougall Zentz, song historian, writer, and musical soul, explores what songs can tell us about the places and people who created them. She is the executive director of the Ramblin’ Conrad Folklife Institute, which she co-founded with her husband, Bob. The song databases from her dissertation, ‘Fit to be sung in Streets:’ Song in British Colonial America, 1750-1776, will become part of the VastEarlyAmerica online project of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the USC-Huntington Library Early Modern Studies Institute during 2019.


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