Date/time:Sunday,November 18, 2012, 7:30 PM. Doors open at 7pm
Performer: Blues troubadour Roy Book Binder
Sponsor: Woods Hole Folk Music Society
Location: Community Hall, 68 Water Street, Woods Hole, Mass.
Admission: $15, discounts for members, seniors, youth and children
Contact: 508-540-0320 or http://www.arts-cape.com/whfolkmusic
Blues troubadour Roy Book Binder
Musically, Roy Book Binder is difficult to categorize. His eclectic repertoire includes classic and original blues, country tunes, bluegrass, folk and Tin Pan Alley songs. His description of himself as a "guitar pickin' hillbilly bluesman" reflects his long musical journey through the American cultural landscape of the 20th century.
Born and raised in Queens, he returned to New York City after service in the Navy, and met a lifelong friend who deeply influenced his music: singer and guitarist Dave Van Ronk. It was Van Ronk who introduced him to blues legend Rev. Gary Davis, and after intensive study with Rev. Davis, Book Binder became his chauffeur and tour companion. Much of his original material is based on their musical travels. Along the way, he befriended North Carolina’s own Pink Anderson, an old Carolina medicine show performer (who, incidentally, was the source for “Pink” in Pink Floyd).
After leaving Greenwich Village in 1976 he moved into a tour bus and hit the road for 15 years, performing and recording while he developed his unique voice in the blues and folk music world. He also honed his considerable guitar skills and his prowess as a raconteur; "The stories are as good as the songs," says Australia's Sydney Morning Herald.
Since then he has appeared regularly at music festivals throughout the nation and beyond, including the National Storytelling Festival, the Chicago Blues Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the King Biscuit Blues Festival. He has toured extensively with Jorma Kaukonen, and has shared the stage with Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Doc Watson, Ray Charles, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, J.J. Cale & Hot Tuna. He hosted the acoustic blues stage at Merlefest, appeared regularly on the television show Nashville Now and was featured in Sheldon Harris's compilation, The Blues Who's Who.
Mr. Book Binder has recorded eleven albums to date. His recording "Hillbilly Blues Cats" was named as one of the ten essential acoustic guitar albums of 1992, alongside Eric Claption's Unplugged, Lyle Lovett's Joshua Judges and Neil Young's Harvest Moon.
A veteran guitar instructor, he can often be found at the Fur Piece Ranch with Jorma Kaukonen and others strongly influenced by Rev. Gary Davis. There he demonstrates songs, turnarounds, chord variations, right hand methods, and his own powerful adaptations and unique approaches to the blues.
Meanwhile, he still spends time on the road, entertaining audiences around the world, where he has become known as a "singing-songwriting-storytelling-fingerpicking blues legend."
Upcoming WHFMS performances include: January 13, singers Claudia Schmidt and Sally Rogers; January 27, singer & songwriter Bill Staines; March 10, fiddler Dennis Stroughmatt et l'Esprit Creole; April 28, folk duo Kim and Reggie Harris; and several more concerts to be announced.
The Woods Hole Folk Music Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering enjoyment of folk music in all its forms. Concerts are generally held on the first and third Sunday of each month from October through April. They are made possible by support from its members, season subscribers, volunteers, and performers. More information is available at http://www.arts-cape.com/whfolkmusic or by calling 508-540-0320.