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Info req: Bill Bonyun

GUEST,StuDog 12 Feb 05 - 10:34 AM
Charley Noble 12 Feb 05 - 11:23 AM
blinddog 12 Feb 05 - 01:15 PM
GUEST,Dave Ruch 12 Feb 05 - 07:05 PM
GUEST,Nicole Storm 18 Jun 15 - 07:14 PM
Thomas Stern 18 Jun 15 - 07:50 PM
maeve 18 Jun 15 - 07:53 PM
GUEST,Bob Coltman 19 Jun 15 - 09:19 AM
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Subject: RE: Bob Coltman
From: GUEST,StuDog
Date: 12 Feb 05 - 10:34 AM

    transferred from another thread

I'm sorry if I'm off topic here, but I've been searching the web for references to Bill Bonyun and this is the first place where folks have mentioned knowing him. From age 5 through 12 I lived in Sturbridge, MA where my parents worked at Old Sturbridg Village. During the summers Bill played ballads on the village green and I spent a lot of time sitting at his feet. He's the reason I started playing guitar - he even arranged for the purchase of my first guitar - a Tatay! Anyway, I am looking for any old records or music published by Bill. In particular I'm looking for the children's ballads like Billy Barlow, 3 Little Pigs, etc. that he performed. Does anyone here know if there is someone I could contact for this type of information? Bill's family or musical partners? I hope to do a record using the old ballads I remember him performing. If you can help me please email me at 1blinddog@comcast.net. Thank you...Stuart Frazier


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Subject: RE: Info req: Bill Bonyun
From: Charley Noble
Date: 12 Feb 05 - 11:23 AM

Stuart-

Bill was also one of my favorite folk music mentors and one of our neighbors in Maine. Well, "neighbors" might be stretching it. He lived about 15 minutes by boat on Westport Island, or 45 minutes by car.

Bill's son Archie keeps track of his musical recordings and notes. I'll send you his e-mail address.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Info req: Bill Bonyun
From: blinddog
Date: 12 Feb 05 - 01:15 PM

Charley - Thanks for sending the email on to Archie and copying me. Hopefully I'll hear from him soon.

Stu


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Subject: RE: Info req: Bill Bonyun
From: GUEST,Dave Ruch
Date: 12 Feb 05 - 07:05 PM

http://www.thecclc.org/heirloom_records/index.html


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Subject: RE: Info req: Bill Bonyun
From: GUEST,Nicole Storm
Date: 18 Jun 15 - 07:14 PM

Mr. Bonyon used to play at the schools in the area back in the 60s. I was going to Harpswell Islands School at the time, and he was the first person I ever heard playing "Birmingham Sunday." I've been thinking ion on Mr. Bonyon's about him a lot since the horrible church shootings in Charleston, South Carolina yesterday. I'd assumed he was probably dead by now, but was still saddened to hear that he dies in 2001.

I'm also assuming that nobody is really watching this site anymore. But in case I'm wrong, thanks for the source of information on Mr. Bonyon. May he be singing in peace.


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Subject: RE: Info req: Bill Bonyun
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 18 Jun 15 - 07:50 PM

Bill Bonyun recorded many albums - now available as CD-r's
corrected link:
http://www.cclc.me/page/2-1991/heirloom-records-home

Also an album for Folkways, and American Heritage.

Best wishes, Thomas.


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Subject: RE: Info req: Bill Bonyun
From: maeve
Date: 18 Jun 15 - 07:53 PM

Nicole, many musicians and music lovers from many countries use this site, so your memories of Bill Bonyun are appreciated by many of us. Thanks for writing!

Maeve


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Subject: RE: Info req: Bill Bonyun
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 19 Jun 15 - 09:19 AM

I think my favorite of Bill's children's songs was the wonderful "Three Craws" ...

There were thr-r-ree craws settin' on a wa',
Settin' on a wa', settin' on a wa',
There were the-r-ree craws settin' on a wa'
On a cold and a fr-r-rosty mor-r-r-rnin'. etc

His sheer gusto and fun caught me at a formative moment. I'd just gotten a guitar and been singing Burl Ives songs. Bill was endlessly helpful and generous in his unique way. A wonderful man.

Bob


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