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lisa null Musicians Who Influenced You (76* d) RE: Musicians Who Influenced You 24 Jan 09

Wow Charlie Noble:

Bill Bonyun was one of the big influences in my life too. He used to be resident folk singer in Sturbridge Village and would sit under a big tree singing. My father's house was not too far away, and my biggest brother and I would often be bvrought to hear him. He had so many songs we didn't know, historical songs and ballads-- and I very early picked up the idea that it might be fun to go find something rare and strange to see if he knew it. We'd play a game we calledm "stump the folk singer." Maybe this isn't what he intended, but it got us both hooked on reading songbooks and actively seeking out unusual recordings. Later, when i was married, he came to play a festival in northeastern Pennsylvania where I lived. We became friends. I used to visit him almost every year, driving up to Maine and staying with him and Jean. A wonderful man with great integrity and a love of both land and history.

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