PHILIP FURIA - AN ILLUSTRATED TRIP THROUGH AMERICAN POPULAR SONG
Philip Furia is a leading authority and writer on American popular song and poetry. Among his books are The Poets of Tin Pan Alley: A History of America’s Great Lyricists, and biographies of Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Johnny Mercer. Furia taught for 25 years at the University of Minnesota, where he was chair of the Department of English and an associate dean. He is currently a professor in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Outlets for his writing and discussions of popular songs range from academic publications, like The American Scholar and the Library of Congress, to All Things Considered and Fresh Air with Terry Gross. His presentation will include clips of songs and from films. Stellar pianist and vocalist, Daryl Sherman, will sing some of the famous songs, which will be illustrated by movie clips.
You can’t be more a Vermonter than Adam R. Boyce. His family here goes back to the 1760s, and he has spent years immersed in Vermont history and culture. He learned to play fiddle and learned about the traditional dance and music history of central Vermont, including fiddling and calling simultaneously for square and contra dances. Boyce was the 2000 Vermont division winner of the Northeast Fiddlers’ contest at Barre. He has been a partner on special projects with the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. Boyce, who lives in West Windsor with his wife, Mary-Anne, is the author of The Man From Vermont, an account of the life of Charles Ross Taggart, a popular fiddler and entertainer in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Boyce will talk and present a slideshow about Taggart’s career.