Bill graduated from Harvard in the tumultuous days of the early 1970s. He was a founding member of a popular folk band at Harvard, Granfalloon, in the Boston/Cambridge
area, playing venerable folk institutions such as Club Passim (the old Club 47) and the Nameless Coffeehouse. The music of the 60s and 70s and the original music of Granfalloon shaped my musical imagination. My lyrics are important and I work for melodies have the listener singing the tunes, long after the concert or CD is over.
The band recently reunited on
stage for Bills album release and 50th Birthday Concert, to rousing
ovations from the crowd! They loved the way band members switched instruments
for every number (Granfalloon cellist Wayne Lipton joined Bill on his CD for
two songs). They still have great chops! voiced producer Joe Koelling.
Bill is also a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and spent 9 years in campus ministry, with much of his work with students and families centered around music. His current playlist is very accessible to many audiences, with a deep undercurrent of spiritual renewal and healing. For Bill, music is one of the best ways to connect with people about the most important experiences of our lives. In The Words to the Song, he wrote:
We still know the words to the song
Words weve sung out our whole life long
When other memories are lost and gone
We still know the Words to the Song
Playing with other musicians or solo, in concert or on recordings, Bills rich voice and confident guitar playing are a joy to hear. Listen to the CD invite him to play it will be a rewarding musical experience.
Musical Style/Genre: Acoustic Singer Songwriter
Key Points of Interest:
Founding member of popular Harvard Square band, Granfalloon 1969 1972
Performing at community events and churches for 25 years
Songs invoke a positive message of hope and healing
Recipient of 2001, 2002 and 2003 Iowa Arts Council grants for Music In Healing program