Song Leader- “Sing Thing Family Singing” since 1975

Pete determined the course of my life. I was three in Kalamazoo, Michigan. After a concert/singing event at the Labor Temple a bunch of folks came to my parents’ house. I heard music, came to the top of the stairs in my footie p.j.s to listen. My dad told me to go back to bed. I cried. Pete said “C’mon down” So I did and he put me on his lap & continued singing. That was maybe 1943 or 4. It is probably my first memory. At 6 I followed Bash Kennett all around the grounds of the Mountain Theatre in Marin County before the show as she sang ballads & folk songs. The first ballad I learned was from her singing of Barbara Allen. I have been singing traditional folk music all my life and continue to do so. I was fortunate enough to have been selected as one of 20 songleaders from all over the Bay Area to meet with Pete in 1980 for an afternoon workshop. He was woven through the fabric of my entire life, musically and ethically and I feel grateful to have met him & learned from him.

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