Roots of American Music Concert Review

William and Mary (Bill Johnston and Mary Knupp)

On Saturday, October 16th, The Barns of Rose Hill  and The Roots of American Music presented a Folk Music Revival of the 1950’s & 1960’s with William and Mary at the Grace Episcopal Church Chapel in Berryville.   They played many audience favorites from a rousing version of “This Land is Your Land” to sensitive ballads such as “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”

Bob and Nina Randolph were also sponsors of the event held coffeehouse style with Bill Johnston and Mary Knupp performing on stage to an audience seated at small tables.   Refreshments were arranged on a side table and original music albums from the folk era were displayed.  

The program explored the impact of major performers of the folk revival who helped popularize and introduce traditional folk music to a wider audience.   Johnston explained the foundations laid by Pete Seeger and Woodie Guthrie and their influence on the younger performers of the folk boom in the late 50’s and 60’s, including the Kingston Trio; Joan Baez; Peter, Paul, and Mary; and Odetta.  

The songs selected for the evening showcased the rise of the “singer-songwriter” and the notion of a “folk sound.” The program also demonstrated the role of folk music in the Civil Rights movement and  contained a timeline of the events of the period. Throughout the evening the audience was drawn into the spirit of participation, singing along as most everyone was very familiar with the songs. William and Mary received a standing ovation from the enthusiastic audience.

Special thanks are given to the following volunteers, Fabrice and Paula LeDuigou, Jean King, Lynn Welch, and the sound masters – Mike and Sandy Masquith.    – Review  by Susi Bailey.

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  1. Robin Braithwaite says:

    What an asset to this community The Roots series of concerts has been! Thank you, Bill Johnston for arranging the series and performing in it, too! We had a marvelous time Saturday night!

  2. Great review of a wonderful evening! We should feature folks like this more often – such a pleasure! Nice photo too.

  3. Susi Bailey says:

    Thank you for a great review & photos. I really appreciate the coverage that Clarke Daily News has given the Barns of Rose Hill!