American History Through Its Songs and Ballads
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Bill Bonyun - Folk Singer, Folk Lorist
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In the Fall of 1986, Joan Dean, a student at the University of Vermont, was on a mission. She also had memories of the kind, bearded man with warm eyes, who visited her elementary school in rural Maine when she was a child. He sang, “silly songs,” she writes, and he strongly believed, “Children should be seen, and most especially heard.”
Joan was working on an Independent Study Project in the UVM Anthropology Department that Fall. She wanted to tape record Bill Bonyun about his life’s work. Bill was 75 at the time; she, 25. Bill joked that together they made a century.
Joan produced a 250 page manuscript, much of it a transcript of the tape recordings. In it, Joan expresses an urgency to record Bill’s story before he died. This is something that “... must be done, by someone,” she writes, “before it is too late.”
"I feel that I have learned a great deal during my time here: about folk music, folklore, collecting and recording, handling the collected material, and about Bill Bonyun himself. This has been a very valuable time for me, and one for which I am deeply grateful to Bill - for making it possible."
December 17, 1986
The story of New England through its songs and ballads. Nineteen songs that have fought wars, chopped down forests, tilled the land, sailed ships, peddled Yankee notions, amused children and fought off the tedium of long New England nights around the hearth.
Roll and Go – The Shantyman’s Day Aboard A Yankee Clipper
The story of everyday life aboard a sailing ship; an honest effort to recapture the sounds of shipboard life of a day no longer regularly lived. Here are the sounds of the sea, of men and of the ship itself.
Songs of Yankee Whaling
The story of early New England whaling, brimming with mortal dangers and the satisfaction from a successful chase, with the back breaking labor and love of life which prevailed on the open seas.