Sunday, September 14, 2008

John Winn

John Winn

John Winn singing and playing at Willow Pond!

Known as a modern troubadour, John Winn's musical career has spanned six decades,
starting with formal voice training in college, stints as a tenor with a municipal opera company in St. Louis,
and as a coffeehouse singer in the early days of folk music in New York City.
Winn traveled with the Belafonte Singers, performed on stages with Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, and Jose Feliciano,
and performed at New Yorks Carnegie Hall with many of the early folk artists.
He performed at folk venues such as the Gaslight, Gerdes Folk City, and Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, New York.
He toured the country as a featured vocalist with the Karlsrud Chorale, and toured nationally with the Belafonte Singers.
In the early 1960s, Winn performed at many of the early hootenanys
including appearances in Carnegie Hall and Town Hall in New York City.

Musical friend and compatriot Judy Collins introduced Winn to her manager, Daniel Gordon,
who was married to the folksinger Odetta. Gordon encouraged him to go to New York
where they booked him into Folk City. Winn moved to New York in 1960, just as the folk music scene was emerging on MacDougal Street in the Lower West Village. Bob Dylan soon arrived on the folk scene,
playing in many of the same coffeehouses. Winn spent a lot of time talking with Dylan,
including taking a memorable road trip with Bob to Ann Arbor, MI to perform in one of the early folk concerts.

His songs are filled with rich poetry that reflect on his life, his love of music, the rivers and canyons of the west,
and the mountains and seacoasts of Maine.
His songs and stories are written in the troubadour tradition of folk music.

John Winn's CDs will be available during the concert and at Willow Pond.

You can view John Winn's website at

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