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“Home by Now”
Songs of a Journey in Grief and Love
Bill Gordh

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Recent News


March 15: WMI Folktales Podcast launches! Bill is the host of the new podcast produced and presented by the World Music Institute "Folktales Set to Music from Around the World". Bill is working with a range of top world musicians, in which he tells a folktale from the culture of the special guest artist. Families will enjoy hearing favorite instruments and musicians as well as being introduced to new ones. Each folktale has been selected specifically for the musician and instrument that will accompany the tale. The first which is now available is an Irish folktale called "Red Rory and the Fairies". Bill tells the tale accompanied by renowned composer and multi-instrumentalist Seamus Egan. He plays the whistle. The story is an exciting one. A new story will be podcast each month on the 15th. Upcoming programs include an Indian follktale accompanied by Saraswathi Ranganathan on Veena and a rainforest story with Bill on Banjo and the multi-award winning Brazilian percussionist, Cyro Baptista. Tune in!

Jan. 8: Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling. Bill returns to the Sugar Hill with a very special storytelling program to begin the new year. The Storytelling Stone introduced stories to the Iroquois. Bill will share the story of the stone and some of the tales it told. The folktales in the program will include "Dewando and the Flying Head", "The Frog Pond" and "The Boy who Lived with the Bears". The program will be presented twice with shows at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM.

Oct. 16: Sugar Hill Children's Museum's 2nd Annual Storytelling Festival. Bill will be one of the featured tellers at the 2nd annual Storytelling Festival at the Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling. An exciting day of storytelling with 2 distinct programs: one in the morning at 10:00 AM and the afternoon beginning at 1:00 PM. In addition to Bill storytellers include Len Cabral, April Armstrong, Valentina Ortiz, Shine and the Moonbeams, Fyuch, Teatrosea and Rachel Harrington. Go to the website to register! a Fun Day. Bill will be performing the afternoon session.

June 27: Family Service on Shelter Island. After a year's break due to COVID, Bill returns to Union Chapel in the Grove on Shelter Island for his annual family service. The service is designed to illuminate the theme of TAKING CARE with songs, stories, proverbs from around the world and Bible readings. This year's program will include a folktale about King Solomon, a tale from China about a cracked pot and the Bible story of "Ruth and Naomi". Children will read aloud proverbs from Sweden, Ecuador, Mexico, Nigeria and East Africa as well as special passages from the Bible. Songs will be sung including a new one composed by Bill Gordh especially for this service. Read more about the program in this article in the Shelter Island Gazette. The hour-long service is FREE and begins at 10:30 AM.

April 18: Sugar Hill Museum CONCERT. Bill returns to Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling for a third virtual storytelling concert this season of folktales from around the world. This time enjoy tales from the Caribbean, Norway, Sweden and West Africa. Of course Bill will accompany his stories with banjo. Sunday, April 18. 1:00 - 1:45 PM. It's free. You can register online on the museum site. It's Free.

 

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April 9: Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling. Bill has created a program as part of the museum's celebration of the work of artist Faith Ringgold. Entitled Here We Are in Harlem: The Faith Ringgold Storytelling Project, Bill with his banjo will present stories and songs. These are inspired by two of the artist's children's books, The Three Witches, a folktale collected by Zora Neale Hurston and retold by Joyce Carol Thomas with illustrations by Ringgold and We Came to America. Bill will retell the witch story as well as a Brer Rabbit tale Hurston also collected. This leads to other Southern African-American Brer Rabbit folktales and include some songs with lyrics by Langston Hughes. Bill will also tell a Swedish folktale from his own heritage honoring Ringgold's theme of how all of us came to America with special things to share. The program will be presented twice at the museum on Saturday, April 9 at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. All welcome. Here is MORE INFO!

 

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