From the album "Unsquare Dance" (1991). Sing the same song too often and for too long and it turns on itself and becomes a mockery.
Bill Crofut: Poetry in Song Lp. Benjamin Luxon & Bill Crofut: "The Sussex Carol" Johnny I hardly knew ye(훌라송 원곡), Benjamin Luxon with Bill Crofut on banjo. Episode 30 - Steve Addiss and Bill Crofut with Pham Duy. Download SoundHound.
Although Bill Crofut didn't live to see this outstanding CD released, he worked hard to complete work upon it prior to his death from cancer in January 1999. This ambitious project covers a lot of ground, including folk songs, poetry set to music, Bach, and even Shakespeare sonnets set to music or narrated by actress Meryl Streep. The guest list of performers joining him are just as diverse. Although Crofut was a talented banjo player and singer, he deserves to be better known for his considerable gifts as a composer and arranger.
William Crofut III (December 14, 1935 – January 25, 1999) was an American folksinger. During his career he recorded more than 20 albums and CDs in genres ranging from folk, children’s songs, jazz, to classical. He also gave concerts in more than fifty countries, and appeared at the White House and Carnegie Hall. His musical influences included Pete Seeger, clarinetist Tony Scott, and pianist Peter Lang.
Listen to albums and songs from Bill Crofut. Red, White & Blues. Lullabies & Dances. Eastern Ferris Wheel.
Bill Crofut, singer, composer and master banjo player whose style often defied categorization, dies at age 64 (S. Though he surfaced during the folk-music boom in the late 1950's, Mr. Crofut broke free of the mold through his penchant for experimentation, setting music to the poetry of Robert Penn Warren or transcribing for banjo the compositions of Vivaldi and Bartok. Mr. Crofut, who was born in Cleveland, studied the French horn as a music and literature major at Allegheny College in the early 1950's. until I met Pete Seeger,'' he said in a 1977 interview in The New York Times
Bill Crofut & Julianne Baird - Lullabies & Dances CD Cover.
The Bill Crofut-Chris Brubeck Trio with Joel Brown is augmented by harmonica player Peter "Madcat" Ruth for this concert taped at Goshen College. Their wide-ranging program includes folk, jazz, Baroque, and marches, as well as memorable originals. Crofut, the senior member of the group, revives his rendition of e e cummings "In Just," which he first set to music and recorded in the 1960s with the hearty approval of the poet's widow; he also collaborated on "The Music Makes the World Go Round" with Brubeck. He also adds some bluesy piano to "Black and Blue" behind Crofut's vocal and wrote the subdued protest song "Red, White and Blues. The old folk song "Old' Joe Clark" features Madcat's wild harmonica, various sound effects, and his strong lead vocal on this very funny piece. Highly recommended! ~ Ken Dryden.
Crofut, Susie Side Performer Appearance. Crofut, Bill, Poetry in Song, Crofut 6005 (1973). Croker, Brendan Side Performer Appearance. Block, Rory, Ain't I a Woman, Rounder 3120 (1992). Croy, Paul Appearance as principal performer. Swapping Song (Herro Jero), Way Out in Idaho. A Celebration of Songs and Stories, Confluence, Sof (1991), p196. Crozier, Stence Appearance as principal performer.
|A1||The Early Morning/The Mockingbird||4:14|
|A2||Little Trotty Wagtail||1:20|
|A3||The Bird Of Night||1:16|
|A4||The Cow-The Wind||5:03|
|A5||The Chipmunk's Day||1:49|
|A6||The Great Paths||4:17|
|B5||A Man Of Words||2:39|