Performer of authentic and traditional Appalachian, English and rural American songs
Saturday, October 20th, 2007:
7:00 P.M. ~ Colebrook
Tickets: Adults -
$10.00 ~ Children Under 12 - $5.00 ~
Guy has this to say about his musical life:
As a child, I
had the great fortune to play conga drums as my parents and their
friends discovered the dance rhythms of the Samba, dancing late into
the night and so opened my life up to the joys of playing music. As a
teenager, I spent my "summer job" playing in rock bands on Cape Cod.
What a wonderful way to make some money and meet other kids!
I found, as my
path headed me towards a life in traditional pottery, the people I
socialized with played all sorts of traditional music. In 1969 I went
to North Carolina to work for a short time at Jugtown Pottery. There I
was introduced to the music of the likes of Clarence Ashley and, more
importantly, what it meant to make "home made music". In Wales, while
working in the pottery village of Ewenny, I heard the most amazing a
capella singing. Later, while visiting Weatheriggs Pottery in the Lake
District, I just fell in love with English folk music and,
interestingly enough, early American Blues.
When I came home
from Britain in the early 70's I started playing in square dance bands
and what one might call "Bar Bands". In the later 70's I helped my
close friend Lui Collens with her first record and found myself hooked
on recording. I have made three personal CDs. The first in 1997 was
"Music From Wolff Pottery" and in 1999 "Back Porch and Blues": both
are out of print at the moment and will be re-released as money
"Out And About"
is my third CD made in 2002 and is a combination of traditional
Appalachian, English and rural American Blues.
Another side of Guy’s life...
can be found at his pottery in Woodville, which has
been his workshop since 1971. Again, in his words:
architecture of the piece is my passion and is why I can look at
18th and 19th century English flowerpots and centuries old Asian
vases with the same eye and ask the same question: What makes this
antique pot so wonderful? The answer always comes back to the
architectural integrity of the pot and the potter's reverence and
knowledge of the materials he is using. The potter knew where he
was going in the making of that particular pot. This is where
traditional craftsmanship is born: The knowledge of a particular
material and its attributes after years of working with it and
respecting the true potential of that material.
Robert Jay Wolff, was an Abstract Expressionist and wrote in 1949
a thought that has stayed with me many years. "Tradition is not a
form to be imitated but the discipline that gives integrity to the
new." The search for that integrity has been my life's work.
which will feature authentic and traditional Appalachian, English
and rural American songs, will be at the Colebrook Congregational
Church on Saturday, October 20, at 7 pm. Guy will be singing and
accompanying himself on a variety of stringed instruments, also
played in various traditional styles, including guitar and banjo.
be a pre concert discussion with Guy at 6:30 pm at which time the
audience will have the opportunity to ask questions about his life
as a musician and as a potter. There will also be a reception
following the concert in the church Fellowship hall.
You can find out more about Guy Wolff at his website: