WOODY GUTHRIE FEATURED AT SPOON RIVER COLLEGE
Woody Guthrie, the man who made "This Land Is Your Land" an iconic American song, comes alive in all his rough and tumble Dust Bowl spirit when Barry Cloyd brings his original piece Woody Guthrie, Dust Bowl Troubadour to Spoon River College’s Theater in Taylor Hall on Thursday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. as part of the Spoon River Reads program.
The music of Woody Guthrie was greatly inspired by John Steinbeck’s classic novel The Grapes of Wrath. His songs include This Land is Your Land, Going Down the Road Feeling Bad, Pretty Boy Floyd, and This Train is Bound for Glory. His music has been recorded by many artists such as The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen.
Adults may attend the performance for a $5.00 donation at the door. Students with school IDs or children 12 and under may attend at no charge. Woody Guthrie, Dust Bowl Troubadour is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Two Rivers Arts Council.
Barry Cloyd is a Midwestern based, full-time touring singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist and educator who has spent a lifetime creating a performance style that weaves the genres of Celtic, Blues, Folk and Roots music into a unique blend all his own.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Barry for over 20 years and his performances are always high quality, fun-filled, and well-researched,” said Carol Davis of Spoon River College. “I highly encourage anyone who loves music, literature, or history to attend.”
Performing over 200 shows per year, Barry, a strong vocalist as well as a storyteller, theatrical performer and historian, delivers his music on 6 & 12 string, Dobro, high-strung, archtop jazz, electric guitars and other stringed instruments, such as 5-string banjo, mandolin, requinto and bouzouki. Barry is fully committed to the life of a performing artist and has been earning his livelihood as a touring singer/songwriter for over twelve years.
Barry is also the founder of the band "Celtricity,” a fusion group that weaves together the genres of Celtic, Blues, World and Original music. However, Barry’s primary source of income is solo touring musical performances and he has played most every possible venue imaginable, including Festivals, Colleges, Universities, Bars, Clubs, Fairs, Concerts, Riverboats, Listening Rooms, Nature Centers, House Concerts, Castles and Cathedrals in Ireland and even a Medieval Garden in the wilds of a National Forest.
Barry has written more than 350 songs, co-written and produced 20 original musicals, and has appeared in over 300 TV commercials and 70 industrial films, some of which have been shown internationally. He is also a regular guest on radio and television programs wherever he travels.
Barry’s first CD release "The Wind and the Water" features all original music and some of Nashville's finest session musicians including members of Amy Grant’s, Stephen Stills’ and EmmyLou Harris’ bands. The follow-up CDs are "After the Storm", a Celtic/Americana piece, "Yuletide Fire", an acoustic Christmas CD and "The Rainmaker’s Garden" another primarily original offering.
Barry devotes a great deal of time to independent research in the creation of his performance programs. He provides a wide range of literacy focused, curriculum based programs that bring his music and his study of history together. His researched programs include "Carl Sandburg, Poet of the People,” "A Brief History of the Blues,” "Ben Franklin, the Kite, the Key and other Tales,” and "The American Songbag, Our History through Folk Music.”