|A biography of The Folksinger|
Bill was born and raised in the Midwestern United States. Except for one teen-age year in Denver, his childhood homes were Chicago (Il), Patterson (NJ), and Grand Rapids (MI). He picked up piano playing at an early age, and sang in local church, school and college choirs. During the 60's, along with degrees in literature and the English language, he picked up the guitar and the 5-string banjo, and began blending the teaching of English with occasional public performances of a mixture of folk music and his own compositions.
In 1965 Bill and his wife, Nelle, and two sons, left the US for Nigeria, where they worked as teachers, translators, and musicians until 1980. Returning to the US for a three-year stay, (now with four sons), Bill worked as a writer and editor for a textbook company and also traveled the North American continent, performing folksong concerts in hundreds of American and Canadian schools. In 1984, Bill and Nelle went back to Nigeria, where for several years Bill would be involved in directing a recording studio which assisted young Nigerian musicians in starting their performing and recording careers.
In 1992, Bill and Nelle left Nigeria for Cairo, Egypt, where they reside today. They have spent many years there as English language teachers, for the Fulbright Commission and then for the American International School in Egypt. But Bill has always kept his hand in composing and recording music, and at present he is full-time freelancing as a musician in Cairo.
Bill is primarily a folk singer, focusing on the wide range of old songs that came to the Americas from many traditions. But his tastes sometimes range beyond folk, and a concert might include 40's jazz, blues, and romantic popular music as well. Bill performs occasional concerts in Cairo, Egypt, and continues to create music in his studio in Heliopolis, the suburb of Cairo in which he lives. But he has long-range plans to return (soon, he says) to the US and to the school assemblies and concerts he enjoyed in the 80's. So if you are in the US with no plans to visit Cairo, keep your eye out for him in the future. Or contact him through this site.