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Blues guitarist Roy Book Binder performs in Jay

November 10, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

JAY?- Roy Book Binder will bring his characteristic blend of music and storytelling to the Amos and Julia Ward Theater in Jay at 4 p.m. Sunday in a concert sponsored by the Jay Music and Entertainment Society.

Book Binder will also present a free workshop and meet-the-artist talk preceding the concert at 1 p.m. at the Keene Valley Library.

A master of the Piedmont blues guitar, Book Binder also enjoys a national reputation as a storyteller and singer-songwriter. "The Book" has appeared at the Chicago Blues and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festivals, and numerous times at the Philadelphia Folk Festival and National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn.

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Roy Book Binder

"We saw that Roy was performing relatively close by, at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, on Nov. 10," said Deb Vanneman who, along with her husband Dutch Stout and Keene Valley librarian Karen Glass, is a co-sponsor of the event, "and jumped at the opportunity to bring Roy to a live audience here in the North Country."

Book Binder was born in Queens and, upon graduation from high school, joined the Navy. During his tour of duty, he purchased his first guitar in Italy. When he returned to New York City, Book Binder was befriended by jazz/blues guitarist (and mentor to the Greenwich Village folk revival) Dave Van Ronk. Book Binder became a student of blues legend Rev. Gary Davis, with whom he toured in the 1960s. In the 1970s, he discovered the music of bluesman Pink Anderson (the "Pink" of the band Pink Floyd), and traveled to South Carolina to meet him, eventually touring with him. Book Binder has appeared with Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, B.B. King and Doc Watson, and appears annually at Merlefest in North Carolina, where he hosts the acoustic blues stage.

The Amos and Julia Ward Theater is located on the Village Green in Jay at the intersection of state routes 9N and 86. Tickets are $6. and may be purchased at the door. For more information, contact Vanneman at or 518-946-7592

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