SOMERS, N.Y. -- Fans of Woody Guthrie and Somers own folk/rock/alternative musician, Scott Urgola, ignored the sizzling weather and turned out for Urgolas annual Hootenanny at the landmark Mt. Zion Church on Saturday at 6 p.m. The event was sponsored by the Somers Historical Society.
Urgola organizes the hootenanny every year, in celebration of Guthries life and the music of his era. While he and his group performed old standards from the stage, many in the audience sang along. Five or six people brought along their own guitars as well.
Woody Guthrie was a legendary American folk musician and chronicler of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. His book, Bound for Glory, has been an inspiration to folk enthusiasts.
One of Urgolas first jobs was working for Woody Guthries daughter, Nora Lee. After Guthries death, she had discovered dozens and dozens of old envelopes and scraps of paper with scribblings of the musicians ideas and lyrics. It was Urgolas job to decipher Guthries handwriting, transcribe the lyrics and enter them all into a computer program.
I realized I was one of the last people to be touching Woodys writings before they got packed away, said Urgola. I wore white gloves to do the job.
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