I met Odetta a year before she died. She was in Toronto doing a gig at Hugh’s Room. Odetta called upon the audience to sing along with her. One did not gainsay Odetta and so I sung along with gusto.
After the show, I spoke to Odetta and thanked her for the wonderful show. She asked if I sang professionally. I demurred and said that I did not.
“Why?” she demanded?
I have been singing as a semi-professional for over 30 years: jazz, folk, blues, torch, 16th century music, and middle eastern song for belly dancers.
I am a trained storyteller and have performed as part of events such as Strange Sisters, Mayworks, and Raconteurs. I built two puppet shows for Toronto Public Library and performed as a puppeteer with Poculi Ludique Societas . I also am a dancer with knowledge of Ballroom, Latin and Swing.