Kit Stowell
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Kit Stowell

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Kit Stowell has been performing for over fifty years, but until recently limited professional performance to events such as weddings, church services and benefit concerts. Determined to develop skills for concert performance, he has dedicated considerable effort over the past three years to busking at local venues. Recent performances include several "Music in the Garden" events for the Master Gardeners of Clark County, WA, the Woodland, WA, tulip festival, political rallies and fundraisers. He performs regularly at senior centers, where he uses guitar. harp and vocals to present a different theme each month (Celtic, Latin, holiday seasonal, cowboy songs, americana, love songs, etc). This spring he participated in Harpa 2008, a concert tour of Norway, with several other folk harpers.

He is just beginning to seek broader performance opportunities in an effort to share his sense of humor and the lore of the world's folk harp traditions. - n/a


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CD: "Robinson's Farewell", a folk harp solo tribute to the founder of the world folk harp movement

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Since his first exposure to music of the harp in the Walla Walla jail at 6 months of age, Kit Stowell has had a life-long fascination with the varieties of music that can be played on these instruments. Raised on a mixed diet of americana and Latin rythms, he developed a love of parody-writing in his teens, when he began performing regularly in support of a variety of social causes. He has written a suite of parodies about endangered killifish, and in 2004, as a national convention delegate, he introduced "Carlitos' Song," a bilingual get-out-the-vote parody of "The MTA."

Kit's love of folk harp music ran into obstacles early on because there was no written music for the instrument until the 1970's. That was when Roland "Robbie" Robinson founded the Folk Harp Journal and the International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen. To honor Robbie's memory, Kit has recorded a CD, "Robinson's Farewell." On it he plays, on several different instruments, seventeen harp solos "I never could have learned if it hadn't been for Robbie."

A "fiber artist" in more than the instrumental sense, Kit in a moment of wild exuberance decided to knit a scarf to honor each of the contemporary composers on his CD. Until the snow flies in November 2008, when he will present them to the recipients, he is exhibiting the completed scarves at each of his performances. You can also see pix of the scarves in the Photo Gallery of this EPK.

A professor of Latin American Studies in a former life, Stowell is working on a collection of his favorite songs, translated from Spanish to English and vice versa. "I've devoted my life to promoting intercultural understanding," he says, "and my singing career to fielding the question 'so what does that mean in (Spanish/English)'" and it just seems high time to address that question with some of the best songs I know.